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In a blink of an eye....

2012-09-30T14:07:47.429+02:00

.flickr-photo { border: solid 2px #000000; }.flickr-yourcomment { }.flickr-frame { text-align: left; padding: 3px; }.flickr-caption { font-size: 0.8em; margin-top: 0px; }Chinese Tower (Blue Hour) [234/366], originally uploaded by elemmaciltur....and suddenly, September has come to an end. Leaves are turning colours and falling, weather is turning colder. Autumn is in the air.Nothing much to update. I had a week and a half of spontaneous vacation, because I needed it. I pretty much took the chance to go out and take photos (almost) everyday. So here is a selection of my favourites from September. You can see the rest on my Flickr stream..flickr-photo { border: solid 2px #000000; }.flickr-yourcomment { }.flickr-frame { text-align: left; padding: 3px; }.flickr-caption { font-size: 0.8em; margin-top: 0px; }Chinese Tower [227/366], originally uploaded by elemmaciltur..flickr-photo { border: solid 2px #000000; }.flickr-yourcomment { }.flickr-frame { text-align: left; padding: 3px; }.flickr-caption { font-size: 0.8em; margin-top: 0px; }Polar Bear [235/366], originally uploaded by elemmaciltur..flickr-photo { border: solid 2px #000000; }.flickr-yourcomment { }.flickr-frame { text-align: left; padding: 3px; }.flickr-caption { font-size: 0.8em; margin-top: 0px; }Marienplatz [238/366], originally uploaded by elemmaciltur..flickr-photo { border: solid 2px #000000; }.flickr-yourcomment { }.flickr-frame { text-align: left; padding: 3px; }.flickr-caption { font-size: 0.8em; margin-top: 0px; }Trachtenumzug [239/366], originally uploaded by elemmaciltur..flickr-photo { border: solid 2px #000000; }.flickr-yourcomment { }.flickr-frame { text-align: left; padding: 3px; }.flickr-caption { font-size: 0.8em; margin-top: 0px; }New Toy: iPhone 5 [243/366], originally uploaded by elemmaciltur.And finally, I got myself a new cellphone. I have decided to join the iPhone league. My Nokia N97 Mini was very much nearing its expiration date - what with all the broken pieces and the outdated operating system that is very slow to react. I toyed with the idea to wait for the Nokia Lumia 920...until I saw the size of the thing. So, iPhone seems to be a good idea, since I can also finally migrate all the apps I have on my work phone to my private phone. :-) Here's to October! [...]



August in 4 pictures

2012-09-04T20:53:05.281+02:00



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Untitled [211/366], originally uploaded by elemmaciltur.





Getting the hang of photography...

2012-08-04T20:03:03.679+02:00

 Rainy SundaySince I've been without my better half for almost two weeks now (he's on holiday)...I took the opportunity to just go out and take photos....even when the weather wasn't the best. Last week,I just went off into town thinking that I could perhaps make a set of photos showing the churches in the centre of Munich...but not all of them turned out to my satisfactory, so I didn't make the whole set. At least here's what I put online:  Frauenkirche   Fountain at the Frauenplatz   St. MichaelWhat I started to try my hands out on is Street Photography. Now this is something new for me, since I usually shy away from taking photos of strangers. If you're in Germany, you know how strict they can be about your rights to your own pictures. But I decided to try it out anyway and the results could speak for themselves.Then I also visited the Neue Pinakothek on Sunday...with the full intention of getting some random photos there. Here are my favourites: Watching the Sunset Last though, since I had to be on my own for a whole two weeks, I decided to treat myself to a new lens: Leica DG Summilux 25mm f/1.4  This lens, along with my M. Zuiko 45mm f/1.8, is becoming an always-on-the-camera-lens. I like the fact that the 25mm offers me a moderate angle than the very narrow angle I get with the 45mm. Apart from that, both lens produce excellent depth of field and bokeh (at least to my eyes), which is what I have always been after all these years.Still-Life at LunchAnd lastly, I tried my hands at long exposure last night. :-)That's all for now. Have a great weekend everyone![...]



Photo Marathon Munich

2012-07-26T21:47:08.414+02:00

.flickr-photo { border: solid 2px #000000; }.flickr-yourcomment { }.flickr-frame { text-align: left; padding: 3px; }.flickr-caption { font-size: 0.8em; margin-top: 0px; } Sonne im Herzen [161/366], originally uploaded by elemmaciltur.Well, it's been almost a week now ever since the very first Photo Marathon took place in Munich.I got wind of this Photo Marathon through another website and decided to join it on a whim and with the intention of just having fun...which I did.Basically, you had 8 hours to take 12 photos according to the topics given, in the sequence they were given. You have the principal theme ("Am Rand des Lichts" = "At the edge of the light") that you have to keep in mind while shooting the 12 photos. The first photo has to include your start number, which, in my case, was the number 203.It was great fun for me to try to actually think of how I was going to take each photo to correspond with the theme. Kind of a challenge for myself. I'm not expecting that I would win anything at all (the 10 best series will get an exhibition), since there were professional photographers shooting their series with professional cameras. But all in all it was just a fun thing for me to do.Anyhow, here are my results: Lichtspiel Über seinen Schatten springen Lichtfänger Die dunkle Seite der Macht Ein lichter Moment Lichter der Vorstadt Lichtkunst Scheinwelten Randgestalten Hoffnungsschimmer Feuer und Flamme. allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/WwUdASM38-s?rel=0" width="560">[...]



Digital Film

2012-07-13T10:26:55.057+02:00


Ever since I have taken up serious interest in photography, I have been buying and reading some photography magazines here. I tend to buy the ones with CDs with samples...but usually ended up not looking into it at all.

Recently I bought one such magazine and on particular programme on the CD caught my eye (the programmes on the CD are usually featured in the magazine). It's the full version of DXO Filmpack 2. It caught my eyes because the programme lets you develop your digitally shot images using the look and feel of analogue films (those from Agfa, Kodak, Fujifilm and the likes).

