Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Sunset in purple

I had already started writing about analog film and how it has much better colour rendition than digital sensors. But then I decided that I really don't care and that you probably don't either. Why? Because photography isn't about colour rendition.
Anyhow, this was taken in the south of France, specifically at the Verdon canyon (like this photo I posted recently). The lake above is artificial and is the result of a dam at the southern edge. The village next to the lake, Les Salles-sur-Verdon, is relatively new - the old village of Sainte-Croix-de-Verdon being completely underwater (isn't knowledge fun?). Anyhow, the best known (and, of course, most invaded by tourists) village in the area is Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, which is quite lovely (if you're in the region and playing tourist, by all means, invade away). The only problem with the tourism is that it drives prices up - everything is expensive (other than the cheap camps). Also, France tends to be filled with the French, who spend most of their time being incredibly french. Trust me, that makes a hell of a lot more sense than it might seem at first glance.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Gift suggestion

This is what I wanted for Christmas, but all I got are red boxers with Santa on it. The picture of this beautiful Alfa Romeo 8c Competizione was taken last year at Bologna Motorshow. It is a true beauty, but sadly limited to 500 pieces. It is powered by Maserati V8 and produces 450 horsepower. Nice, but some tests say that sadly is not driven that good... a beauty though.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Being watched?

Have you ever had the feeling you were being watched?
Like the eyes of strange things are upon you?
~ Bugs Bunny

I'm not sure if the above quote actually makes much sense, since Bugs said it to Dracula himself. Be that as it may, I think he's probably referring to being in a cartoon, that is, being recorded by someone else (breaking the third wall, but then, he did that quite often - probably every episode). All stories are like this, after all, since there's someone doing the telling - and few real stories are told in the first person. Ergo, most characters in stories are being watched (or rather, were watched at the time the story took place).
Now that I think about it, this feeling that one is being watched is probably incredibly common. Sure, you sometimes actively think that someone is watching you (I'm trying really really hard not to mention the song - damn, just did), but since most stories we're told (and movies we watch) take place in the third person, perhaps this feeling is more normal than we give it credit for. We probably just suppress it like crazy - and so it comes forth only at certain places and times. Yes, at three in the morning in the middle of the woods. The dark, scary, creepy woods. When you think to yourself "Jinkies!" and get the hell out of there.
Anyhow, I found this photograph lurking around on an external hard drive. It's interesting how some photographs stick in one's memory - even if you just file them away somewhere, you still sort of keep them in your head, knowing you'll use them somewhere. Most of the pictures we post on this blog are like that - we take a shot and it stays with you, even if you don't see it again for quite a while. But then there are photos such as the one above. Photos which you've completely forgotten because you never noticed them in the first place. But sometimes, at silly times in the night, when you feel like maybe someone really is watching, you browse your old photos (wondering how the hell you managed to mess so many of them up) and find something like this.
If there's anything in this post that confuses you, that's cool. Feel free to ask. Preferably over coffee.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Grand canyon du Verdon

This is the end of the Verdon canyon, where the Verdon river flows into a large, artificial lake. We spent most of our time climbing, though we did rent canoes for an hour and went rowing as far as we could - which wasn't very far. The photo itself was taken on film with my old Konica, I used Fuji's Velvia film which is perfect for showing off the strong colours.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

A Musician

Playing his sax into the sundown... Taken wide at 16mm.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Big Girlfriend + Big Sun = Big Umbrella

And of course, big fun! Cuba. Taken on a big marketplace where tourists don't come.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Watch tower

A lonely watchtower, trying in vain to keep the night away.

We already have a few different photos of Ljubljana's castle on this blog, but then, it is quite photogenic. Here are three examples: click click click. On this one here, I really like the bright clock face and the dark purple of the sky. I had already written the line above as part of this comment, but I liked it so much, I decided it needed space of its own.

Sunday, December 13, 2009


This one is for Janez. He's actually seen one of these in real life (that's that thing which happens whenever you leave your computer). It's called a sunfish, I saw this one at Lisbon's aquarium. Apparently, they can be quite dumb, at least according to Wikipedia (though it could just be going with the flow).

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Frozen (in time?)

Žiga with his best 'deer caught in the headlights' look. Also, this is our 201st post on this blog. We somehow forgot to mention our 200th post. We promise never to do this again ;-)

Sunday, December 6, 2009

The woman in red dress

Taken this summer in Spain on the streets of Granada. She was going to some wedding nearby, but the people loved her as you see. The dress is modified to a little graphical look (and not done very nicely) that some of you I know will find it terrible. It has to be like this :)

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

LCD monitor pixels

This is a photo of a few pixels from Apple LED Cinemadisplay. A very good example of a macro LCD panel photo from the real world. Taken at 250mm telefoto with Canon 55-250 kit lens and Raynox 50€ macro conversion lens. Size of one pixel is about 0,25mm. Pretty cool, ha :)