This is an image taken a few minutes after yesterday’s. I was at the railway station booking a seat reservation. One has been taken before, the other one after, both in spots a few meters apart.
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.
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 😀
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.