Tag Archives: Viewpoint

3393 – The Lady of the Mountain

Here we are on top of a hill again. This time it’s Miradouro da Senhora do Monte, the viewpoint of the Lady of the Mountain. The church to the left, that’s Igreja da Gra├ža. We’ve been there, you may remember the cross-bearing Christ. The other hill is the castle hill.

I’ve tried to make another panorama up there, but somehow I lost interest. It would have been into the not yet setting and still blinding sun. I can’t imagine it would have been any good.

520 – Dark Clouds

Only the ever same view from our garden? C’mon! I’m no freakin’ picture taking machine, am I? After all, this is the third blog entry that I write today ­čÖé

I guess I’m lucky that I caught this moment at all. Most of the day we were under heavy cloud cover, and now, in the evening, it has begun to rain. What shall I say? The weather is a little undecided at the moment. The weather report predicts snow down to 700 meters and maybe below for the bulk of the next week (we are on 600 meters!), and on the other hand the grass gets green again and the early flowers sprout.

Nikon 18-200 VR at 18mm, f11 and 1/160s, post-processing from two versions of the same RAW file, one for the clouds, local contrast enhancements with PhotoLift and more of the usual.

The Song of the Day is “Dark Clouds” from Mary Coughlan’s 2001 album “Long Honeymoon“. Sorry, neither lyrics nor videos found, but you should own this record anyway ­čÖé

154 – The Triumph of Parliamentarism

Hmm … Art was yesterday, today’s boring holiday shots ­čÖé

No, honestly, I have nothing more for today than a pompous title. This is the roof of Austria’s parliament, and in the background you see Burgtheater, one of the most important theaters of the German-speaking world. I took the shot from the roof terrace of the newly renovated “Palace of Justice”. There’s a restaurant and quite a view.

The Song of the Day is “In the Heart of the City” by Willy DeVille from his 1985 Mink DeVille album “Sportin’ Life” (for a sound sample see here). What a cover image that is!

127 – Klagenfurt, Where I was Born

I was born in Klagenfurt in 1964. Actually you can even see the hospital where it happened. It is the biggest building on the right side of the street, about a third from the top. I’ve been living in Klagenfurt, or actually its northern outskirts, until I was 19. It is a nice little town of about 90,000 people, capital of Carinthia, Austria’s most southern province, situated at the eastern end of W├Ârthersee, Carinthia’s most prominent lake. This view is from Kreuzbergl, through Radetzkystra├če, right into the center.

Today, when I got out for photographing, the sun was already setting. I would have been right in time for dusk at W├Ârthersee, which is always a safe bet, but this time I thought I would try the view from Kreuzbergl, a hill in western Klagenfurt and its most expensive neighborhood, over the center, towards the eastern sunset. I took the image with the Nikon 18-200 at f8 and 36mm from the tripod. This is a combination of two exposures, one for the sky, one for the foreground, blended together with a gradient mask.

The story of the day is from The New York Times, and it is something that makes me very sad. A recent children’s book, “The Higher Power of Lucky” by Susan Patron, this year’s winner of the Newbery Medal, contains the word “scrotum” and is therefore banned from school libraries.

We live in a world of hypocrites, we always did, but it gets worse. I don’t know why, but it does. It seems like we will look back at the early 1970s as the golden time of free thought.

And this marks another novelty: I’ll introduce the Song of the Day, which in the light of this sad story has to be Nick Cave’s “God is in the House” from his stellar 2001 album “No More Shall We Part“. If you don’t have it, go out and buy it. And don’t forget to get “Abattoir Blues / Lyre of Orpheus” as well. They are really so good.