German Castle


By the time this posts, I’ll actually be back in Germany for the second time in my life, 13 years later, and for a much shorter time.  Maybe I’ll have some new pictures of cool things to post when I get back.  This is some unknown (to me) castle on a hill taken while on a boat tour down the Rhine before our wine tasting party that evening.  This was one of few castles that wasn’t covered in scaffolding – I guess owning a castle means lots of maintenance.

Picture taken with Olympus C-2040Z, lens @ 21mm (120mm eq), 1/400 sec, f/4.0, ISO 100



This is probably the one picture of the Auschwitz concentration camp that I think best sums up seeing it.  One row of the buildings has been preserved, but the scale becomes more apparent when you realize that that’s an entire field  full of the fireplaces that were in the buildings – one building for every pair of chimneys.

Picture taken with Olympus C-2040Z, lens @ 7.3mm (40mm eq), 1/500 sec, f/2.0, ISO 100

Krakow Salt Mine

Salt Mine

I posted a picture of one of the chandeliers before, but I didn’t realize I had a picture that actually showed the size of some of the caverns left by the salt mining in Krakow, Poland.  Also, special thanks to Olympus for putting an f/1.8 lens on the C2040z.

Picture taken with Olympus C-2040Z, lens @ 7.3mm (40mm eq), 1/13 sec, f/1.8, ISO 100

Engelberg Mountains


Engelberg, Switzerland is still possibly the most picturesque little town I’ve ever been to.  It seemed like it must have been completely kept in existence by tourism, but it didn’t have the level of commercialization that it seems most ski areas do.

“It’s a German legend, there’s always going to be a mountain in there somewhere.”

Picture taken with Olympus C-2040Z, lens @ 8.9mm (49mm eq), 1/400 sec, f/5.0, ISO 100

London Eye

London Eye

Another from the “things I got to see, but of which every other picture is better because cameras don’t max out at 3mp now” collection.  The London Eye / Millennium Wheel – before it was bought and rebranded by Coca-Cola.  Not that Coke’s buying has any impact on the structure.  London kind of went all out for the Millennium, including the Millennium Bridge which resonated so badly it couldn’t be opened on time.

Picture taken with Olympus C-2040Z, lens @ 9.5mm (52mm eq), 1/400 sec, f/8.0, ISO 100