HeyPaparazzi Photography: Fun Portraits, Retouching & Restoration: Blog https://www.heypaparazzi.com/blog en-us (C) William Hawkins 2021 william.hawkins56@gmail.com (HeyPaparazzi Photography: Fun Portraits, Retouching & Restoration) Mon, 16 Mar 2020 06:44:00 GMT Mon, 16 Mar 2020 06:44:00 GMT https://www.heypaparazzi.com/img/s/v-12/u530637678-o21164351-50.jpg HeyPaparazzi Photography: Fun Portraits, Retouching & Restoration: Blog https://www.heypaparazzi.com/blog 120 120 4 Ways to Snap a Photo with Your iPhone Camera https://www.heypaparazzi.com/blog/2015/3/4-ways-to-snap-a-photo-with-your-iphone-camera There are actually four different ways to snap a photo with the iPhone camera.  With so many iPhone users, I thought you might find a review of these tips useful. Each solution is different.  By using one of these four methods, you capture the perfect image.

The most obvious and most commonly used technique is to tap the shutter release button on the iPhone is directly in the Camera app. This large, white button always appears in the camera preview next to the physical home button. Taking a photo at the right moment is accomplished by touching the button on the screen.

Often this can be a cumbersome exercise depending on how you are holding the iPhone. Cold or dry hands might not trigger the shutter release, risking a missed photo. When wearing gloves forget about it, the virtual shutter release button won't respond.

My preferred alternative is to activate the shutter by pressing either of the physical volume up (+) and volume down (-) buttons. Simply open the Camera app and snap photos every time one of these two buttons are pressed. I like to hold the iPhone horizontally like a point and shoot camera with the volume buttons oriented up for easy access.

The third way of releasing the shutter on the iPhone is available when your EarPods are plugged into the device. The volume up and down buttons built into the microphone also release the shutter. This means that any compatible headphone with volume controls can be used as a remote shutter release on the iPhone. Shooting pictures with the EarPod release means the iPhone camera will remain stable, avoiding any vibration or movement from pressing buttons on the device.

Finally, a camera timer can be set on the iPhone. While this feature is not available in the stock Camera app in iOS 7, there are free third-party apps that serve this function. One example, Self Timer Camera - TimerCamera is free on iTunes. Simply open the app, choose the length of time, and tap start.

When the allotted time elapses, the iPhone will snap the picture. The self-timer is a great way to assemble a group of people for a photo, including the photographer!  It’s a great tool for “selfies”, too!

Until next time, keep shooting!

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william.hawkins56@gmail.com (HeyPaparazzi Photography: Fun Portraits, Retouching & Restoration) iOS iOS camera iPhone iPhone camera shutter release https://www.heypaparazzi.com/blog/2015/3/4-ways-to-snap-a-photo-with-your-iphone-camera Mon, 23 Mar 2015 21:55:24 GMT
What is White Balance? https://www.heypaparazzi.com/blog/2015/3/what-is-white-balance White Balance it can have a big impact upon the shots you take.  Still, many digital camera owners don’t understand or use it.  Here is a quick introduction to I hope you find helpful.

You  adjust white balance is to get the colors in your images as accurate as possible.

Why would you need to get the color right in your shots?

Perhaps you have noticed when examining your photos that at times images can come out with an orange, blue or yellow look to them – despite the fact that to the naked eye the scene looked quite normal. The reason is that different sources of light have a different ‘color’ (or temperature) to them. Fluorescent lighting adds a bluish cast to photos whereas tungsten (incandescent/bulbs) lights add a yellowish tinge to photos.

The range in different temperatures of light varies from the very cool light of blue sky through to the very warm light of a candle.  We don’t generally notice this difference in temperature because our eyes adjust automatically for it. So unless the temperature of the light is very extreme a white sheet of paper will generally look white to us. However a digital camera doesn’t have the smarts to make these adjustments automatically and sometimes will need us to tell it how to treat different light.

So for cooler (blue or green) light you’ll tell the camera to warm things up and in warm light you’ll tell it to cool down by adjusting white balance.

Different digital cameras have different ways of adjusting white balance so ultimately you’ll need to get out your camera’s manual out to work out the specifics of how to make changes. Alternatively, many digital cameras have presets to help you make these adjustments.

