Borrego Springs Road between Highway 78 and Borrego Springs

Shifting Perspective

The latest addition to my box of photographic toys is a 24mm tilt-shift lens. It’s the Samyang (aka Rokinon, Bower) 24mm/f3.5 TS. This is a fully manual lens, which means you need to adjust both the aperture and the focus

Borrego Springs Road between Highway 78 and Borrego Springs

Shifting Perspective

The latest addition to my box of photographic toys is a 24mm tilt-shift lens. It’s the Samyang (aka Rokinon, Bower) 24mm/f3.5 TS. This is a fully manual lens, which means you need to adjust both the aperture and the focus

Little Wind Arch -- Anza Borrego Desert State Park, San Diego County, CA

Desert Rain in May!

It’s been a while since I last hiked on Fridays with my friend Fred. When the weather forecast predicted rain and low temperatures for San Diego (included the deserts!), it appeared to be an unexpected treat – normally, the temperatures

Little Wind Arch -- Anza Borrego Desert State Park, San Diego County, CA

Desert Rain in May!

It’s been a while since I last hiked on Fridays with my friend Fred. When the weather forecast predicted rain and low temperatures for San Diego (included the deserts!), it appeared to be an unexpected treat – normally, the temperatures

Stevie Be Zet - Archaic Modulation (1993) - Front Cover

Stevie Be Zet – Archaic Modulation (1993)

Stevie Be Zet’s “Archaic Modulation” is definitely on the lighter side of ambient, veering into the “New Age” genre probably. It features the at-that-time quite typical, relatively “clean” synthesizer sound that I associate with the Trance genre releases from the

Stevie Be Zet - Archaic Modulation (1993) - Front Cover

Stevie Be Zet – Archaic Modulation (1993)

Stevie Be Zet’s “Archaic Modulation” is definitely on the lighter side of ambient, veering into the “New Age” genre probably. It features the at-that-time quite typical, relatively “clean” synthesizer sound that I associate with the Trance genre releases from the

Night Falls front cover

Hecq – Night Falls (2008)

Orchestral. Atmospheric. Bombastic. Intriguing. Dark. Melancholic. Disturbing. Majestic. Pulsating, glowing red. Full of emotion. Those are some of the words I’d use to describe Hecq’s 2008 album “Night Falls“.

Night Falls front cover

Hecq – Night Falls (2008)

Orchestral. Atmospheric. Bombastic. Intriguing. Dark. Melancholic. Disturbing. Majestic. Pulsating, glowing red. Full of emotion. Those are some of the words I’d use to describe Hecq’s 2008 album “Night Falls“.

Jet Chamber cover

Jet Chamber (1993)

The previous two posts covered what I consider pretty much “classic ambient” – mostly beatless, ethereal and/or droning pieces of music. In the third post of my “essential ambient” series, I’m looking at an album that is certainly different. Is

Jet Chamber cover

Jet Chamber (1993)

The previous two posts covered what I consider pretty much “classic ambient” – mostly beatless, ethereal and/or droning pieces of music. In the third post of my “essential ambient” series, I’m looking at an album that is certainly different. Is

Ambient 4 / On Land front cover

Brian Eno – Ambient 4 / On Land (1982)

My “first contact” with Brian Eno was through the 1997 “Space Night 3” compilation. Space Night was a late-night/early (early!) morning TV show on “BR” (Bayrischer Rundfunk, Bavarian Broadcasting) – photos from/of Space were combined with Ambient and Chill-Out music.

Ambient 4 / On Land front cover

Brian Eno – Ambient 4 / On Land (1982)

My “first contact” with Brian Eno was through the 1997 “Space Night 3” compilation. Space Night was a late-night/early (early!) morning TV show on “BR” (Bayrischer Rundfunk, Bavarian Broadcasting) – photos from/of Space were combined with Ambient and Chill-Out music.

Substrata Front Cover

Biosphere – Substrata (1997)

Geir Jenssen’s 1997 “Substrata” album is considered by many to be one of the most essential, genre-defining pieces of ambient of all times. And I concur.

Substrata Front Cover

Biosphere – Substrata (1997)

Geir Jenssen’s 1997 “Substrata” album is considered by many to be one of the most essential, genre-defining pieces of ambient of all times. And I concur.

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Crawl Stats

Early in April I moved my main photo website to a new host: Siteground (affiliate link). They offer a mix between normal (shared) web hosting and WordPress hosting, which seems to work pretty well, and is less expensive than dedicated

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Crawl Stats

Early in April I moved my main photo website to a new host: Siteground (affiliate link). They offer a mix between normal (shared) web hosting and WordPress hosting, which seems to work pretty well, and is less expensive than dedicated

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Coffee Calculations

My first “super automatic” coffee machine was a Christmas present from my former boss in Germany. What’s a “super automatic” you ask? That’s the machine that grinds the coffee and brews it for each cup individually. Now once you’re arrived

Coffee
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Coffee Calculations

My first “super automatic” coffee machine was a Christmas present from my former boss in Germany. What’s a “super automatic” you ask? That’s the machine that grinds the coffee and brews it for each cup individually. Now once you’re arrived

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I made a mistake

You know when around Christmas time, some non-profit organizations send you a sheet of personalized address stickers and ask for a little donation? (“Here’s a free gift for you to keep!”) I find the address stickers useful, so I thought

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I made a mistake

You know when around Christmas time, some non-profit organizations send you a sheet of personalized address stickers and ask for a little donation? (“Here’s a free gift for you to keep!”) I find the address stickers useful, so I thought