3959 – Unexpected Rays of Light

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Aug 222017

These two images were an unexpected bonus. That day I had made a trip back in time, to a place at a small river near home, where I used to swim in my childhood.

It was a small basin in the river, where it was joined by an even smaller creek. I’ve spent there countless hours, we used to play there and I can remember exactly what it looked like. Well, probably not exactly, but well enough, given that 45 years have passed.

Later, much later, a highway was built across the site. I had always assumed that the western portal of an underpass below a small village had been built where we used to swim, with the river somehow channeled below.

When I visited the site, I found that the underpass was actually 20-30 meters to the south of the former basin, but I had trouble recognizing anything at all. Once there were walls of concrete around the basin, at their highest point maybe five, six or even seven feet above the water. It’s hard to tell, because my memories are those of a little boy, but we used to jump down into the basin and make big splashes.

I found one single concrete pillar still there, seemingly sunken into the ground, and the basin was completely gone without a trace. The riverbed was shallow and almost dry, the stream having been diverted into a bypass. The small tributary was already running into the bypass, but from its straight line and the line of the old river bed I could reconstruct the location of the former basin. In my childhood the shores had been between fields. No single tree had given us shadow then. Today the whole area is at the center of a small copse.

45 years have passed and a place that I knew and loved has completely ceased to exist. I had come for images, but none were to be found.

On my way back I took a short detour across a forest, and there I found this unexpected view. Images, finally.

3601 – One Cool and Foggy Morning

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Aug 282016

I don’t do HDR very often. I used to do it in the past, but frequently it seems too much hassle. Dynamic range of digital cameras has become so good, that it rarely is necessary any more.

And there are exceptions 🙂

This image is one. No way I could have got both clean grass and that much detail in the sky in one exposure. I can’t remember whether I had to clone out a reflection of the sun in the lower right part, but I suspect I did …

… no, I’ve just looked up the original exposures, and there is really no trace of a reflection. Amazing how good those Olympus lenses are on Olympus bodies. I have no idea how well they do on Panasonic bodies, but I’ve always had trouble with extensive flares when using Panasonic lenses on Olympus bodies. Must be some incompatibility of sensor reflectivity and lens coating.

3255 – A Thousand Stars

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Sep 162015

Put your wallet where your mouth is, so they say. Well, I did, and from now on 50 Euros a month go to Caritas Austria. It’s one of the most respectable and trusted organizations caring for refugees. Another good choice would have been the Red Cross. Both should be tax deductible wherever you read this. Both are international and you should go to their local website in your own country. If you like none of them, choose another. Just do it!

The amount of the donation is deliberately set a little on the high side. It’s considerably more than one percent of my net-income, more towards two, and it is regular. I’ll see how that feels over time.

A pack of cigarettes every three days? That’s what I’ve smoked for two months now. I want to stop anyway.

Seven months add up to one Mitakon Speedmaster 25mm f/0.95 lens. That’s what I’ve ordered two days ago and what should arrive sometime in October. I ordered it with a second thought, but just one.

Yesterday’s naive calculation was of course based on everyone giving the same 1% of net-income. That won’t happen. We have to account for the real poor, the greedy, the careless, the thoughtless and the nazis. The poor won’t be able to help (though they often do it in surprising ways and to unexpected degrees), to convince the others is our job now.

Go out and do it. It makes you feel good 🙂

Aug 202015

You can’t tell temperature from an image. My thought when I looked at this image was “looks damn cold”.

It wasn’t. It was an incredibly hot day, like so many days this summer. It’s by far the hottest summer in Vienna since records are kept, and that’s slightly longer than, for instance, the USA exist.

I was on my way to my favorite photo dealer, “Digitalstore” in Vienna’s 7th district. I had something on order and they had called me 🙂

2957 – Brilliant Adventure

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Nov 222014

Winter often comes early in Carinthia. I had to wait for the tires of my car to be changed, and while I waited, I did what I always do when waiting: I took a few pictures.

Looks more like a wide-angle shot, right? Wrong. It’s the 75/1.8, stopped down to f10 🙂

The Song of the Day is “Brilliant Adventure” by David Bowie. Hear it on YouTube.