Preset White Balance Settings

Here are some of the basic White Balance settings you’ll find on most digital cameras:

  • Auto – this is where the camera makes a best guess on a shot by shot basis. You’ll find it works in many situations but it’s worth venturing out of it for trickier lighting.
  • Tungsten – this mode is usually symbolized with a little bulb and is for shooting indoors, especially under tungsten (incandescent) lighting (such as bulb lighting). It generally cools down the colors in photos.
  • Fluorescent – this compensates for the ‘cool’ light of fluorescent light and will warm up your shots.
  • Daylight/Sunny – not all cameras have this setting because it sets things as fairly ‘normal’ white balance settings.
  • Cloudy – this setting generally warms things up a touch more than ‘daylight’ mode.
  • Flash – the flash of a camera can be quite a cool light so in Flash White Balance mode you’ll find it warms up your shots a touch.
  • Shade – the light in shade is generally cooler (bluer) than shooting in direct sunlight so this mode will warm things up a little.

Manual White Balance Adjustments

In most cases you can get a pretty accurate result using the above preset white balance modes – but some digital cameras (most DSLRs and higher end point and shoots) allow for manual white balance adjustments also.  The way this is used varies a little between models but in essence what you do is to tell your camera what white looks like in a shot so that it has something as a reference point for deciding how other colors should look. You can do this by buying yourself a white (or grey) card which is specifically designed for this task – or you can find some other appropriately colored object around you to do the job.

This manual adjustment is not difficult to do once you find where to do it in the menu on your camera and it’s well worth learning how to do it.

Let me know how these tips work for you.  Until next time, keep shooting!

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4 Quick Tips for Great Family Photos This Holiday Season https://www.heypaparazzi.com/blog/2015/3/4-quick-tips-for-great-family-photos-this-holiday-season With the holiday season just around the corner, terrific photo opportunities will abound!   Whether you use a Smartphone or DSLR, here are four simple techniques you can use to make your Holiday photos stand out.

#1 Get down to eye level with the kids

We're all tempted visit with the adults and catch up with our friends at holiday gatherings, but some of the most cherished photos in future years will be ones of the kids. It’s fun to see them grow and change over time, and when browsing photo collections people often linger on photos of children because of the memories they evoke.

When you have your camera out, try to remember to get on eye level with the little ones!  Even though it's difficult to squat down or sit on the floor with a three-year-old, the great shot you get will be well worth the effort!  It’s tempting to shoot down at kids from your eye level, but this often results in unflattering pictures that seem cold and distant. Get at the same level as the kids for a much more interesting view of their world.  Your photos will be far more personal and memorable.

#2 Adjust the ISO instead of using the flash
When your camera is in Automatic mode, you might notice the flash constantly going off.  This can result in washed-out colors and unnatural shadows across people’s faces.  But if you disable the flash, your photos will often come out blurry or out of focus.  To fix this, you set your camera to Program mode instead of Auto. This will give you more direct control over the ISO setting and get better shots in low-light conditions (like indoor holiday parties) without using the flash.  The higher your ISO, the less light your camera needs in order to take a photo. This is nice if you want to avoid blinding people with your flash.  (Make sure to practice beforehand so you are comfortable setting the ISO and know the limits of your camera.)  If used carefully, adjusting the ISO instead of using the flash can result in much better holiday photos without blinding your guests or having to make with red-eye corrections later on.

#3 Shoot moments, not poses
It might be tempting to run around with your camera at holiday parties barking out orders like “Smile,” “Look here!” and “Say Cheese!”   But a better option is to be a little more discreet and attempt to shoot moments instead of poses. Capturing the essence of what people are doing – talking, laughing, opening presents, sharing a drink – often makes for much more interesting photos.  There is certainly nothing wrong with posed photos but these often lack context aside from the clothes people have on.  What else was happening? Who else was present?  What sort of activities were people doing?  By shooting pictures of people just being themselves you will capture memories that will strike a chord years in the future.

#4 Know when to put your camera down
This might sound counter-intuitive for the subject on how to get better holiday photos, but as the saying goes, "less is often more." There's a time to shoot pictures and a time to just be with friends and family. Rather than 100 photos of your family opening presents, just take a handful and use the rest of your time to simply be with your loved ones and enjoy your time together.  Try to be intentional when taking fewer photos, and the result will be more "keepers" that you'll want to return to in the future.

I hope you enjoy these tips. Until next time, keep shooting!

 

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william.hawkins56@gmail.com (HeyPaparazzi Photography: Fun Portraits, Retouching & Restoration) family photo holiday photo portraits quick tip https://www.heypaparazzi.com/blog/2015/3/4-quick-tips-for-great-family-photos-this-holiday-season Mon, 23 Mar 2015 14:39:31 GMT
Quick Tips for Halloween Photos https://www.heypaparazzi.com/blog/2015/3/quick-tips-for-halloween-photos With Halloween just around the corner, I thought it some quick tips for your Halloween photos may be helpful.

