Warning: schizophrenic weblog post on the way.
The Kaffeesiederball together with the Opernball are Vienna’s two best balls. It’s a very close call which is better. I’d say the Kaffeesiederball with its 15 live orchestras is more fun, while the Opernball is more glamourous. But the Opernball is fun too, and Kaffeesiederball has glam aplenty. The contrast between both and banal balls like the Artztball (Physicians’ Ball) are striking.
Usually I have some great shots of the Kaffeesiederball but due to an arm strain back at the Austrian Fashion Week which turned into RSI, I’m off the main camera with full lens setup except for special occasions. Quite nice as it means that I can enjoy evenings without trying to capture fleeing time through a lens. Just for fun for a few minutes in the middle of the evening I pulled out the Nokia N97 mini and tried some snaps with it. Definitely not a low-light camera, but I can see that if one caps ISO at 400, the pictures are not at all bad.
The shot of the singer is at ISO 387, while all the others are at 800. Colour correction done in Aperture 3. Aperture 3 had no problem at all dealing with the jpegs and it was great to have Aperture level light and colour correction tools available to get the most of these small noisy photos.
Nokia 97 Mini external daylight pictures are great, btw. The N97 Mini has a much better camera than the iPhone and can definitely replace a standard point and shoot as one’s spur of the moment on the road camera.
Daylight Photos from the Nokia N97 Mini
Nokia N97 daylight normal ISO: heavy machinery ripping
apart the last remnants of Südbahnhof. Ironically this building
is only about ten years old. Humans building, discarding, wasting.
All at great expense to ourselves and nature.
If you’d like to see just how good the 4 MP Nokia N97 Mini camera is in comparison to the 2 MP iPhone or other normal cellphone camera, just download the full size version of the last photo. Amazing. I haven’t provided the full size versions for the Kaffeesiederball photos as they just don’t stand up to scrutiny at higher res.