Der Fährmann

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Die Gruppe von Lichtgestalten näherte sich mir und mir wurde eiskalt. Ich stand in einem Tal, inmitten einer Landschaft aus pechschwarzen Felsen, abgerundet wie in einem ehemaligen Wildwasser-Flussbett. Sie hangelten sich entlang der runden Felsen empor zu mir. Ich wich zurück. Ich sah ihre Gesichter: kantige Gesichter, runde Gesichter, Hakennasen, römische Gesichter. Sie erreichten mich. Ich fürchtete mich.

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„Fürchte dich nicht, Fährmann. Zeige uns den Weg durch den ausgetrockneten Styx“, sagten sie.

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Warum muss mein Opa Computerexperte werden?

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– eine Warnung an alle Smartphone User

Neulich rief mich mein Grossvater an, weil sein Computer mal wieder ‚kaputt‘ war. Sein Rechner sage immer, sagte er, er solle sich einen ‚Mikrohart Account‘ besorgen und dann ginge nichts mehr und er muesse ihn ausschalten. Mein Grossvater ist wirklich kein ‚User‘. Er benutzt den Computer ausschliesslich, um seine Emails lesen zu koennen. Vielleicht geht er noch hier und da auf die Webseite der ‚Bundesbahn‘ oder der Post. Das ist alles. Auf jeden Fall war er voellig verzweifelt und glaubte mal wieder, er haette seinen teuren Computer unabsichtlich zerstoert.

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Bild: Wikipedia

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More Airtraveling with Monstermaschine

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Some more airy pictures I shot playing with the manual settings of my camera (copyright only with my explicit written permission). After the joyful and satisfiying experience of ignoring automated functions of modern cameras and learning photographing from the scratch I recommend: First buy a good book about photographing, read a fiew weekends about aperture, shutter speed, ISO number, color temperature, flash intensity and flash number values  and understand the 6  most important rules of thumb (indicated):

  1. the aperture number series (1/2 exposure with each increasing number): 2.8 – 4.0 – 5.6 – 8 – 11 – 16, etc.
  2. aperture-16-rule (and similar rules): a sunny summer day about  noon means A16, 1/100, ISO100
  3. exposure calculation: A16-1/100-ISO100 = A11-1/200-ISO100 = A11-1/400-ISO200 = A8-1/800-ISO200 = A8-1/1600-ISO400 = A5.6-1/3200-ISO400 = A5.6-1/400-ISO50, etc.
  4. flash exposure rule: distance = flash-number/aperture; aperture = flash-number/distance; flash-number = distance * aperture;
  5. flash intensity settings (1/2, 1/4, etc.) change the aperture value and not the flash-number, e.g. 1/2 means from A11 to A8
  6. the color temperature of daylight is around 5000K to 6000K, lamps are around 3000K, neon light is around 4000K, higher values than those (e.g. over 6000K) make colors warm, lower values make colors cool

All pictures you will see here are as they were shot and nothing is manipulated with the use of programs like Photoshop. Nothing against the art of manipulating pictures manually to create new impressions, I don’t like this at my own pictures, that’s all.

It is not so complicated to photograph like these pictures, just read a typical book about learning photography. Then turn the settings of your camera and flash both to „M“ like manual. You will never need the computer algorithms within your camera again. You will never be dominated by the artificial intelligence behind common layman photography again (it is never the layman who is photographing!). Become a Amateur photographer and eleminate AI within your proximity that is making you dumb and unhuman! Become capable of using a technical device as a mere extension of your human sences and never a standardised replacement! That is so important! After some years you will be capable of a targeted expressing of your own thoughts and feelings just with one single picture YOU create.

When starting to learn to do technical intellectual things like photographing by your own, You may start to hate artificial intelligence and computer augmented reality devices as well as technical assistant systems. You may find out that it is not so complicated at all doing some simple calculations during work  as You allways may have thought, You might think You would have learned all this joyful and satisfying creative things much faster, maybe years ago, if such software didn’t exist at all. What a mere waste of time using intelligent devices is, You will think then. And You will be right! You will see.. Start now, switch to „M“.

