May 152017
 

Vtraba Garden is built into the steep side of a hill. Terraces are connected by stairs, and the whole ensemble is a microcosm of baroque taste.

There are few baroque gardens that I like. Most of them favor size and control of nature over actual beauty. Think of Versailles or Vienna’s Schönbrunn. This one’s the exception.

When you enter the garden, it is extremely steep and it looks very small. It’s a work of Art though. Each view is carefully designed, everything is controlled, but in a very playful way. When being in Prague, this is truely a place that must not be missed.

3840 – The High Window

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Apr 252017
 

It won’t have escaped your attention, I was in Prague last year, and you can be sure there’s more to come.

Weather was much less than ideal, far from how beautiful it was in Lisbon the year before, but I still got away with a lot of material. I finally ended up with 104 processed images. I won’t strech them one per post until mid-summer, but I suppose we’ll need almost two months to wade through.

3786 – The Old Window

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Mar 022017
 

Here are two more details of yesterday’s old house.

And what else? Nothing new photography-wise. I’ve taken a few usable images so far this year, but most of them on two or three days.

Instead I work and … play computer games. I haven’t done that in many years, and from time to time it is great fun 🙂

3774 – Between the Windows

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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 🙂