I knew that different films produce different results, but I never knew how subtle and different they all could be. So, I tinkered around a bit with the programme and produced the image above. And now it makes me feel that I need to understand more about films and how they work....although I doubt that I will ever get to the point of getting an analogue camera (yes, I still have one lying around somewhere...albeit a cheap point-and-shoot one), taking some photos and develop the films myself. But I seriously wants to know how it all works.

Bottom line is: That's another path I will need to explore. :-)

The original picture prior to DXO Filmpack's transformation is at the end of the post.

Have a great Friday and weekend ahead everyone!

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Purity [155/366], originally uploaded by elemmaciltur.



Learning to use a Prime Lens

2012-06-30T21:37:03.018+02:00

.flickr-photo { border: solid 2px #000000; }.flickr-yourcomment { }.flickr-frame { text-align: left; padding: 3px; }.flickr-caption { font-size: 0.8em; margin-top: 0px; } Belated Birthday Cupcakes [138/366], originally uploaded by elemmaciltur.Last night, I got together with most of the knitting gals and went out to celebrate a belated birthday of one of the girls. Perfect timing for me to test out my new lens that came in on Wednesday: M. Zuiko 45 mm / f1.8 prime lens!.flickr-photo { border: solid 2px #000000; }.flickr-yourcomment { }.flickr-frame { text-align: left; padding: 3px; }.flickr-caption { font-size: 0.8em; margin-top: 0px; } Self-Portrait...kind of [137/366], originally uploaded by elemmaciltur.I have read so much about this lens and ever since I got my E-M5, I knew that the 45 mm / f1.8 would be the first lens I will acquire (apart from the kit lens). The pictures I have seen taken with the lens are scrumptious...and honestly, the main fact that had driven me to get an interchangeable lens camera (ILC) with a better sensor than bridge cameras/point-and-shoot cameras is the ability to be able to play with depth of field (DoF). I was seriously getting more and more frustrated about the fact that I couldn't get a nice DoF with great bokeh with my Lumix FZ-150, even though I was stopping up to max. f2.8 already. That was until I found out the fact that sensor size makes the difference...and that was the force that drove me to upgrade..flickr-photo { border: solid 2px #000000; }.flickr-yourcomment { }.flickr-frame { text-align: left; padding: 3px; }.flickr-caption { font-size: 0.8em; margin-top: 0px; } Olympus OM-D E-M5 + M. Zuiko 45 mm / f1.8, originally uploaded by elemmaciltur.So, when I came across reviews and pictures taken using the 45 mm / f1.8, I was quite blown away. Sure, the kit lens delivers relatively good DoF for what I need, but it still didn't deliver the exact bokeh I wanted...but the 45 mm does! I've read that the 45 mm bokeh isn't as nice as those in Leica. I don't really care at this point. I'm just happy I can get bokeh at all and I'll just deal with "nice" bokeh when I'm more grown up, photographically speaking..flickr-photo { border: solid 2px #000000; }.flickr-yourcomment { }.flickr-frame { text-align: left; padding: 3px; }.flickr-caption { font-size: 0.8em; margin-top: 0px; } Bohkehlicious [140/366], originally uploaded by elemmaciltur.However, I have to say that I was lucky I had been reading up on photography....because it saved me from the surprise of Prime Lens. Using a prime lens is almost like learning to take a photo from scratch again. I haven't thought of the fact that there are lenses out there that do not have the ability to zoom, but that you have to actually alter your own working distance to fit something into the frame as you want it. Having to do so transported me back to my very early photography memories, back in the days when I was still doing point and shoot...with 35 mm films. Thinking back to those days, I do not remember ever having a zoom lever on the camera that would just instantly transport my frame from wide angle into telephoto at my finger tip. I remember, however, having to constantly run back further away in order to fit something into the frame..flickr-photo { border: solid 2px #000000; }.flickr-yourcomment { }.flickr-frame { text-align: left; padding: 3px; }.flickr-caption { font-size: 0.8em; margin-top: 0px; } Lenbach Fountain at night [139/366], originally uploaded by elemmaciltur.Using the 45 mm is pretty much like that....running back and away from the object in order to be able to fit everything into the frame. :-) Mind you though, I will definitely use the 45 mm as a protrait lens. Not that I will be doing The Sartorialist style...but I have to admit that I have always been fascinated by being able to take a beautiful picture of a person...with the background nicely blurred. :-p So I will now have to also brush up [...]



