1701 - T-istraction

T-istraction - sony nex 7 with sel 35 f1.8 | f1.8 | ISO500 | 1/60

being home alone isn't easy for me, especially not if the affected span is longer than a few days. better being distracted by tina's attendance than being driven to distraction because of absolute loneliness. any way, tina causes T-istraction, even if she isn't at our place.

1412 - half

sony nex 7 with sel 50 f1.8 | f2.8 | ISO100 | 1/500

taking candid pictures of people in public is about catching the right moment. you already see the scenery but you still have to wait till another object or another boundary condition is completing your image. 

in case of the photograph above the third person crossing the bright reflections of the sunlight was the key for an interesting composition. the lady - the person is carrying a handbag - causes exactly the amount of confusion i wanted to have in there.

sony nex 7 with sel 50 f1.8 | f5.6 | ISO100 | 1/400

(almost) perfect symmetry. even simple things can be so beautiful when you arrange them differently.

1312 - reasonable doubt

sony nex 7 with sel 50 f1.8 | f1.8 | ISO100 | 1/250

till today tina hasn't completely taken to the things i'm concerned with. this stands to reason, since even i by myself don't feel certain with every detailed issue of this complex topic. all the things that are made for killing bring along a very negative connotation, regardless of whether the underlying engineering achievement deserves acknowledgement or not.

sony nex 7 with sel 50 f1.8 | f1.8 | ISO100 | 1/500

how much sorrow had this old jet brought upon the global population before it was retired? this is definitely the wrong question. 

the evil itself isn't arising from the existence of weapons. quite the opposite, due to the incredible power, energy and force of tools like jets (today's dangerous, irregular) enemies can be thrown again and again. in the best case it's enough to deploy every weapon only in the context of show of force. i wish this could be the custom.

0612 - fleck

sony nex 7 with sigma 30 f2.8 ex dn | 30mm | f2.8 | ISO1600 | 1/20

cern is a world-famous, huge laboratory located in geneva, switzerland. more than 10000 guest scientists work on high-energy physics research, their main function is to provide the different particle accelerators. the most famous experiment plant is the lhc, the large hadron collider. unfortunately the testing plants are continuously running till middle of 2013, so that you may not go down to the experiments itself. after the shutdown in summer of 2013 a two-years maintenance period will follow and then visitors might be allowed to have a look at the large tunnel system (lhc is 27 kilometres long) with the detectors.

besides the accelerators cern is the birthplace of internet, cloud computing and different other very useful and meanwhile prevalent things, although all these things were basically used as necessary tools to manage the scientific problems. it is a honour for every scientist to work at one of the great many institutes on the french border. today we had a very detailed behind-the-scenes tour with our department, executed by a retired, former cern researcher from germany.

fundamental research of a topic is as complex and simultaneously as simple as trying to understand each issue in life. many things surface not until later and completely different than expectable and incarnate intangible phenomena. you have to be able to handle this.

1509 - spectatorship

1509 - spectatorship

setup: sony nex 7 with sel 50 f1.8 | 50mm | f4.0 | ISO100 | 1/1600 | lightroom 4.1

we arrived at half past ten in the morning. the parking areas were already jammed and many people were sitting in traffic on the roads to the berlin expocenter airport. i just waked up a few minutes ago and we had finally reached the berlin air show 2012, the ila 2012, after an eleven hour bus ride overnight.

the night wasn't so bad. of course i waked up a couple of times but luckily i was able to get back to sleep within a few minutes repeatedly. tina had the whole last seat row all to herself and i made myself comfortable beneath it. that way we spent the night and arrived in berlin mostly rested and without huge pain.

fortunately solely the show itself was worth the long journey: both the dynamic and the static display were pretty to watch although the shown was nothing new for me. all the more tina was very enthusiastic about the performance of man and machine. and also among themselves the participants spectated their shows and held their deeds in veneration.

and now into the city!

cu, trshptr

0108 - action painting

0108 - action painting

setup: sony nex 7 with sel 50 f1.8 | 50mm | f2.8 | ISO100 | 1/4000 | lightroom 4.1

it is hard to ecstasiate on a wednesday. normally it isn't tolerated anyway in everyday life that anybody ecstasiates. our societies yearn after people that function. the majority frowns at crazy, quirky or curious people. these have to take cover from being treated as a freak in big cities and their dark suburbs. normally!

