Posts tagged ‘dusk’

June 14, 2017

on the road

by ada

June 13, 2017

Erlaufsee

by ada

June 12, 2017

Mariazell – Kalvarienberg

by ada

June 10, 2017

Mariazell – the second round, part 2

by ada

June 8, 2017

Mariazell – the first impressions, part 2

by ada

April 18, 2017

New Rhine

by ada

January 6, 2017

walks with Casey – Mehrerau

by ada

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December 19, 2016

Arbon – part 2

by ada

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September 13, 2016

Bregenzer Spaziergänge

by ada

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September 1, 2016

Bregenzer Ach

by ada

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August 11, 2016

Langenargen

by ada

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August 2, 2016

Lindau at dusk

by ada

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June 12, 2015

lens test (Sony Alpha DT 50mm F1.8 SAM)

by ada

Somewhere around the middle of April my kit lens gave up on its focusing skills. I was already contemplating buying a new one for a long time, I just couldn’t justify giving out money. Since making decisions isn’t my prime skill, it took me weeks to pick the new lens (out of the two that were available for Sony cameras in my price range, haha). I got the 50 mm f 1.8 lens because it was cheap I want to learn from scratch. Here are the first photos I took with it, along with some thoughts on my experiences (I’m now using it since one month).

Pros:

  • it takes very nice photos under less than ideal light conditions (dusk, night, inside)
  • really good for portraits
  • it was really cheap – like 88 GBP on Amazon

Cons:

  • the large aperture, that allows the low-light photos to be so nice makes the lens literally unsuitable for bright daylight use. I need some ND filters, asap
  • it is very tight – I should have known that, because it is a portrait lens. Unfortunately, for me a portrait lens is A Lens That Makes Nice Portraits – while, in reality, a portrait lens is A Lens That Is Unable To Cover Any Other Subject Than Portraits. I crept on dirty grounds like those cool wildlife photographers do while shadowing lions, and still could not get the tiny castle of Liechtenstein on the picture in whole. I don’t miss the zoom of the kit lens, but I do miss its width
  • it is not suitable for macro photos
  • I expected it to be sharper than it is
  • unrelated, but I really hate the way my Sony camera autocorrects color saturation. My fault – I should finally start to use modes other than intelligent automode

Anyway. I am slowly, very slowly, but actually learning some things about photography. All we need is just a little patience, haha.

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January 9, 2015

Wien – Donaupark

by ada

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December 1, 2014

Budapest – Várkert Bazár

by ada

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November 23, 2014

rage, rage against the dying of the light

by ada

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Heroes' Square

September 24, 2014

Ljubljana – day 6

by ada

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September 4, 2014

evening walk from Portorož to Fornače

by ada

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May 11, 2014

Veszprém

by ada

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February 10, 2014

Vác

by ada

Through a wet lens. In dusk. Definitely not at its best.

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February 9, 2014

Budapest

by ada

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August 28, 2013

Rosenheim

by ada

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August 28, 2013

let thine own times as an old story be

by ada

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April 17, 2013

Salzburg – Mönchsberg

by ada

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March 20, 2013

Venice – Lido beach at dusk

by ada

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March 17, 2013

Venice – day 1

by ada

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March 13, 2013

Dachau at dusk

by ada

I am very much like Keller, the hitman of some Lawrence Block stories: if I spend more than ten minutes in a town, I immediately start fantasising about living there. There are some strange places though where I just don’t get the feeling, and Dachau turned out being one of them. It is a nice, livable town with lots of green parks and abandoned gardens covered with snowdrops like it were delicate Persian rugs, but I simply just couldn’t picture myself living there, riding my bike on the streets and buying groceries at the Aldi shop. I’m not sure if it’s due to the proximity of the concentration camp – in fact, it is incorporated in the city, with kindergartens right next to the fence and living room windows looking at its alleys – because dealing with the past is necessary anyway and it’s rather a healthy way of doing that; but I found myself (totally unusually) not wanting to move there.

And a small but very typical detail: of all of my coworkers, the only one who approved my visit to the Dachau concentration camp, was  a practising Muslim and second generation Turkish immigrant. This fact tells tales of the Austrian mentality, which is rather like “oh no, I don’t go there, it’s not nice, I don’t want to see such things, they aren’t pretty”.  

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November 17, 2012

Prague – day 2

by ada

October 19, 2012

Traunsee

by ada

July 27, 2012

365/208

by ada

Sitting by the Salzach after work seems to become a habit of mine lately.

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