Halloween photo ops abound; from jack-o-lanterns to children (and even adults) in costume and more. It's a time rich in color, emotion and lots of interesting subjects.

Here are a few quick tips for great Halloween photos.

Identify Your Subject(s)
Before you click the shutter ask yourself "what's the focal point (or subject) of this shot?"  All good images must have a focal point, that special something that holds the viewer's attention.  Be sure you've identified it.

Rule of Thirds

Enhance your composition with good placement of your subjects in the shot.  Here's the basic principle behind the Rule of Thirds.   Imagine segmenting your image into thirds (both horizontally and vertically) so that you have a Tic-Tac-Toe grid. At the intersection of the grid lines you find four important parts of the image.  Try to place your subject at one of more of these points as you frame your image.

Fill Your Frame

Halloween is a dramatic time.  Add to interest to your shots by getting in nice and close.  This technique is especially effective when taking pictures of people because facial features tend to fade when you back away.  Whether its people or objects – getting in nice and tight will usually add punch to your shots.

Give Subjects Space to Look into
When photographing people, use the space around their faces effectively by giving more room on the side of their face that they are looking into.  If the person you are photographing is looking in one direction, place them on the opposite side of the frame.

Your Holiday Portraits
Portraits make a great Holiday gift or greeting.  Click now to schedule your family’s Holiday photo session.
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I hope you enjoy these tips. Until next time, keep shooting!

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3 Tips for Great Portraits https://www.heypaparazzi.com/blog/2015/3/3-tips-for-great-portraits  

Welcome to another great Fall season in Lakeway, Texas.

You are receiving this email because you registered with Hey PAPArazzi Photography to view photos of Lakeway and Lake Travis residents and activities.  Thank you for your past interest and your continuing support.

Many have asked for ideas and recommendations related to photography.  I’m happy to share my photography tips with you and hope you find them helpful.

Tips For Great Portraits

I love to photograph people and create beautiful individual and family portraits. Many of us know people who don't like having their picture taken.  It seems a few may even prefer to visit the dentist rather than "Say cheese..."

My primary goal is to create portraits where everyone looks great!  (An example is the portrait of the beautiful woman to the right.)  Secondly, I strive to make the experience enjoyable and have fun along the way.

Here are three tips I suggest when shooting portraits:

  • try to keep the eyes in sharp focus
  • find soft, complementary lighting (natural light from a North-facing window is good)
  • and avoid distracting background elements.

Can you spot how these 3 tips are used to improve these other portrait shots?  http://www.heypaparazzi.com/p861166881

Plan Now For Holiday Greeting & Gifts

Photos make great Holiday greetings and gifts.  Plan now and call (512) 919-0663 to schedule your family’s Holiday photo session.  
I hope these tips are helpful.  Until next time, Keep Shooting!


Bill Hawkins

 

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william.hawkins56@gmail.com (HeyPaparazzi Photography: Fun Portraits, Retouching & Restoration) background focus portraits tips https://www.heypaparazzi.com/blog/2015/3/3-tips-for-great-portraits Thu, 19 Mar 2015 14:22:30 GMT
Artist Janet Sopp-Sims Shoot https://www.heypaparazzi.com/blog/2013/3/janet-sopp-sims-shoot In January, Lake Travis Life asked me to photograph this artist in her home studio for the article "Lakeway's Janet Sopp-Sims Gets to the Art of the Matter."  It's now the cover story of LT Life's March issue.

A native of Kettering, OH, Janet and her husband, Eric, are now Lakeway residents. Janet attended Columbus College of Art and Design and graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in sculpture and painting and a minor in graphic art.

Artistic talent runs in her family but Janet is soaring to new heights of acclaim.  Janet was recently recognized for her work with membership in the National Association of Women Artists in November and the Artists of Texas in December, 2012.  The National Association of Women Artists, founded in 1889, is the oldest professional women's art organization in the country.

"Ultimately, I would like to have an international reputation," said Sopp-Sims. The day of the shoot, she was working on a piece for the Derwent Pencils contest in the UK. She loves shapes of wine glasses and likes " the deep, rich red color that some wines have, especially the big, bold, spicy ones."

