Pfingsten, unser Lieblingsfest! Auch heuer / Pfingstspektakel 2017

Alle Jahre wieder finden sie satt: Europas schönstes, tollstes und bestestes Baseball- und Softballturnier, das Finkstonball Tournament, und Attnangs schönstes, tollstes und bestestes Absturz- und Musikfestival, das Pfingstspektakel. Dieses Jahr waren dabei: TERRORGRUPPE, V8 WANKERS, CHRISTOPH & LOLLO, THE LOCOS, TURBOBIER, Lokalmatadore wie die fast-schon-pragmatisierten WHAM BAM BODYSLAM, die heuer ihr 10jähriges feierten und Szenegrößen wie TEXTA und THE CREEPSHOW. (mehr …)
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European Cup Qualifier, Spiel 12

ENDLICH wieder im Baseballstadion am Spitzberg! Nach Terminproblemen und Weltuntergangsszenarien mit Gewittern und sintflutartigen Regenfällen, entschied sich mein Terminkalender und auch das Wetter dazu, mich endlich wieder auf den Spitzberg zu lassen. Und es hat sich ausgezahlt. Die Attnang-Puchheim Athletics schlagen die schwedischen Leksand Lumberjacks 9:2 in der regulären Spieldauer - das gefällt! (mehr …)
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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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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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