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2561 – Above Us Only Sky

I have always described myself as an agnostic, but the longer I live, the more I see how religious fanaticism destroys peace, the more I see myself as an atheist. Imagine my surprise as I recently found myself with an intrinsically religious notion! It goes like this:

As far as we currently know, there must be millions or billions or trillions of inhabitable planets in the universe. I don’t know exact numbers and neither do those who know much better than I, but exact numbers are irrelevant here. Let’s say countless.

Some of those planets will not only be inhabitable, they will indeed be inhabited, some by life forms far more primitive than humans, but some by life forms far advanced. Everything we know about life and statistics points in that direction.

Yes, there is the Fermi Paradox (along with some solutions), but regardless of the fact that they seem to be silent, we can be pretty sure that they are out there. Of course we don’t know whether they’d regard us as peers or as food, but it is human nature to be curious.

Although our present understanding of physics does not give us any clear indication that interstellar travel is possible, science fiction has a lot of ideas. But then, what if there’s really no way to get off of our rock? What if we’re confined to our planet and so is everybody else to theirs? What if interstellar travel is really an impossibility?

Just think about it.

Huh?

How does it feel?

Yup! I don’t like it. It makes me feel … cheated. Unfairly treated. And that troubles me.

Why? Because the notion of fairness necessarily requires someone who is or could be fair, and in the context of our question that could only be … God ๐Ÿ™‚

Well, you don’t see me converted, but it amuses me how much even I look for the comfort of meaning, so much so, that even though my mind denies the idea of “intelligent design”, my emotions seem to require it. Funny, huh?

The Song of the Day is of course “Imagine“. On Khaled’s album “Kenza” is one of the more unusual versions. Hear it on YouTube.

2560 – Eyes Without A Face

Reminds me of “xeyes” (see first screenshot on this page), a program that showed off arbitrarily shaped windows on UNIX systems. It let you put two eyes like these on the screen. All they did was constantly looking into the direction of the mouse cursor. Well, it didn’t take modern operating systems to burn CPU cycles ๐Ÿ™‚

The Song of the Day is “Eyes Without A Face” by Paul Anka. Hear it on YouTube.

2546 – Underneath The Streetlight III

The last time that I used this title was in “2177 โ€“ Underneath The Streetlight II“, and before that in “1224 โ€“ Underneath The Streetlight“. You may find similarities. Well, let’s call it a style ๐Ÿ˜€

The Song of the Day is “Underneath The Streetlight” from Joni Michell’s 1982 album “Wild Things Run Fast”. Hear it on YouTube.

2504 – The Old House

Here’s again an image from a short trip to Croatia. You’ll see a few more soon.

Again this image has been taken with the 17/1.8. I have not used the Panasonic 25/1.4 in weeks, and in the meantime it has really been sold. The price I got was slightly less than expected, but I guess this just reflects the economic situation. Recovery is already there, though people are still not spending as easily as before the crisis.

The Song of the Day is “The Old House” from Marianne Faithfull’s 2011 album “Horses and High Heels”. Hear it on YouTube.

2294 – Cold, Cold, Cold

Finally we have arrived at today’s image. It is Sunday night, I am on the train to Vienna and this is an image taken in the morning.

It was taken in the empty parking area of the shopping center around the corner. On Sundays it’s all closed with the exception of the baker’s shop. That’s where I had gone for breakfast.

The image is an HDR, five bracketed exposures, developed in Lightroom, exported as 16-bit TIFFs, merged to a 32-bit HDR in Photoshop, without further ado stored as 32-bit TIFF, and finally processed in Lightroom again. Sounds much more complicated than it is. In fact this is probably the most enjoyable way to create HDR images, at least if you already have Lightroom and Photoshop.

Oh yes, a little bit of split toning was used as well ๐Ÿ™‚

The Song of the Day is “Cold, Cold, Cold” from Dr. John’s 1973 album “In The Right Place”. Hear it on YouTube.

2177 – Underneath The Streetlight II

Another beautiful day spent inside. Hmm … what can I do? Oh yeah, simple: I just need to get rich ๐Ÿ™‚

This image was taken while I was already on the run to my train. I suppose it’s OK for that.

As in “1224 โ€“ Underneath The Streetlight“, the Song of the Day is “Underneath The Streetlight” from Joni Mitchell’s 1982 album โ€œWild Things Run Fastโ€. Hear a live version on YouTube.

1977 – Confessin’ The Blues

Yesterday, late as always, I read Eric Jeschke’s “Red Skies at Night”, and I commented on his post “Tools That Get In The Way Of Making Great Photographs“.

Eric is planning to change his way of photographing, going from “found” images to “conceptional” images. He said that

I was reminded of a fundamental piece of advice about photography: that you need to take photographs of things or ideas that you are passionate about. If you do that one thing, the technique and all the rest will come along and the photographs will be great. If you are not passionate about the subject, the viewing audience will know it and feel it.

and then he lists kind of a recipe

I think I can sum up my lessons learned in five points, in order of importance, for making this kind of photographs:

  1. Find your subjects (for which you have a passion)
  2. Brainstorm, imagine and visualize your photographs
  3. Write them all down religiously; organize your visions into a plan
  4. Bring your love of photography
  5. Use the tools and skills to make the photograph match the vision

This made me think.

I mean, so many people go conceptional, concentrate on “their subject”, and it’s really almost a requirement for being recognized in the Art world at all to work like that. Why don’t do I?

Mark Hobson regularly raises the topic of consistent bodies of work, and I can vaguely remember having written in a comment that I simply don’t feel like it, don’t have the time for the required strictness, and that this possibly may change some time in the future, only not now. I can also remember that not even I found this entirely convincing, but that I somehow also lacked the time to properly think about it. Instead I just carried on.

Yesterday, while reading Eric’s post it occurred to me though, and here I quote from my own comment:

Basically my images are found images, but so often what seems to be the subject is really only the physical place where I saw what the true subject is: relations of geometric forms, lines, shapes, proportions, colors, balance. Really most of my images are abstract, the subject being some geometric sub-structure. Like the bicycles: it isnโ€™t about bikes at all, it is about lines in three-dimensional space, projected onto the sensor. At least thatโ€™s what my composition process currently is, what I look for, how I see photography and what Iโ€™m passionate about.

I arrange lines, shapes colors and proportions until I feel balance. The subjects are really not that important to me. One day I may arrive at the same point as you have, but from another direction. And as always, Mark Hobson is already there. But then, he had quite a head start ๐Ÿ˜€

Today’s image, taken while I rushed to the train, is a good example for what I mean. I was in a hurry, so this is very likely not the best solution that I’m possibly capable of, but the problem clearly was one of balance – and of an angle of view that we all badly under-utilize ๐Ÿ™‚

The Song of the Day is “Confessin’ The Blues” from the 1964 Rolling Stones album “12 X 5”. Good year, I can tell ya’ ๐Ÿ˜‰

Hear it on YouTube.