Photographic growth

2012-06-10T08:40:53.654+02:00

.flickr-photo { border: solid 2px #000000; }.flickr-yourcomment { }.flickr-frame { text-align: left; padding: 3px; }.flickr-caption { font-size: 0.8em; margin-top: 0px; } New Toy: Olympus OM-D E-M5 + Kit lens (M. Zuiko Digital ED 12-50 mm 1:3.5-6.3) [111/366], originally uploaded by elemmaciltur.About three months in after having bought myself a birthday present in form of the Panasonic Lumix FZ-150 and after having used it quite extensively for photo tours - conquering some learning curves I had missed while using a compact point-and-shoot camera - I actually ended up hitting the photography limit.There are things I wanted to do with the photos, but could not do due to the size of the sensor and the fixed focal length given by the camera (in this case: 1:2.8-5.2/4.5-108).I had considered jumping to DSLR or system cameras (CSC) before buying the FZ-150. I didn't make that choice three months ago because I didn't want to carry around a huge DSLR and I didn't feel up to dealing with different objectives/lenses.Three months in and after having read a whole plethora of photo magazines and books, I came to a point where I just wanted to do more with my camera...and just ended up frustrated because I was not able to do so.My eyes caught sight of the Photography Blog's review of Olympus OM-D E-M5 back in May. Something about the look of that camera really caught my attention. I am not a very retro type, but the look just did it. I read through the reviews and was fascinated. I started looking for other reviews on the net. The more I read, the more my interest in this camera grew. The fact that different reviews gave an overall very positive description of the camera actually confirmed my wanting this camera even more.At one point, I just decided that if I wanted to grow in photography, I would need to take the next step up and start learning how to deal with lenses and get more into it. I decided to get the OM-D5.It was quite a quest trying to the find a shop that has the silver/black kit in stock. I needed the kit, since I didn't have any other lenses to start up with. Most shops I found to have the black/black kit available...but the silver/black kit was nowhere to be found. After having read some forums about the availability of the silver/black kits, I was pretty sure that I wouldn't be able to get my hands on one until a lot later on.But as Fate would have it (and I thought that the world was against my decision for getting this camera), I finally stumbled upon the online shop of a photography specialist up in the Northern Germany who still has a silver/black kit left. I didn't wait too long and think much about it and ordered as soon as my paycheck was in. :-pMy bf made a comment about wasting money and the fact that I'm crazy...but alas, he said that it's my money after all. :-p I was considering getting a new laptop, since the one I have starts "panting" every time I do some heavy photo editing (ever since I have the FZ-150, I always shoot in RAW, which always needs editing)....but well, obviously the camera won over.About 5 days after ordering and dumping more than € 1,000 on one go, the camera arrived in my hot little hands and I could not put it away since.I haven't had the chance to actually go out and do a photo tour with this camera yet...plus there is a huge learning curve for me this time. But thanks to my extensive readings in the last couple of months, I feel that it won't be that bad.So, here's to a new adventure in my photography experience! :-)[...]



Roma: Caput mundi

2012-05-12T10:43:20.063+02:00


Well, it's been over a month ever since we came back from Rome.

It was my very first time going to Rome....a city that I have tried to go to ever since I have come to Munich (since Rome is sooooooooo close to Munich, right?). It all started with having taken Classical Studies in 7th Form/Grade 13 and did a section on Roman Art and Architecture that sparked my strong interest in going to Rome.

I tried the first 5 years of living in Munich to go to Rome...a futile attempt. I'm not one to travel alone and every time I tried organising it with friends, it just never worked. But 12 years into it, I finally made it. :-)

Basically, I pretty much got to see almost everything I wanted to see in Rome (Colosseum, Forum Romanum & Co., Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, Vatican State, etc.). Staying at a private Bed & Breakfast right across from the Colosseum was quite a treat and an added bonus.

All in all, a great trip! You can find the rest of the photos HERE.



1 hour photos

2012-04-08T23:30:08.588+02:00

.flickr-photo { border: solid 2px #000000; }.flickr-yourcomment { }.flickr-frame { text-align: left; padding: 3px; }.flickr-caption { font-size: 0.8em; margin-top: 0px; } Eisbach [77/366], originally uploaded by elemmaciltur.I shot this in RAW using Hoya ND64 with Hoya ND8 on top. Processed in ACDSee Pro 5.Panasonic Lumix FZ-150Hoya ND Filter: ND8 + ND64Exposure: 2.5Aperture: f/3.2Focal Length: 7.6 mmISO: 100Last post before I leave for Rome.Yesterday, i also took the chance to shortly pop down to the city centre to take some photos and to try out the ND-filters I had bought.I had always wondered about how photographers were able to capture the movement of water instead of "freezing" it. I understood that longer exposure (i.e. slower shutter speed) would cause this. But every time I tried doing so, the picutres becomes greatly overexposed. And I ended up frustrated.I found out about ND-filters when I bouth my FZ150 and started to seriously read into photography. I bought a ND4-filter and tried it out without seeing any real difference (it was in glaring sunlight and I didn't know the basics behind it yet).Fastforward a week later and the fact that I read into the use of ND-filters...plus I bought two more ND-filters (Hoya ND8 & Hoya x64). I just didn't get a chance to use it until today.I had always thought that the Eisbach would be the perfect place to try this out...but I just didn't have the chance or the muse to get down there. Today was perfect, since Winter made a brief come-back to Munich and produced an overcast sky for the whole day (i.e. no glaring sunlight).I have to admit that still don't fully understand how to use it, but this is how I went about it: Taking the f-stop and shutter speed for an optimal picture in P-mode. Consulted the ND-filter shutter speed conversion chart and then turned the camera into M-mode, put on the ND-filters and set the aperture to the value read in P-Mode and use the converted shutter speed from the chart according to the ND-filter strength I was using.But since I was screwing on NDx64 with an ND8 on top....I ended up kinda guesstimated the shutter speed needed and hoped for the best.Apparently, it worked and I was satisfied with the result. Good for my real first try. :-)The advantage was also that I shot the scene in RAW...so that I would have more flexibility in adjusting the pictures afterwards. :-)Not bad, eh?I also took some other pictures, too. Here are the results:.flickr-photo { border: solid 2px #000000; }.flickr-yourcomment { }.flickr-frame { text-align: left; padding: 3px; }.flickr-caption { font-size: 0.8em; margin-top: 0px; } Eisbach, originally uploaded by elemmaciltur..flickr-photo { border: solid 2px #000000; }.flickr-yourcomment { }.flickr-frame { text-align: left; padding: 3px; }.flickr-caption { font-size: 0.8em; margin-top: 0px; } Artificial Spring Feeling [76/366], originally uploaded by elemmaciltur..flickr-photo { border: solid 2px #000000; }.flickr-yourcomment { }.flickr-frame { text-align: left; padding: 3px; }.flickr-caption { font-size: 0.8em; margin-top: 0px; } Lehel, originally uploaded by elemmaciltur..flickr-photo { border: solid 2px #000000; }.flickr-yourcomment { }.flickr-frame { text-align: left; padding: 3px; }.flickr-caption { font-size: 0.8em; margin-top: 0px; } Ostbahnhof [78/366], originally uploaded by elemmaciltur.[...]



