Italian Street Art in Florence

We shortly spent an extended weekend in the old italian city of Florence. Our primary interest was to tick off another UNESCO world heritage site for our collection. Also I wanted to see how the capital of Tuscany feels today, maybe 30 years after I had first visited it with my class at high school.

Strolling around the old city, looking for historic architecture, visiting famous museums and  enjoying ancient masterpieces of art, we saw a few small piece of graffiti every now and there. While some of them showed the typical scribbling which is totally meaningless to me, we discovered a few which I really liked. So I started taking pictures of them.

The more we looked around, the more of them we found. Some of them are citations of well-known paintings like the “lady with the pearl earring”, originally painted by Jan Vermeer. Others are more like stickman drawings, like the ones of an artist signing with “K”. Very simplistic, but always with a twinkle in the eye and a little humour or irony which make the viewer start thinking. And even some modern sculpture groups can be found in the old alleyways.

But why write more? Have a look and see yourself…

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Almost there

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Outer are is still work in progress

It has been far too long that I did not write an article here… The plan was to have one post per month at least – but sometimes things prove to become different from what one had planned for.

Yer, despite all the work and the lack of time there are good things happening!

Since the screed had been poured in our new apartment, the weeks until it tried out felt like a never-ending story. And suddenly, all the missing details fall into place and from next week on we should finally be proud owners of our 4 walls!

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Master bathroom is almost ready for use

You may get a first impression from the pictures. The outer area and the neighbour houses at the property still need to be finalized. But after the kitchen has been set up, we will be moving in the first week of December.

What a Christmas present this will be!

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Kitchen and dining area

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Looking the other direction towards the living room

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View from the living room over the right half of the roof garden

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Happy Easter Holidays!

I wish all my followers, friends and family a few happy and relaxing Easter holidays!

This little video was created with data that I captured with an Asus XTION Pro Live using FARO´s SCENECT software. After capturing and processing the data, I created the animation with a beta version of the new Video Pro App that will soon be available for FARO´s SCENE software family.

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Back to the roots!

Diana+ F in action, Pragfriedhof Stuttgart

Diana+ F in action, Pragfriedhof Stuttgart

What a fun!

After years of using digital cameras only for my photography, I got a magnificent Diana F+ from my family for Birthday. This camera is a modified version of a model from the 60s now produced by Lomography.

Completely built from plastics, this camera feels like a real time warp. I think just the carrying belt of my Canon EOS 60D weighs more than the whole camera including the funny flash. It offers 3 f-stop setting (sunny, partly cloudy and cloudy), 3 focus positions and 2 exposure times (“the” pre-set exposure time or “B” for as long as you hold the trigger). Despite its simplicity it even allows the photographer to choose from a set of lenses. The climax of luxury is the plug-in flash that comes with the Diana.

By default it works with a 120 film.I had never worked with that type of roll film before. And it turned out to be very surprising experience as I expected it to be much more complicated than it really is.

Like an angel

Like an angel

Reading about Lomography cameras and all their surrealistic colors and heavy vignette in magazines and on websites since years, I was curious in how my new old camera will work. So we used a beautifully sunny Sunday and took off to a photo safari to an old cemetery in Stuttgart (Pragfriedhof). After completing the film with some indoor shots – amazing how long it takes to capture 12 pictures if you know you only have these 12 – I just today got my first analogue pictures since years back from the laboratory.

What shall I say? Not all pictures of the first film are useable. But most of them are – take a look!

There are still a lot of lenses and other accessories in my kit that I did not try yet. I am bursting with curiosity!

Tombstone, Stuttgart Pragfriedhof

Tombstone, Stuttgart Pragfriedhof

The missing head.With a DSLR you have much more control - but much less thrill :-)

The missing head.
With a DSLR you have much more control – but much less thrill!

Cemetary, Stuttgart Pragfriedhof

Cemetary, Stuttgart Pragfriedhof

Jump!

Jump!

Blurred Time

Blurred Time

Sandra cooking

Sandra cooking

Fire

Fire

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Building Shell finished – time to do some Laser Scanning

First round of scans presented with the web viewer SCENE WebShare

First round of scans available on the internet via the web viewer  for 3D laser scan data SCENE WebShare

As the builders completed the building shell of our new apartment right before Christmas, it was obvious that we would use the holidays to take the first laser scans.I brought my FARO Focus 3D from the office home and we went off to capture the current as-built state. After a little more than 1 hour we were finished recording 14 scan positions inside the apartment, on the balcony and the roof garden. Although the interior walls are not erected yet, it took me a few scans more than I expected because the whole indoor area is filled with supporting poles to hold the freshly casted ceiling slab.

Because we always lack of good example scan data which can be published for marketing purposes, I will use this data also for professional purposes. Therefore the results can be found at FARO demo WebShare server at: www.farowebshare.com

Overlaying the 2D or 3D CAD data with the 3D laser scan data of the as-built situation reveals the accuracy of the construction.

