3294 – For Less

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Oct 262015

I’m really glad I have all those images from Lisbon, because at the moment I don’t take pictuers at all. Instead I’m fighting my equipment.

OS X 10.11.1 is here and it works. On Lightroom 2015.2.1 I’ve given up. I’ve uninstalled it and reverted to 2015.1.1, the July release. It now works as well. I’ve followed Adobe’s instructions here.

Adobe has run against the wall with 2015.2 and they have apologized for the mess. I’m pretty sure a 2015.3 or 2015.2.2 will follow soon, and that’s when I’ll try to upgrade again. In any case I now have disk images for 2015.0 and the upgrade to 2015.1.1 stored on my computer. If the next release again fails to work for me, then I can roll back in minutes.

What still does not work is my Internet stick. The first one did not work because it is too old. I bought a new one and that also didn’t work, so I decided to buy a small, portable WiFi router with SIM slot, thereby taking operating system drivers out of he equation. That also did not work. Two modern modems from different manufacturers, both fail, the only common thing is – the SIM card!

And really, changing the SIM card did the trick. The new router perfectly worked, I had Internet access. At home.

Here on the train I can connect via WiFi, the device says it has an Internet connection, only it doesn’t.

At the moment I’m back to using my phone as WiFi hotspot. The next thing I’ll try is using the new SIM in the new modem stick. I suppose that could work. Stupid, huh?

Apr 272015

Here’s an image that may look like having been subjected to a color filter in Photoshop, but in fact I just had a dandelion very near the lens, covering it partially 🙂

By the way, I don’t know how many of you have ever tried viewing this site on your phone, but if you have, chances are you’ve shied away. I’ve optimized my theme “Suffusion” for the desktop. I’m pretty sure I could find a way to make it mobile friendly within Suffusion, but somehow I never bothered.

Enter Google. They have decided to rank pages lower when they are not mobile friendly. Which is a good move by the way. Who if not Google is in a position to enforce change?

I read about it on the Internets, but somehow I didn’t care. Only when I saw it mentioned in a newsletter from my provider Justhost, I clicked on their link that led me to “Google’s Mobile Friendlyness Checker“.

It was total failure, but on the result page they gave me some tips for WordPress, and lo and behold, within a few minutes I had installed the plugin “WPtouch“, that provides automatic mobile detection and a very mobile friendly alternative layout. I didn’t go pro, the default layout works fine for me, I only changed header and link colors in the settings and that was it.

Manessinger.com is now officially mobile friendly. It took me less time to do it than to write about it 😀

The Song of the Day is “Dandelion” by Kacey Musgraves. Hear it on YouTube.

2812 – Viaggi e Miraggi I

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Jun 292014

I’ve been back from Italy for a week, but only now I’ve finished tagging and processing my images. Some of them 🙂

Today’s images are from the first day. We spent around six hours on the highway, driving from Villach via Udine, Venezia, Padova, Verona and Milano to the three great prealpine lakes of Italy, Lago Maggiore, Lago di Como and Lago di Lugano.

We stayed on the western shore of Lago Maggiore, the most western of the three lakes. The shore is already in Piemonte, the northern part reaches into Switzerland’s Canton Ticino.

The “traditional” place to stay would have been Stresa (Hemingway’s choice), but a few kilometers north is Verbania, and that has the big advantage to have a car ferry across the lake. That’s where we took residence.

The church image and the passage way are from the first evening in Verbania. That was the night when Italy won its first soccer game during the World Cup. I still hear the ecstasy of the fans 🙂

The Image of the Day was taken the next day south of Laveno, on the other side of the lake, after our first trip with the ferry. We’ve had rain in the morning and the wet playground was where I began taking images.

The Song of the Day is and will be for the next few days “Viaggi e Miraggi” by Francesco De Gregori. Not only is this a great song, I also like the title, “Voyages and Mirages”. Somehow fitting 😀

Hear the Song on YouTube.

2805 – Colors Of Summer II

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Jun 222014

I’m back from Italy, but until I have processed and tagged my images, I have to show you some old ones. Here’s an architectural detail from the portico of the spa in Bad Vöslau, south of Vienna.

The Song of the Day is one more time “Colors Of Summer” from the current “Rookie of the Year” album “The Goodnight Moon Part II”. Hear it on YouTube.

2804 – Colors Of Summer

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Jun 212014

What’s that, you ask? Well, we’re on a terrace, our nose a few centimeters from an enameled blue flower pot. The yellow and white are a reflection. On the other hand, do you care? Whatever the designers say this year, these are the colors of summer. Any summer. Accidentally it even happens to be June 21 today 🙂

The Song of the Day is “Colors Of Summer” from the current “Rookie of the Year” album “The Goodnight Moon Part II”. Hear it on YouTube.

2765 – Machines R Us

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May 132014

This image was taken with the cheap 40-150 with the plastic mount. I really wish I had had the upcoming 40-150/2.8 available, because the background is distracting. On the other hand, shallow DOF would not only have blurred the background but also the machines in the back, and actually for the machines I have not enough DOF as it is.

OK, in Photoshop I could have invested a lot of time to get rid of the grass, or I could have gone B&W, but that would have defeated the purpose completely. What remains is an image lacking. Sometimes I just accept it 🙂

The Song of the Day is “Machines R Us” from the Faithless album “Outrospective”. Hear it on YouTube.

2601 – Between The Lines Of Age

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Nov 302013

A yellow bench in front of the church that we had two days ago. Together they look like an example of bad taste, isolated each of them works – for me 🙂

The Song of the Day is “Words (Between The Lines Of Age)” from Neil Young’s 1972 album “Harvest”. Hear it on YouTube.

Oct 272013

Here’s a sycamore tree in front of beautiful fall foliage. The image is sharp enough while not just as sharp as this lens would have been capable of.

But really: an effective focal length of 150 mm and 1/20s, for that it’s quite OK. Just imagine it had been some camera’s kit lens 🙂

The Song of the Day is “Fall Foliage” from the 2010 Soap&Skin album “Lovetune For Vacuum”. Hear it on YouTube.

2507 – Warm And Beautiful

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Aug 282013

Summer. Steps leading into the water, painted brightly yellow. They are worn, with blue paint coming through the cracks. Metal, but warm and beautiful.

The Song of the Day is “Warm And Beautiful” from the album “Wings At The Speed Of Sound”. Hear it on YouTube.