Guess where I'm off to tomorow!

2012-04-08T23:30:27.413+02:00


I'm off to Rome for a week!

After having tried for the first 5 years in Munich to go to Rome to no avail....I finally am going to make it there and be able to see the stuff I learned about in Classical Studies back in high school!

Lots of photos to come when I'm back. :-)



Playing around....

2012-04-07T09:13:32.344+02:00


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Pink rose [73/366], originally uploaded by elemmaciltur.
....with RAW and Photomatix Pro 4.1 (the rose) and ACDSee Pro 5 (carnation).

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Carnation, originally uploaded by elemmaciltur.
Have a great Easter weekend!



Spring day in Munich

2012-04-01T20:29:41.666+02:00

.flickr-photo { border: solid 2px #000000; }.flickr-yourcomment { }.flickr-frame { text-align: left; padding: 3px; }.flickr-caption { font-size: 0.8em; margin-top: 0px; } St. Anna, originally uploaded by elemmaciltur.Took a walk around Munich today and taking some snapshots.After the warm period the last couple of weeks, April started off with a cold snap. Temperature dropped quite a bit. Even though the sun was shining today, the wind was quite cold and it was even colder in the shadow.I met up with a work colleague for coffee at Salotto in Lehel, which gave me the chance to take a quick shot of St. Anna church.Then I went down to Glockenbach and walked with my bf back up to Lehel again before taking the tram back home..flickr-photo { border: solid 2px #000000; }.flickr-yourcomment { }.flickr-frame { text-align: left; padding: 3px; }.flickr-caption { font-size: 0.8em; margin-top: 0px; } Sign of Spring II [70/366], originally uploaded by elemmaciltur..flickr-photo { border: solid 2px #000000; }.flickr-yourcomment { }.flickr-frame { text-align: left; padding: 3px; }.flickr-caption { font-size: 0.8em; margin-top: 0px; } Silhouettes in the Isar [71/366], originally uploaded by elemmaciltur..flickr-photo { border: solid 2px #000000; }.flickr-yourcomment { }.flickr-frame { text-align: left; padding: 3px; }.flickr-caption { font-size: 0.8em; margin-top: 0px; } St. Lukas, originally uploaded by elemmaciltur..flickr-photo { border: solid 2px #000000; }.flickr-yourcomment { }.flickr-frame { text-align: left; padding: 3px; }.flickr-caption { font-size: 0.8em; margin-top: 0px; } Max-Monument [72/366], originally uploaded by elemmaciltur.[...]



Am I tired of blogging?

2012-03-31T23:36:02.368+02:00

Long time no see. I'm still around, but a lot of my sharing is now just done over Facebook...making blogging kinda redundant. Apart from that, I hardly read blogs anymore. But that doesn't mean that I forget blogs altogehter.

Blogging has been a huge part of my life...same thing with knitting. It's just that my life is taking on another focus for the while. You know, it's "Life" after all...and things do happen. ;-)

Right now, it seems that all my energy is being directed into photography. So, I just thought that I should try and revive my blog and make it more photogenic. That is why I shifted Númenna into dynamic view.

Anyway, all in all, I'm still around. Will try to post interesting photos and tidbits when I can. :-)

Cheers,
Elemm




The mysterious power of knitters

2011-08-15T17:43:32.064+02:00

You've heard Knitters telling you stories about being able to influence things, right? You know how it is: Towards the end of Winter, you start cranking out another scarf, a new pair of mittens, etc. All the while thinking to yourself, I will be able to finish this and wear it at least once before Winter is over.


By the time you're halfway through, you know for certain that, as soon as you bind off that last stitch, sew the ends in, wash and block the piece, Spring would have sprung and skipped to Summer right away. That last FO will have to wait for the next season.


Similarly...my boss's baby is due in September. I decided to knit him a BSJ....and I finished the thing yesterday (even blogged about it).


Just now, I have received an SMS from my boss telling me that the little guy is 3-weeks early and is already out and about in the world.


So, do not underestimate the Power a Knitter can hold and how a Knitter can influence things beyond your imagination. ;-)


Current Mood: Amused.



I still knit...and just a short update

2011-08-14T12:55:54.217+02:00

.flickr-photo { border: solid 2px #000000; }.flickr-yourcomment { }.flickr-frame { text-align: left; padding: 3px; }.flickr-caption { font-size: 0.8em; margin-top: 0px; } Blinky's BSJ, originally uploaded by elemmaciltur.Start: 6th May 2011Finish: 14th August 2011Needles: 3.5 mm / 80 cm KnitPro Interchangeable (metal)Yarn: Wollmeise in "Farn"Pattern: Baby Surpise Jacket (BSJ) by Elizabeth Zimmermann .flickr-photo { border: solid 2px #000000; }.flickr-yourcomment { }.flickr-frame { text-align: left; padding: 3px; }.flickr-caption { font-size: 0.8em; margin-top: 0px; } Blinky's BSJ, originally uploaded by elemmaciltur.Who would've thought, eh? Yeah, I'm still around. I still knit (although very sporadically).Work pretty much consumed my life....but things are going well (comparing to about a month ago, where it was just waaaaaaaaaaay too much).I started this back on my holidays in Denmark in May and had been knitting on it here and there. I frogged the thing completely back in July because I realised that at some point, I stopped knitting the WS rows and kept doing the RS, which made the jacket turned out incredibly short.And so I restarted and finished it just today.This is for my boss's baby who's due in Septermber. I know that it's going to be a boy and I know that my other boss (i.e. my boss's husband - they run the company together) likes football and so the idea about the football buttons was born. It was really coincidental that I actually chose "Farn" as the colour for the jacket. :-pAnyway, really sorry that I kinda stopped blogging about whatever that was going on. Every time I sat down and thought that I should update my Mallorca trip, I just went *urgh* and didn't know where to start. So, you'll just have to content yourselves with the photos from the Mallorca trip HERE.In the mean time, I have also made a trip to Denmark and Hamburg. Currently I'm planning a trip to Lisbon at the end of September and I will also be going to Indonesia at the end of November. So keep an eye out for an update.That's all I have for now. Gotta run! Hope that all is well with everyone and I hope that people are still checking my blog. .flickr-photo { border: solid 2px #000000; }.flickr-yourcomment { }.flickr-frame { text-align: left; padding: 3px; }.flickr-caption { font-size: 0.8em; margin-top: 0px; } Antonio Pacelli Ultra Flexi, originally uploaded by elemmaciltur.Ps. I'm getting really serious with the Irish Dancing. ;-)Current Mood: Sailing alongFood for the ears: Well, not much of a music, but if you want to see what I actually do with the Irish dance, here's a sample of my sloppy dancing when I was bored [...]



