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Travel

  • Posted on May 2, 2013 at 11:56 pm

Yours truly has been without Internet recently. It’s amazing what a period of having crappy Internet connections can do to a mind. While tweets even fit through the smallest pipe most other content wasn’t accessible. This is actually a good thing. It clears some of the thoughts that clog your brain throughout the busy days with lots of routine, interruptions and information.

There are three things I do when being away. I have a look around. When being in your day job or at home there’s not much time for simply looking at something. You always have to be somewhere on time. No glimpsing, no observing, lots and lots of getting from A to B and not wasting time. Shame. Then there is writing. Writing something for the sake of spilling words is great. Just putting words on a page. No goal, no agenda, no thoughts of your audience in mind. Fun. And then there is photography. Just take the camera, walk around, have a hard look at what you can see, find a good spot and take a picture. Go where few people would go. Use angles few people would use. Rediscover the world.

We all should do this more often.

Vision

  • Posted on March 20, 2013 at 8:25 pm

There is nothing to see here. This blog is pretty much focusing on words. Some articles feature a photograph, but usually I don’t publish any pictures here. This will stay the same. There’s one change though. I have decided to publish a part of my collection of photographs on the Internet. I omitted lengthy descriptions and just added the bare bones. The location is shown in the sets, sometimes you can figure out the time, but I haven’t added much yet. I doubt that I will go into more detail at the picture hosting site. If you want to know more about specific images, please tell me here or on Twitter.

Since the photographs were taken over the course of several years you will notice some changes. I started to work with digital cameras over ten years ago. Two different models were used, and I refined my skills dealing with the output of the imaging devices. A lot of photographs were computed by the cameras themselves. Recently I switched to using the raw image format and post-processing it with Rawstudio (no, I don’t use much proprietary software, thanks). The software has a lens library containing the lenses I use. It does pretty much what I need, also photographing in raw mode decreases the number of shots – which is a good thing. It’s not the storage, it’s the amount of time you spend post-processing the data you created.

I don’t like to photograph people, so the galleries do not contain portraits. The only exception are the concert images. You really need a band on stage for concerts, can’t be helped. I don’t do much concerts though. It would be nice to see a colour histogram over all sets to see if there is a bias. There probably is, but see for yourself.

Back from Paris

  • Posted on March 18, 2010 at 6:51 pm
Go Green advertisement in a sex shop in Paris, France.

Go Green!

Yours truly has been to Paris. It was quite a safari, believe me. The Lynx and the Lioness took hundreds of photographs (including the Go Green! gem show in this post; it was found in a very cosy sex shop) and walked lots of kilometres. The weather ranged from mediocre to sunny. The coffee ranged from non-existent to quite fine (they do have floating Starbucks coffee shops there, that appear and disappear at random). The mood of the natives ranged from «Je parle d’Anglais aussi.» up to «Let’s switch to English, because your French sucks.». The photo collection will be online soon is now online. I don’t know yet how to convert the images (not technically, it’s merely how to select them and which ones and so on).

P.S.: The placing of inline images in postings sucks big time.

Dive Safari – Day #4

  • Posted on September 25, 2009 at 9:57 pm

In your creation heaven did decree
That in your arms sweet death should dwell

Deep Silent Complete
Black velvet sea
The sirens are calling for me

It’s a bit easier to relate to these words after being submerged by several tons of solid salt water. Fascination and curiousity attracts the unsuspecting diver, but the human body wasn’t designed for this environment. Every fish we’ve seen moves with far more grace than we ever could. And fishes cannot drown, such as the four sailors and the five gunners of the SS Thistlegorm.

Today we took a look at steep reef walls. Venturing out a few metres into the deep blue is yet another way of experiencing one’s own status as alien in the underwater world. „You do not belong here.” said the mackerel (well, if fish talk to you underwater, you are well advised to get help and – above all – to surface as safely as possible).

Above all the bloody air-conditioning gave me a slight cold. This almost ruined my last dive today and made me cancel the night dive (again). The Fauna of the Sea doesn’t have these problems.

Dive Safari – Day #3

  • Posted on September 24, 2009 at 9:15 pm

Welcome to our second day at sea (the first was 0)!

We visited the wreck of the SS Thistlegorm, a British freighter sunk by two German He111 bombers on 6 October 1941. I’ve been here before, but it’s always very special. You can still explore the two layers of cargo holds containing Morris jeeps, trucks, Lee Enfield MK III rifles, boots, crates, cables and boxes. The wreck is a relic of the Second World War. Sadly many divers forget that. Even worse, thieves raid the wreck and take souvenirs with them. The site is a grave and should be treated with respect.

Shutdown now. Diving down almost 30 metres and negotiating currents fosters tiredness.

Dive Safari – Day #2

  • Posted on September 23, 2009 at 7:29 pm

Blogging from a dive safari boat seemed to be a brilliant idea at first. The theory was slighly modified when I decided to leave Thoth, my „take-away” laptop, behind. This saved some space and reduced my luggage by one bag. Too bad, the boat has plenty of power outlets all over the place (plenty for one laptop that is). The second measure for increasing the overall efficiency of packing my bags involved taking the smaller camera with me. Yes, I don’t photograph under water. And the choice of motifs South of the Sinai is reduced to water, coral reefs from above (being basically a change of colour in the blue range of the visible spectrum), other ships, Ra and rocks on the shore (this includes buildings, mountains and hills). That’s about it.

So I am doing this blog entry (and some to follow) in a very old-fashioned way: I am writing it into a small notebook (the original paper one without the fancy stuff and the precious raw materials in it, could be basically refined elephant crap) with a pen and green ink. Imagine this – the world knows about blogging for hundreds of years, even Mark Twain did it. Yet the people had to reinvent the process and give it a new name. That’s pathetic.

Forgive me for publishing my thoughts days after recording them. At least I don’t give a tweet about it.

Right now we’re at anchor next to Sha’ab Mahmud. We already did three dives today. Just a minute ago the last group went in for a night dive. Apparently I skipped the night dive. I prefer to have another night of sleep before I can manage four dives a day. We had a bit of a current during the last dive and my fins weren’t up to the job (hey, it’s a theory to start with).

But I am happy. Today we visited the wreck of the Dunraven. It’s a very old wreck, it sank more than 120 years ago. Last time I only entered its structure at the middle, diving through the remains of the engine room. You can also enter at the aft section (this being the stern) and take a look inside there. Having a guide is good. Tomorrow we’ll pay the SS Thistlegorm a visit. That’s why I skipped the night dive, I don’t want to miss out on the Thistlegorm.

Coffee’s gone cold. More later.

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