Sunday, January 13, 2008

Of camels, headphones and the stars in the sky

OnThursday I've went to a concert by the classic radio station. A symphonic orcestra of 60 people (as I counted them) playing movie scores.

It took place in the old opera building in Frankfurt. The orcestra was pretty good, though the horns suffered a bit from not quite hitting a note now and again.
I enjoyed the concert a lot, they had a nice selection of many of my favorites: Bernstein (Magnificent Seven), John Williams (Harry Potter, Indiana Jones and, of course, Star Wars), Hans Zimmer (Gladiator), Jerry Goldsmith (Gremilins) and many others.
There was a funny story the moderator told about how Mike Batt, after writting the music for Caravans, went to Marocco and found himself a camel. He then put headphones on the poor beast and played the score for it. According to him, he knew he had a success when the camel started to run ;)

Last night was very cold but also very clear, so I dragged my Nikon outside, put it on a tripod and tried to make some star pictures.

This a looking east from my balcony. Orion to the right hand side.
I decided I really need to get a remote release for the camera. Even with the tripod it's practically imposible to stop the picture from moving in a 10 seconds exposure (I have to leave the finger all the time on the release, so it's inevitable that the camera shakes a little). This is the best of the lot.

King Tut is making progress, though not update picture. Sorry.


stitcherw said...

Neat pictures. I could see Orion just fine. Your concert sounds like it would have been a lot of fun. I like that kind of music, and the story on the camel was cute.

Ruth said...

That's a great star picture! If it's blurry I can't really tell... possibly I need glasses. :) And it sounds like a lovely concert.

Belated congrats on your wonderful TW! He's great. I can't wait to see your Egyptian piece keep growing. I've debated getting that pattern for years myself.