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266 – Summertime

OK, today we are on the “too much material” side, but at least I don’t seem to be stuck in indecision. That’s what I call progress. On the other hand, it will undoubtedly get hard when it comes to the Song of the Day 🙂

I shot this image in mid-afternoon, returning home from Villach where I had spent most of the day, because I had been involved in a car accident. Nothing serious, I only stood at a crossing, the traffic light was red, third car in line, when BUMP!!! a woman decided to crash her Volkswagen Polo into my car. My car took the impulse, bumped into the car in front, and so it went like domino stones. Actually, when I think of it, the Image of the Day should really be one of our damaged car, though I guess this one is prettier 🙂

Hmm … in the course of the whole thing, when we all exchanged names, addresses and phone numbers, while fetching a business card from my bag, I even dropped a 77mm Hoya HMC Super Pro1 UV filter. Dammit!! And no shop in Carinthia seems to have them.

The choice for the Song of the Day is obvious, of course it’s “Summertime” from “Porgy and Bess”, but by whom?

Even in the third of my collection that I’ve ripped so far, I find 15 versions, from the well known and expected like Ella and Luis, Billie Holiday or Helen Merrill, to rather exotics like Peter Gabriel or Jerry Garcia (with David Grisman and Tony Rice on “The Pizza Tapes”).

I finally decided, that one can’t over-promote Lambert, Hendricks & Ross, so here they are again, originally on their debut album “The Hottest New Group in Jazz“, now re-released as 2-CD anthology. This is nothing short of breathtaking.

248 – My Heart Belongs to Daddy

I shot quite some images yesterday, some before, some after swimming and this was afterwards, with the sun already very low. This is in the park along “Kaiserwasser“, a part of “Alte Donau” that’s between the island “Gänsehäufl” and the underground station “Kaisermühlen-Vienna International Center (VIC)”.

I was mainly interested in the light and the alignment of the two trees, and when I saw the man with the girl coming along, my first impulse was to wait, but then I saw how perfectly they aligned with the two trees and I changed my mind.

Over the course of the last weeks I have worked mostly with Capture NX, but some images scream Photoshop and this is one of them. To the left, at the same distance as the woman, there was part of a bench with unidentifiable things on it, behind the man and the girl, at the edge of the river was a light blanket on the ground and maybe some picnic equipment, I don’t know. In any case these things were high contrast and positively distracting, so I cloned them out, along with some litter.

The other thing was colors. Of course I could have tried to get this result in Capture NX, and with many color control points I probably would have succeeded, but in Lab color mode, applying a “Man from Mars”, it took me a minute or two to get vibrant colors and a good deal of color depth, and that’s not even with an action.

Cole Porter’s song “My Heart Belongs To Daddy” is the Song of the Day, and I thought we have a look at something fresh (for Cole Porter standards that is), for instance the version by Swedish Jazz singer Lisa Ekdahl on her 2002 album “Heaven Earth & Beyond“. No sound samples here, but the German shop of Amazon has them.

218 – Yellow Jungle

Saturday morning I had to be in Klagenfurt, because our car had some problems. One ignition coil was defective. In the meantime I got a replacement car and used the time to shoot some images in Europapark, the beautiful park near Wörthersee. I’ve been there last fall, but this time it was all flowers and blossoms.

I’m always trying to go to extremes, and this time the concept was to use the ultra-wide Sigma 10-20 at 10mm and f4, but in the fashion of a macro, i.e. by going very near and, most important, focusing very near. This way I managed to get some reduced depth of field. There was so much light that I decided to use a polarizer as well. Tough job for automatic white balance, and as could be expected, it failed miserably. Anyway, that’s the advantage of shooting RAW, so no problem.

The Song of the Day is “Song Of The Jungle Stream” from Carla Bley’s 1973 album “Tropic Appetites“.

210 – Leaf in the Fountain

Friday at noon I went to the nearby Rathauspark to enjoy the warm weather and make some photos. There is a small fountain meant for drinking that often catches my eye. In its small basin, cast of brass and only slightly more than a foot in diameter, I found this leaf.

The Song of the Day is “Fallen Leaves” (the only place I found the lyrics was on Simon Telford’s blog, scroll all way down) from Norma Waterson’s fantastic album “The Very Thought of You“. For a sound sample I have to direct you to Amazon in Germany. They have it readily available as import from Canada, Amazon.ca has it only via marketplace dealers, and Amazon in the US does not have it at all. Isn’t globalization a wonderful thing 🙂

193 – It’s a Green Dream

Trautsongasse is a place that I frequently get by in on my way to/from work, and so it was today, but today it was different. There was a big container, forest green, and a piece of wood lying in front. It looked somehow surreal in this urban area, and that’s the reason I took the image. It’s again taken with the Nikon 18-200 at 18mm. I should probably have changed to the Sigma 10-20, but I was in a hurry and that’s all I got.

The Song of the Day is of course Paolo Conte’s “It’s a Green Dream” from his album “Razmataz“.

186 – Morning Glory

First of all: I have a new monitor. It was necessary. Two days ago I responded to an image posted by Roland Vögtli on the Radiant Vista forums. I complained about the image being too dark and even posted a less harsh version that I had made using Photomatix as a better Shadow/Highlight. What can I say? People disagreed, I checked again at work and found out that it was my CRT monitor at home that had simply grown too dark over the course of five years. See the whole embarrassment here. Well, now I have an LG L226WTQ with 1680×1050 and it’s fantastic. Wonderful colors, sharp, easily the best monitor I’ve ever had.

I’ve shot three images today that I want to point out. One of a Vespa scooter that I shot when a charming young lady claimed it as hers and wanted to leave with it in a hurry, but she allowed me the to take the image anyway.

The second is a somewhat weird juxtaposition in more than one way, and finally the third is the Image of the Day. I’m probably guilty of having gone for the pleaser, but I simply could not resist.

This is just around the corner from where I live. When I go to work in the morning, I always have the sun in my face, and again so when returning. Hmm … living in the west, working in the east.

Let’s have a look at the Song of the Day. Today we have the choice between a whopping three songs, and one of them in two versions! There is “Morning Glory” from Blood, Sweat & Tears’ first album “Child is Father to the Man“. Nice song, but not for this image.

Next could be “Morning Glory” by Leonard Cohen from his 2004 album “Dear Heather“. Not bad, but there is a third song, much older and altogether different.

What’s Your Story, Morning Glory?” is the Song of the Day. You find it on Ella Fitzgerald’s 1958 album “Ella Swings Lightly“, but what we need is something cooler, what we need is Anita O’Day, again in 1958 on her album “Anita O’Day Sings the Winners“. Well, now you have it. Enjoy!