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2066 – Blinded By Rainbows

I am in Carinthia and I’m working. Working from home is a pretty interesting experience.

Theoretically I should have plenty of time to go out making images. This week I have not, but so far it did not matter that much. Most of the week was rainy and cold.

Yesterday began pretty nice, with blue sky and sunshine, but then, in the afternoon a storm came. The last moments before the rain we had some interesting light and then all hell broke loose.

Much later, shortly before sundown the sun cam again through a gap in the clouds along the valley leading from Villach north-west. Villach itself was heavily clouded with rain.


At that time I sat at the computer, processing images from last summer, when I suddenly saw the insane golden light, falling very low under a dark sky. A moment I hesitated, fearing that the light would be gone before I could even get out of the house, but surprisingly it held long enough.

The last two images, like that of the pre-rain clouds, were again taken from the terrace. I could have stayed outside and I would have taken images of an impressive sundown, but I was tired and even so I have eight images for this post. That should suffice 🙂

The Song of the Day is “Blinded By Rainbows” from the 1994 Rolling Stones release “Voodoo Lounge”. Some love it, some hate it, for me it’s one of the best Stones albums ever, in one league with “Beggar’s Banquet” or “Exile on Main Street”. Anyway. Hear it on YouTube.

1985 – The Storm

Today I was pretty satisfied with the idea to take one of yesterday’s images, the fence with the yellow stone and post. I knew I wouldn’t have much time for photography and I didn’t have a problem with that. After all, there are still some images from Aquileia, Italy waiting to be posted, two others taken this week, and I really could use a break as well.

It’s supposed to stay warm and sunny, only today some rain was forecast and rain we got. Not as much as the thirsty earth would need, but enough to give us an interesting spectacle in the sky.

More than three hours are between the Image of the Day and the rainy day sunset. Both images have been taken from our roof terrace, the first with the Olympus 45/1.8, the second with the Panasonic 20/1.7.

At first I was not sure if I should take them at all. I mean, from the terrace? And what’s the subject anyway? Turns out I very much like them both; like them for the light, like them for showing how it was. After all: that IS a quality 🙂

The Song of the Day is “The Storm” from Marcia Ball’s 2003 album “So Many Rivers”. Great music, hear it on YouTube.

1816 – Under A Stormy Sky II

I didn’t even really try to make images on Sunday, so instead here’s another image made late Friday afternoon. The sun had broken through in a low angle and it flooded the road to our old apartment in golden light. There was no traffic, I stopped the car in the middle of the road and got my picture.

The Song of the Day is “Under A Stormy Sky” from Daniel Lanois’ 1989 landmark album “Acadie”. Hear it on YouTube. You first heard it in “1070 – Under A Stormy Sky“.

1393 – Stormy Weather II

Funny, I had thought these images were from Saturday. Now it turns out I shot them on Friday afternoon. Oh well, I did a lot of work over the weekend, seems I got a little confused.

It’s not that great an image, I just had to take it, because this was the overture to one of the most violent rainfalls that I’ve ever seen. When finally the rain began, I used the time for a pause and a nap. There’s nothing better than sleeping when the rain drums 🙂

I have not countless, but quite a lot of versions of Harold Arlen’s “Stormy Weather”. Contrary to my normal habit I present a version here, that I don’t own, but it’s a version that I dearly love: Elisabeth Welch’s performance in Derek Jarman’s interpretation of “The Tempest”. Honestly, it’s too long that I saw the film, I can’t remember how it was, but I do remember that scene towards the end (or was it the end?) when Mrs Welch came in and began to sing. Incredible! YouTube has a good version, but of course the effect of the sudden transition is lost. Still, you may like it 🙂

622 – Stormy Weather

This is certainly no great photo, the yellow reflection to the left is much too distracting for that, but it does one thing very well: it accurately shows the light that caused me to take it in the first place.

Technically this is not an HDR image. It was made from one RAW file by combining three different versions, using luminance masks, “Blend If” sliders, an extra layer in “Soft Light” blending mode and a photo filter.

I could probably have found a better composition, but I was in a hurry. I crouched in the middle of the street, sheltering myself and the camera from the heavy rain with an umbrella, using a short time when there were no cars. Pretty inconvenient 🙂

Here is one more image with the same Sigma 30/1.4 lens. I kinda like it, though neither my artistic contribution is overwhelming, nor is it that of the graffer. Sometimes I wonder. I can understand what someone could get out of making graffiti, at least a certain kind. Some graffiti are art, even if Ted disagrees 🙂

But where does this trend to use stencils come from?? Why do people do that? There is nothing at all artistic in it. Even a monkey could do that. Why bother? Do you have any idea?

The Song of the Day is “Stormy Weather“, one of my most favorite songs, a Harold Arlen composition, this time interpreted by Ethel Waters. I found her by chance, searching for versions of “Stormy Weather”, not knowing that it was actually her signature song. Well, it’s probably excusable, she was slightly before my time 🙂

I have it on a compilation of recordings from between 1931 and 1934, but that does not seem to be available any more. Instead you could probably get this one called “Am I Blue?“. Hear it on YouTube.

282 – Before the Storm

I am in Germany. Worms, to be precise. The city called “Worms” I mean. We arrived yesterday evening, and we will stay at least until Thursday, because for that evening we have tickets for the “Nibelungen” festival. No, it’s not opera, it’s not Wagner (that would be Bayreuth in Bavaria), it’s theater, a modern play performed in front of the facade of Worms’ medieval cathedral. It is a festival that is now in its fifth year and seems to do well.

I shot this image yesterday, somewhere on a rest area at the highway in Bavaria. We were not affected by the severe thunderstorms there, but we were not far away either. This lone, brightly red hanger in front of the storm sky fascinated me, and after some surgery, removing a waste basket, a traffic sign and some other minor distractions, color correction, bumping saturation, increasing contrast in the clouds, etc, it looks exactly as I wanted it to. Somehow surreal.

Nikon 18-200 VR at 50mm, f4.8 and 1/125s, post-processing in Photoshop.

I have only part of my music collection with me, but the word “storm” makes no problem. The Song of the Day is Harold Arlen’s “Stormy Weather“, one of my most beloved Jazz standards since the first time I heard it sung in Derek Jarman’s movie adaption of Shakespeare’s “The Tempest“.

But it is neither this nor any other of the popular interpretations that we hear today. We are in Germany, and the Song of the Day is a French version, “Quand II Pleut”, sung by the famous German 1930s a-capella band “The Comedian Harmonists”. I have it on part one of a “Greatest Hits” album.