Remnants of Hapsburg Pressburg

July 8th, 2015 § 0

One of the great things about having a dog is that he will take you off the beaten track. Sometimes far off the beaten track. In this case on a 37 degree day, Thor insisted on going through the woods. I ended up crawling through bracken in shorts with low rise socks (very cool looking invention until crossing berries and vines in the woods).

Pressburg Pionier Oberleutenant Karl Hoper L
Pressburg Pionier Oberleutenant Karl Hoper (L)

In this case, Thor led me to a very old memorial tableau from 1909, reminding us of some unfortunate Pionier (in German) who were blown up by a mine. Until I saw the date I couldn't understand why the Russians or Slovak would write in German, as the Russians also had Pioneers. But no, this was a trace of Hapsburg Pressburg, when Pressberg was probably about the fifteenth city in the Austrian side of Austro-Hungary.

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Bratislava Castle Danube boats postcard (L)

While I was there I took a photo of the castle with boats passing. This photo has the feel of old postcards for me. Technically it's shot on a Leica R 50mm f2 mounted on a Sony NEX-5T. With the NEX-5T you can mount all your amazing old manual lens. Aperture exposure mode works great (unlike on the Canon 5D Mark III and other Canon DSLR). 

Beautiful photos from Nico

June 24th, 2013 § 0

Who is this guy? No contact info, no Google and images like this.

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In Greece, they are dancing in the streets

February 1st, 2013 § 2

Amazing image from Christos Lamprianidis. Who would have thought in times like this the Greeks would be dancing in the streets?

Christos Lamprianidis Dexim
Christos Lamprianidis - Dexim via 1px

Dance retains the power to make banality go away, to lift us into the air and out of the prose of everyday life. How we've forgotten to move and become glued to our desks and computers never ceases to astonish me.

We just need to step out into the world and into our bodies to really live again.

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Corel AfterShot Pro vs Adobe Lightroom 4: noise reduction

December 28th, 2012 § 13

I really do not like supporting Adobe. Adobe are monopolists abusing their position to force subscription software down our throats as well and/or upgrades on every upgrade cycle. Everything awful one could write about Microsoft in the dominant Wintel Office days one could write about Adobe, despite the very talented people they have on staff.

Adobe is a company run by the bean counters without vision and without empathy for its customers. There is a single agenda: squeezing us for all they can get while making certain no one else can make any inroads into any of their markets. It doesn't help that Apple did break the lock on reasonably priced professional video editing (Final Cut Pro) and visual fx (Motion) only to drop the ball with their Pro Apps at the same time as imposing an iOSification of OS X on their pro customers. Even when it looks like there's sunshine, then there isn't.

In any case, my company owns many thousands of dollars of Adobe software but I'm always looking for a chance to support the underdog. In this case, I bought a copy of Corel AfterShot Pro during their winter sale as AfterShot Pro will work on OS X, Windows AND Linux. Might be just the trick for us to move more of our computers to Linux. AfterShot Pro used to be known as Bibble (through version 5) before the Corel purchase.

First impressions: AfterShot Pro suffers a bit from the Java cross-platform look in comparison to the sharp lines of Apple's Aperture or Adobe's Lightroom. On the other hand, AfterShot Pro is actually fast and lightweight. Unlike Lightroom, Aftershot Pro is fun to work in. You can rate, review and develop pictures at all times without switching modules. Photos seem to load faster and I feel much more in control of my pictures, more like they are in my hands than with Lightroom.

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Girl Sleeping, Night Train

August 8th, 2012 § 3

Girl Sleeping Night Train
Girl Sleeping Night Train

The colours of the bottle, the shoes and the skirt fascinated me here. The ordinary becomes extraordinary: normally these trains are banal commuter ferries.

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ImPulsTanz Lounge 2012 Photos: A Saturday night

July 29th, 2012 § 0

ImpulstTanz lounge Saturday night
ImpulstTanz lounge Saturday night

The Burgtheater Vestibule is a great place for a nightly outdoor party.  When the weather is good, a large part of the party can be outside.

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Balet Bratislava: Romeo and Juliet

November 12th, 2011 § 0

Balet Bratislava's premiere of Romeo and Juliet yesterday in Bratislava started the company's performances off very well. A delighted public. Here are some photos to whet your appetite. Review to follow tomorrow.

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Balet Bratislava dance of patricians 1

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Slovak beer

October 8th, 2011 § 0

After a long evening of work, Peter, Miska and I decided to take a drink in the rock bar next door. This is what we found.

slovak beer
slovak beer

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Other Skies

October 7th, 2011 § 0

Wandering in Bratislava a few moments this afternoon, this umbrella and her hair caught my eye.

other skies
other skies

Did the end of summer have to come so sudden and so soon?

The American Indians measured years in summers. An infinite wisdom.

 

MAK Nite 2010: Herman Fink Lamps

September 22nd, 2010 § 0

Dropped by MAK Nite 2010 to see my friend Herman Fink's exhibition of lamps. Here's some photos.

Herman Fink two lamps at MAK nite
Herman Fink two lamps at MAK nite
Herman Fink vertical lamp
Herman Fink vertical lamp
Herman Fink pole lamp DJ ART PARTY VIENNA
Herman Fink pole lamp DJ ART PARTY VIENNA
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Herman Fink two lamps at MAK nite 1
Herman Fink closeup triple lamp
Herman Fink closeup triple lamp
Artist Herman Fink with one of his lamps
Artist Herman Fink with one of his lamps
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