Feb 182017
 

Blog-wise we are still in E-P5 territory. These images are half a year old and in the meantime I have upgraded both cameras. The E-P5 and the E-M1 share a shelf in a closet, the PEN-F and the E-M1 MkII are what I use these days. Or rather should use, I might say.

In reality I rarely take images at all, and if I do, I use the PEN-F. Last time I went to Vienna, I decided to take the E-M1 with me. Maybe with the 7-14/2.8 and the 12-40/2.8 only?

I grabbed an old, small Sony shoulder bag that I had originally bought for the E-P2, and really, I could pack the 7-14 and E-M1 MkII with the 12-40 mounted into that tiny bag. Even the 40-150/4.0-5.6 fit in. Cool!

But still too heavy. I replaced the 7-14 with the 9-18 and kept the 40-150. Nope. Off went the 40-150.

Didn’t make much of a difference. The 40-150 is a featherweight anyway. Basically the culprit was the 12-40. Dammit!

The next idea was a small kit with 12-32, 9-18 and 40-150. That’s what I had on the E-M5 when I was at Lago Maggiore a few years ago. In terms of weight this was much, much better, but neither the Panasonic 12-32 nor the Oly 40-150 focus particularly fast. Much more the opposite. They are hardly the right lenses to use on one of the fastest cameras on the planet.

9-18, 25/1.8 and 45/1.8? That’s what I finally packed. Mission accomplished, although in a somehow unsatisfying way. So unsatisfying in fact, that what I went out of the door, I found the other bag with PEN-F, 12/2.0, 17/1.8 and 75/1.8 hanging from my shoulder 🙂

3720 – The Bright Side

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Dec 262016
 

Well, actually I’m not sure if I want to work in those offices. When you look through the windows from the Underground, you see that the offices are cube farms. I’ve worked in an open-plan office for some time and I’ve hated it with passion. It’s loud and distracting, it’s completely detrimental to creativity. It may seem cheap though.

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 🙂

3714 – A Shadow Freaking Out

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Dec 202016
 

This is the last image from Novo Mesto. If you’ve followed my recommendation yesterday and looked at the Google image search, you may ask yourself why I have not taken any images that are more “spectacular”.

Well, the problem is, the best look on Novo Mesto is from high above. The spectacular thing is, how this town is embraced by the river, but in order to see that, you’d have to fly. A drone would probably do the trick, but maybe it really needs and airplane. I had neither, therefore I saw it mostly as another small town with two churches, a river and a bridge. Nice, but ultimately not as outstanding as I had expected it to be.

Sep 042016
 

This is what happens when I use a manual lens for a week: I invariably switch lenses for the next week.

In this case it was again 25 mm, but this time it is the Olympus 25/1.8, one of my favorite lenses. It’s small, light, ultra-sharp, and it focuses instantly.

It’s been some time ago, but I remember my relief: Wow, back to automatic again!

It’s interesting, some people enjoy the slow-down induced by manual lenses, but in general I don’t. I see something that catches my eye, I want to take an image quickly, and while doing so, I want to concentrate on framing only.

Slowing the process down does not make my images better. It does not cause me to spend more time thinking about the image and its intended composition. It just distracts me. How’s it for you?