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556 – Morning Has Broken

I can’t say that I had particularly much time today, but luckily I got this shot early in the morning on my way to work. It’s again one of those fuzzy fore-/background images with only a tiny slice of reality in focus. I can’t get enough of that at the moment. The incredibly interesting thing for me is, that you can create all sorts of effects, simply by moving some inches around. This time I used the Sigma 70/2.8 at f8 and 1/640s. The out-of-focus leaves are still pretty blurry, because I am focusing so damn near, but this time you have a vague impression of the city in the background.

I can’t exactly claim that I planned the image that way. It’s been more of an experiment, but in the future I know what I get at these settings.

The Song of the Day is “Morning Has Broken” from Cat Stevens’ 1971 album “Teaser and the Firecat“. See a very nice spring video on YouTube.

519 – This Place

Because of a party with people from my company I arrived in Carinthia only early Saturday afternoon, and then we immediately tried our luck and drove south towards Slovenia. Well, we had no luck. Weather in Carinthia was bright and sunny, but as soon as we came out of the tunnel through the mountains, there were dense dark clouds. We had no choice but to return.

This image shows a wayside shrine on the Carinthian side of the mountains. We have literally hundreds of them in Carinthia alone, and they are a specialty of the alpine rural culture. Normally each face shows a mural of a saint, and if you follow the direction, you reach a church dedicated to that saint. Basically it is a big network of direction signs. This particular shrine is special insofar it has no murals but the images are painted on wood.

The Song of the Day is “This Place” from Joni Mitchell’s 2007 album “Shine“.

471 – Something Cool

I’m back to rainy and cold Vienna. This is an image from today in sunny Carinthia. Well, not that you see much of the sun here 🙂

Another landscape shot with my Sigma 150/2.8 Macro, taken at f4. This will be the last shot with this lens until next weekend. I’ve left it in Carinthia because it is so darn heavy 🙂

The Song of the Day is “Something Cool” from Holly Cole’s 2003 album “Shade“. Hear a sound sample in the music store of cmt.ca.

470 – This Is The Place

Yes, this is the place that I’ve mentioned yesterday. I’ve returned, because yesterday’s image was cut too tight on the right side.

You see, I’m still shooting unorthodox landscapes. Hmm … can it be that shooting landscapes with telephoto lenses is out of fashion? Or is it only I who can’t see those images in a sea of wide-angle shots? Whatever it is, for me this is an exciting place to explore. I did it with the Sigma 70/2.8 for more than a month now, and at the moment it is the Sigma 150/2.8 that I use. It gives me even more compression, and wide open the DOF is so shallow, it’s pure bliss.

I have long wondered what this image means to me. The trees are a bit like a barrier, a fence, a circle unbroken, guards protecting a forbidden place. This is an inside viewed from an outside, and maybe this place was sacred for some long forgotten people? What does it mean to you?

There is only one more image for today- It’s from the same place where I’ve been in the afternoon, two days ago. Power lines and telephone cables can be the bane of the landscape photographer, but who says that they can’t be an interesting subject?

The Song of the Day is “This Must Be The Place” from the 1983 Talking Heads album “Speaking in Tongues“. See it performed live on YouTube. I guess it’s from the concert movie “Stop Making Sense“. Funny that I’ve never seen the movie, funny that its soundtrack is the only Heads CD that I don’t have. I guess I’m atypical in this respect 🙂

399 – Amid the Falling Snow

I’ve promised you snow, well, this is snow 🙂

It does not look exactly like a tiny park almost in the center of Vienna, but that’s only the power of the wide-angle. This is a park along the 200 meters between my workplace and the entrance to the Underground. When I walked by, on my way to the train, I suddenly saw the peculiar configuration of these trees, the snow sticking to their north sides and the still colored leaves.

Sigma 10-20 at 16mm, f6.7. 1/40s and ISO 100. Post-processing in Capture NX and Photoshop.

The other image is from this morning. By chance I saw an open house entrance, walked in and took some images. This is the one I liked most. Post-processing with Photomatix Pro and Photoshop. I’ve deliberately added some grain. I know that many people detest it, but in some cases it simply looks right.

