3475 – Swans of the New Year

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Apr 242016
 

It has taken a while, but now we finally dip into 2016 on this blog.

January was a particularly lazy month for me, at least as regards photography. Otherwise I was preparing for a new project at work, something that drained all my energy. But rest assured, I’ve recovered since 😀

Jan 272015
 

Great swan, exactly the right moment, exactly the right light, wrong lens though. I suppose the 40-150/2.8 would have been the tool for the job. Or even the lowly 40-150/4-5.6.

Would I have pointed the right lens with the right zoom at the right moment into the right direction though? Sounds like a lot to get right, huh? Considering that, I actually feel good with what I’ve got 😀

The Song of the Day is one more time “Ride A White Swan” by T-Rex. Smells like youth 🙂

Hear it on YouTube.

2708 – Swan In The Water

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Mar 172014
 

Vienna is a pretty nice city and where I live now, it is very near to the river. Even in winter it is possible to leave work and go down to the water for some last rays of sunlight. Naturally it is even better now. You’ll see one more image of the series tomorrow.

The Song of the Day is “Swan In The Water” from Justin Nozuka’s 2010 album “You I Wind Land and Sea”. Hear it on YouTube.

Mar 042013
 

In the last post I wrote about Sunday’s elections in Carinthia, but here on the blog it’s actually still Saturday. And while the image for Friday’s post and Sunday’s news was taken on Saturday, let me further confuse you with an image taken on Sunday for Saturday’s post. Here we go 🙂

I was pretty lucky with this image. It was the last in a series, with the swan swimming away from me, right into the reflection of the sun. Here they came perfectly together. You can’t plan such a shot, it’s pure luck and you can only be thankful. It helps to be prepared though 😀

The Song of the Day is the T-Rex classic “Ride A White Swan“. Hear it on YouTube.

Feb 262012
 

The sun is setting right now, it will be spectacular again, but I won’t take images.

I went out at noon, to the center of Villach, and I took some images of swans on the river and of modern architecture along the shore.

In the end I processed five images, and I have decided to save the two architecture shots for another day. I like all of them and I wouldn’t want to bury either.

For all of you considering the new Olympus OM-D E-M5, I’d like to recommend a blog that I recently found, of someone who currently has the chance to actually hold and use this new camera. Yesterday Pekka Potka from Finland made some tests of the new 5-axis image stabilization (finding it impressive), and today he looks into dynamic range (with equally promising results).

I suspect he is still under NDA regarding image quality, but maybe not. In any case I’m eager to follow his blog. It makes waiting a tad easier 🙂

By the way, the OM-D’s user manual is already available for download, for instance from Olympus’ US site, although it does not look entirely finished. Bracketing specs are still dubious, but seemingly it will be possible to change aspect ratio with one of the function buttons. That’s good news, because I miss it on the E-P2.

The Song of the Day is “Swan Song” from Marc Almond’s 2010 album “Varieté”. Hear it on YouTube.

Apr 032009
 

April may be the cruellest month, but is it really necessary that every song about April is about rain?

Yes, I know, now that winter is over, we want our summer and we want it instantly, but, remember, it’s a dangerous thing to wish for the time to pass quickly 🙂

But really, while searching for a song, I noticed that rain seems to be the governing theme. Deep Purple’s masterpiece “April” is about gray skies that should be blue, and the song that I finally decided to use, “April After All” from the Anne Sofie von Otter / Elvis Costello collaboration “For The Stars”, tries to comfort us with the vision of a passing April leading into May and June.

It’s still a beautiful song. Hear for yourself on YouTube.

Anyway. This April definitely starts out fine. My firefighter work on that project is over, work gets enjoyable again, it’s warm and sunny, and the days are long again. Today I even managed to squeeze in a short deviation to the back waters of river Danube. What can I say? It was a pleasure 🙂

Out of a whim I decided to use the Nikon 24/2.8, and all color images were made using a polarizer. Makes a big difference in the Image of the Day and an even bigger difference with the swan.

The Image of the Day should really be this one, at least it is the only one that rises above the level of vacation snaps, but, you know, I really wanted to show off some different colors, some change of mood. Hope you enjoy it.

What’s your view of April? Actually, now that I think of it, this is incredibly dependent on location. On the southern hemisphere, April corresponds to our October, near the equator it may make not much difference (does it?) and in some of the hotter countries on the northern hemisphere it may be the most pleasurable time of the year. But, what do I know? Tell me about it: What does April mean for you?

120 – Time to Say Good-Bye

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Feb 102007
 

I am not quitting. How could I? It’s simply that this image has something of going home. This is the combination of two exposures, one for the swans, one for the glow of the sky, minus two ducks that happened to be in awkward places.

I shot this on Klagenfurt’s promenade at the eastern shore of Wörthersee. It’s a nice place for sundown shots with reflections in the water, although it severely lacks foreground interest.

The Story of the Day is from the New York Times, reporting that emotions go high in Portugal about tomorrows referendum concerning abortion. It is very interesting and healthy to see what point of view the Roman Catholic Church takes in countries where they let them.