Overlaying the 2D or 3D CAD data with the 3D laser scan data of the as-built situation reveals the accuracy of the construction.

The comparison of the scan data with the 2D drawings from the architect as well as with the 3D Revit model I created myself showed that the accuracy of the buildings main structure seems to be pretty good.

As a little gimmick to show the 3D scan data to all those who do not have experience with 3D laser scanning, I created a short fly through video from the scan data. In case you wonder where the data of myself sitting on the roof garden is coming from: A colleague of mine had scanned me at work using our new SCENECT software together with an Asus Xtion Po Live. I just took this data and placed it within the data of the apartment before I rendered the video. Maybe I will write an article about the SCENECT within the next weeks.

We are already waiting for the builders to set up the interior walls. Once this is done – currently they are on winter vacation – we will go in again and do another round of 3D laser scanning.

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First time in our own four walls

I have to admit, I sometimes thought it is a bit childish if you have to listen people talking about the progress on their construction site like expectant parents about their baby. But last Sunday, standing the first time in the building shell of our new apartment was really a great experience. Currently it is mostly one large room because all the dry walls are still missing. But looking out of the windows, standing on the balcony and the roof terrace the first time overlooking our new neighbourhood was just amazing!

Entrance door

Entrance door

View over the construction site - building shell of our apartment is finally finished

View over the construction site – building shell of our apartment is finally finished

Stairway to heaven...

Stairway to heaven…

Thats how it will feel like entering the apartment from the elevator

That’s how it will feel like entering the apartment from the elevator

Hard to imagine that this will become our master bathroom and the kitchen

Hard to imagine that this will become our master bathroom and the kitchen

This will become our bedroom

This will become our bedroom

Hopefully they will build some dry walls around our guest bathroom

Hopefully they will build some dry walls around our guest bathroom

With a few dry walls this will become our home office

With a few dry walls this will become our home office

Looking from the kitchen over the dining area towards the living room

Looking from the kitchen over the dining area towards the living room

Walls are missing so we can look from the bedroom through the bathroom into the kitchen

Walls are missing so we can look from the bedroom through the bathroom into the kitchen

An equally great view out of the living room - once the windows and the heating will be in I will not need a winter jacket anymore

A great view out of the living room – once the windows and the heating will be in I will not need a winter jacket anymore

The first parts of our utility room

The first parts of our utility room

View from the bedroom side of the balcony northwards over the Neckar valley

View from the bedroom side of the balcony northwards over the Neckar valley

View from the bedroom side of the balcony north-eastwards

View from the bedroom side of the balcony north-eastwards

Looking from the end of the roof terrace towards the home ofice door

Looking from the end of the roof terrace towards the home office door

Looking south west from the roof terrace

Looking south-west from the roof terrace

Looking north west from the roof terrace

Looking north-west from the roof terrace

Looking from the roof terrace towards the valley of river Neckar

Looking from the roof terrace towards the valley of river Neckar

Kitchen´s balcony door

Kitchen´s balcony door

View from the kitchen side of the balcony southwards

View from the kitchen side of the balcony southwards

The next building opposite of the balcony

The next building opposite of the balcony

View from the kitchen side of the balcony along the apartment towards the Neckar valley

View from the kitchen side of the balcony along the apartment towards the Neckar valley

How cool - looking over the new neighbourhood

How cool – looking over the new neighbourhood

View out of the bedroom over the valley of river Neckar

View out of the bedroom over the valley of river Neckar

Definitely enough space for two cars!

Definitely enough space for two cars!

Standing on our neighbours roof terrace looking over to our apartment

Standing on our neighbours roof terrace looking over to our apartment

Feels great to stand first time on the roof terrace

Standing the first time on the roof terrace feels great!

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The first glance out of the window

5 cranes on 1 construction site - looks like they want to get things done before winter.

5 cranes on 1 construction site – looks like they want to get things done before winter.

Wow, the building company is really pushing now. Since today we have five cranes at our construction site!
And the builders even work on Saturday morning…

We just came back from our weekly walk to the site. The floor of our apartment has been casted in the meantime and the elevator shaft has been poured as well. Its getting really serious now for us.

Looking westwards out of the second floor. In the background one can see the Neckar valley.

Looking west wards out of the second floor. In the background one can see the Neckar valley.

As we found the fence standing open just in front of our future stair case, we used the occasion to have a first look into the building. In my mind I almost heard the “bing” of the elevator before its doors swung open to bring us to the roof garden floor.

Unfortunately, we could not get up into our floor because the stairs are still missing. But at least we took a first glance out of the windows of the second floor. Now we just have to add another 3 meters in height in our imagination.

In eastern direction we can overlook the other buildings of our block.

In eastern direction we can overlook the other buildings of our block.

How can it take another 8 months or so before we can move in? We are almost bursting from pleasant anticipation!

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