3958 – December Ice

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Aug 212017
 

Yes, we hardly had snow this winter, but that doesn’t mean we had no ice.

These three images were taken at the shore of river Gail, one of the two rivers joining in Villach. This is a part of the river bed that’s flooded rarely. Most of the year it’s either dry or stagnant, the water knee-deep at maximum. Last December it was frozen almost all the way down. The cracks in the ice are due to thousands of people strolling there on weekends, trying the ice.

Using an ultra-wide lens gives you plenty of options to play with lines and different dramatic compositions. We’ll come back to this place in a few days 🙂

3956 – Red Berries I

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Aug 192017
 

A winter without snow, a sunny day with blue sky, the sun already waning in early afternoon.

You feel like you’ve not taken an image in months (which is not true, but still …): what do you do?

I drove around randomly, worrying about the sun, and suddenly I found rows of trees with strangly red fruit, planted around one of Villach’s schools.

No leaves, only thousand of red berries. In size they almost approximated cherries, but they were densely clustered along the twigs. Some of them were already foulish brown, many were still in red splendor. Any idea what that is?

3953 – Evening Glow

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Aug 162017
 

Villach, the small town where I live now when I’m in Carinthia. This evening image is one of those that no camera in automatic mode gets right. But even if you manually tweak white balance, you won’t get those pleasing color contrasts right.

Did it look that way? Do I care? 😀

3833 – Got Apples

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Apr 182017
 

In fall 2008 we moved from “the country” to Villach. There we spent three years in one apartment until we finally moved to where we live now.

In a way I miss living in the country. I took many, many more images of trees, flowers and landscapes there. No wonder, but …

Today we have an exception. This tree is a hundred meters off the main road entering Villach from the south, maybe 150 meters further on is our apartment block. It’s near all shops, it’s only minutes to the next five supermarkets and so on, but it is almost as silent and rural as “in the country”.

Still, it makes a difference whether you only drive by those trees or if they grow in your garden. You give more attention to those in your garden 🙂

3814 – The Old Bus

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Mar 302017
 

A few times in my childhood I remember having used such a bus. Is that scary?

Well, my father is in a late phase of cancer. If you experience something like that, thoughts about age are not that uncommon, I guess. How about this one: I’ll be 70 in 17 years.

Today I am closer to being 70, than to the year I was finally getting my master’s degree – and I was late at that.

I am closer to being 80, than I am to the year when I started working as a programmer.

I am closer to being 100, than I am to the year when I started elementary school.

It’s very unlikely that my father gets 82. Practically no male in his family did. We like to think of 50 as “Half Time”, but but in reality that’s not even close for most of us.

Scary? Yes 🙂

3736 – The Big Eye

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Jan 112017
 

Alternatively I could also call this post “The Fisheye” 🙂

It’s interesting: I don’t use that lens very often, but I use it regularly. Sure, this image was taken more than five months ago, but I’ve used my new fisheye every once in a while in between.

I had one on the Nikon D300, and there it was more of a novelty. I used it for some time and then almost never again. It seems, that in the meantime I have found my way of working with this lens.

3602 – Welcome to the Jungle!

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Aug 292016
 

We’ve had this shopping center in Villach a few times, I guess. I like the decoration made of real plants growing up the columns, and I also like the strange effect of the curved, mirrored surfaces. Add a few blossoms and you can imagine being in the jungle on an alien planet. Ok, maybe you can’t, but I can for sure 😀