Mallorca - Day 1 & 2

2011-04-07T16:51:23.541+02:00

.flickr-photo { border: solid 2px #000000; }.flickr-yourcomment { }.flickr-frame { text-align: left; padding: 3px; }.flickr-caption { font-size: 0.8em; margin-top: 0px; } Day 2:Valldemossa - Real Cartuja de Valldemossa, originally uploaded by elemmaciltur.Hi all,I'm so sorry that I haven't got around to updating about my trip to Mallorca in the beginning of March until now. It was an 8-day-trip and I took about 600 photos altogether. Choosing the photos and cutting them down to about 400 and uploading them all on to Flickr was quite a feat already. Thinking about blogging about it all just makes my stomach turn.But we'll go bit by bit. Especially now that I'm spending this sunny Thursday sick at home...First day wasn't that exciting. It was all about just getting there and I took some shot out of our rental car on the way to our hotel. By the time we got there, it was quite late already and so nothing to blog about.The real tour started on the second day, where our first stop was at Valledemossa..flickr-photo { border: solid 2px #000000; }.flickr-yourcomment { }.flickr-frame { text-align: left; padding: 3px; }.flickr-caption { font-size: 0.8em; margin-top: 0px; } Day 2:Valldemossa - Real Cartuja de Valldemossa, originally uploaded by elemmaciltur.We visited the Carthusian Monastery where Chopin and George Sand stayed at. We went to visit the museum/the monastery but didn't get far enough to see the room Chopin supposedly stayed in (with his Pleyel piano on display), since I got annoyed with all the tourists there.Included in the entrance fee was a "concert" of Chopin's work....played in an okay manner - if not down-right horrible...full of mistakes and mumbling on the piano on passages the performer wasn't very good at. He played two preludes (the A major and the Raindrop), a walz (c-sharp minor, op. 64, no. 2) and a polonaise (op. 71, no. 3) all of which - apart from the A major prelude - I have played myself. But well, what would you expect from a "concert" included in a price of EUR 8 for a museum ticket. :-p.flickr-photo { border: solid 2px #000000; }.flickr-yourcomment { }.flickr-frame { text-align: left; padding: 3px; }.flickr-caption { font-size: 0.8em; margin-top: 0px; } Day 2: Sóller, originally uploaded by elemmaciltur.We then drove up north with the intention on stopping at Son Marroig...but thanks to my exceptionally well-honed map reading skill, we drove right past it and just went over to Deià for a drive-through (wasn't that interesting) before landing in Sóller. Such a pictoreque town..flickr-photo { border: solid 2px #000000; }.flickr-yourcomment { }.flickr-frame { text-align: left; padding: 3px; }.flickr-caption { font-size: 0.8em; margin-top: 0px; } Day 2: Sóller - Sant Bartomeu, originally uploaded by elemmaciltur.We actually parked the car beside the shoulder of the MA-11 (near the Jardí Botànic de Sóller) and walked into the town.We got to the main square "Plaça de Constitució" and went to have a look at the cathedral "Sant Bartomeu"..flickr-photo { border: solid 2px #000000; }.flickr-yourcomment { }.flickr-frame { text-align: left; padding: 3px; }.flickr-caption { font-size: 0.8em; margin-top: 0px; } Day 2: Sóller, originally uploaded by elemmaciltur.From there we walked around Sóller to find something to eat (I had the "ensaimada") and stopped by to have a café con leche at a café in the main square..flickr-photo { border: solid 2px #000000; }.flickr-yourcomment { }.flickr-frame { text-align: left; padding: 3px; }.flickr-caption { font-size: 0.8em; margin-top: 0px; } Day 2: Bunyola - Alaró, originally uploaded by elemmaciltur.We then drove down to Port de Sóller, didn't find it in[...]



Vacation!: Off to Mallorca

2011-03-06T15:43:37.671+01:00


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Off to Mallorca, originally uploaded by elemmaciltur.
Yay! At last I'm on my very first official vacation.

I started working on 5th March 2010 and never really had a real break. I was unemployed officially for 2 weeks when my old work dissolved the executive search department and made me redundant. But then I started at the new place after two weeks and had been working without a real vacation - well, apart from Christmas/New Year - since.

So, tomorrow, I'm off to Mallorca for 8 days!!! A "friend" - don't even ask -, whom I had been moaning to about the fact that I was in dire need of a vacation, texted me asked me quite spontaneously some time early in February whether I wanted to go to Mallorca with him.

I was at work, my bosses were on holiday....so I wrote back asking how much and how long. Turned out for 8 days and I will only have to pay for my flight and food. He's got the hotel already - and whoa, what a hotel! The thing was that he had to book the flight right there and then by the evening, coz otherwise we wouldn't get any cheap flights any more.

So, there was a flurry of emails to my boss asking for vacation. Which she gave me. And so everything was set.

And so we're here. I'm taking my first vacation!!! Yay!!! Sooooo excited!

