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Watercolor 14 & summer break

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The watercolor composition above was created recently, on a wonderful evening at the Lake of Zurich. Our son just had his last day of primary school ever and we "celebrated" the occasion by swimming in the lake, eating at the lake, and with a sunset pedalo tour on the lake. It was warm, but not too hot, everybody was happy (and not fighting) - it was really "just" perfect. In the photograph above, I enjoy the smooth and soft-looking surface of the water. To me, it rather looks like a fabric than a liquid.

Photography-wise, it is not an easy year for me. I struggle writing regularly for this blog, feel in between photography projects in a rather unproductive way, our printer is still producing ugly spots and lines all over the sheet (the reason for the missing monthly print), and I keep destroying my photography equipment. I have just permanently put down my trusted and beloved Lumix GH1 - after many years of regular use. The watercolor composition above is one of the last captures of this camera (no, I did not drown it in the Lake of Zurich, but in a much more shallow body of water in a most embarrassing way). My little "photography time" has recently been used to finally create at least one of two planned family photo books (for last year!). Since we will also go on holiday, I am now taking a (hopefully creative) summer break for this blog and only "return" writing here in a couple of weeks, sometimes in August.

In the meantime, we will spend a summer holiday in the Swiss mountains, for which I have received an exciting new camera as a temporary replacement (I will definitely report on this most unexpected and most welcome occasion). I am looking forward to spending a few days with the family, to hiking, and of course to creating photographs. 

2015/07/22 by Unknown
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Carcolors 45: Tarpaulin reflection

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Today's carcolor photograph is the first that does not feature a shiny car body, but rather the dull, grey, scratched tarpaulin of a truck. Isn't it amazing what a blue sky and side view can do to such a boring motive? For comparison, the frontal view of the exact same truck, captured at the same time, is shown at the bottom.

I still have a few more carcolor compositions ready to be shown, but I am loosing interest in this topic. The project has certainly passed its most creative phase and it now seems rather like adding to a collection. Although I am still heading out to search for interesting carcolor reflections sometimes, it is more a habit, mostly because I know where to look for these subjects. On a recent such outing, I had a unique experience: For the first time ever I have almost been beaten by the owner of a car I tried to photograph - he told me that I was violating his privacy (the car was parked in a street, probably on a no parking spot). Shocking, isn't it? The guy was completely beyond reason, but luckily, a young couple just passed by and the resolute young woman prevented the attack. I must admit, that I do not take such events lightly; they shake me up and keep me troubled for a while. However, now, I am mostly amazed at how angry and full of hate the lives of some people apparently are.

Enough negative vibes - I will of course not show a photograph with such an unfavourable association (it was not good anyway). The example shown here is much more interesting - as are the other examples shown in the carcolor gallery (and nobody complained the capture of any of these photographs).

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2015/07/05 by Unknown
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