This year we changed to summer tyres extremely late. I didn’t regret it though, as the appointed day was one day after the unexpected snowfall. This is an image taken while I was waiting. You see, the snow on this garden hut’s roof had already melted away. The hut, the car and I were ready for summer 😀
April 28. We’ve had snow that late in earlier years. Well, I can remember at least two occasions, one was even in early May. Never before was it that much though.
We had already brought most of the plants out, and it was arranged that in a few days the protective nets for the cats would be strengthened, in order to better survive next winter. They had suffered a little, even though we’d had an exceptionally mild winter.
Well, and then 15 cm of that wet, heavy slush fell down on us in a single day. It was even more in Klagenfurt, around 20 cm, and friends from Rosental, the valley where we lived for 20 years, told us a story of 40 cm of snow and almost two days without electricity.
A spring meadow with flowers and blossoming trees, the shot taken low and with blurred flowers in the lower foreground, well, that’s kind of a classic. You could also say that it’s a cliché, but I don’t care and allow myself the luxury of a few such images per year 🙂
Looks nice, huh? Incredibly rural, far from the madding crowd?
Nope, it’s halfway between a busy street, leading into Villach from the south, and our apartment complex, basically a hundred meters in each direction. I love living in a small town 😀
Both of today’s images were taken with the same lens, the Olympus 75/1.8, a lens able to achieve shallow DOF as well as the compression of a lens equivalent to 150 mm.
The Image of the Day may not look like it, but I used f10 for maximum sharpness of the foreground blossoms. The background is still pleasantly out of focus, because I was close to my subject and the distance between subject and background was comparably huge.
It was early April. I got an offer I couldn’t refuse 🙂
DSLR-Forum is a very active community of german-speaking photographers and they have a lively marketplace. I’ve sold most of my Nikon gear there and I’ve also bought some Olympus and Panasonic lenses. It’s all private to private, it’s all based on trust, but I’ve never had any problem when I’ve payed in advance. Everything always arrived in exactly the condition that was advertised.
I can’t really say that I need something, but I still have the habit of browsing the Olympus sales forum at least once a month. You never know, do you?
Early April I was electrified: I saw an Olympus PEN E-P5 in silver, with VF-4 and without a kit lens, for a very reasonable price. Low count of exposures, good condition, what was not to like?
This is a camera that I’ve always wanted to buy. It came out while I had the OM-D E-M5, shortly before I switched to the OM-D E-M1. Basically it’s E-M1 tech in PEN format. No weather sealing, but otherwise the same perfect stabilization, an external electronic viewfinder with the same resolution. It’s elegant. A beauty.
When it was new, I found it too expensive for a second body that I’d probably rarely use. It’s also not the camera for big and heavy lenses like the 40-150/2.8 PRO. Now, after almost two years, I got it for substantially less than half of the initial price.
I added a Kalahari leather wrist strap and a Garitz half case. The latter is pretty mandatory, because the grip of the E-P5 is exactly as bad as everybody says. It contains the WiFi antenna, therefore no good external grips are available. With the Garitz case I’ve got a pretty decent hold on the camera. I had to order it from Singapore though. It’s not made any more, not available in Europe, and the few US shops still having it refused to ship to Austria. Well, it was cheaper in Singapore anyway.
Here we are, I’ve got a second body 🙂
It’s interesting how modern architecture takes up patterns of ancient one, although it may not always make sense. But then, this residential building is in a street with two bordellos, so maybe they have reason to defend themselves 🙂
The blinds on the window in the upper right corner are still battered by last years hail. And while we look at the windows: Notice how they get ever narrower from right to left. This is a typical case of mindless “Form follows an Architect’s Whim”. I’m sure the people living on the left side would agree. I admit though that it look cool.
Remember the old gate from a few days past? In that post I had speculated about a connection to a Franciscan monastery a few hundred meters away. Well, now we are inside the church of that monastery.
You know, I’m not religious at all, but I’m drawn to churches as a moth to the light. Now imagine the pull of a church in good, warm light 😀