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No Grain – No Gain

Almost 3 years after my first post in this photography related blog, i think it is time to talk about photography. Lately we all enjoy the benefits of the digital revolution but we also struggle to keep up with the challenges this has to offer. Every week i am reading about some new groundbreaking  feature of the new Nikon – Cannon – Panasonic or what else is out there, widening our perspective in photography and the quality of our images. All this is very nice but usually comes with some heavy price tag. Over the last years we were offered two very important features encapsulated in the newest DSLR cameras. High ISO performance and FULL HD video. The hunt to eliminate grain – noise in our images became the number one goal for new photographers like myself. I used to work with a Nikon D90 for 2 years, mostly shooting weddings and concerts. I had a very difficult time in low light situations, since this camera was terrible at 2000 ISO and higher. Most often i would reduce depth of field in order to get as much light as possible through the lens. About a year ago i bought the D800. As you may know this camera is absolutely fantastic in low light situations and also has quite a few other groundbreaking features. This made my life as a photographer much easier but also introduced me to another point of view regarding depth of field. I can now use f 7.1 inside a dim room and get the results i want and some others i had never seen so far. Looking back at my D9o photos i discovered that they all were pretty “shallow” and only depicting sharply the main object / subject of my frame. This led to a portfolio filled with f 2.8 photos giving very little attention to the background. I could push my ISO settings with the D90 but i did not for the shake of grainless photos. I am now wondering wether i acted right or not. Is level of grain in my photo more important than the scene i am trying to capture or should i give more attention to the composition and just ignore grain. Is this hunt of grain important enough and is it ever going to end ?

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Not Yet Darling

You may have not heard about “Not Yet Darling”, at least not yet, but should you ever stumble upon a gig poster with their name on it, mark the date and cancel all other plans.

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Get Hot Gin Joint

As noted earlier on this blog’s timeline, that night could not have been better. Unrivaled performances on exemplary coordination produced an overwhelming show, featuring an exclusive remake of “USA, Dos Passos” originally written by John Dos Passos from 1930 to 1936 and more recently presented to our city’s audience by Eleni Euthimiou, in her own text version and direction, last May in Thessaloniki. Followed by the appearance of Stan Laurel on screen, accompanied by Thanasis Bililis on the piano, the time capsule seemed to be inexhaustible. A dance show by Lindy Hop Greece put a smile on everyone’s face and also provided a hint of what would follow when the Voodoo Pie-Rats hit the stage. You should check these guys out, i think their singer is called Spad ! Blues Fathers and the Swingers were exactly that, though i wish my dad had but a fraction of their energy. The Grand Finale could wait a bit more and thankfully it did. For some brief moments Principal Club Theater turned pitch black with only two spotlights shaping a jaw dropping silhouette lingering in a burlesque act strewing excitement among the crowd. Finally the Speakeasies swing band entered the stage. Introducing the Speakeasies would be no more than a waste of space and if i do speak my mind without applying any form of censorship i will be considered subjective. Amazing !

What really is amazing though is the price of this beautifully wrapped bundle, which was set to just 8 of our euros. Why is that so amazing then. Why is it that i hit enter and created a whole new paragraph to talk about money. Because whether or not i or you want to acknowledge, this is how the real world works. That may sound bleak or not so inspirational at best, yet it is a reality we must face if we don’t like the bread line or the chair of a bank clerk. The Speakeasies along with 25 or so other wonderful people dared to dream big and got away with it.

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The Speakeasies live @ Block33

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The City

Every September the city puts on a sarcastic smile. A welcome back notion. She knows you leave every summer, yet you always come back. Catching up with friends, sharing stories about places untouched by time. Some old lady living in a deserted village just 5 km off the highway, or a family on a bay so secluded that a 15 year old boy has to travel for three hours every Saturday for a piano lesson. All seems dreamy. Every time you re thinking about leaving, yet every time you don’t.

She ‘s so confident about you return. Never has to put up a fight. Never has to change anything. You ‘re dazzled by her memorable ugliness, her twisted ways. The tarmac and the building blocks, the traffic lights, the scarcity of nature in her body makes you feel like home. Only one or two weeks after your return to your so missed routine, you plan on your next cheat.

There’s still sand in your shoes and your tan is fresh. Waiting for the fall to step in. Some November rain will make you feel better adjusted. The leaden sky suits much better with your long face, rather than the deep blue one of September. You will be here this year and then you re gonna go again, only to return. So don’t fight the feeling.

Enjoy the city !

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Road Trip Special (West) DeBriefed

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That endless ribbon of tarmac would stretch for about 5.000 km, either widening in three separate lanes or shrinking in one, when 2.000 meters above sea level. Coastal or mountain, the road was home for 15 days. Venice, Treviso, Trento, Como, Genova, Nice, Barcelona, Aix en Provence. There’s a story or more behind each one. It was not really what you would think of holiday, with extensive heat in southern France or thermal storms in Milan to Venice when on the way home. Breakdowns are inevitable especially if you tend to enjoy the sticky tarmac of italian “autostada”. That would have a profound effect on both your rear tire and break pads, in less than a 300 km range. Anyway there’s a good camping near Genova, run by Louis de Finesse, and you can get a refreshing sleep there, if you set your tent near the train tracks that actually run through the camping in MACH 3.

Here ‘s a top tip. Travel light ! You will probably don’t need all the clothes you packed. This is what you do. Pack all you think is necessary. After that unpack half the staff and you re ready. Cheap helmet intercom will not work, so unless you ‘re thinking of a serious investment you should forget about it and start developing the body language necessary for start, stop, slower or faster and that’s pretty much all you need. Or maybe you really need to have a discussion while cruising on two wheels round the Mediterranean.

Tip no 2 : Do not schedule. Not because you spoil all the fun, blah blah blah….. Simply because you can’t. There is absolutely no way of telling where you ‘re going to be at the exact time in question. Not unless there’s a team of ten behind you making all the arrangements. And this team includes to say at least highly decorated CIA agents equipped with gismos NASA scientists don’t even know they exist. So. .. . do not schedule. It is more fun.

Tip no 3 : To cash or not to cash? Talk about cash in northern Italy or southern France and you will either look as a primitive human coming from their eastern neighbors or like a bank robber washing out cash. You guessed it. Plastic is the way to go. Even the Spanish are compatible with plastic. You will need some emergency cash though for situations like, arriving in Barcelona past midnight on a Saturday, especially if that Saturday happens to be the conclusion of a 5 days long international gay parade. You will need it to buy the famous “cerveza” and spend the night sitting on a bench near the “ramplas” waiting for early morning chekouts.

Tip no 4 : This one goes out to the Greek drivers. Stay out of emergency lanes. They do mean something there. Should a Greek living or has lived in Germany try to comment on this one, i got loads of pictures of their driving style when inside the Greek borders. I really have an empathy for these guys.

Tip no 5 : The person giving you these tips is a trained professional and you should do as told.

 

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