Airtraveling with Monstermaschine

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Some airtraveling pictures that I have shot between 2007 and 2012. I had to fly to my working place on every Monday and Friday back. I flew more than 400 times in this 5 years. I bought a camera and shot half-automated at least 30,000 ugly pictures within the first two years. They were very, very bad because I couldn’t photograph at all and had to use some automatic functions of the camera. I threw them all away except only four (!) lucky strikes and started all over again. First I started reading books about photography and set back all camera functions to manual, even the flash and the autofocus. I set up a little private studio at home and learned a little about lighting, exposure, light temperature, composition, etc. Soon it was becoming more and more interesting. The 3000 pictures from number 30,000 to number 33,000 within the second two years were becoming slowly more and more beautiful and the 300 hundred pictures from 33,000 to 33,300 (approxiamtely) in the fith year they were what I allways wanted: to be able to express my thoughts with my pictures. This is a collection of them (copyright only with my explicit written expression).

All pictures you will see here are as they were shot and nothing is manipulated with the use of programs like Photoshop. Nothing against the art of manipulating pictures manually to create new impressions, I don’t like this at my own pictures, that’s all.

My experiences with computer aided – let’s call it by it’s name, artificial intelligence (AI) aided – photographs and later throughoutly manual photographs let me feel for the first time in my life, that computer do not help us, they only simulate that the user feels, he is no idiot in the field of knowledge he is entering. But he is! And a big idiot! Someone who didn’t learn the skills and the techniques can’t do absolutely nothing, if operating a camera or driving a motorcar, working on a PC or playing a music instrument. Today I’m convinced: computers produce idiots. Learning photography was my personal liberation and emancipation from AI. I’m deeply grateful to this wonderful fine art of photography.

Today I also switch off any assistant systems in my car or buy cars that don’t have them and drive only by my own. I avoid electronic music if it uses drum computers or preprogramed melodies and I plan to go back to good old command line Linux to regain certain minimum control of my PC. Of course I will never ever use smartphones, navigation computers or computer augmented reality devices (like those coming Google glasses) in my life. I think they are very dangerous for my brain, they are making me stupid and dependent. Computers with AI are no tools they are brain wash into stupidity. AI is no tool at all, it is not – as often said – a partial enhancement, it is a partial destruction of the human brain. If people had skills before, AI lets them forget and takes intelligence quotient number for number away from them. If they didn’t had any skills before, like young people, AI prevents that they ever get some and will ever increase their intelligence quotient.  They will remain AI dependent idiots for their whole lifetime.

Yes, the reason why I hate artificial intelligence and computer augmented reality devices as well as technical assistant systems so much, is because I have finally learned to photograph with my own skills and it would have been much faster, if such software didn’t exist at all. What a mere waste of time! Turn it off!

Die Lebensgeschichte des Friedrich Schilling aus der DDR

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Die folgende utopische Kurzgeschichte habe ich waehrend meines Studiums Anfang des Jahres 1996 aufgeschrieben und habe sie heute zuefaellig beim Herumstoebern in uralten Dateien wiederentdeckt, die noch von meinem ersten PC stammten. Beim Durchlesen fiel mir auf, dass ich damals schon in dieser sehr kompakten Lebensgeschichte eines 1957 geborenen DDR-Buergers aus Berlin, der durch eine Verkettung von Zufaellen ueber die Jahrtausende bis an die mythischen Anfaenge der Geschichte der Menschheit geraet, die meisten Themen, die mich auch heute noch beschaeftigen, bearbeitete. Ich habe die Geschichte daher noch einmal mit grossem Vergnuegen gelesen und mit vielen Anmerkungen versehen.

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Der neue Lebensmittelschwarzmarkt von Berlin

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Gestern traf ich in der Kneipe am Tresen einen Fremden. Wir kamen ins Gespraech und er erzaehlte mir folgendes:

„Wenn ich heute in den Supermarkt einkaufen gehen, empfinde ich die Qualitaet der Lebensmittel, die ich dort bekomme als beleidigend. Ich habe den Verdacht, das man mich mit wiederaufbereiteten Abfaellen abspeist, waehrend man die wirklichen Lebensmittel in irgendwelchen hochpreisigen Geschaeften, die ich mir nicht leisten kann, anbietet. Die Ware, die ich im Supermarkt bekomme, schmeckt nach gar nichts und haelt sich nur kurze Zeit im Kuehlschrank, bis sie zu einer fauligen Masse zerfaellt. Das koenen keine echten Lebensmittel mehr sein. Ich kenne echte Lebensmittel noch aus meiner Kindheit.

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