Four and a half years later, here's the photo.
In February 2008 I spent a week in St. Anton, Austria with a group of skiers. I don't ski, but I was invited by my friend who had booked space for an employee who couldn't go. What would you do with such an offer?
I was sick when we flew out of San Francisco- probably pneumonia, or close to it. But I didn't care if I had to sit wrapped in a blanket all week looking out of the hotel window, I was going to spend a week in the Alps during ski season, d*** it! Actually, I improved steadily as the week progressed and had a great time and some excellent meals.
I have always been reluctant to publish some of the photos from the "snow" portion of the trip (which included a one day side trip to Innsbruck and two days in Prague), since I could never get a good balance between detail and exposure. But in the intervening four years new tools have arrived on the scene that finally allowed me to produce the results here.
Tools used: Photoshop CS6, Adobe Camera Raw 7.1, Topaz Adjust 5 and Topaz Detail 2.
#Austria #Travel #StAnton #Snow #Skiing #TopazAdjust
Out of shape people should do some physical fitness preparation for a trip to China!
I didn't. I barely made it to the first level above where we started. People in their 70s and 80s were going all the way to the top. I wasn't fat, I wasn't unhealthy, I was just out of shape. D'Oh!
The original raw file was kind of dark and very grainy. In trying to reduce noise and induce some sharpening of details, the result was a bit of a painted look. I further cropped down from the original file to this view, which will probably only ever be seen on the Internet, as it likely wouldn't print well above a 5×7 or so. At least it looks good here, no?
#China #travel #GreatWall #Mountains #Landmark
Modern, and yet not modern.
This was pretty much our first stop in Shanghai, straight from the airport. I was standing outside the restaurant before lunch, and I was fascinated by the clever methods used to hang laundry out of windows to dry in the open (if severely polluted) air and sunlight.
#China #Shanghai #Travel
It's almost unfair to be taken to two attractions in a single day that each probably deserves a whole day. It's just how the tourist death march works, I guess.
On this morning, before going to the Forbidden City in the afternoon, we were taken to the Imperial Summer Palace, a complex of buildings beside a man-made lake, and set on a large hill composed of the soil and rock that had been dug out to make the lake. A beautiful setting, and one that would be even more interesting with enough time to really explore the details.
#travel #China #Beijing #SummerPalace #Bridge #Water