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942 – Jungleland

Hi everybody. It’s Friday afternoon, I’m on the train from Vienna to Carinthia, and this is the post for Tuesday.

Tuesday was really the day when the weather began to deteriorate. Most of the week we had rain at least in the morning. This will certainly show in the number of usable images. Not that I’m concerned, I should have enough material for my SoFoBoMo effort by now, it does not really affect me, but it’s still annoying.

The first image was taken on the tram. Raindrops and smeared bird droppings on a window. Oh well. It’s still a nice composition in a way 🙂

Confronted with rain, I normally go into color seeking mode. In a shop window in Josefstädter Straße I found these funny guys. They would do nicely anyway, so the text “I dream about you” is a bonus. Apart from that, the right one really looks positively kissable 🙂

Btw, you may have noticed that I have changed the blog’s layout slightly. There is a blogroll again. You have to scroll a little bit down, it’s under the blog archive. It uses the standard blogger widget for blog lists.

This time it mirrors quite accurately what I read (or rather not at the moment), because I have imported my subscriptions from Google Reader. All in all over 120 blogs and news feeds. Don’t worry if you don’t find your’s, the widget shows only the 25 most recent posts, but you can get the whole list by clicking “Show All” at the bottom of the list.

I hope this removes all complaints. The manual list that I had before, was hopelessly outdated, and there was simply no way to make a fair ranking. Now it’s easy: the more often you post on your own blog, the more often you are in the top part 🙂

On a side note: I know that some Bloggers are “following” my blog, and so far I have not followed anybody. It’s all a matter of volume and maintainance cost. As soon as you have more than a hundred links, everything gets tedious.

But really: does anybody have experience with the benefits of following or being followed? Is the effect different from linking and being linked to? Do I miss something?

The other thing is, that I have made the layout a fixed width again, and on wider screens it is centered. This makes my embedded thumbnails a bit less prone to shift around when the paragraphs in between are too short.

It now looks nice on everything from a width of 1024 pixels up. It may be a problem on net books though, but I suspect they will have had a problem in the past as well.

Still, I’m interested in your feedback to these changes.

The Song of the Day is “Jungleland” from the 1975 Bruce Springsteen album “Born To Run”. Hear it on YouTube.

482 – Waiting (for a Miracle??)

What was I thinking of? Yes, I had a lot of probably usable images on Thursday, but this is supposed to be a daily photoblog, right? I should have simply taken one of them and been done with it. No, instead I held up the queue, searching for the “best” image. Of course you don’t know what’s best, as long as you don’t have post-processed all of them. Well, if I had continued to process all candidates, you’d still be waiting. This morning image, taken with the Nikon 18-200 VR at f13 and 1/50s was the first candidate. I already had taken some shots, when finally the fog rose from the valley. Moments later we were shrouded.

This image and the Image of the Day were both taken at sundown on the mountain Dobratsch. I have been quite often up there last year, but this year it was the first time. I was really there for the eastern sundown, for the soft, gentle gradient, but how the sun vanished, that really had its charm 🙂

Both images were taken with the Sigma 10-20 at 10mm and f11. I shot these images hand-held, later for some HDR images I changed to the tripod.

The Song of the Day, as a memorial to my stupidity, is the Bruce Cockburn composition “Waiting For A Miracle“, interpreted by the Jerry Garcia Band on their 1991 live album.

412 – Blow Wind Blow

Oh well! Yesterday I bleated something about being curious how long I would be able to resist the lure of the D300, and six hours later I had it 🙂

And I didn’t even lie! Honestly. In the morning I’d had no idea that I would buy it so early. I had the idea to first read all the reviews, go to a shop and try to shoot some images on my own card, analyze them at home and figure out if there is really so much improvement from the D200, that it would rectify the purchase, and blah, blah, blah …

Is it so much better?

I have not done very much with it so far, but some things are already clear:

The new LCD is a dramatic improvement, and so is the new 100% viewfinder. These two alone would have been reason enough.

Automatic white balance has been greatly improved. Even at night on the street I get very natural colors. On the D200 it was almost always off, mostly much too yellow, but the opposite could be true as well. On the D300 it’s nothing short of amazing.

ISO 1600 was usable before, but needed a lot of post-processing. In night shots, applying Noise Ninja alone was normally not enough. Now I’d still apply noise reduction to some parts of the image (the out-of-focus background in this image for example), but for the sizes displayed on the web, I could as well use the image as out of the camera. It’s more that I already was in Photoshop, so I took care of the noise as well. Is it dramatic? Well, yes, because it’s unbelievable how much detail you can get out of the shadows of an ISO 200 (the base sensitivity) shot. ISO 3200 is better than ISO 1600 was, and of course it’s absolutely usable. ISO 6400 is worse, but may yield usable results, that depends upon the actual light. For documentary purposes I’d take it all the time, for artistic, we’ll see.

There’ll be more.

Nikon D300 with Nikon 18-200 VR at 200mm, f6.3, 1/400s and ISO 1600.

The Song of the Day is “Blow Wind Blow”, not from Tom Wait’s “Frank’s Wild Years”, no, from “Dr. John’s Gumbo“.