Just a few quick snaps, with one of our favourite lenses

Today I mounted the Micro Zuiko 45mm/1.8 lens onto my camera. It’s my go-to lens for portraits, and it’s Mitchie’s go-to lens for about everything. And since I was thinking about that “everything” part, and the angle of view which you get with a lens which compares to 90mm on an older film camera, I pretty much knew what I would get. Here are a few shots I took:

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Flowers

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Clothespins

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Clothespins

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Cup

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Flower

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Speaker terminal

All of these were taken with an aperture of f/4, and all except the last one hand-held, so yes, from a composition or separation point of view, you could get almost the same results with a kit lens. Maybe just a tad less nice and acute than with this one (your typical kit lens would be at f/5.6 when zoomed fully out to 42mm, but to get sharp photos you’d probably have to step it down to f/8).

Still, as one who loves to take portraits, this would be the first lens I’d buy after a kit lens, even before getting a fixed focal “normal” lens, which would have around 25mm length for the (Micro) Four Thirds sensor.

You see, we both love this lens, and consider it essential. But as a “normal” kind of person, how should you decide which perspective and focal length you should get when buying your first prime after a zoom lens? Simple: leave your kit lens at 42mm for a week, and photograph everything with this focal length. Then, after a week or so, leave it at 25mm for another week (or even at 20 or 17mm). You’ll learn pretty fast what kind of perspective you prefer. And then go for it, you won’t be disappointed.

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How cool is that?

If you are a regular reader of this blog, you’ll know that we have a new stereo system since a while. I started with speakers, knowing pretty well what I wanted, and lately we also added a new receiver to drive them. It’s a network receiver, but I didn’t connect and configure its network yet – no free port on our router, and because I didn’t want to buy an additional WLAN adapter and block the receiver’s only USB port with it, there’s no network yet. Or so I thought.

Today I remembered that our TV set does in fact have network, wireless even. So on my Debian PC I installed minidlna and configured it quick & dirty like described in Linux Magazine. Then I started both the TV and the receiver, et voilà:

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Network via TV

And that minidlna server is so slim and cool that I could even start a virtual Windows7 image which takes away half of my 8GB main memory to work on this photo, and later use RawTherapee on it, and then upload it to Flickr – all without the slightest hiccup or interruption of the music playing.

Now if that isn’t cool I don’t know what is. No more fumbling around with my small USB stick sneakernet-style…

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Just flowers

These are from our Sunday walk. Saw them in the evening sun, and had to take a photo:

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Flowers, plucked off a meadow two days ago, in the evening sun

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I♥U, Mommy

Found this on our living room table – so I had to take a picture:

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I♥U, Mommy

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Reflections

Found some nice reflected light on our receiver. It’s always about the light…

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Reflections on a receiver

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The last of May

So I went out onto our veranda to take the last photo in the setting sun of this last day of May. Nothing extraordinary, just some of Mitchie’s flowers, manually focused with my lens wide open:

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Pink

Sometimes it are the colours which catch my eye…

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Not that many photos this May

I’ve taken about 150 photos this month – less than half of what I usually take. But that was ok – I had to learn and to find out some other things, and I completed our stereo system with a receiver since Tuesday. So here are some of the few pictures I took since last Sunday:

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Where the forest aisles have names

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Onkyo TX-8050 Receiver, playing classic radio

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Cats like it nice and warm

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Audio / video system

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Riding…

Yep, she’s getting old. Like me. But still she has to go through technical surveillance each two years, and so yesterday evening I started her, checked the pressure in the tyres, and took her around the kampung (Malaysian for “village”). And since today I commute with her again:

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Honda NTV (in the US, a chain-driven version was called “Hawk”)

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