I don't care that it's not that warm yet in Mallorca. At least it's warmer than Munich. I know, I know, I do love winter and all, but only when it's crispy cold and covered with white snow and not when the temperature is wishy-washy and it's dreary grey and wet.

It's the first time for both of us to be in Mallorca. I have never even been to mainland Spain yet, so this will be quite a premier.

So, I'd say adiós for now and we'll see each other again once I'm back from my sojourn.

Current Mood: Relaxed...for once
Food for the ears:
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Confession of a Macaron-Addict

2011-02-27T16:33:44.725+01:00

.flickr-photo { border: solid 2px #000000; }.flickr-yourcomment { }.flickr-frame { text-align: left; padding: 3px; }.flickr-caption { font-size: 0.8em; margin-top: 0px; } Maelu's mini macarons, originally uploaded by elemmaciltur.I went downtown yesterday with a full intention of finding myself a new pair of sunglasses for my vacation the week after next.I found one at Eye Catcher from Chanel...I could have got it, but I actually wanted to have more options. So, I decided to just wait it out until next weekend, since they told me that they're getting new models in during the week.Anyhow, I decided to go take a look at Pupille Optik to see whether they got anything to my fancy.Well, didn't find anything there but I learned a valuable lesson: Never go there again and never recommend it to anyone. Ever!Unless you're wearing designer clothes with huge logos showing off the designer while prancing your Prada or LV bags around or unless you're really flaunting your money around, there's no way you're going to get any service from any one of the stuck-up employees there.I was totally persona non grata there....I actually got eye contact with one of the employee - who was not tending to any other customers - and actually said "excuse-me" to her to get her attention when she walked past me, but she totally really ignored me right on, as though I didn't exist. So, I just walked out of the shop without buying anything. (Just for the record, I was full-on dressed-up yesterday...but I'm not the type to flaunt the logo.)So yeah, I would definitely NOT recommend this stupid shop to anyone.On the contrary to the employees at Pupille, Eye Catcher's employees were more than helpful and far more friendlier than the stuck-up Pupille. The employee at Eye Catcher were the one who told me I should wait and come again next weekend. That was really nice of them..flickr-photo { border: solid 2px #000000; }.flickr-yourcomment { }.flickr-frame { text-align: left; padding: 3px; }.flickr-caption { font-size: 0.8em; margin-top: 0px; } Maelu's mini macarons, originally uploaded by elemmaciltur.So I met up with a friend for coffee for the rest of the afternoon. Ended up buying some new clothes at H/M...but that Chanel sunglasses wouldn't leave me alone.Towards the evening, I thought that I would go have a look at the sunglasses again - and kinda made up my mind to actually buy them....only - must have been destiny - the shop was already closed. :-pSo, I decided to go a couple of doors down and get myself some consolation prizes....Macarons.flickr-photo { border: solid 2px #000000; }.flickr-yourcomment { }.flickr-frame { text-align: left; padding: 3px; }.flickr-caption { font-size: 0.8em; margin-top: 0px; } Maelu's mini macarons, originally uploaded by elemmaciltur.Ahhhhh....this is probably the main reason why I should move to France. I just love Macarons....always. I don't know many shops in Munich that sell them...and the ones I have tasted here so far still can't beat the French originals.Anyway, those macarons didn't last long after the photoshoot. I had to resist eating them last night, because I wanted to take photos of them in natural light. :-p.flickr-photo { border: solid 2px #000000; }.flickr-yourcomment { }.flickr-frame { text-align: left; padding: 3px; }.flickr-caption { font-size: 0.8em; margin-top: 0px; } [...]



New watch...finally

2011-02-19T15:55:02.072+01:00


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New watch, originally uploaded by elemmaciltur.
After about 8 years of having worn the same watch day-in-day-out, I finally caved in towards the end of January and decided it was high time to buy at least a new watch.

I saw that there was a sales campaign for Gant watches on vente-privee.com and decided to have a look....and ended up buying this one. Although I have to admit that it's unusual, since I normally avoid leather armband. The reason being that I usually kill the leather armband quite quickly when I was a kid and so I avoid them ever since.

So, it's kinda weird: The watch surface is chunkier and bigger than my old Tissot one (which I still love and wear), and the leather armband. But I'm sure getting used to it. :-)

Oh yeah, and if you didn't know, I actually spent two days in Paris this past week....but it was pure work marathon. Still it was so nice to get out of Munich for a bit...and be in my favourite city in the world. Surprisingly, I found out that I still could use my rusty French to quite a good extent. ;-) And this is the only thing that I brought back from Paris with me (and they're all gone already!):

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Macarons, originally uploaded by elemmaciltur.
Have a great weekend everyone!

Current Mood: Good
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Bread and Butter - Premium - MBFW: Berlin, 01/2011