"Well, ... Well" pictured here is her entry for the 2013 Hunting Art Prize. Established in 1981 the Hunting Art Prize is the most generous annual award in North America for painting and drawing.  The winner will be announced at the Hunting Art Prize gala on May 4, 2013 and receive the $50,000 prize.

 

Read the entire article at http://emagazines.hibu.com/laketravis.

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The Thanksgiving Story (Part 2) https://www.heypaparazzi.com/blog/2012/11/the-thanksgiving-story-part-2

The first Thanksgiving was a three day feast in the fall of 1621 attended by the 56 surviving Pilgrims and 91 of their Indian friends who helped them through that first year in the New World.  See The Thanksgiving Story (Part 1).

On June 20, 1676, the governing council of Charlestown, Massachusetts, held a meeting to determine how best to express thanks for the good fortune that had seen their community securely established.  By unanimous vote they instructed Edward Rawson, the clerk, to proclaim June 29 as a day of thanksgiving.  It is notable that this thanksgiving celebration was meant partly to be in recognition of the colonists' recent victory over the "heathen natives".

October of 1777 marked the first time that all 13 colonies joined in a thanksgiving celebration.  It also commemorated the patriotic victory over the British at Saratoga.  But it was a one-time affair.

George Washington proclaimed a national Day of Thanksgiving in 1789, although some were opposed to it.  There was discord among the colonies, many feeling the hardships of a few pilgrims did not warrant a national holiday.   And, later, President Thomas Jefferson scoffed at the idea of having a day of thanksgiving.

It was Sarah Josepha Hale, a magazine editor, whose efforts eventually led to what we today recognize as Thanksgiving.  Hale wrote many editorials championing her cause in her Boston Ladies' magazine, and later in Godey's Lady's Book.  Finally, after a 40-year campaign of writing editorials and letters to governors and presidents, Hale's obsession became a reality when in 1863, President Lincoln proclaimed the last Thursday in November as a national day of Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving was proclaimed by every president after Lincoln.  The date was changed a couple of times, most recently by Franklin Roosevelt, who set it up one week to the next-to-last Thursday in order to create a longer Christmas shopping season.  Public uproar against this decision caused the president to move Thanksgiving back to its original date two years later.  And in 1941, Thanksgiving was finally sanctioned by Congress as a legal holiday, as the fourth Thursday in November.

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The Thanksgiving Story (Part 1) https://www.heypaparazzi.com/blog/2012/11/the-thanksgiving-story-part-1 The Mayflower II

The Pilgrims who sailed to this country aboard the Mayflower were originally members of the English Separatist Church (a Puritan sect).  They had fled their home in England and sailed to Holland (The Netherlands) to escape religious persecution.  There, they enjoyed more religious tolerance, but they eventually became disenchanted with the Dutch way of life, thinking it ungodly.  Seeking a better life, the Separatists negotiated with a London stock company to finance the pilgrimage to America.  Most of those making the trip aboard the Mayflower were non-Separatists, but were hired to protect the company's interests.  Only about one-third of the original colonists were Separatists.

The Pilgrims set ground at Plymouth Rock on December 11, 1620.  That first winter was devastating.  By the beginning of the following fall, they had lost 46 of the original 102 souls who sailed on the Mayflower.  But the harvest of 1621 was a bountiful one.  And the remaining colonists decided to celebrate with a feast - including 91 Indians who had helped the Pilgrims survive their first year.  It is believed that the Pilgrims would not have made it through the year without the help of the natives.  The feast was more of a traditional English harvest festival than a true "thanksgiving" observance.  It lasted three days.

Governor William Bradford sent "four men fowling" after wild ducks and geese.  It is not certain that wild turkey was part of their feast.  However, it is certain that they had venison.  The term "turkey" was used by the Pilgrims to mean any sort of wild fowl.

Another modern staple at almost every Thanksgiving table is pumpkin pie.  But it is unlikely that the first feast included that treat. The supply of flour had been long diminished, so there was no bread or pastries of any kind.  However they did eat boiled pumpkin, and they produced a type of fried bread from their corn crop.  There was also no milk, cider, potatoes, or butter.  There were no domestic cattle for dairy products, and the newly-discovered potato was still considered by many Europeans to be poisonous.  But the feast did include fish, berries, watercress, lobster, dried fruit, clams, venison, and plums.

This "thanksgiving" feast was not repeated the following year.  But in 1623, during a severe drought, the Pilgrims gathered in a prayer service, praying for rain.  When a long, steady rain followed the very next day, Governor Bradford proclaimed another day of Thanksgiving, again inviting their Indian friends.  It wasn't until June of 1676 that another Day of Thanksgiving was proclaimed.

