Friday, 11 July 2014


I am gradually running out of themes for this blog, having written exactly 50 Chapters (including this one) up to now. But I will never run out of views, as can be seen above.

This morning, the sea gulls held a breakfast party outside my bedroom window. I sleep with windows open, especially in the summer heat we are having at present, with almost 30° in midday and above 20° even at midnight. So a chorus of shrieking gulls was a sure thing to force me out of bed. It was exactly 4 am and I lurched out to the balcony to admonish the damn birds. They all disappeared as soon as I appeared but, instead, I discovered that the sun had decided to show its face at that very instant. Back in to get my camera and, "Clapunck!", here it is, the picture of the week!

What has Gold to do with it, you may well ask. Well, I am not thinking of the price of that noble metal, even if it happens to be on the rise again, to please some of my friends who love to have it in their portfolio. I am a poor soul myself, with no funds to spare on such exquisite investments ;-) Instead, I am a photographer and as such hold the "Golden Rule" in high regard.

The picture above is a good example of this. You may notice that the sun is placed at the upperright third of it. Thus it is placed accruing to the "Golden Rule" which states that objects placed at upper right, upper left, lower right and lower left THIRDS of a picture demand special attention by the viewer. Something to keep in mind when portraying you loved ones with the iPhone!

On a completely different track, I have begun to worry about, how to organize a good 70 years' party. My birthday is late in December, so this would not work as a date. Instead, I have decided to postpone it to the Pentecost weekend (23-24 May 2015). Since I expect a sizable crowd to attend the event, I think I will invite everybody to a nice luncheon out in the Baltic, why not in Waxholm. But how to ship people there?

Whilst I was thinking about this last May, about a year before the event, I suddenly saw a small steamboat accosting the quay just below my balcony. What a revelation! Why not hire one of those boats to carry us directly from my apartment to the restaurant. Wouldn't that be a good idea? And have you noticed that the boat is also placed according to the "Golden Rule"?


Anonymous said...

Lieber Emil,

Vielen, vielen Dank fuer all Deine sagenhaften Blogs mit den tollen Bildern. Ich weiss mit Sicherheit, dass es Dir nie an Ideen fehlen wird. Hoch soll er leben! Long live Emil!

Alles Gute,


Eva said...

Dear Emil,
Thank you for your lovely description of the Golden rule - new to me actually! And for the beautiful pictures! I agree concerning the shrieking sea-gulls - they are really annoying with their concert during the early morning hours. They keep me awake, too!

Kind regards

Anonymous said...

Tack för dina bilder, Emil!
Apropå det bleka sommarljuset i Norden läste jag en målande beskrivning av Malaparte i hans bok "Kaputt". Han anser att ljuset ger oss nordbor ett utslätat, serent, utseende som gör att vi skiljer oss från resten av Europa.
Göran W

Anonymous said...

Danke Emil, es freut mich immer von Dir zu hören oder wie jetzt zu sehen.


Anonymous said...

Hallo Emil

Vielen Dank für Deinen schönen
Kitchenwindowblogspot, der mich an unseren
Sonnenaufgang in Lignano erinnerte.

Nachdem Steffi vor einer Woche die Maturaprüfung
gut bestand, fuhren wir am Montag für 3 Tage nach Lignano,
wo wir herrliches Sommerwetter und nur wenige Touristen

Liebe Grüße
Bruno, Steffi und Christopher