ABL Finale 2011

Gestern war's soweit. Attnangs Baseballstolz, die Athletics, mussten drei Spiele in Folge gewinnen um den 0:2 Rückstand in der Best-of-5 Serie gegen die Vienna Metrostars auszumerzen. Soviel voraus: Es hat nicht funktioniert, die Metrostars gewinnen die 2011er Meisterschaft mit einem Endstand von 3:1 nach zwei extremst spannenden Spielen im Athletics Ballpark. Macht nix, im nächsten Jahr geht der Titel wieder nach Attnang!Aber da ihr ja nicht hier seid um die neuesten Baseballergebnisse zu lesen, kommen jetzt die Bilder von den zwei Top-Spielen. Enjoy:Trikot-Farben für Baseball-Neulinge:GRÜN-WEISS = Attnang-Puchheim AthleticsSCHWARZ-GRAU = Vienna MetrostarsROT-GRAU = Umpires (a.k.a "Schiedsrichter")Übrigens: OASCHKOID war's im Ballpark!Wie dem auch sei: dranbleibe, Leute, weil bald gibt's wieder Nachschub!
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Low-Key Selbstporträts

Quick news for all the English-speaking followers out there: WET-photo will be continued in my native language: German :-)I am changing to German because after more than one year of blogging, statistics show that only 10 % of my audience are in fact from English-speaking countries like USA, Canada, Great Britain and India (you guys rock! How did you discover this blog???). 60 % of the German-speaking visitors come from Germany, 30 % from Austria (that ratio surprised me a bit :-D ) and 10 % from Switzerland.Don't panic, photos mostly don't need words and I will continue to write most of my posts on DeviantArt, flickr, 500px, etc. in English ;-)Also! Ab heute geht's also in schönstem Hochdeutsch weiter (mit a bisserl österreichischem "Släääng" zwischendurch). Und zum Einstieg gibt's die Ergebnisse von gestern Abend, als mich wieder mal die nächtliche Muse küsste:Der Plan war es, ein kontrastreiches Low-Key Selbstporträt zu erstellen. Zur Verfügung standen ein Blitz sowie ein Reflektor. Der Reflektor wurde jedoch aufgrund seiner schwarzen Rückseite und dem gigantischen, aber doch etwas zu kleinen Durchmesser von ~107cm schnell zum Hintergrund umfunktioniert.Geschossen wurde mit manuellen Einstellungen durch das 70-200mm f/2.8, der Blitz war auf 1/64 runtergeregelt.Jaja, ich weiß. Immer die selbe Pose! Es war auch eigentlich nicht geplant, dass mehr als ein Bild überbleibt, aber dann haben mir schlussendlich mehrere Fotos so gut gefallen ... Und außerdem: ICH BIN KEIN MODEL, sondern der Typ, der auf den Auslöser drückt! ;-)Wie dem auch sei: Enjoy Foto des TagesUnd wie schon so oft zuvor auf Englisch, kommt es nun auf Deutsch: Dran bleiben, mehr wird folgen! ;-)
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Nearly forgot …

... to post this image:About inner struggles, duality of minds, bipolar disorder and all that other funny brainfucking stuff:Shooting this one was fun & to a certain degree surprisingly difficult. Who could have known ...I'm currently thinking about redoing this shot because I don't like that my "screaming chin" is that close to the edge. More space would have been better.Oh yes, by the way: tell your friends, stay tuned, etc.
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Back with a bang (600mm f/4 & 14mm f/3.5)

Good photo god, what an incredible odyssey!As you might remember: first my brand new D7000 + gimmicks get stolen. I had a hard time coping with this fact. Then I bought a new D7000, a new 50mm f/1.4 (this time a sweet AF-S Nikkor), a new battery grip and a new flash (SB-700 instead of SB-900). Then, the new D7000 decides after a short working phase to take some days off because the flash stopped working. Off to Nikon Service Point Vienna and another 2 ½ weeks without camera - FINE!Now FINALLY everything is back in my hands, everything is working and everything is fine. So here's a quick recap of the last few weeks:First of all, I managed to contact an old friend of mine who's currently also living in Linz. Nice thing: Bogdan's got NIKON! (Nice side note: he's got a D700 and I'm starting to like full-frame cameras ;-) ) Nicer thing: He's got the 200mm f/2 lens. This lens means business. It weighs about 2.9kg, looks like a freaking rocket launcher (like all lenses in this category or above ... I guess) and requires a Schwarzenegger-arm to hold it still - even with VR on!But hey, 200mm SUCKS. I've got an 70-200mm so why bother with this heavy 200mm prime lens? Because it's f/2, that's why. So let's do the maths: 200mm f/2 + 2x Tele Converter = 400mm f/4. This lens on a crop camera (factor x1.5) then turns into a 600mm f/4 ... well, ~f/6.3 (DOF). At the end of the day I even got 2 sorta awesome sport shots! :-)Next thing: The ultra wide angle incidents:Same guys, same city, different location, different lens: an old Sigma 14mm f/3.5. Really cool! Manual focus, aperture ring (like Nikon's AI-lenses), 19cm minimum focus distance - really sharp images and a great distortion (even on DX/crop cameras, resulting in a focal length of  21mm).Anyway, story recap: met @ main train station Linz, took a bus ride to the harbour area, snapped an hour or so. I took most of my photos on that day with my 17-70mm or the 50mm. But then Bogdan finally gave me that 14mm, so I took advantage of that unusual perspective and did some portraits.Yeah, I know, you shouldn't use wide angle lenses for portrait but ... just shut up! I really like the results :-DOh and by the way: Balancing on a rail track with a ~1.5kg camera in one hand is pretty difficult when you're also trying to frame & shoot your shadow :-DSo these are the 14mm photos! The first one has a really strong vignette because we wanted to try if the reverse-attached lens hood shows up on DX-photos. Well ... it does :-D but nevertheless I really like the photo.Photo of the dayOk, to sum this whole thing up. I AM BACK!Stay tuned, drop some lines in the comment section and - oh, I almost forgot: Visit Bogdan's blog! It's not entirely about photography and only has 3 posts yet ...But it might turn out worth reading/following/stalking.Cheers!
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