2011-02-13T13:20:07.615+01:00

.flickr-photo { border: solid 2px #000000; }.flickr-yourcomment { }.flickr-frame { text-align: left; padding: 3px; }.flickr-caption { font-size: 0.8em; margin-top: 0px; } Bread and Butter: Entry lanyard, card and armtag, originally uploaded by elemmaciltur.Soooooo...long time, no see. Sorry, work has been sucking the life out of me and I don't really have much energy left to do anything, not even knitting. But don't get me wrong, I actually love my work and especially the Fashion industry. :-)So, my work decided to put up an event in Ellington Hotel in Berlin as a starter to the year and for us to go to the tradeshows Bread and Butter 2011 as well as to Premium 2011..flickr-photo { border: solid 2px #000000; }.flickr-yourcomment { }.flickr-frame { text-align: left; padding: 3px; }.flickr-caption { font-size: 0.8em; margin-top: 0px; } Premium entry armtag and Laurèl show entry card, originally uploaded by elemmaciltur.So, it wasn't my very first foray into the fashion scene, but it was my first time being in the middle of it. All I could say is that it was very interesting..flickr-photo { border: solid 2px #000000; }.flickr-yourcomment { }.flickr-frame { text-align: left; padding: 3px; }.flickr-caption { font-size: 0.8em; margin-top: 0px; } Ellington Hotel: My room, originally uploaded by elemmaciltur.I liked the hotel we were staying in. It was the first time I had an open bath in the room...it's kinda cool, but I'm not really a fan of it. I still like some privacy. :-p Besides, it does get chilly taking a shower like that. :-pThe first night, we had our event in the hotel, with our clients invited as guests. So after having talked to quite a few people on the phone, it was great to actually finally meet them in person. Although I have to admit that since I had been working there for only three months, I didn't exactly know that many people yet. Nevertheless, it was great to meet some new people and be able to put real faces to the voices..flickr-photo { border: solid 2px #000000; }.flickr-yourcomment { }.flickr-frame { text-align: left; padding: 3px; }.flickr-caption { font-size: 0.8em; margin-top: 0px; } [...]



...still alive...

2011-01-22T18:06:04.575+01:00

....and will update the blog very soon. However, not with a new FO...but more from the fashion world, since that's where I work now. :-p



Danke Stern...

2010-11-29T13:16:06.402+01:00

Thank you very much for mentioning this very blog in your magazine a couple of issues ago (No. 47 18.11.2010). Definitely good publicity for me. Though, seriously, I would appreciate some kinds of notification about it.

Oh well, I found out about it anyway. ;-)

So, cheers!

Elemm

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Liebe Stern-Redaktion,

vielen Dank für die Erwähnung von meinem Blog in der 47. Ausgabe der Zeitschrift (18.11.2010). Sicher ist es gute Publizität für mein Blog - obwohl ehrlich gesagt, wäre es mir lieber, wenn mir jemand von Euch was gesagt hätte...

...naja, ich habe den Artikel ja schon gesehen. :-)

Grüße

Elemm



Better than Burberry

2010-11-14T14:46:32.705+01:00

.flickr-photo { border: solid 2px #000000; }.flickr-yourcomment { }.flickr-frame { text-align: left; padding: 3px; }.flickr-caption { font-size: 0.8em; margin-top: 0px; } Better than Burberry, originally uploaded by elemmaciltur.Start: 15th October 2010Finish: 07th November 2010Needles: 6 mm Addi TurboYarn: 100% Alpaca in grey bought from the Benediktbeuern Textile Market this year; 260 m / 100 g / skein; Using 4 skeins in total with yarn held double - got 9 repeats altogetherPattern: Burberry Inspired Cowl by Julianne Smith.flickr-photo { border: solid 2px #000000; }.flickr-yourcomment { }.flickr-frame { text-align: left; padding: 3px; }.flickr-caption { font-size: 0.8em; margin-top: 0px; } Better than Burberry, originally uploaded by elemmaciltur.So, the latest must-have-accessory this winter is a super-chunky, oversized cowl. At least we knitters call them cowls. Other variations out there are called "loop scarf"...or the latest according to my research, and coined by "Burberry", it is called a "snood" - which is totally misleading, because a snood is a headgear.Whatever it is called, I'm going to stick to the term "cowl" (which is also misleading in the its own way).I certainly saw this "Burberry Inspired Cowl" pattern floating on Ravelry for a while now - however, it was during my anti-cowl time, so I didn't pay attention to it. That is, until someone in MuKnit knitted it up and cowls were creeping on me from every corner (blame the fact that my work has to do with fashion now), I ended up succumbing to the siren call of a big chunky cowl.I had a particular yarn in mind: I meant to do it in 100% silk, hand-dye by this German dyer (Elvira Dick). I knew that she was definitely going to be at Benediktbeuern textile market, and so I went there with a purpose back in September. Unfortunately, they were having some problem with the logistic of the silk yarn and so there were only some sportsweight in golden colours and none in worsted. So, I decided to go for the next best one: 100% pure alpaca in sportsweight.I ended up knitting with two strands held together to get a bulky weight, which worked out quite well. I used up pretty much 98% of the four skeins I bought and got about 9 repeats out of the cowl. Long enough to make a double loop, so that it will definitely lay close to neck and keep it warm.So, why is my cowl better than the Burberry's original? First, I made it. Secondly, according to this blog post, the fibre content is 90% wool and only 5% cashmere - whilst the "snood" is being advertised as cashmere. Oh, and for the record, the wool they used isn't even specified whether it's even merino. And for a price tag of 175 pounds (about EUR 205), I think that it's a bloody rip-off. Besides, you can see from the photo on Jhek-Jhek's blog that there's a very visible seam on the cowl, whilst I did quite a perfect grafting job on mine and have a practically seamless cowl....besides, now that I can see how the cable is done on the original one, I bet I can reverse-engineer it easily enough if I feel like knitting it...and I probably can just get it done in 100% cashmere AND still have a cheaper price-tag than Burberry. So yeah, mine is definitely better than Burberry's. :-pHave a great weekend everyone!Current mood: Got a bit of a cold - 'twas a very stressful weekFood for the ears: class="youtube-player" frameborder="0" height="345" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/iANRO3I30nM" title="YouTube video player" type="text/html" width=[...]