on some days the rules of (our narrow) life become soft. there are events where peculiarities are assertively desired. events like the currently happening culture festival in friedrichshafen that unifies people of different mentalities only with the central theme art. one kind of art you can play out there is action painting. it's a very colourful fun. there should more often be action paintings on wednesdays.

cu, trshptr

2007 - experimental views

2007 - experimental views

setup: sony nex 7 with sel 50 f1.8 | 50mm | f2.0 | ISO320 | 1/80 | lightroom 4.1

weekend time is visiting time. this weekend two fellow students are visiting me at lake constance. christian, who is the father of a two and a half year old, cute boy, hasn't been at my place since more than two years. and i've not seen karl, who is also a father since more than one year, since we ended our movement to the lake in summer 2009. a long time passed since then, but luckily we are still on the same page although we three are completely different as different can be.

after they'd arrived at my workplace, i've showed them everything in my company, the facilities and the beautiful surroundings at the lake. when we came home tina had already prepared the dinner so that we could directly have a seat for a great spaghetti bolognese and some beers. in the evening we visited the opening of the exhibition "experimentelle 17" and ended in a tiny little bar with another beer.

the vernissage gave variety in modern, experimental art: iron structures, paintings and sculptures of well- and also little-known artists are exhibited at five places at the lake constance for two months from now on. the work of peter casagrande was the most impressive one: he works with huge canvas and glaring colours, beautiful to look at. however the work of andreas lau was the most interesting one: as an example he creates plastic, three-dimensional images with dozens of multilayered dots with different diameters in front of a shadowed background. really formidable!

the image in my pic shows a blurred child, that is traversed by some parallel lines. if you view this image at a remove from some meters, the child is clearly visible. however if you see the painting from up close, everything blurs to a coloured mass. also very formidable and a top implementation by the artist!

for logical reasons i used the topic and the kind of implementation of "the child", my favourite exhibited painting, as an opportunity to implement my daily pic also of this character. my pic a multilayered, partly blurred, candid self portrait of tina and me in the environment of the exhibition.

cu, trshptr

2306 - torture ship

2306 - torture ship

setup: sony nex 7 with sel 50 f1.8 | 50mm | f3.2 | ISO100 | 1/320 | lightroom 4.1

tolerance is a quality you have to work hard for. it seems to me that not everybody achieves this goal. today at the boarding to the fetish party on the so called torture ship where i sensed some interesting photo objects i again became aware of the parochialism of the people in germany. i had to hear dialogues like "yuck! despicable! but we watch them every year." and "kinkier!".

i don't want to live in a country where the people are insincere and mindless like that. the basic question that arises is who is perverse? the people before or the people behind the barrier?

cu, trshptr

1506 - 9645km remembrance

9645km remembrance

setup: sony nex 7 with sigma 30 f2.8 ex dn | 30mm | f2.8 | ISO320 | 1/60 | lightroom 4.1

yesterday i received the message that i will get my nex7 back on friday. today is the day, a compact parcel caused huge zest. the show can go on.

as a side note today i also received the response to my service request from sony, as late as today... fortunately i've cared for a repair shop by myself.

after my exhausting one-week business trip i've used the afternoon to take an extensive rest in our courtyard and furthermore for a long running. then in the evening we visited the opening of the photo exhibition "9645km remembrance" of helena schätzle, who has followed the trails of her grandfather for the war-time and postwar. the second world war is of course an often discussed topic but helena schätzle looks back on and reappraises the era and links this issue to her personal family history simply wonderfully.

besides many impressive portraits of contemporary witnesses and landscape photos of the war scenes several quotes, interviews and a few mementos are exhibited. the old combat jacket is captioned by the quote

"i'm sitting in the barrack room with some fellows in dead silence. 
everybody's sad thoughts are in the homeland at the beloved ones."

today's pic isn't really good, but i desperately wanted to tell the story of somebody whose relatives were killed in war, so you can understand that persons are deeply moved only by words or images.

cu, trshptr

1205 - sufficient distance

sufficient distance

setup: canon eos 400d with efs 18-55mm | 18mm | f4.0 | ISO400 | 1/20 | lightroom 4

today forenoon tina and i attended the opening of an art exhibition of two local painters in the little cloister weppach some minutes by car away from our home. above all we really fall for the artist hendrik tuttlies. his oeuvre relates to the topic transition of the nature.

the colourful graphics and drawings were drawn by him with drawing ink or paint on canvas, glass, aluminium or paper. very interesting, very impressive. the man in the pic above must have thought that, too, he lingered over studying the drawing for a few minutes.

cu, trshptr