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A Nomad's Europe - PICTURE HEAVY

by Nomad Thu Feb 22nd, 2007 at 07:39:52 AM EST

Having been asked, "But what is Europe?", I answer:

Geology in Spain, Aragon... (2000, 2001)

From the diaries with minor edit - afew


Andalusia... (2003)
























Richness in Romania... (2003)

Brunel's Suspension Bridge, Bristol, England... (2003)

Stunning Santorini, Greece... (2004)



Irresistible Italy... (2005)

Perfect Pyrenees... (2005)

Chill Out Tour... (2005)

....Marburg (Germany)...


















...Prague (Czech)...





...Greifswald (Germany)...

Brilliant Belgium... (2006)

...Bruges...


...Brussels...


...Leuven...

A Summer of Sweden... (2006)



Gracious Greece... (2006)

A Farewell to Europe...

Windmill, Utrecht Province, The Netherlands aka NOT-Holland (2000).

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Sorry for getting all sentimental, but I'm finding that I've brought far too little pictures with me to SA. The fact that the majority of my collection is not digital does not help either. Anyway. Here you go.

Interestingly, even after uploading digital pictures, they turn out much more darker than I have them as a paper copy. I'm using that marvelous Irfanview program (whoever it was recommending this, major thanks) to brush up the colours here and there, but it will have to be a work in progress for now. The rest of the afternoon I'll be neck-deep in bureaucracy.

So. What's -your- Europe looking like?

by Nomad on Thu Feb 22nd, 2007 at 04:27:24 AM EST
You might want to be sure that your picture are in sRGB before posting them on web...! As other color profiles are not read.
Personal screen calibration, or the lack of it, can bring different perceived gamma values (lighter or darker).

Apparent contrast differences between a paper copy and a slide (or here a retro-lighted picture) is a "classic"... And is resolved by some tweaking in the photo retouching software you use.

Anyhow, I don't find them too dark... They are great for my screen at least :-) And I find them great in themselves too :-)

I like those photo blogs, and miss a site tool for that, as in usual photo-blog sites. In ET it's the hard way (loading pictures to an external site, inserting link in text, etc...)!

Personal views of the different EU countries (as others) is a great idea, but I fear it would need a lot of server's space (and bandwidth)...

"What can I do, What can I write, Against the fall of Night". A.E. Housman

by margouillat (hemidactylus(dot)frenatus(at)wanadoo(dot)fr) on Thu Feb 22nd, 2007 at 04:43:27 AM EST
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You might want to be sure that your picture are in sRGB before posting them on web...! As other color profiles are not read.

I'd love it if you could elaborate a tiny weeny little bit. If not, I'll fight my laziness and search the web for what you mean.

by balbuz on Thu Feb 22nd, 2007 at 05:05:58 AM EST
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Whether issued from a scanner or from any digital camera (P&S as DSLR) the original jpeg, tiff, raw, pictures have a color "world" profile.

Often camera settings allow to set it to say: Adobe RGB, ColorMatch, ProPhoto, sRGB, and many others, often brand proprietary profiles (i.e. Nikon RGB).
The web, as a whole is more text then picture oriented. Few file format are allowed as a "natural" display for your browser without special plug-ins.
Tiff is not recognized on web while it's a current file format in digital photography. GIF, JPEG are the favored formats.
A jpeg in sRGB should be the same viewed on your screen as viewed by anybody on a web site?
Most softwares allow for photo retouching in more elaborate profiles or gamuts (ex: ProPhoto in 16 or 32 bits) because you have a maximum of colors and shades... But when for web use, it is necessary to translate the resulting file in jpeg and sRGB !

You'll find more explanations in Bob's site ... :-)


"What can I do, What can I write, Against the fall of Night". A.E. Housman

by margouillat (hemidactylus(dot)frenatus(at)wanadoo(dot)fr) on Thu Feb 22nd, 2007 at 05:51:44 AM EST
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Bookmarked ! Thanks++
by balbuz on Thu Feb 22nd, 2007 at 05:57:00 AM EST
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Great info!  I do a lot of work in Photoshop (photo restoration and retouching), but mostly with output for prints.  I haven't really taken the time to get acquainted with posting to the web, and especially to this site, but am beginning to put together a collection for future web use. Since I convert most of my digital images from sRGB or RAW to Adobe 1998 color space), and scans to Adobe also, guess I'd best be careful to convert back to sRGB.  I know Photoshop has this capability (and I presume all the high-end tools, and and maybe Photoshop Elements, but am not sure other less expensive programs do.  With downloads from digital cameras and web posting so commonplace these days one would think it would be a necessity.

