October’s end

The last week of October had some amazing weather conditions. Frost, first snow, and fog along with some amazing towering clouds.I'll keep it short, here are the photos:October 25 - the first snowExposure time1/60sAperturef 5.6ISO speedISO 400Focal length300 mmOctober 26 - cloudsExposure time1/250sAperturef 11ISO speedISO 100Focal length70 mmOctober 27 - dark fogExposure time1/160sAperturef 6.3ISO speedISO 100Focal length70 mmOctober 28 - frostExposure time1/200sAperturef 5.6ISO speedISO 400Focal length300 mmOctober 29 - Styrian mountain fogExposure time1/125sAperturef 8ISO speedISO 100Focal length70 mmOnce again, that's it! Leave a comment, come back and enjoy!PS: You might have noticed that I now use the watermark #2 ;-)
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Watermark contest

I've been playing around with Photoshop some more and updated my watermarks collection. I'm not quiet happy with the current one so I'd like you (if there's anybody out there except Kathi :-D ) to choose one of those three watermarks. Just leave a comment with the number and optionally a brief comment. So here are the contestants:#1: the "current one"#2: the "simple, yet fancy one"#3: the "seal"Ok, hopefully you can help me with my decision :-)Good bye and stay tuned!
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featuring: Nero

Today was such a typical day to stay at home. It's rainy and cold and gray outside. That's what I think and that's what Nero is obviously thinking. He has been lying around all day, just moving from one corner of the couch to the other ...So I decided to grab my gear and take some photos while he was sleeping. Unfortunately, just one of the sleeping pics did turn out great and the flash disturbed Nero's sleep. That, in fact, was very fortunate because I took three of the best photographs I've ever made of him ...Exposure time1/125sAperturef 5.6ISO speedISO 400Focal length135 mmExposure time1/125sAperturef 5.6ISO speedISO 400Focal length300 mm Exposure time1/125sAperturef 5.6ISO speedISO 400Focal length120 mmShort post, nothing left to say. Thanks for reading, good bye :-)
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The blood in my veins …

... is music. And the thing that gets my blood boiling are live concerts. It's the atmosphere, the loud ear-blasting sound of a guitar riff,  the pulsating bass massaging the guts, the audience going crazy when the band boards the stage. All this and more is my addiction to music.In the last few years I've been to countless concerts of every scale. From The Rolling Stones performing in a sold-out Ernst-Happl-Stadion in Vienna to Wham Bam Bodyslam performing in front of three people near the Attnang baseball field. But it took some time for me to realize that I should start bringing my DSLR to concerts instead of my cell phone camera ...So let's take a journey through my experiences in concert photography ...The first big concert I've ever been to was U2's gig in the Ernst-Happl-Stadion 2005. Sadly I just had a crappy cell phone camera so you can imagine the quality of those pictures (especially when I had to ZOOM to shoot the band). Therefor I won't post them because you cannot see ANYTHING, just a blurry ... something that claims to be Bono :)So in 2006 there weren't any concerts so let's start with the photo series at April 13, 2007. The location was the "Alter Schl8hof" (old slaughterhouse) in Wels. The band were the Italian anti-fascist Oi!-skinheads Los Fastidios and all the images I took inside were disgusting, blurry and underexposed. BUT I managed to get a good shot of some friends of mine, walking around in Wels ...I cannot remember the type of cellphone I had at that time but surprisingly the photo turned out pretty nice. Not too much noise, the shutter speed was acceptable and the exposure needed just a little tweaking :)Now I'm writing about my first concert photographs for some time and you haven't seen a single band yet.I feel terrible!So please excuse this looooong introduction and enjoy the German psycho/punkabilly band Mad Sin performing live on stage @ Pfingstspektakel 2008:Those photos were taken with the Sony Ericsson W810i cell phone! The shutter speeds of those pictures vary from 1/125 second up to 1/30 second and the ISO ranges from 80 to 160 with an constant aperture of f 2.8. Especially the last photo shows that this cell phone was able to shoot decent pics when the stage light is good enough.So there's another photo of 2008's Pfingstspektakel I want to post. The Vorarlbergian (most western part of Austria ;) ) band The Monroes ...Now we've seen that my old cellphone was able to capture decent pics (and compared to my other cell phones I've tested at concerts over the years: by far the best pics!). On October 3, 2008 I went to the "Arena" in Vienna to see the German Oi!-band Broilers. There I took a photo from the first row which became my cell phone wallpaper for almost one and a half year and even now I still love it ....It captured everything I loved about this concert. Sammy Amara's happy face when singing "Heute schon gelebt", the great mafia-like style of the band and the incredible atmosphere at the gig.Ok, that's it for 2008! Let's continue with 2009. There's not much to show because I wasn't able to produce many good photographs at the concerts. The AC/DC-photos are completely messed up due to this disgusting invention called "cell phone cameras with digital zoom". To keep it short: DO NOT ZOOM WITH YOU CELL PHONE'S CAMERA! DON'T DO IT! ;)Nevertheless, I managed to get a good shot of Enrico from Los Fastidios, which I saw at the "Let's Get Loud Festival 2009" in Amstetten (you know .. hometown of Austria's biggest celebrity after Hitler: Josef Fritzl).Enrico did a nice posing, the stage light also really played along just the Sony Ericsson C510's camera tried to play evil games with me: a shutter speed of 1/10 second ...The results of this crappy cell phone camera can be inspected at the fullsize image. Come on Sony! Calling a cell phone "CyberShot" and giving it a worse camera than the "WALKMAN" cell phone? You can't be serious (on the other hand: the C510's music player was way better than the W810's :-D )Ok, this was the first shot of 2009. Here's the second and final one ...Pascal and his band KrawallBrüder (= "riot brothers") performing in the small Replugged-club in Vienna. Once again, there are the same C510-related problems like before. Still, I think this shot turned out pretty nice!2009 is over, I survived New Year's Eve and January 30, 2010 was the date to get down and dirty in the Culture Club. The reason?One of the gifts I got for Christmas was a camera bag!Bloodshed Remains (I mentioned them in my first post!) and some other local & non-local bands were playing for 6 bucks---SKIP SECTION IF NOT INTERESTED IN CONCERT PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS!---Taking photos at a concert, in the middle of the mosh pit, having just the built-in flash of the a200 ... I had to learn alot. And I had to learn it damn fast!Maybe the most important thing to learn was: ALWAYS bring a bodyguard when you're entering the space in front of the stage. In my experience, people are careful when they see that someone's taking pictures BUT there can always happen something.Number 2: the built-in flash is crap! It's constantly too strong, you have to limit its power. I first tried it with a small piece of paper and taped it over my flash - BAD IDEA: the flash gets hot after a while, I think hot enough to ignite the paper. After some time I discovered this sweet little option in the a200's menu called "flash compens.". There you can adjust the strenght of the flash. Good to know! Immediately the pictures turned out more saturated :)Addition: If you can, avoid using flash and invest some money into fast prime lenses with a large aperture (1.8 or 1.4). I'm currently saving money to get one of these because I don't want to annoy the bands with my HVL-F42AM flash. Even if you flash indirectly and use a bouncer it's still annoying and might get you kicked out.---CONTINUE HERE AFTER SKIPPING---  So here are the photos featuring the Austrian bands Bloodshed Remains, Counterweight and more.Bloodshed Remains CounterweightThat was the Mosh & Roll ...On April 9, 2010 I had the chance to see what I've learned because another bunch of local bands were playing in the Alter Schl8thof (see first picture in this post for further details on the location). So there I was again. My "birthplace" if you want to call it that way. The place where my subcultural path started almost exactly three years ago. But now I was armed and dangerous. I had my camera bag, my DSLR and my good ol' 18-70mm (no bodyguard but I survived anyway!). And without any necessary chit-chat: Here are the photos!Nail Through AlissMarrok Replica Very impressive metalcore bands!Ok, enough of that "evil" and "aggressive" metalcore music. Let's continue with something more cheery ...Pfingstspektakel was coming again! This year was the 14th time, that's quiet impressive for something that started with just one band. If you're interested, check out the history of Pfingstspektakel.I already posted two photos so I'll just put the photos of the German Celtic-Folk-band Fiddler's Green into this post! If you're wondering what the F* this ... "thing" on the first pic is: That's their roadie with a goat mask doing the intro to the show :-DWhat an amazing Pfingstspektakel! Can't wait for next year's!Wow, we're almost done! Just one photo left ...the Italian streetpunk-band One Trax Minds performing in the Arena "Beisl" (Austrian for "pub") right after The Real McKenzies finished their gig. If you're interested in the photos of The Real McKenzies feel free to read the "C'mon Ceilidh with me"-post ;)Damn, that was one long post. Thanks for reading, leave a comment, click the "rating"-buttons, tell your friends and STAY TUNED!!! :-)
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SOME CHANGES

