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February 23 2013

February 10 2012

Soziale Kälte

Ganz Wuppertal ist obdachlos: Was in diesen Tagen Obdachlose zu Dutzenden tötet, ist nicht der Winter, sondern ein System, zu dem Obdachlosigkeit wesensmäßig gehört. [...]
Die Reichen werden reicher, die Armen ärmer, und alle, die sich die Illusion bewahrt haben, sie lebten in keiner Klassengesellschaft, sollten mal in die Metropolen fahren, wo in den neubürgerlichen Vierteln die Gutverdiener unter sich sind, ihre Kinder nur mit Gutverdienerkindern spielen und per Früherziehung auf ein Leben vorbereitet werden, das nur dann in einem schlechten Viertel stattfindet, wenn es eins zu gentrifizieren gibt. Die Gettoisierung der Städte ist, so will es der Markt, in vollem Gange, und für wen auch im Getto am Stadtrand kein Platz ist, der liegt, wenn es schlecht läuft, in der Fußgängerzone und zahlt den Preis dafür, dass der Markt für Arme-Leute-Wohnraum praktisch keiner ist und ein Staat, der mit den übrigen Kollateralschäden kapitalistischen Wirtschaftens schon genug zu tun hat, als Sozialwohnungsbauer ausfällt.
Denn das ist, wie man längst auch in Polen (62 Kältetote), Tschechien (18) und der Ukraine (135) weiß, Kapitalismus: Die Rechnung kommt bestimmt, und es sind immer dieselben, die sie zahlen.
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February 01 2012


January 13 2012

Crow snowboardin’ on a Roof

Youtube Direktcrows, via Ronny

Hier eine Krähe, die mit einem… Dings auf einem Dach snowboardet. Ich wusste, dass Krähen superschlau sind, zählen können und allen möglichen Kram anstellen… aber sowas habe ich noch nicht gesehen.


The video is already embedded on, here.

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January 12 2012

Filmé en flag, un oiseau n'a pas l'air de se préoccuper de la crise économique et préfère profiter de la saison hivernal pour satisfaire au plaisir de la glisse... 

May 13 2011


May 11 2011

March 07 2011

January 07 2011

Stillness and light: How to capture frost on film | Graham Turner

Patterns on windows, cloudy breath and sparkling frozen water – Guardian photographer Graham Turner's tips on how to focus on frosty shots

Share your photos of frost on our Flickr group

Frost is a weather condition with as many plus as minus points. To the bird looking for worms and insects, it can be life or death. To the gardener it is the killer of pests and the breaker of sods, but also the destroyer of tender plants. To the householder, frost means frozen pipes – a bonanza for the plumber. To the car driver it's scraping the windows and slippery roads; to the dog-walker, a fierce nip in the air. To the photographer, perhaps it's a gleaming icicle.

Jack Frost seems to slow everything down – and no one wants to run, in case they come a-cropper. So we're thinking of the stillness and light of a Vermeer painting.

As photographers, let's dress up warm and be positive – we'll look out for patterns on windows, that lovely white edging it gives to trees and grass, cloudy breath and sparkling frozen water. At night time there's a sparkle and shine to otherwise drab scenes; during the day, brightness and contrast are accentuated.

If the sun is out, ice and icicles look best when photographed looking towards the sun, rather than with the light source behind you. A dark background behind the icicles looks best – but watch out for flare.

Make sure your lens is clean. If your lenshood isn't up to the job, use a piece of card or a hand to prevent the light from falling on the lens, or consider using the flare in your picture.

When the sun stays hidden, then is the opportunity for misty, murky monochromatic shots. Avoid a completely grey picture – aim to get something completely black, white or colourful in the frame.

With all photographs there is really only one exposure that looks right, but it isn't necessarily the exposure your meter says. Bracket your exposures – maybe a bit of overexposure to give a high-key picture with burnt-out highlights, or underexposed for a darker more sombre look.

