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February 29, 2004

Sicily: ruins in the evening light

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Greek columns in Agrigento, Sizilien, Italien
Seen in Agrigento, Sicily.

February 28, 2004

Palace of Fine Arts

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Somewhat anachronistic - and one of the most romatic spots in San Francisco.

February 27, 2004

Indonesia: going to work on the fields

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Peasant on the way to his fields, photo: Laurenz Bobke
Seen near Ubud (Bali, Indonesia)

February 26, 2004

Andalusia: Granada

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Granada, Andalusia (Southern Spain)
Granada, seen from the Alhambra.

February 25, 2004

Sicily: San Giovanni degli Eremiti (Palermo)

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San Giovanni degli Eremiti, Palermo, Sicily (Italien), Foto: Laurenz Bobke
San Giovanni degli Eremiti (12th century) is romantically situated in a very photogenic setting: a small garden that allows for many interesting angles.
Consequently, the entrance fee is a bit steep.
Those interested in the history of architecture will be baffled by the ingenious mixture of normannic and arabic styles.

February 24, 2004

Indonesia: Rice Fields

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Rice fields, Bali, Indonesia
Rice paddies on Bali (Indonesia)

February 23, 2004

Sicily: Temple in Agrigento

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Taken in Agrigento, Sicily.
Here, I had some difficulties. No technical issues, but as soon as I had mounted the camera on my tripod, a guardian appeared, telling me in Italian that professional photographers were not allowed to take photos without a special permit (needless to say that you would have had to go back to town and surely, the office wouldn’t be open at that time).
Pointing out that I’m not a pro didn’t help either. After all, I was using a tripod!
Fortunately, I had taken a number of hand-held shots before as well as some pictures on the tripod.

Still, if you are the proud owner of a professional looking camera and/or a big tripod, I’d recommend that when visiting historic sites at night you either enquire beforehand whether you would need a tripod, - or take as many hand-held pictures as you can and only then hurry up to use your tripod.

February 22, 2004

Braun Multimag 3600 slide scan

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I have waited for such a scanner for a long time: wouldn’t it be handy if you could feed your scanner whole trays of slides and let it scan while you do something else.
How much time could this save us? And what an elegant way of saving all ones pictures on a digital medium.
Now, Braun and Reflecta offer such a scanner that actually looks very much like a slide projector - not really surprising considering Braun’s expertise in this sector.
Tests were mixed however and there seems to be a difference between the Braun and Reflecta scanners - although they are the same model! This obviously has to do with the software (Braun comes with Silverfast) and the drivers.
One test in a German photo mag was quite encouraging: although the Braun was not in the absolute top (Minolta took the top spot for scan quality) its scans were classified as good.
If you consider the time you spend staring at your monitor when scanning, the small difference in quality may not be worth it.
Don’t know yet whether I’ll buy this one though. It may be wiser to wait for the next (improved) version - after all this is the very first scanner of its kind.

Laurenz

February 21, 2004

Japan: “Fishing Bear”

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A bear is fishing in Kyoto (Japan).

February 20, 2004

New York: Taking the Staten Island Ferry

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the  New York Skyline seen from the Staten Island Ferry
One of the few cost-free attractions New York has to offer: the Staten Island Ferry.
This photo was taken shortly before arrival at the terminal.

February 19, 2004

Malaysia: Tioman Island

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Small Bungalows, Malaysia
Small, cheap, not too comfortable but charming: bungalows on Tioman Island (Malaysia).

February 18, 2004

Greece: Monemvasia

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Monemvassia, Griechenland
And here is the view you have from the upper town.

February 17, 2004

Greek Gibraltar?

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Monemvasia
Monemvasía has been dubbed the “Gibraltar of Greece” - and there are definite similarities.
Only a small dyke links the Island-rock to the Peloponnese, in earlier times this strategic position was further fortified by a drawing bridge and a castle on top of the rock.
Looking at the town from this side it seems to be almost uninhabited, - only after passing through the city gate one sees the remains of a city that once had 30000 inhabitants.
Today, the lower city has been carefully restaurated and it is possible to stay there in an apartment that is several centuries old. Definitely recommended.
Although today only 400 people live here, there’s a regular bus to the other side. Please beware that on public holidays and sundays you may not be able to catch the earliest long distance bus from there, as the bus may not be running yet and taxis may not be willing to take you either. A good excuse to prolong your stay.
A must: going up the rock to the ruins of the upper city. This is especially beautiful at sunrise. You’ll be back in time for breakfast and the colours are amazing.

