Feb 052017
 

I stood a while and took images of this guy. A few seconds later another bird came, they had a short fight and the other bird won. I only have one image of the fight and it’s been taken a second too early. The next already shows the other bird in a triumphant position with spread wings, but unfortunately the tip of one wing reaches out of the frame. I’ve tried it, but there’s no way to save that image.

Now that I think of it, the fight of the two birds is a situation where the E-M1 MkII’s “Pro Capture Mode” would have been helpful. It wouldn’t have saved the image with the cut-off wing, but it would have given me at least one good image of the fight. The only problem is, I wouldn’t have been able to set it up in a hurry.

It seems like I should set up a “Custom Mode” (that’s what the old “MySets” are called today). Switching between custom modes is easy as well. They finally have dedicated positions on the mode dial.

3264 – Croatian Sunsets

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Sep 252015
 

We’ve seen furious ad hominem attacks on Yanis Varoufakis, and of course he was unprepared for that.

Well, I wonder how the new leader of British Labour, Jeremy Corbyn, will and can do. I’ve seen an interview with him on Channel 4, and actually I was shocked about how aggressive the interviewer was and how obvious his agenda. It was pretty disgusting and reminded me of Nazi “judges” at the “Volksgerichtshof”. But then, nobody can say that Corbyn did not know what to expect.

Still, it is unclear if any person could withstand a concerted attack of the mainstream media. We’ve seen in Italy how mighty a media monopoly can be, and how an obvious criminal can use the media to attack political enemies and to thwart all attempts to bring him to justice.

Cameron is not Berlusconi and Corbyn is not opposed by a media monopoly, but still, the media are in the hands of rich people. There is no conspiracy, but then, no conspiracy is necessary either. A concerted action would arise simply out of common interest.

Could Corbyn survive even until 2020, the time of the next general elections in the UK? Can any political leader stay in power and still oppose the real powers in this world? Corbyn wants to reign in corporate tax evasion and he wants to get rid of the UK’s nuclear weapons. Neither will be in the interest of the US.

The question is, can any person have a completely clean browsing history? No inconvenient and exploitable secrets? And even if so, governments and secret services have all means necessary to plant false evidence on everybody’s computer. If they want to present Corbyn as a child pornography consumer, they can do that.

So again, in our current surveillance state, in our sick travesty of democracy, in this nightmare of uncontrolled and uncontrollable secret services, secret courts and secret laws, is it even thinkable that a politician makes real decisions based on real facts? Honestly, I admire those who still try.

3261 – Croatian Boats

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Sep 222015
 

The sea has always had a wonderous fascination on me. I was already 12 years when I first saw it, and when we were on vacation in Yugoslavia with my parents, it was a long and tedious journey that had to begin in the middle of the night.

Today from Villach I can take the highway to Italy and after 90 minutes I am at the sea in Grado. The other option is the highway through Slovenia and to the Slovenian coast. Two hours bring me to Portorož.

The third option is via Slovenia down to Croatia. There I can choose between Pula at the southern tip of the Istrian peninsula, elegant Opatija near Rijeka, or via the bridge after Rijeka, the island of Krk. All of that can be reached within three hours. Sometimes I fear we don’t recognize how good our times are.

But then, not everybody is so lucky in this world.

3106 – Burning Sky

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Apr 202015
 

Even for April’s standards we had some pretty freaky weather situations here. Sunshine mixed with rain and two or three times hail per day. Here’s one of the better moments 🙂

Btw, this image is currently doing very well on Flickr. I wouldn’t mind if you gave it some additional love.

The Song of the Day is “Burning Sky” by The Jam. Hear it on YouTube.

2783 – The Flame Will Never Die

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May 312014
 

Really, there’s no lack of current images and I have rather too many than too few to use on the blog. Nevertheless sometimes I like to play around with old images like this one, taken in early January this year. Yeah, not really old, I know 🙂

Anyway, in this case I liked what I got and here it is. Could be everywhere, but I tell you, it’s the small river Leitha near Götzendorf in Lower Austria. There you have it 😀

The Song of the Day is “The Flame Will Never Die” by Beausoleil. Love that band, it always reminds me of The Big Easy. Love that movie too. Hear the song on YouTube.

2646 – The Water’s Edge II

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Jan 142014
 

This image was taken pretty much at the same place and time as “2642 – Muddy River Of Loneliness“.

And this lens? The Panasonic Lumix G 20/1.7 ASPH that I’ve been using for more than a week now? Keeper or not?

Well, it must go for a second time. I’ll sell it for the bargain price that I bought it, plus shipping. It’ll still be a bargain for the buyer.

Basically this is a fine lens. It fits better on the E-M1 than on the E-M5 or a PEN E-P2, it is quite resistant to flaring and ghosting, it is sharp, small, light and it makes pleasing images.

On the other hand it focuses very, very slowly. On the E-P2 this didn’t irritate me, the E-P2 was no speed wonder either. On the E-M5, before I sold this lens the first time, I was kinda used to it. Now it’s irritating.

Purple fringing is worse than slow focusing. I am no action shooter, thus slow focusing only slightly spoils the fun, but purple fringing sometimes spoils the image. Lightroom gets rid of it decently most of the time, but there are cases when you can’t help noticing it. That’s a problem and you can’t work around it.

For 145€? Why should I sell it? It’s still a steal, regardless of its few flaws!

Yes, it is, but then: it’s not in any respect better than the 12-40/2.8. It is “faster”, yes, but then it’s slower in an important and irritating way. Its sharpness is great, but not greater. Vignetting is worse, fringing is much worse. For a fixed focal length I’d expect more, thus even though it is small and light, this 300€ lens, normally going for around 200€ used, is available from me for 145€ plus shipping.

The Song of the Day is again “The Water’s Edge” by K.D. Lang And The Siss Boom Bang from the 2011 album “Sing It Loud”. Hear it on YouTube.