Flickr statistics are still weird…

Have a look at my “recent activities”:

Screenshot from 2018-12-10 08-15-09

And then have a look at my stats:

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So many different numbers, all for the same image.

How many views were it? 8002? 12999? 8072? Or – my favourite – 74% of 17489 (which would calculate to 12941,86)?

Strange, ain’t it? Our customers would nail us to the next tree if we’d come up with numbers like these…

Anyway, lots of views for a cat photo, that’s without question 🙂

Thanks for reading my short rant…

My new camera

My brother Willi reminded me that I now have shown some photos taken *with* my new camera – but none so far *of* it.

So I borrowed Mitchie’s Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark 2 once again to take a photo of my own one with it. Mitchie currently has the 45mm/1.8 Olympus lens on her camera, which is a small jewel in itself, and a must have for users of this system. My camera has the Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 25mm/1:1.4 mounted with which I took the latest cat photos:

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My new camera, Moerfelden-Walldorf 2018

So this is how it looks – from this distance, it more or less looks like my older original model, tho some dials, knobs, and switches were moved.

Anyway – so glad I have this now. Thanks again to the customer service of Olympus Germany.

Thanks for reading.

Update from Sunday evening:

Here’s another photo *of* my camera – this time I used Mitchie’s together with two of my studio strobes:

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Another photo of my new camera, Moerfelden-Walldorf 2018

Thanks again for viewing.

“Explored”

Well – I didn’t have that since a while. But the photo I took of Tuna (our cat) yesterday evening was somehow “explored” in Flickr today, which usually results in lots of views, and also “faves”:

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Tuna the cat, Moerfelden-Walldorf 2018

Somehow I find this cool – happening on the same day that I got my new camera. 🙂 And the fact that even with a cat photo you can become “explored” shows that it’s still both the subject and the photographer – tho the cuteness factor surely helps 🙂

As always, thanks for reading, and for viewing.

Sunday morning photo, mixed light, b&w

Now that I finally have a camera of my own again, I’m always on the lookout for photo opportunities. So when Tuna the cat decided to lay down on a warm spot of our heated floor just in front of our kitchen entry, I took two quick shots. And in the first of the two she was looking directly into the camera with a very intense stare.

This was in mixed light – natural daylight from outside, and artificial light from our kitchen which sadly doesn’t have any window. And although Olympus cameras do a very good auto white balance, they can’t of course correct for two totally different light temperatures – so I knew the end result would have to be in black & white (the only sensible resolution if you don’t use flash on your background).

And this is what I did. First I switched to black & white with a simulated yellow filter in Olympus Viewer 3 (same as if I had done this inside of the camera before even taking the photo). Then I checked and compared with the “fine art” preset no. #19 in Silver Efex Pro2 (and sfx won). And the final touches and the midrange colour toning (from grey to brown) were done in RawTherapee 5 in Linux as always.

So this is the result, cropped to a 3:2 format:


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Tuna the cat, Moerfelden-Walldorf 2018

About these Flickr embeds: I decided to use the new “block” from WordPress 5’s “Gutenberg” editor from now on. The difference for you is that I can’t alter the resulting HTML code to let the photo open in another tab or window anymore, so if you simply left-click on such a photo you will be directed to Flickr (and away from my site). If you don’t want that, then from now on you’ll have to right-click the image and select to open it in a new frame yourself.

As always, thanks for reading and viewing. Have a nice Sunday!

“Unchain my heart” Rita Payés Sant Andreu Jazz Band

Ok, let’s celebrate WordPress 5.0 “Bebo” with a Youtube video:


“Unchain my heart” Rita Payés Sant Andreu Jazz Band

Should I cite my own comment on that video of Joan Chamorro and his students? Here you go:

Wow. Perfection. My Christmas or birthday wish? Your “presents…” and “Jazzing” series. I’ll order all of them.

myself, in a comment on Youtube

Hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.

More about the song: see Wikipedia

WordPress 5, Gutenberg, and Twenty Nineteen…

Ok, I’ll simply start writing here in a normal “paragraph” as they called it now, and then add some other stuff. Like for instance an image:

Squier Vintage Modified Precision Bass Fretless

Or “custom html”:

Here I’ll insert a link to Zuleikha’s page. It should open in a new tab or window…

Next will be a Flickr photo:

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Tuna the cat, Moerfelden-Walldorf 2018

What else do we have? A “classic block”, whatever that might be…:

Aaahh, looks like an embedded mini version of the former editor which is now called “classic”…

Then comes a “heading”:

Ok. H4 here.

Then, a “gallery”…

Or a “list”:

  • one
  • two
  • three
  • many…

Finally, a quote:

don’t waste time it’s prime

© marmotte
Lyrics: Sistahood

Ok, enough for now. There are many more “blocks” which you could add, but let’s see how it all turns out in its default form…

Ciao for now…

An exceedingly generous offer

Almost a month ago, my camera stopped working. The technicians from its maker said it’s an issue with the mainboard which would have to be replaced, and the cost for that including work would be ~ 160€. Considering the cost for a replacement which was 3 times that amount, I agreed upon the repair offer.

But as it turned out, they needed a part for my camera which they couldn’t get anymore. And so they came up with another offer: for that calculated repair cost they would instead send me the camera’s successor (see above, usually 3x the repair cost).

Wow. Of course I just couldn’t refuse that. And after some waiting, today my shiny new toy arrived, the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark 2. And of course I had to check it immediately, first with mixed daylight and artificial light:

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Tuna the cat, Moerfelden-Walldorf 2018

And a bit later with two of my studio strobes:

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Tuna the cat, Moerfelden-Walldorf 2018

So finally I can take photos with an own device again. Cool.

And wow, what a generous deal! Now I have to make the device mine, and set up everything like I had it before.

Cool.

Up & Down with Anne

Here’s our latest collaboration from Wikiloops which this time started from a private band project. Each single instrument was mixed masterly by OliVBee who is also the composer of the original template, and the guitar player:

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

List of musicians:

This is the second time that I revisited this track after first being introduced to it in Steinfeld at this years Wikiloops member meeting, and after recording another version with Shi.

So this time, thanks to Oliv (again), Martin, Anne, and Charlotte.

And thanks to you for listening.