February 16, 2004

San Francisco: Golden Gate Bridge

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Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, USA
The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. Walking across it takes quite a while but is an unforgettable experience.

February 15, 2004

Germany: Autumn Reflections

Autumn leaves on a pool, Wiesbaden, Deutschland
Currently, the weather is not at its best here, so how about a nice shot from this fall?

February 14, 2004

Rome: the Mouth of Truth

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Bocca Della Veritá Rome, Italiy
In the anteroom of a small church is one of Romes best known attractions, the Bocca Della Veritá .
The reason for this fame presumably is that, according to common belief, it will bite off the hand of everyone who isn’t truthful.
Of course, I passed the test. Really!
All other visitors did as well. So, mankind seems to be inherently good, after all.

February 13, 2004

San Francisco: Pillar of the Golden Gate Bridge

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The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco (USA) .

February 12, 2004

Rome: Window

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Facade of an old house in Rome (Italy)
Window of an old house in Rome

February 11, 2004

Andalusia: A beautiful view.

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Nerja, Andalusia, Spain
Nerja, a very romantic place in Andalusia (Southern spain)

February 10, 2004

Andalusia: Fresh Fish

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Fish in  Torremolinos, Andalusien (Spanien).
Fish, nicely decorated in front of a restaurant in Torremolinos, Andalusia (Spain).

February 9, 2004

New York: the Time is going Backwards?

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Reflection of a Clock, New York, America
A clock is reflected in the facade of a building near Times Square, New York.

February 8, 2004

Japan: Sandal Maker

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sandal maker, Hida Folk Village Takayama, Japan
In the Hida Folk Village (Takayama, Japan) one can visit traditional Japanese houses from various epochs as well as many almost forgotten skills.

February 7, 2004

Pictures on CD

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Regardless of whether they have been taken directly with a digital camera or scanned from film:
Lots of images are saved onto CDs and DVDs every day.
But: how safe are they there.
Reading an article in a German Computer Magazine I realised that this may not be for eternity.
Prints and slides always have deteriorated over time - the same seems to be true for digital storage media.
Quite possible that we won’t be able to read them in a few years?

February 6, 2004

Refound Guestbook

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A loooooong time ago, I did not yet have a domain of my own. I already had a guestbook though.
The guestbook was hosted on Tripod and worked very well. It was surprising how many people left a message there.
So, I was not happy when the guestbook suddenly disappeared after the takeover of Tripod by Lycos.

A few days ago, I had an idea: there is a so-called Internet archive (Wayback Machine) that tries to preserve pages in their various stages. And indeed, my guestbook was there! One page of 170 kb, text only.
I saved it to disk, divided it into more digestible portions and uploaded it to
Travelphoto.net.
Thanks, “Wayback Machine”!

Laurenz

February 5, 2004

Pictures from Northern

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Travel pictures from Northern Spain at the main gallery.

pictures from Northern spain

February 4, 2004

France: Pyramid

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Pyramid at the Louvre, Paris
The pyramid at the Louvre, Paris, France.

February 3, 2004

Japanese Tea Ceremony

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Geisha conducting a tea Ceremony Kyoto, Japan
What is the real purpose of the Tea Ceremony? Philosophy? Zen? The perfect cup of tea?
Well, I would guess that, today, the answer is simple: money.
The event no longer takes place in a small garden house but in theatre-style halls.
Even so, one shouldn’t miss the opportunity to attend such a ceremony. It’s beautiful.
And you even can take photographs, which would not exactly be compatible with the traditions of Cha-Do - the way of tea.

February 2, 2004

China: Street in Chongqing

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Even on rainy days, the streets of Chongqing (China) are full of people.
The traditional way of transporting goods are sticks on which porters carry over their shoulders

Traeger, Chungqing, China

February 1, 2004

Japan: Fly-fishing in Kamakura

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seen in Kamakura, Japan
A beautiful sunset in Kamakura. More on taking pictures of silhouettes.



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