Return tomorrow for the rest of the Thanksgiving Story (Part 2).

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11th Annual Lakeway Photo Festival Event Category Winner https://www.heypaparazzi.com/blog/2012/11/11th-annual-lakeway-photo-festival-event-category-winner Celebrating The Fourth The City of Lakeway Arts Committee held the eleventh annual Photo Festival October 29 through November 3. Seventy-six extraordinary photographs submitted by thirty three local photographers depicted subjects of Lakeway in the categories of Nature, Wildlife, Events and Volunteers. Local citizens cast their ballots for their selections of ‘Best of Category’ and ‘Best of Show.’ Congratulations go to all the participants and winners.

The Lakeway Events category was won by Celebrating the Fourth by Bill Hawkins.

Bob Weichsel, owner of the 1932 Ford Model A pickup, shared its history. The truck found its way to Texas from Georgia where it spent some time with various owners. He noticed it one day just south of LaGrange, TX on Hwy. 71 at Southwest Thunderbird, an antique auto dealership.  Bob said it evokes memories of his first Model A that he purchased in the 1940's in McKinney, TX.

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11th Annual 2012 Lakeway Photo Festival Winner https://www.heypaparazzi.com/blog/2012/11/11th-annual-2012-lakeway-photo-festival-winners Hawk The City of Lakeway Arts Committee held the eleventh annual Photo Festival October 29 through November 3. Seventy-six extraordinary photographs submitted by thirty three local photographers depicted subjects of Lakeway in the categories of Nature, Wildlife, Events and Volunteers. Local citizens cast their ballots for their selections of ‘Best of Category’ and ‘Best of Show.’ Congratulations go to all the participants and winners. The 2012 Lakeway Photo Festival award-winning photos are on display in the Gallery Hall at the Lakeway City Hall through the month of November.

The People’s Choice award for “Best of Show” photograph went to Hawk by Bill Hawkins. He captured a rare scene of a hawk on a fence in his backyard.  Hawkins’ photo of Hawk also won first place in the Lakeway Wildlife category. Lakeway Events category was won by Celebrating the Fourth by Bill Hawkins.

 

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Water In Motion https://www.heypaparazzi.com/blog/2012/10/water-in-motion I was recently asked, "How to photograph water in motion?"  The objective here is to achieve the tranquility of water flowing over the rocks of a waterfall.

The sense of motion comes from allowing the moving water to blur that portion of the image while the rest of the image is photographed Water In Motion normally.  This shot is most easily and surely accomplished with a DSLR (digital single lens reflex) camera.  I will address how to shoot the scene with a Point 'N Shot camera in a moment.

To blur the motion of the water using a DSLR, go to manual mode and keep the shutter open longer than normal to expose the moving water long enough to capture the motion blur.  The following steps will accomplish this:

  • Set the camera to manual mode; either Aperture of Shutter priority.  Now you have control of the duration of the exposure.
  • Select a slow shutter speed, between 1/2 and 2 seconds, which is long enough to capture a pleasing amount of motion blur in the water.
  • Lower the camera ISO to 100.  The lower ISO setting will cause your camera to calculate a longer exposure to compensate for the slower sensor speed selected.
  • Mount the camera on a tripod.  This is very important!  With the longer exposure, yes, you want to blur the moving water.  But you also want the rest of the image to be clear and in focus.  So, mounting the camera on a tripod is critical to achieving your shot.
  • Use a remote trigger (if possible) or the camera's self-timer to take the picture.  This final point is  important to keep the camera still when activating the shutter.  The remote trigger is ideal.  If you don't have one, use the camera's self-timer to trigger the shot.

 

Dancing Waters

If your camera is a Point 'N Shoot, look for the Scene Select feature.  This may also be called the "Best Shot" feature.  My Point 'N Shoot camera has the scene selections "Flowing water" to blur water and "Splashing water" to freeze the motion of the water.  As above, use a tripod and remote trigger or self-timer to steady the camera and get a clear shot.

But what if you really want to capture the image of water creating the moment as in the "Dancing Waters" fountain,  use a faster shutter speed and higher ISO.  The tripod and remote trigger, while helpful, are not as necessary.

So the conclusion... to photograph water in motion, it's all about shutter speed!

