3719 – Shallow Waters

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Dec 252016
 

The buildings in this series of images are part of a new office complex near Krieau, one of Vienna’s two traditional horce racetracks.

It is located at the northern side of Prater, a big former hunting ground, today the biggest park in Vienna. The location was in discussion for our new office, but in the end turned out to be too expensive. What a pity 🙂

3424 – There’s Water Here

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Mar 042016
 

Some people think it’s morbid to take photographs on a cemetery. I’m not one of them. Actually I like cemeteries and if you’ve followed this blog for some time, you’ve seen quite a few images taken there.

Often I go with the clichĂ© and visit them on foggy autumn days or in cold winter, but there’s no reason not to do it on a sunny autumn day.

Mar 242014
 

OK, I already suspected it: “2692 – Waters Of March” should have been “2692 – Waters Of March IV”. Today, just because the images cry for the title, I have one more.

The Image of the Day and the panoramic (the link goes to the full size on Flickr) were taken in a fen on a flat mountain range south of Klagenfurt. Never before have I seen it fully submerged.

The final image is simply a meadow flooded by snowmelt. You can see a strip of snow along the upper edge.

The Song of the Day is again Jobim’s “Waters Of March”. I’m still working through the many versions that I found three weeks ago. One example that’s also on YouTube is Anya Marina on her album “Slow and Steady Seduction: Phase II”.

Jan 132014
 

Here’s another image taken in a shopping mall in Vienna: water running down a decorative mirror. The image was taken from the first floor down, focusing on a cross of the gaps between the mirror panels.

The Song of the Day is “The Water’s Edge” by K.D. Lang And The Siss Boom Bang from the 2011 album “Sing It Loud”. Hear it on YouTube.

2378 – Lady Of The Dancing Water

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Apr 242013
 

Sunday I went to a park in Villach and took images of the water in a fountain. Many of them or even more. In some cases I did not move the camera at all, just snapping away, and although it is hardly surprising, it nevertheless fascinates me how completely different successive images are.

The Song of the Day is “Lady Of The Dancing Water” from the 1970 King Crimson album “Lizard”. Hear it on YouTube.

Sep 082012
 

When I went photographing and swimming yesterday, it was high noon.

The place is under the bridge across a creek that I cross pretty often. It’s not the direct way to the lake, but it is a way that I like for its photo opportunities.

The water runs cold and clear, directly from the mountains. Here, under the bridge, it cascades down over some rocks.

I made all the images here with the Olympus 45/1.8 (though I used the 40-150 for some others that didn’t make it into the post), and for its 37 mm filter thread I don’t have an ND filter, and if I had had one, I wouldn’t have had it with me.

In situations like this, you basically have two options: either to use a strong ND filter (remember, it was noon on a sunny day!), or to completely freeze the action. I had no choice, thus I froze it.

It’s pretty much impossible to pre-visualize the result of such an image. Even a tenth of a second between two images makes all the difference in the world. It’s totally chaotic and your only chance is to make lots of images and hope for the best. That’s what I did 🙂

This won’t be my last visit there. I suppose I’ll buy a 58 mm Heliopan Vari-ND filter on Monday, and if the weather is fine next week, I’ll try the silky variant next.

The Song of the Day is “Wild Water Blues” by Kokomo Arnold. Hear it on YouTube.

1986 – Duck & Cover

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Mar 262012
 

Ossiacher See (Lake Ossiach) is a lake near Villach at the foot of mount Gerlitzen, Villach’s skiing resort. Although opening hours of super markets are regulated in Austria, there are exceptions for tourist areas, and due to the combination of mountain and lake, Treffen, a village at the western shore of Lake Ossiach, is a tourist area almost all of the year.

As a consequence, this small village has a respectable concentration of supermarkets. All chains, regulars and discounters alike, are present there and supply Villach on Sundays.

I was buying some food and, already being there, enjoyed the sun. I even met a guy who undressed and sprang into the water. He didn’t stay there longer than maybe 20 seconds, but then he repeated the show. I was so amazed that I even forgot to take an image 🙂

The Song of the Day is “Duck & Cover” from the 2010 DePhazz album “Lala 2.0”. Hear it on YouTube.

Oct 242011
 

It’s very early Monday morning and I’m on my way to Vienna. I’ll be an hour late to work, but when we finished working in the apartment yesterday, it was already too late for the train.

Like the last weeks in Carinthia, photography did not happen at all. Here is an image for Saturday, again taken at the Czech monastery Kladruby, the processing this time inspired by Roland.

The Song of the Day is “Mirror” from the 1996 Beautiful South album “Blue is the Colour”. Hear it on YouTube.

1766 – Intermezzo VI

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Aug 212011
 

We just returned from a wonderful “Lohengrin” in Bayreuth. I took some insubstantial pictures around the “Festspielhaus” and of course you can’t take photos during the opera. This is a detail of a wet white bench in Františkovy Lázne, taken early in the morning.

The Song of the Day is “Novorozene” by JaromĂ­r Nohavica. Hear it on YouTube.