Nov 092012
 

It was foggy until noon today, but when the fog dissipated, a bright sun in a blue sky was revealed. That was about the time when some problems crept up at work.

I had originally intended to do as I did yesterday, to take an hour or two off while the sun was bright, but instead I was swamped until four, and then the sun was already gone. What a pity.

I currently have the Nikon 50/1.2 AI-S up on eBay and I’ll have to ship it on Monday. Thus I was at the post office and bought some more boxes. In front of the post office, just before I went back into the car, I saw this phone booth. The impulse to take the image was the same as with the two blackboards a few days ago.

Sure, the OM-D does not have the same dynamic range as a Nikon D800E and the Olympus 12/2.0 is not as fast as the mighty Nikon 35/1.4G, but then, Mike may enjoy holding 1.5 kg in his hands, I actually prefer slightly more than a third of that. Oh yes, and for the lesser quality at high ISOs I make up with the shutter speeds enabled by this camera’s excellent in-body image stabilization. How about half a second? Handheld 😀

The Song of the Day is “Telephone” from Captain Beefheart’s 1980 album “Doc At The Radar Station”. Hear it on YouTube.

Feb 012012
 

Public phone booths are definitely a thing of the past. They still exist, but in an age of omnipresent cell phones, they look like the ultimate anachronism.

Like Isaac Asimov’s robots and Multivacs. Once they were a definite option, now we know that we have moved into a totally different direction.

Btw, I’m still reading and enjoying Asimov. From a pirated (because not available for sale) “Complete Robot” I have moved via “Caves of Steel” to “The Naked Sun”, both novels bought (because available).

The Song of the Day is “I Wish I Were Twins” by Coleman Hawkins. See a video on YouTube.

Jun 162008
 

It’s a funny feeling, now that SoFoBoMo is over for me as well. I feel … relaxed. The pressure is gone. Sure, I will go back once more and produce the physical book, but there is no deadline to that.

Do I feel tired? Do I need a creative break? Not really. I probably need more sleep, yes, but otherwise I feel as creative as ever. I guess the reason is, that I have not spent much time shooting, actually not more than six hours. Most work went into post-processing, and that, although tedious, was fascinating and interesting. After all, I have never before tried to create such a big and consistent body of work, much less from one shooting. In a way it was a similar experience to that of making the exhibition in January.

Yesterday night, on the train from Carinthia, I have tried my next book, some “Best of 2006/2007”, just a compilation of the best images of the first 15 months of my blog, and although it was technically no problem, the result was rubbish. This is another lesson: I may have the means now to produce a book in very short time, but this is no substitute for a vision and for proper planning and design. Otherwise I may produce something in the form of a book, but it won’t be a good book 🙂

Now for today’s images. Actually I like both of them. The vandalized telephone receiver caught my eye because of the color and, even more so, because of the curve of the cable. I finally settled for the other image though. Austria is currently host to the European Soccer Championship, and today was the match Austria vs Germany. Thousands of people were on the streets, mostly on their way to one of the public viewing areas in the so-called fan zones, and what I saw in Westbahnstraße, was one of the funnier ideas. Some people had taken a TV set out onto the sidewalk, along with some furniture, and were viewing in public. Someone made a video, and they really seemed to enjoy themselves. Oh yes, Austria lost 0:1, but that was to be expected 🙂

The Song of the Day is “Private Goes Public“, the last song on the European version of the 1992 Suzanne Vega album “99.9 F°“.