If it is a dull, grey day, look out for a touch of colour. Imagine a red berry or two, maybe a red letterbox etched with white frost and a misty grey background.

It's cold. You're cold. Watch out for camera-shake. Take extra shots, or use something to steady your camera – a tripod, or lean against a tree or wall, or something that will steady you.

When outside, avoid breathing on the camera (unless you want a soft-focus effect). You will steam up the camera, and if it is really cold you'll end up with a covering of ice.

Batteries slow down in low temperatures. If they get really slow, put them in an inside pocket to warm up.

Keeping a camera with you at all times is always a good idea. You might turn a corner and there in front of you is that dream picture – lucky you. But a little pre-planning can save a lot of aimless wandering. Think about where you might go, and when is the best time for the light. Should you take that heavy telephoto or will it not be needed? Will you need a flashgun to give an extra lift to the foreground? Would it help your photograph to persuade a friend to come out wearing a bright red pullover or scarf to use in the picture? Many good photographs are created in the head – sometimes hours, days or even months in advance - probably as many as are "snapped" as they happen.

So, although it is truly a great feeling when wandering with a camera and you happen on a great scene, it can also be just as rewarding to plan and execute a picture that you have "made" happen.

Graham Turner is a Guardian photographer, who prefers being outdoors to indoors. © Guardian News & Media Limited 2011 | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds

December 21 2010

Seeing the light

Ancient monuments become giant cameras, catching sunlight in a moment of mystery and wonder

It is time to pray for the return of the sun. In this deep midwinter, we can start to imagine what the winter solstice meant to the ancient inhabitants of Britain who built Stonehenge and Maeshowe, and who aligned these mysterious buildings to receive the remote rays of the sun on the darkest day of the year.

This is the holiest time of the year – if you happen to share the beliefs of these ancient pagans, which, in fact, are obscure because they left no writings or even much in the way of figurative art. But the winter solstice must have been deeply important to them because on this day, and this day only, sunlight creates startling effects at Britain's late neolithic and early bronze age monuments. Most astonishingly of all, it enters the long narrow entrance passage of the burial mound of Maeshowe on Orkney's Mainland island and glows on the back wall of the inner chamber. The building becomes a giant camera, catching sunlight in a moment of mystery and wonder.

The architecture of Maeshowe is one of the marvels of these islands. Inside the earthen mound is a profoundly impressive chamber made of massive blocks of stone arranged in powerful lintels neatly layered, perforated by accurately rectangular openings. There is a precision to the stone construction and its plan, with symmetrical side chambers. When later Viking warriors broke into the chamber they wrote runic inscriptions on its stones, adding to the strange atmosphere. But it is at the winter solstice that Maeshowe consummates its mystery with the astronomical spectacle of the sun piercing its dark sanctum of death.

Light in darkness, life in death, the moment when the sun begins its return journey towards midsummer. Truly the pagan midwinter is a moving celebration. But, as we rush around buying presents, do we remember the true meaning of the winter sun festival? © Guardian News & Media Limited 2010 | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds

November 20 2010


November 19 2010

November 18 2010

Momente der Stille

Kawase Hasui (1883-1957): Kaiserlicher Tempel in Osaka

Kawase Hasui: Nishimikawazaka, Sado

(Gefunden bei caveofcool und castlefinearts)

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April 11 2010


February 14 2010


Climate Scientist: Record-Setting Mid-Atlantic Snowfall Linked to Global Warming

Democracy Now! February, 12th of February


As record snowfall crippled the mid-Atlantic this week, many Republicans used the blizzard-like conditions to argue that global warming is a hoax. We speak to climate scientist Brenda Ekwurzel of the Union of Concerned Scientists, who argues the extreme weather is in fact a part of global warming. [includes rush transcript]

February 13 2010

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January 23 2010

Tags: winter b&w fotos
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January 18 2010

München, Blick über die Dächer der Innenstadt nach Norden - Januar 2010
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