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elba

We recently came back from a two-week trip with Flo and Corinna to the island of Elba in Tuscany, Italy. Even though it wasn’t the expected fry-in-the-sun-at-the-beach vacation because of the chilly spring-time weather, it was a great trip. May is wild flower season in Tuscany and the entire island was exploding with colors. We went on several hikes and saw places that I have never been to in the thirty years that I’ve visited this island now. Below are a few impressions of the Elban spring.

Florian Peljak and Corinna Vermeersch feed the sea gulls on the ferry from Piombino to Porto Ferraio, Elba, Sunday, May 13, 2012.

Flo and Corinna feed the sea gulls on the ferry from Piombino to Porto Ferraio, Elba, Sunday, May 13, 2012.

Lichen and two-colored rock work together to create the impression of an abstract painting on the Percorso del Monserrato hiking trail in Porto Azzurro, Wednesday, May 16, 2012.

Lichen and two-colored rock work together to create an abstract painting on the Percorso del Monserrato hiking trail in Porto Azzurro, Wednesday, May 16, 2012.

Looking East from our roof terrace across the sea to the Italian main land, Saturday, May 19, 2012.

Looking East from our roof terrace across the sea to the Italian main land, Saturday, May 19, 2012.

Beth Suda celebrates her birthday at L'Aquila (the eagle) just off the pilgrims' church of Madonna del Monte above the village of Marciana, Friday, May 18, 2012.

Beth celebrates her birthday at L'Aquila (the eagle) just off the pilgrims' church of Madonna del Monte above the village of Marciana, Friday, May 18, 2012.

A huge agave spreads its leaves at the Percorso del Monserrato hiking trail in Porto Azzuro, Wednesday, June 16, 2012.

A huge agave spreads its leaves at the Percorso del Monserrato hiking trail.

Florian Peljak hikes up the Percorso Pietre Rosse trail from Cala Del' Inferno beach in Rio nell'Elba, Monday, May 21, 2012.

Flo hikes up the Percorso Pietre Rosse trail from Cala Del' Inferno beach in Rio nell'Elba.

Pine trees cast their shadows on the grass underneath at Mount Calamita, Capoliveri, Tuesday, May 22, 2012.

Pine trees cast their shadows on the grass underneath at Mount Calamita, Capoliveri, Tuesday, May 22, 2012.

Florian Peljak, Beth Suda and Corinna Vermeersch take a break after hiking up the steep and strenuous trail to Monte Strega, Rio nell'Elba, Monday, May 21, 2012.

Flo, Beth and Corinna take a break after hiking up the steep and strenuous trail to Monte Strega, Rio nell'Elba, Monday, May 21, 2012.

Rosaries, photographs and other offerings are lined up on a wall inside the Madonna del Monte pilgrims' church above the mountain village of Marciana, Friday, May 18, 2012.

Rosaries, photographs and other offerings are lined up on a wall inside the Madonna del Monte pilgrims' church above the mountain village of Marciana, Friday, May 18, 2012.

Florian Peljak, Corinna Vermeersch and Beth Suda fool around while watching the sunset atop L'Aquila in Marciana, Friday, May 18, 2012.

Flo, Corinna and Beth fool around while watching the sunset atop L'Aquila in Marciana, Friday, May 18, 2012.

1 Comment June 3, 2012

birthday panorama

I’ve been playing around with panoramas lately, first on my phone and then with my “real” camera. I liked some of the results made with the phone, but the native Android camera – which in my opinion makes the best panoramas – only saves tiny files that aren’t large enough to print. At my brother’s birthday, I took a series of pictures with my M9 that I wanted to turn into a panorama later, but then I forgot about them and they cought digital dust on my hard drive.

Yesterday, while cleaning up my computer, I found a panorama software that I bought a while back and remembered the pictures I took at Basti’s birthday. It didn’t take long to stitch the ten images together, and I think for a quick shot from the hip the result is really presentable. What I really like about it is that it doesn’t scale down the final panorama so that I can make large prints from the files. I will definitely play around more with this program in the near future. Stay tuned!

People enjoy the weather on one of the first hot days of the year at the Flaucher along the Isar river in Munich, Saturday, April 28, 2012.

May 9, 2012

hipster fun at the bird park

On Monday, my family and I took my brother’s little kids to a bird park right outside our town. I had some fun with a pretty cool camera app called Vignette. It’s yet another one of these viral toy camera apps, buy you have a large variety of effects that you can apply after the picture is taken while the original is saved unaltered. Anyway, just some nerdy toy, but fun to play with. Here you go:

April 10, 2012

uncropped and untoned – spring 2010

A while ago, I posted on my facebook wall that I found an exposed but undeveloped film in my M7. Well, I finally took it to the lab, and there were some true highlights from spring 2010 on there. Without much further ado, here’s a selection of my favorites, uncropped and untoned in the order they were shot. Enjoy the time travel…

At Devil's Backbone with Bharat and Chaitali, Saturday, April 10, 2010:

At Devil's Backbone with Bharat and Chaitali, Saturday, April 10, 2010.

At Devil's Backbone with Bharat and Chaitali, Saturday, April 10, 2010.

At Devil's Backbone with Bharat and Chaitali, Saturday, April 10, 2010.

At Devil's Backbone, Saturday, April 10, 2010.

At Devil's Backbone, Saturday, April 10, 2010.

Fishing with Calin, Jamie, Sibylle and Andrea at Twin Lakes Recreation Area in Columbia, Mo., Wednesday, April 14, 2010:

Fishing with Calin, Jamie, Sibylle and Andrea at Twin Lakes Recreation Area in Columbia, Mo., Wednesday, April 14, 2010.

Fishing with Calin, Jamie, Sibylle and Andrea at Twin Lakes Recreation Area in Columbia, Mo., Wednesday, April 14, 2010.

Fishing with Calin, Jamie, Sibylle and Andrea at Twin Lakes Recreation Area in Columbia, Mo., Wednesday, April 14, 2010.

Fishing with Calin, Jamie, Sibylle and Andrea at Twin Lakes Recreation Area in Columbia, Mo., Wednesday, April 14, 2010.

Hanging out with Jamie and Jessie at Jamie's, Thursday, April 15, 2010:

Hanging out with Jamie and Jessie at Jamie's, Thursday, April 15, 2010.

Hanging out with Jamie and Jessie at Jamie's, Thursday, April 15, 2010.

Hanging out with Jamie and Jessie at Jamie's, Thursday, April 15, 2010.

Hanging out with Jamie and Jessie at Jamie's, Thursday, April 15, 2010.

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