If This Is Love

This is Stella from the UK, and I added my fretless bass to her song:

This track is embedded with the friendly permission by the creatives on wikiloops.com.

Musicians, so far:

Thanks for listening.

Gonna support Richard

I just discovered and then joined wikiloops at the beginning of this year (2018). And I will become a supporting member as soon as I’m back home today. Here’s Richard, the founder of this cool project:

See it like this: it’s like your rehearsal room for which you pay a low monthly rent. But into this rehearsal room come people from all over the world, and they sit down and play and sing and do great stuff. Now if that isn’t fun then I don’t know what would be.

I played along my first track yesterday, and it really is a lot of fun!

Thanks for your awesome and continued work, Richard!

P.S.: rather than explaining what this is all about, watch this:

– and it even has parts of my name 🙂

Enjoy. And join us if you’re a musician, too!

She made it again

Saturday evening I uploaded another photo of Tuna, our cat onto the Flickr servers, and the great wide interweb. And like with the photo from late January, it was an overnight success again – until yesterday morning it easily climbed up my all time favourite list, where it now resides as the number two most successful of my photos of all time:

I laughed and showed it to Mitchie, with words like: “Look, a simple photo of a cat!”. But still, even if I don’t see it, some people at least seemed to really like it, almost as much as the one from January. So here it is (full size on Flickr as always):

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Looking out, Moerfelden-Walldorf 2018

10,418 views, 188 faves, and 6 comments as I write this. So thanks, I also like it. Took this with the new (to me) 75mm/1.8 lens at f/2.5 from the dining room table – you see my chair from the computer desk on the left, and a wall on the right. And Tuna was right beside the sofa, so she could look out the veranda door. Pastime paradise for her 😉

Thanks for viewing.

Some very interesting interpretations

I have just finished reading the “Cloud Atlas” by David Mitchell, which I’ve got as a birthday present this year. This is David’s third book, and also the third one I’ve read – after I saw Cloud Atlas the movie by Tom Tykwer and the Wachowskis.

And tho the book and the movie tell the same story quite differently, both are really really beautiful, with the movie being a bit more difficult to understand in my opinion. Anyway, love them both. And here’s a very interesting interpretation and kind of conclusion for those who might ask what these are all about:

Yeah. Heavy on philosophy of Nietzsche et al, but the main message is simple to understand. And now I’m actually interested in a series of the Wachowskis which they did after Cloud Atlas, and which seems to have a quite similar message. That one’s called Sense8, and it belongs to Netflix (let’s see where and how I can see that one without being a subscriber to them):

Enjoy. I certainly did.

Meet Esperanza…

The teacher who managed last Sunday’s concert at our local music school asked me about Jacob Collier, because he saw a video I posted here. And he also asked if I’m a musician since he also follows Jacob since quite some time, and this is a pretty advanced level of composing and performing.

Well – here’s another one of whom I’m glad that some day I just “discovered” her. As far as I remember I read somewhere that she’s also the youngest ever musical professor at the famous Berklee College of Music. So ladies & gentlemen, dear readers, please meet Esperanza Spalding. The video I just found today is from 2009 – still great:

Enjoy…

Cover of “As”

I’ve heard and seen Becca Stevens live in Frankfurt, where she performed as the opening act for Snarky Puppy. And Jacob Collier is a musical genius, mentored by Quincy Jones, and now he plays with people like Herbie Hancock. Here Becca and Jacob perform Steve Wonder’s “As” in a really nice way:

Enjoy…

Some scenes from a concert

Taken today, with my E-PL5 camera and the 25mm lens, and with the E-M10 camera and the 75mm lens:

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I took many more, but gave them all to a teacher of the music school to distribute them to the kids’ parents. Hope they like them. And I hope that some of them allow me to show some more photos both here and in Flickr.

Thanks for viewing.

Some more recent photos, birthday presents

Here are some more photos:

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Zuleikha needs glasses, so we went shopping for them. And I took some photos while she tried different frames, to show her how she looks from a slightly different angle. Like here:

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Last Sunday I turned 61, and this is what I’ve got – a book, and a new lens for my camera:

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It’s David Mitchell’s “Cloud Atlas”, and the Olympus Micro Zuiko Digital 75mm/1.8 lens. Both are wonderful. So the rest of this blog post’s photos were all taken with that new lens, either fully or near fully open:

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This one was at f/5, with an overhead octabox and one of my studio strobes:

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As you can see, that 75mm lens is perfect for head & shoulder portraits, and it reminds me a lot of my 135mm/2.8 which I had for my Canon A-1, and which I now also have for my Olympus OM-2N. The angle of view is very similar, with the 75mm being slightly tighter, and comparable to a 150mm lens on a 135 film camera. Might be a bit long for normal indoor living rooms, where our 45mm lenses shine, but outdoors, or for candids, or the mentioned head & shoulders, it’s just perfect. And for cats of course. Purrfect.

As always, thanks for reading.

Some recent photographs

Here are some photos we took since Friday – half of which were taken with my camera, the other half with Mitchie’s:

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Tulips, Moerfelden-Walldorf 2018

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Tuna diva, Moerfelden-Walldorf 2018

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Wolfgang, Moerfelden-Walldorf 2018 – photographer: Mitchie

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Dying flowers and a bass guitar, Moerfelden-Walldorf 2018

Thanks for viewing.