3587 – Rural Beauty

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Aug 142016
 

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 😀

3586 – Spring Blossoms

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Aug 132016
 

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.

The other image was taken at f1.8, but focused somewhere in midground, with the whole subject pretty far away for slightly different values of “far”. The result looks much more like a continuum.

3581 – Running in Parallel

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Aug 082016
 

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 🙂

3534 – The Fortress

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Jun 222016
 

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.

3530 – Windows of Honey

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Jun 182016
 

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 😀

3529 – Got Stripes

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Jun 172016
 

Colors in this image are approximate at best. Processing it, I found out that it looked odd, maybe too green, but “correcting” it made it only worse. In such cases I either go for B&W (would have been a valid option here), or I just stop worrying and do what looks best, regardless of what it was in reality.

Of course it helps if you don’t take images of people. Color-wise architecture is much more forgiving than faces 🙂

Jun 162016
 

Another effect of not only using images shot on the same day is, that I make a lot of images on a good day and so I can actually use them, thereby compensating for the bad or otherwise busy days. Processing and posting images on the same day would severly limit the maximum number of good images used.

You may remember from earlier years that I had often used five or even six images in one post. Since I switched to Lightroom as my main processing tool, it is easier and I’m much faster than with Photoshop, but still, just thinking about six images takes a lot of time. Time that I don’t have or don’t want to spare.

Jun 152016
 

It’s strange to see old images like this. At the moment I’m almost three months behind, so this is an image from mid-March. The advantage is, that I see those images much more often than in those years ago when I had taken, processed and blogged an image on the same day. Not only is it more relaxing, but it also gives me the opportunity to see images anew and sometimes revise my judgement.

This particular image had to be cropped. When I took it, I did not plan to include a person. The man just happened to walk into my composition. Cropping it gave the walker a more dynamic position, and in the end the result is much better than the original composition had been. I like it.