First of all apologies for being a little bit quiet lately. I had a 100 free photo prints I wanted to use before expiry date, so I decided to go back to our Europe trip photos from 2011 to get those printed. There were many to go through! So I’ve decided to share the highlights on a post 🙂
So first of all editing for prints is a learning curve all on its own. The first time I did a big batch of prints I found the hard way that the prints were way too dark, although it looked fine on the screen. This is apparently because my monitor is a cheap one and is uncalibrated. This was when I learned to use histograms to help decide whether my photos are too dark or not.
Secondly, cropping is a big challenge! We did our Europe trip on my Panasonic LX3 which does 16:9 ratio (widescreen) , but my prints needed to be 6×4! I was mostly composing for 16:9, so I had to leave some compositional elements out to make the image fit to 3:2. This definitely took out some impact from a lot of my favourite photos. I guess the lesson here is to take multiple shots of a scene to take the possibility of future cropping into account. Digital exposures are cheap after all!
Anyways enough rambling. This will be a long post because there were too many photos I liked. But hopefully you’ll enjoy the photos below!
Anne looking up to the London Eye, because we were too cheap to pay 22 quid each to go on a ferris wheel. Sorry, but this has to be the biggest tourist trap in London! If you’re out for a good view of London from above, I recommend climbing up the dome of St Paul’s Cathedral instead. Many reasons. It’s half the price. The audio guide of the cathedral is really good (I never really understood the layout of cathedrals before this!). At the base of the dome, there’s a lean-to area where you can whisper on the wall of the dome, and the sound reaches to the other side! There is a narrow staircase that takes you to the top of the dome. I found it quite fun to go up old staircases 🙂
I liked the St Paul Cathedral so much that I had to include photos from the day and the night! I loved the drama from the clouds on the day, while the night photo gave me a chance to do nice motion blurs of pedestrians 🙂
Another thing to obsess about in London is the wonderful black cab! Did this in B&W to add a more timeless/vintage feel.
Bath has such a nice small town vibe. This was taken inside the Roman Baths (trivia: during Roman times Bath was called Aquae Sulis) looking towards the Bath Abbey.
In this post I tried to stay away from the most touristy landmarks (notice no Big Ben and Tower Bridge from London?). Especially if the photos I took felt a bit too postcard-ish. However I couldn’t resist the Eiffel Tower. It’s just such a nice monument to the Industrial Age 🙂 And the hourly light shows at night are awesome.
I am also a sucker for the glass pyramids at the Louvre 🙂 Here’s to showing off the excellent wide angle lens on the LX3. Paris on Sunday morning is so nice, you can have such a major attraction like this pretty much to yourself.
We were lucky to have such awesome weather in Switzerland. This was taken at Mt Pilatus near Lucerne.
OK so this is quite postcard-ish, but Bern just looks so nice 🙂
Although heading says Spain, we only went to Barcelona. Here is Sagrada Familia in all its incomplete glory, with a cheeky solar flare just because.
The 1992 Summer Olympic pretty much put Barcelona on the map in modern times. Here is the Olympics stadium.
Here’s Anne posing on some rocks at Parc Guell (another of Gaudi’s brain child). This park is probably my highlight of Barcelona. It was worth the multiple metro transit plus half hour walk (Anne might disagree).
Shame we had wet weather when we were at Côte d’Azur. But Monaco’s apartments are still impressive looking (the super yachts help…).
More of high rises with old-world charm in Monaco.
The Duomo in Florence. The most kick ass of all cathedral domes. Also reminds me of Civilization IV.
OK so it is probably apparent that I am a sucker for domes… Here is one from the Pantheon in Rome. I like the geometric/abstract vibe of the indentations on the dome.
Dome of St Peter’s Basilica. The details and colours of the interior of the Basilica is amazing.
St Peter’s Square during the day, with another cheeky solar flare.
St Peter’s Basilica at Sunset.
Being a History of Rome podcast fan (as some of my friends can attest), I totally geeked out at the Roman Forum. Imagine this place being the centre of the Mediterranean world!
OK so most tourists do a sneaky shot of the Sistine Chapel. I managed to get a relatively non-shaky one 🙂
Grand Canal of Venice in the morning.
The Jewish ghetto of Venice is a really atmospheric place to be in. Here a older gentleman is enjoying the midday sun reading the papers.
Dome of St Mark’s Basilica, Venice.
Totally a fan of the gold mozaic and Byzantine feel of St Mark’s Basilica.
A totally pimping Schonbrunn palace. Possibly the coolest shade of yellow there is: Schonbrunn Yellow…
On a more sombre note, a memorial to the Holocaust at the Mauthausen concentration camp.
The best time to explore Charles Bridge in Prague is early morning! The lack of crowds adds to the contemplative mood.
Gothic interior of St Vitus Cathedral in Prague’s Castle District.
Collection of old East German era Trabant cars in Berlin. Apparently truly awful to drive!
Fittingly, or not, my final photo is of Anne eating a pretzel during a night out in Berlin!