Tag Archives: Underground

4008 – Newspapers for Free!

Vienna has two newspapers that are distributed at underground stations for free. They are also the worst kind of newspapers imaginable. Still, people read them and they even have political influence. It’s hard to understand, but it’s harder to argue with facts. Although, the whole concept of facts seems to be of diminishing importance today ๐Ÿ™‚

3934 – All Options

U-Bahn, S-Bahn and ร–sterreichische Bundesbahnen, it’s all rail-based transport, it’s all public, but it’s public in different ways. The latter, the Austrian Federal Railways, are an all-Austrian thing, the U-Bahn, that’s Vienna’s Underground, and S-Bahn, that’s kind of a joint venture between the two. They all have their own signs, and in some places, where their stations overlap, we see all three signs on one post. And if the light is right, there is a nice balance between lit signs and background sky as a bonus ๐Ÿ™‚

3830 – Information Please

Today I’ve seen something that I can’t really believe. Can anybody confirm that this is not satire? The journalist, with desire in her eyes, praying to her hero-god? The absurd pseudo-scientific expression of “five-times-better”? “Oh, of course my experts say it’s 5.37 times better, but because I’m a humble man I round it down!”. And then her question “unmanned”? Yeah sure, this time. Normally our bombs have pilots, but this time we knew they would explode!!!

Please, beg you please, tell me this was satire!

3828 – Up We Go

I’ve used DxO Optics Pro for this image. I could have done it to de-fish the picture, but that’s not what I’m after. If I want ultra-wide and recti-linear, I just use an appropriate lens.

No, it’s that I used 1/100 s and ISO 1250. The advantage is, that I’ve frozen the escalator’s movement, and although everything up to ISO 3200 would be perfectly OK for an image like this, I routinely use DxO for everything above 400. It’s not necessary and nobody will peep at pixels, but then, there is more to DxO’s PRIME noise reduction than noise reduction. Color accuracy, dynamic range, they are all better than with Lightroom. They’d better be so, given that Lightroom renders in real-time and DxO takes half a minute for an image.