Deer and nutria

Just back from a short trip to Mönchbruch where I took a few photos. Here are two of them:

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Deer, Mönchbruch 2020
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Nutria, Mönchbruch 2020

As always, thanks for reading and viewing.

And today, Zuleikha took my picture

We haven’t done this in a while, so today I asked our talented daughter to take my photo together with my bass. I set up one of the studio strobes and a grey background for this, then borrowed Zuleikha’s piano bench, and we had a bit of fun with my camera. I liked this one, especially after converting it to black & white:

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Wolfgang with bass, Mörfelden-Walldorf 2020
photographer: Zuleikha

A bit of a fake double bass posture, but that was part of the fun 🙂

As always, thanks for reading, and for viewing. And thanks again to our small one for being so kind to take her old dad’s picture again.

Happy new year!

I wish everyone who reads this a happy new year 2020.

Ours started with a bit of concern – Mitchie had let our cat out in the night of January 1st after most of the fireworks were done – and then we waited. And waited. And waited. And after 2200 (10pm) and at temperatures below freezing point I was really worried.

But then, about 10 past 10 she finally showed up, smooched us all a bit, ate, and then fell asleep on a carpet right in front of our TV set. I took her photo hand-held using my small Panasonic 35-100mm zoom lens, and converted it to black & white with Silver Efex (on Windows):

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Tuna the cat, Mörfelden-Walldorf 2020

And by now she’s had breakfast, and is sleeping again – this time on my bed.

I’m so glad that she came back.

Thanks for reading.

Fifteen

Today 15 years ago, just one day after the Tsunami in Indonesia, Zuleikha was born in a hospital in Bremen. Not even a month later, she was resting on me a bit after I came home from work:

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Zuleikha resting on me, Bremen 2005

Later we moved from Bremen to Freising (near Munich) and then again from Freising to here (Mörfelden-Walldorf, district of Groß-Gerau but close to Frankfurt as well). And early on Zuleikha discovered her love for music, or at least for my guitar in this photo when she was 5:

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Zuleikha, January 2010

But my hobby was mostly photography during that time, so I took a few nice photos of her, like this one from short before she turned 10:

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Zuleikha, October 2014

Musically, she decided to play the French horn in school, and took piano lessons for herself. Here she is on a solo gig when she was just 13:

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Zuleikha in concert, Mörfelden 2018

And by now she is a member of Wikiloops like me, and we already have an album which contains three of her solo piano pieces:

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In Time

You can find a link to it on the right, so go and have a listen if you wish.

And today, she’s fifteen:

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Fifteen, Mörfelden-Walldorf 2019

And since I talk German with her: herzlichen Glückwunsch zum Geburtstag, Schätzchen!

As always, thanks for viewing, reading, and listening.

Weihnachtskonzert

Anyone around the area of Groß-Gerau next week? There will be a free concert where Zuleikha also will play with her high school big band:

Very much looking forward to that, the last one was great fun 🙂 So if you can make it, just drop by.

As always, thanks for reading.

Piano practice on a dull Sunday mid November

I haven’t taken many photographs this month yet (which for me is the month of the kit zoom if you remember that), so when Zuleikha started to play her piano I asked whether I could take a photo of it, switched on a light, and took this in black & white with a simulated orange filter at ISO 6400 with around 1/13th of a second:

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Piano practice on a dull Sunday mid November, Moerfelden-Walldorf 2019

My lens was set to 17mm, a focal length which I don’t have except with this zoom lens. Ideal for indoor portraits which also show some context, like the piano in this case.

As always, thanks for reading.

How much CPU power do I need?

I was reading the latest c’t magazine and also just watched an hour long video talk they had about the finest article in it. The topic: once a year they publish suggestions of ideal machines to build for yourself, with low power consumption, which are quiet, run smoothly, give you the best bang for the buck, and so on.

I find these very useful, and all of my self-built PCs – some of which are distributed to the wider family by now – were always at least based upon their suggestions.

While discussing PCs with my brother (his doesn’t start anymore at the moment, after years of service (it also was a very good one)) and after reading that latest article with a remark that multitrack music productions would love to have many CPU cores I decided to check my own one. So I’ve made a short video about it:

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The music I’ve used for that demonstration & check was my latest collab with Arno from Wikiloops. Merci Arno for your wonderful track!

And yes, for what I’m doing, an old 4th generation Intel Core i5 is more than enough as you can see. So a nice actual 9th generation one is the one I’d take for any new build, these integrated graphics are more important to me than any assumed or measurable advantage of AMD chips…

Thanks for watching, and for reading – as always.

Me on film, August 2019

Got my first film back from the lab, together with some prints (10x15cm), and scans on CD which aren’t very good or high-res (but we knew that already, doesn’t matter since these are cheap).

I’m not too convinced with the colours from their Kodak Gold colour negative film (200ASA), so I tried a black & white conversion using RawTherapee, and added a white border in Darkroom with the last image from that film. Looks like this:

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Me, on film

Not too bad, my “full frame” camera from ca. 1972 or so, hm? Scaled down to your usual image height for screens like here (1080 pixels high), or even printed on 10x15cm paper, the results are very nice. And I’m sure that they’d be even better if I would scan the images myself (and maybe I’ll do that with a few prettier ones).

Edit: just converted another one to black & white, same method as above:

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Zuleikha, Mörfelden-Walldorf 2019

As always, thanks for reading, and for viewing.

A new tripod ball head for Mitchie

Got this Manfrotto MH494-BH for Mitchie’s 190-series tripod today:

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A new Manfrotto Mini Ball Head 494 for Mitchie

And yes, that’s her camera and lens.

Oh, and like the photo in my last blog post I used RawTherapee 5.5 (and only that) on my Linux machine to make this with a simulated Kodak Portra 160VC film. Also cropped it to a 4:5 format. Took it with my E-M10 Mk2 and the 45mm/1.8 lens at f/2.

Mitchie’s new tripod head feels and operates very nice, and for the size of her camera it’s the appropriate size as well. And it has friction control and even a panoramic mode – cool.

Thanks for reading.