The Song of the Day is “Amid the Falling Snow” from Enya’s fabulous 2005 album “Amarantine“. Hear it on YouTube.

384 – When The Sun Comes Out

When I woke up this morning, I immediately saw that the weather forecast had been right. It was a bright day with clear blue sky, and the fog was already retreating. I rushed out, shot some images down into the valley, over the fog and to the mountains, and in the end I went to these trees, knowing that there would be fingers of light. There were 🙂

The Song of the Day is “When The Sun Comes Out“, and as good as the young Barbra Streisand was, her version pales against Judy Garland’s. I have it on a CD with live tracks from sometime in the early 1960s, but the exact compilation seems to be unavailable now, though I have found the very same version on a CD of the same name, “Over The Rainbow“. It seems to be from the same masters, it only has less tracks. Anyway, “When The Sun Comes Out” and the incredibly sad, heart-tearing “Over The Rainbow” alone would be worth the price.

Regrettably YouTube has no version by Judy Garland, but there is a live version by Barbra Streisand, recorded during her 2006 tour, and while this may be more triumphant than sad, it is no slouch either.

372 – The First Snow

Last Saturday I was swimming. OK, the water temperature was far from optimal, to be honest it was damn cold, but it was a warm, sunny day and I was swimming in the lake, only for two minutes, but still swimming was … cool.

Only a week ago. Now, this morning we had snow. Not much, on first sight you could have taken it for frozen dew, but in was definitely snow. When I went out to take some images, the sun suddenly came up over the fog. I shot this image 50 meters from our house, using the Nikon 18-200 at 18mm, f13 and 1/50s.

The Song of the Day is “First Snow In Kokomo” from Aretha Franklin’s 1971 masterpiece “Young, Gifted and Black“. Hear the Song on YouTube.

369 – Keep Young And Beautiful

Do you take more photos than you can ever post-process? Congratulations, we’re are in the same club 🙂

I have processed two images of today, with at least three or four others worth trying, four are left from yesterday, three from Sunday, and when I think that I’ve promised Ted to post more images from Firenze, I really get dizzy. Oh well.

Today’s choice between this image and a wacky self portrait was not easy, but what finally made it clear was the music. Searching for something about beauty, preferably beauty and time, crackling beauty, or anything like that, I stumbled upon Annie Lennox’ hilarious “Keep Young And Beautiful“, and that was it. This is the last song on her 1992 solo debut “Diva“. See the video on YouTube.

324 – Frivolously Searching For Fog

It won’t be long and I will call the simple idea absurd: Going out in the morning (well, driving, actually), down into the valley, searching for fog. But that’s what I did today.

Yesterday morning I had to go to Klagenfurt and was amazed about the sudden feeling of autumn when I dived into the fog, and today I wanted to repeat the experience. I was only partially successful, I guess you can’t repeat experiences like that, because once you’ve had them, you yourself have changed. There is no way around.

On the other hand, when you live somewhere for a long time, you know your places, and this is one of them. It’s an alley at a small road that leads from Ludmannsdorf down to Feistriz.

I shot all of today’s images with the Nikon 18-200 VR, a wonderful lens when you don’t look for certain effects but for certain places. Post-processing was done in Capture NX, and I have only slightly driven colors apart, nothing more. I have tried setting a white and black point. The resulting image looked good, but id did not convey the feeling of fog, thus I have abandoned it.

The Fog” from Kate Bush’s 1989 album “The Sensual World” is the Song of the Day.

274 – At Sundown

Today I was lazy. I slept in the afternoon and left home only at 5pm for some swimming. I took this photo from the tripod, exposure bracketing with 1 EV apart, and later I have processed it with Photomatix and Photoshop, taking the HDR result from Photomatix as one of three pixel-based layers, the other two being a light and a dark exposure. The process was not at all controlled. I simply did what seemed appropriate.

The Song of the Day is “At Sundown” from Betty Carter’s 1958 album “I Can’t Help It“.