I can swear there ain't no heaven but I pray there ain't no hell. _ Blood Sweat & Tears
by Gringo (stargazing camel at aoldotcom) on Thu Feb 22nd, 2007 at 12:11:11 PM EST
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Thanks a bundle for the info and the site, margouillat!! In many ways, I'm a tech-illiterate with an appetite to learn. This is brilliant.
by Nomad on Fri Feb 23rd, 2007 at 12:43:57 AM EST
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Hey Nomad!! This is excellent...thank you!

"Once in awhile we get shown the light, in the strangest of places, if we look at it right" - Hunter/Garcia
by whataboutbob on Thu Feb 22nd, 2007 at 05:24:53 AM EST
Cool photos thanks, this comment saves it for me.

alohapolitics.com
by Keone Michaels on Thu Feb 22nd, 2007 at 11:33:35 AM EST
Fabulous!!

I can swear there ain't no heaven but I pray there ain't no hell. _ Blood Sweat & Tears
by Gringo (stargazing camel at aoldotcom) on Thu Feb 22nd, 2007 at 11:55:55 AM EST
Really photos, Nomad.  Thanks for this diary.  Now I feel like I've actually been to places I've never seen.

(If your Africa photo diary is this good, I'll be happy to wait for it....)

by the stormy present (stormypresent aaaaaaat gmail etc) on Thu Feb 22nd, 2007 at 01:24:26 PM EST
Gaaaah... incoherent.  Really LOVELY photos is what I meant to say....
by the stormy present (stormypresent aaaaaaat gmail etc) on Thu Feb 22nd, 2007 at 01:25:00 PM EST
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Great pics, Nomad. You really earned your nick, didn't you? ;)
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Thu Feb 22nd, 2007 at 01:51:44 PM EST
So many people of my generation are jetting off on a whim and cross borders. After his graduation, a friend of mine toured through Iran, Turkmenistan, Pakistan, China and India. Just for fun. The whole cult of backpacking is based on the modern nomadism of hunter-gathering (pictures and some souvenirs, mostly).

Interestingly, I've been scaling down the past years - earlier, I'd take grand journeys with my then-girlfriend. Even while they were a learning experience, made for many fun pictures for my grandparents and I wouldn't be in SA right now without them, they made me feel stupid to not know much about my own continent. The past three years I found I also take enormous enjoyment in making small scale trips - I don't need to go 5.000 kilometers before I am happy to be Somewhere Else. And now that I will only visit Europe as a visitor - I really need to pick my destinations with care...

I think there are many people at this forum who would be equally justified to take the same call sign. This is European Tribune, but if you'd relabel it to Expatriate Tribune, I'd not be surprised to see many of the active participants stick around.

The Story Behind The Name:
Interestingly, I picked my tag because I was moving from computer to computer all the time in my graduation period (perhaps deceptively boosting ET's unique visitors?). It would happen I would frequent ET from 4 different computers as I passed through the day. This was in the year I was graduating and it may have been the least exciting period (travel wise) in 10 years. (The Chill Out Tour was done straight after I received my degree.)

Enough! Enough!

by Nomad on Fri Feb 23rd, 2007 at 01:24:24 AM EST
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Hey, Grandma Moses started late!by LEP on Thu Feb 22nd, 2007 at 02:24:16 PM EST
Here's one to remind you of political Europe. A photo of the European Parliament I took about a year ago in Strassbourg with my very first camera. LEP
From 2006 kodak 33...
Wow, you just defied the laws of blog-physics or something with that post.

Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities. -Voltaire
by p------- on Thu Feb 22nd, 2007 at 02:33:23 PM EST
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To post that photo was pure hit and miss and lots of perseverence. How my name got on top is beyond me and I probably couldn't do it again.
LEP

Hey, Grandma Moses started late!
by LEP on Thu Feb 22nd, 2007 at 03:10:14 PM EST
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Weird stuff. At least we can still rate it!
by Nomad on Fri Feb 23rd, 2007 at 01:25:29 AM EST
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Nomad, that's an absolutely gorgeous whirlwind tour!  I have to ask myself what am I doing home.

By the way, the tall people in the Spanish pictures are not locals, are they!?

Our knowledge has surpassed our wisdom. -Charu Saxena.

by metavision on Fri Feb 23rd, 2007 at 01:12:21 PM EST


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