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2947 – Farmer’s Market

“Ursulamarkt” is a traditional farmer’s market in Klagenfurt, my hometown. Believe it or not, this year I’ve been there for the first time in my life.

It’s, well, not very traditional any more. You see the usual fairground attractions, but still a few things remain. Inside of the halls it’s obviously too expensive for selling handmade brooms and the like, so you’ll only find professional traders there, mostly from northern Italy, but outside there are things on display that you won’t see elsewhere.

That I still show you plastic toys, well, it is because they were too photogenoc to resist 🙂

As I look at the image now, I’d say the reds and yellows could be more saturated, and that is because I have processed the image on my old Sony VAIO laptop, a computer with unbalancedly vibrant reds. I normally didn’t trust its display and I certainly shouldn’t have for this image 😀

Anyway. The Song of the Day is “Farmer’s Market” by Lambert, Hendricks and Ross. Hear it on YouTube.

2029 – Cloudspotting

Yesterday I’ve mentioned the “Advanced Guide + New User’s Introduction to Lightroom 4” by Jeff Schewe and Michael Reichmann. I’ve seen the whole introduction and a little more than half of the advanced guide during the past hours. It’s good, actually very good, and I can strongly recommend it to everyone who wants to learn how to effectively use Lightroom.

Well, maybe it’s just I, but I really love learning how to use programs from training videos. It’s just so much more effective.

One good thing is, that they have broken up the whole video thematically in parts of about 15 minutes. It makes sense to see the whole thing in sequence, but when you’re later interested in one single aspect, say split-toning, then there is a single short video for that. Very handy.

One part that I’ve found exceptionally worthy was that about noise reduction. I’ve always shied away from using Camera RAW’s noise reduction and have instead used first Noise Ninja and later Topaz Denoise. With what I’ve seen (and already practiced) today, I think this is a thing of the past.

I’ve played with an image taken at ISO 12800 (not shown here), and the result was extremely good: low noise, much detail, punchy colors. The point is, that although the controls are easy to use once you know what they do, the interplay of the controls is not obvious. This is something that someone has to explain, and thankfully Jeff and Michael do a very thorough job.

The Song of the Day is “Cloudspotting” from the 2010 De Phazz album “Lala 2.0”. Hear it on YouTube.

1652 – Swift As The Wind

It’s Friday afternoon, I’m on the train and here’s a pinwheel that I saw Wednesday afternoon on my way home from work.

Weather was definitely less sunny than this guy want’s to make you think, but in a week of catastrophic tornadoes, who am I to complain about the weather?

Now that I think of it, “Swift As The Wind“, again by The Incredible String Band, this time from their album “The Hangman’s Beautiful Daughter”, could come across as tasteless as well, I hope you know it isn’t meant that way.

Hear the Song on YouTube.