While digging through my archives I found these photos I took about two and a half years ago at my great uncle’s 90th birthday. I still like the series so I thought I’d put them up here. It was a lovely day with my extended family and some regional quirks.

IMG_1011blogMy sister and her partner’s daughter having fun with the camera.


IMG_1018blogYep, got caught.

IMG_1019blogMy great uncle is very fond of music and helped founding the first music school in the area. He also always was very involved in the local brass band. I don’t know about your area, but where I come from every village has their own brass band. So the local brass band dropped by for a birthday serenade. My great uncle discussing the set with the bandmaster.

IMG_1021blogMy sister being cheeky, my great uncle listening to the music. Still can’t get over the fact that he’s 90 years old, he looks so much younger.


IMG_1027blogLots of shake hands.


IMG_1033blogAnd more music.

IMG_1035blogIf you make it to 90 years, you get to conduct the brass band.

IMG_1045blogEven the local police commander dropped by and brought a gift.

IMG_1046blogListening to the speech. Not easy to impress.

IMG_1047blogAnd some more music.

IMG_1051blogMy great uncle believes in the importance of kids getting in contact with music, so he was very happy about all the kids in the brass band.

IMG_1054blogMy dad discussing a piece of music with one of the brass band girls.

IMG_1057blogHaving done their duty, time for food, drinks and party. Typical brass band.


IMG_1060blogI’m repeating myself – brass bands!

IMG_1065blogOne last speech (it was a very short one), and then food.

IMG_1075blogFamily time. My brother, my dad and my great uncle.


Lovely memories of meeting my extended family. And wishing my great uncle many more happy years to come.

More rain, brass band festival aftermath and other street stuff

On my way to the Aikido demonstration (pictures in one of my earlier blog entries: http://anjalampert.wordpress.com/2010/05/31/aikido-rain/) it started to rain like hell, so I stayed at the tramway stop where I had got off and waited. After a few moments the first people started taking cover at the tramway stop as well. As I had to wait anyway I took a few pictures. Most of the people were wearing raincoats they had got for free, as there was a big event going on and companies gave them away as promotion stuff.

A family hurrying towards a dry place…

They had already arrived and started taking off their hoods, watching out for the next tram.

Alone at the bus stop, she was kind of trapped there, as there was no bus service that day, but the rain was too heavy to go somewhere else.


Another day…

It was really hot, bright sunshine. On my way home I passed the city hall, where a festival of Austrian brass bands had just ended. A few of the brass band people were still hanging around or making a fool of themselves after drinking a bit more as they could handle. Actually very funny to watch! For sure more fun than listening to the actual festival… Brass bands are not my favourite as you can guess.

These three started praticing marching in step (drunk!) and a bypasser joined in and walked after them. Unfortunately exposure was far from perfect, so the picture is a bit messed up…

Around the corner another group was posing for some tourists. All the brass band people were dressed in local traditional costumes, so obviously a perfect picture for tourists!

Same scene seen from the front…

Two girls taking a rest, they looked tired. Probably all the marching and drinking and brass band partying had worn them out…

I realized I had captured several people just sitting on benches, steps, etc… Kind of accidental mini-series of sitting people…

Two ladies.

Rather unhappy couple having a break.

Cheery guys, they saw me taking the picture and he started waving!

Sitting on concrete globes is also a possibity to have a rest.

More globes more people…

Stripes everywhere…

Posing for the photographer…




Kiosk, seemed to be closed down…

In passing Palais Liechtenstein…

That’s it for today…

All pictures taken with my Kiev4 rangefinder and Tri-X 400.