Prorsum

2010-10-16T19:22:00.004+02:00

.flickr-photo { border: solid 2px #000000; }.flickr-yourcomment { }.flickr-frame { text-align: left; padding: 3px; }.flickr-caption { font-size: 0.8em; margin-top: 0px; } Prorsum: Take II, originally uploaded by elemmaciltur.Start: 12th September 2010Finish: 5th October 2010Needles: 5.5 mm Addi TurboYarn: Wolle Roedel "Soft-Merino"; 100% Merino superwash; 100 m / 50 g; colour #393, lot #220; 6 ballsPattern Cabled Cowl from Lion Brand YarnName: I decided to call this "Prorsum" (lat. "forward") as a kind of a wink to "Burberry Prorsum", since a lot of commercial cowls out there that I have seen and like are pretty much from Burberry..flickr-photo { border: solid 2px #000000; }.flickr-yourcomment { }.flickr-frame { text-align: left; padding: 3px; }.flickr-caption { font-size: 0.8em; margin-top: 0px; } Prorsum, originally uploaded by elemmaciltur.I disappeared again. I know. But I'm still here and with an FO - even though it's a small one.Since the fashion world has been introducing cowls (or as they like to call it: Loop-Scarf *gag*) to the general audience for this Fall/Winter 2010 season, I reconsidered my stance on cowls and decided to knit up one for myself.I knew what I wanted: A big, oversized cowl that I could pull over my head (without ruining my hair - heh, yeah, I know I'm vain sometimes), that will spill out of my coat and show its fabulousness...but more importantly, I didn't want a cowl that would hug my throat and strangle me (with a scarf, I could always loosen it).So off I went looking for a pattern in Ravelry when I came across this particular free pattern for a cable cowl that didn't seem too busy for the pattern and wouldn't be boring to knit.The knitting part was pretty straightforward and I got the pattern memorised by the first repeat. It wouldn't have taken me so long to finish it, but well, other things got in the way....like a new job. :-).flickr-photo { border: solid 2px #000000; }.flickr-yourcomment { }.flickr-frame { text-align: left; padding: 3px; }.flickr-caption { font-size: 0.8em; margin-top: 0px; } Prorsum, originally uploaded by elemmaciltur.Yes, you heard it right. I disappeared for a whole month because I started a new job.When I was made redundant, my now ex-boyfriend (yeah, that's another story, too) and I started looking at all executive search companies out there on the market, both in Munich, nationally and internationally. I remember coming across this one particular company and thought that their website is pretty neat and that it looks like a great place to be working in. Unfortunately, they weren't hiring, so I kept looking.I signed up for a job letter over at a well-known German professional networking portal and promptly got suggestions for possible positions. Most of which I applied for but didn't get far. Until one day that I found this one advertisement for a position as a Research Consultant in the fashion & lifestyle industry and I thought to myself that that would be quite interesting and would fit me a lot better than the automation & automotive sector I was doing before. And so I applied, thinking all the while that I probably will just receive a decline.When I went to look at their website, it turned out to be that particular place I gushed about before....what a coincidence!Anyhow, to my surprise, I got invited to an interview, which went down pretty well. Then I got invited to a second interview, doing all these tests bordering on the Mayer-[...]



Who's Terry? - Of Men and Garments

2010-08-24T06:33:10.724+02:00

.flickr-photo { border: solid 2px #000000; }.flickr-yourcomment { }.flickr-frame { text-align: left; padding: 3px; }.flickr-caption { font-size: 0.8em; margin-top: 0px; } Who's Terry?, originally uploaded by elemmaciltur.Start: 14th January 2010Finish: 21st August 2010Needles: 3.5 mm and 4 mm Addi TurboYarn: "Saphir" by Bernetta Wolle; 65% new wool, 15% super kid mohair, 20% nylon; Colour #438.02 (beige/natural), dye lot #9006381Pattern: "Terry's Pullover" by Carol Feller, from Interweave Knits, Holiday Gifts 2009Modification: Knitting the sleeves in the round. I really cannot fathom why the designer knitted the body in the round and knitted the sleeves flat (she said it's easier to join)...but I think that it's kinda nonsense and seaming down the sleeves totally beats the purpose of this otherwise wonderfully seamless construction....because it's obvious that it can be done seamlessly..flickr-photo { border: solid 2px #000000; }.flickr-yourcomment { }.flickr-frame { text-align: left; padding: 3px; }.flickr-caption { font-size: 0.8em; margin-top: 0px; } Who's Terry?, originally uploaded by elemmaciltur.Before I launch into my tirade about men and garments, let me show you my latest accomplishment (yes, I do use my free time well, when I don't have work).Sure, I'm a tad late with the shawl collar movement, but frankly, I couldn't find an industry made jumper with a shawl collar that looked good on me and so I kept my hands off from it. That is, until I saw Terry's Pullover.I just thought that I should give it a try. The pattern is simple enough and I had - back then - recently acquired quite an amount of yarn that would work well with the pattern.The jumper - as with most of my knitting projects - took a bit of a backseat ride when I started my job. But now that I am currently job-less and have time on my hand, I decided to use the time well and cram out my UFOs/WIPs and do as much as I can with them for the time being. The first serious attack on a project was with the Terry's Pullover, because I was already half-way through the second sleeve and so it seemed sensible that I should finish the project first. Besides, I didn't feel like doing the bulky-weight project or finer gauge projects I have on the needles (which I will do now that "Who's Terry?" is done)..flickr-photo { border: solid 2px #000000; }.flickr-yourcomment { }.flickr-frame { text-align: left; padding: 3px; }.flickr-caption { font-size: 0.8em; margin-top: 0px; } Who's Terry?, originally uploaded by elemmaciltur.There isn't much to say about the pattern. It was pretty clear, safe some particular instructions when it came to the neck opening section with the pattern, because all of the sudden it seemed that the designer (or perhaps the editor?) couldn't be bothered about giving detailed instructions any more and just told you to knit. Not a problem for me, but could very well be a problem for newer knitters. I just winged it as I saw fit.Two other things that bothered me about this pattern were:1. The ribbing on the sleeves. There is no mentioning of how you should be starting the ribbing at all. If you weren't careful and look at the photo and started the ribbbing by using the k2, p2 instead of p2, k2; then you will get a very different result. Apart from this, there is also no mentioning about lining up the ribbing on the sleeves with the ribbing on the cuffs at all. I have mentioned these facts on my Ravelry not[...]