Samstag, 14. September 2019

Us and our shadows

Like the wallpaper sticks to the wall

Like the seashore clings to the sea

like you'll never get rid of your shadow

No you'll never get rid of me

(The words for this blog post were borrowed from the lyrics of the song "me and my shadow" by Al JolsonBilly Rose, and Dave Dreyer)

Sonntag, 8. September 2019

Mykonos in 3D

Now that summer is almost over, with temperatures dropping fast and the sun increasingly refusing to show its beautiful face to those living in Vienna, I find some consolation in looking at pictures that Nina and I took in early August - on the very first day of our two weeks vacation in Greece during a one day stop over in Mykonos town, on our way to Naxos. 

As many times before, I initially had no intention whatsoever of taking any photographs during the vacation. Why on earth would I take a picture of a motif that everybody has already seen more than a dozen times anyways and of which high quality images can easily be found on the world wide web? Iat my holiday destination I stumbled upon something that made me wish I had my camera, I could always use my smart phone.
And then out of the blue, just about two weeks before the start of our vacation, I realised I could try something that seemed really unusual to me: stereoscopy, a.k.a. 3D photography. 

Immediately after this "revelation", I downloaded an app that enabled me to take 3D photographs with my smart phone and started experimenting right away. 

Already the very first results were so evocative that the same evening I bought a SID 3D camera which was delivered a few days later, just in time for our vacation.

Well, the 3D idea did not really come "out of the blue" considering that for the last weeks I had been spending many evenings looking with fascination at 3D images of the band QUEEN in a book which Nina had got me as a birthday present. 

The pictures in the book were taken by nobody else than Brian May himself, the band' s guitarist who's been an avid stereo photographer since early childhood. Subsequently, the 3D pictures he took of flamboyant front man Freddie Mercury range from the band's early days in 1970 right up to the legendary concerts in London's Wembley Stadium in 1986. 

Nina and I spent the handful of hours that we had in Mykonos town walking around randomly and absorbing the vibe.

We visited the iconic windmills and the old port, drank cocktails as well as beer next by the sea and briefly checked out the night life. By capturing those moments with my smart phone app and the SID 3D camera, Nina and I gained first experiences in the art of stereographic photography.  

I have a strong feeling that this is just the beginning of an exciting photographic journey. Thanks to you, Mr. Brian May!

Freitag, 6. September 2019

Behold! The Portara

The "Portara" (or the "Great Door") is the most famous landmark of Greece's Naxos island.

The huge marble gate is the entrance to an unfinished templeThe rectangular gate is around 6 m high and 3.5 m wide. It is made of four blocks of marble, each weighing 20 tons. 

The temple was begun about 530 BC by the tyrant Lygdamis, who said he would make Naxos's buildings thhighest and most magnificent in Greece.

Lygdamis was overthrown in 506 BC and the temple never completed.

The "Portara" is connected to Naxos Town ("Chora") by a paved footpath.

If you would like to know more about this impressive landmark I can warmly recommend my sources: Sacred DestinationsGreeka and the website of Naxos.

Freitag, 30. August 2019

Are we living in a simulation?

My left hand (which, believe it or not, has its own diary!) and its reflection, the latter partly distorted by squares on a mirror in a room with tiny square tiles.

This stereo photograph made me think of the movie "the Matrix" and how some people really think that the film' s claims might be valid. 

If you believe that it' s "uneducated" people who seriously think that our reality may not be real then you might be interested in reading this recent article in the "Business Insider". Bottom line: according to some philosophers, the idea that we're living in a simulation is totally plausible!

Sonntag, 18. August 2019

...speaking of coffee

 Even though it' s much more time consuming than pushing a button on a machine, I love the (morning) ceremony of preparing coffee: grinding the beans, inhaling the smell when they are freshly ground...

...and hearing the "bubbling" sound the "macchinetta" (or "cafetiera") makes when the coffee is ready.

For some obscure reason, after more than 20 years of drinking coffee with milk and without sugar, I lately "inverted" my preferences: these days I'm enjoying this stimulating hot beverage without milk and with sugar. I wonder what this says about me...

I must confess though that I love the smell of coffee even more than its taste. How's about you?

Funky Cactus

Of course I am not the first to combine the words "funky" and "cactus"; it simply was the very first title for this post that came to my head. I liked it, so I kept it. 

Out of curiosity I searched the web for those two words and was quite amazed by the wonderful things I discovered. 

The majority of "funky cactus" to be found on the internet are designs for t-shirts, mugs, towels etc and (sometimes quite hilarious) images on photography platforms.

However, as a lover of various styles of music (including funk) my favorite discovery has to be the San Francisco based label  "Funky Cactus Recordings" run by DJ Greg J and Toronto based producer Myagi ;-)

Donnerstag, 15. August 2019

step by step (video)

I totally agree with fine art photographer Alain Briot who states that in order to represent the artist's creativity, intent and desire to create a unique world rather than just document the world we all have access to, certain aspects of an image (or video) like colors, contrast, dynamic range etc may (or even should) be altered.

I highly increased the saturation of this video because I like how that brings out the complementary colors blue and yellow instead of the greyishness of the original.

Dienstag, 13. August 2019

Kalados beach, baby! (video)

After a one hour drive along the narrow and curvy road to the South of the island of Naxos, Nina and I ended up on Kalados Bay, where I played around with my latest purchase, Weeview's SID 3D Camera.