This is the first post not containing images but please read it anyway I've made some changes and additions to the blog's layout.First of all, you might have already seen the new sidebar element named "WET-photo @". I registered at deviantART and flickr and uploaded some photos which are already featured on the blog and some that are not and will not be featured on this blog. If you like my work and want to see more of it, feel free to browse de dA and flickr galleriesNext thing: I put labels on every post and will continue with that. This makes it easier for you to find posts containing photos for your favorite photography type. Just click one of these labels at the bottom of the post or at the sidebar and blogger will do the rest of the work for you ;-)Last addition: The rating-check-boxes at the bottom of every post! If you don't want to leave a whole comment as a feedback, just click one of the check boxes. This way, you don't have to write a comment and I still can get some feedback :-)Ok, thank you for reading. I'd love to see some ratings and clicks on the deviantART and flickr links.Stay tuned, the next photo post is just about to come! ;-)
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Tea time!

As you might have realized I have been to a live concert a few days ago. These concerts to me mean a whole bunch of sweating due to pogo dancing/moshing. And this means I usually stand around in my sweaty t-shirt in the cold night air. And as you can imagine: This means getting a cold!And therefore I'm sitting around at home with my tea mug and a huge pot of tea :-) Teekanne's "1001 Nights" tea. It has the interesting aroma of vanilla, oranges, cinnamon and a few other "oriental" spices.Anyway, long story short: I made some pics!Exposure time1/15sAperturef 4ISO speedISO 400Focal length105 mmExposure time1/8sAperturef 4ISO speedISO 400Focal length120 mmThanks for reading this mini-post, the next one will be longer again :-) So stay tuned!PS: Those are the first two pictures that were resized and watermarked using ACDSee's  "Batch Edit...". Why didn't I discover it earlier?? THIS IS GREAT!
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C’mon Ceilidh with me!

The Scottish drunk punks from Canada, named The Real McKenzies boarded the stage at the Arena Wien last Friday. And if there's a great band at the Arena it's very likely that you find me there (provided I've got enough money to afford the train ticket!). And if you find me at a gig, it's very likely that I'm armed and dangerous with my camera :-)It was a fantastic evening with great music and lots of fun! Special thanks to my "bodyguard" for keeping the beer spilling drunks off my camera.THANK YOU THOMAS!!!Ok, here are some of the greatest photos ...... And to finish with the words of the great philosopher Paul McKenzie:"Well, bugger off, you bastards, bugger off!You're like a herd of bloody swine that refuse to leave the troughYou'll get no more this evening so you better bugger off!" But stay tuned, because more amazing photos will follow! ;-)
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