 

 

 

 

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Salzburg: Mozart & The Sound of Music https://www.heypaparazzi.com/blog/2012/9/salzburg-mozart-the-sound-of-music

From our ship's mooring at the city of Linz on the Danube, we traveled more than two hours by motor coach to a much anticipated day in the city of Salzburg.  At a rest stop on the way to Salzburg, we enjoyed this breathtaking view of a serene Apline lake with the Alps in the background. 

Salzburg is located at the northern boundary of the Alps on the banks of the Salzach River.  The city of Salzburg is among the oldest and most significant spiritual and cultural centers of Austria. The central, historical area of the city is dominated by Baroque towers and monumental churches.

Evidence of human life in the Salzburg area dates back to the Neolithic Age.  The community was captured by the Romans in 15 BC, named Juvavum and eventually elevated to a municipium, the second-highest class of a Roman city.

The town was ravaged by fire in 1167 and a major rebuilding of the Salzburg cathedral was necessary. Subsequent medieval fires led the burghers to replace their wooden houses with substantial stone buildings. With the advent of the Gothic period around 1300, ecclesiastical and lay proprietors vied in embellishing their town. The Gothic art of Salzburg was well known and many famous artists lived and worked there in the 15th and 16th centuries.

Wolf Dietrich von Raitenau, appointed Archbishop in 1587, remodeled the entire City, directing his attentions in particular to the residence and the cathedral. Salzburg escaped the ravages of the Thirty Years’ war in the first half of the 16th century, partly because of the new defenses added by Archbishop Paris Lodron and partly because of the Archbishop’s clever policy of neutrality. He was responsible for the foundation of the university in 1622.

Salzburg's architecture was enhanced in the late 17th century with the advent of the Baroque style which was used for a number of notable buildings and a series of monumental fountains that grace the squares of the city. This period also saw a flowering of the town as a cultural centre of the Enlightenment. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born in Salzburg in 1756 and lived there until driven away by the Archbishop of the time, Hieronvmus Count Colloredo.

The Habsburg dynasty annexed Salzburg  in 1805 but during 1810-1815, it once again belonged to Bavaria. After this brief interlude, it became part of Austria once and for all and in 1848, it even became the capital of the crown lands and the province of the same name. Along with a series of economic developments, the opening of the 'Westbahnstrecke' (1860), which is the main railroad through Austria ensured that Salzburg saw its fortune improve and it was given its own statue in 1869.  In the 19th century, tourism also became a focus of attention, and the famous

Salzburg Festival was founded. The Mozart Academy of Music and the University gave the city with a cultural tradition for which it is still known.

Salzburg suffered nearly 50% destruction from aerial bombardment in World War II. The Sound of Music which tells the story of the von Trapp family's narrow and inspiring escape from the Nazis was filmed in and around Salzburg.   From 1945-1955 Salzburg became the headquarters for US-troops stationed in Austria after the downfall of the Third Reich. Since then, Salzburg has often been termed the 'secret capital' of Austria. American Troops did not leave until 1955, when the Treaty of Austria was signed. By 1959, the Cathedral had been rebuilt and blessed and the University of Salzburg re-opened three years later.

 

We enjoyed a delicious lunch atop the castle or garrison overlooking Salzburg.  Among the entrees offered was an delicious weiner sneitzel to complement the great view of beautifully restored midevil SaFurst Chocolates Mozart lzburg.

We came to Austria with a request to bring home Mozart candy which we found out originated in Salzburg.   Our guide directed us to the Furst chocolate shop in the old city for original, authentic Mozart candy.  Our search was successful as seen in the photo on the left.  Mozart candy is a chocolate candy shell filled with candy and liquor.  Available with many variations of fillings, each piece is individually foil wrapped and sells for about $3.  The shop keeper considerately packed our purchases in an insulated bag to prevent the candy from melting during our travels.  Most of our purchase arrived safely in the US and where it was enjoyed.  I think the missing pieces were enjoyed enroute!

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Prague, the Capital of Bohemia https://www.heypaparazzi.com/blog/2012/9/prauge Prague, one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, is set on both banks of the Vltava River.  Its townscape of burger houses and palaces are punctuated by towers.  The famous Prague Castle (left) was built in the 870s by Prince Borivoj as the main seat of the Premysl dynasty.

Christianity became the state religion in the 12th century under the rule of the pious Wenceslas, duke of Bohemia.  Wenceslas was the 'Good King Wenceslas' of the well-known Christmas carol written in 1853 by English clergyman John Mason Neale. Neale read about St. Wenceslas' legendary piety, and based his carol on the story of the duke's page finding strength and warmth by following in the footsteps of his master as they carried food, wine and firewood to a poor peasant on a freezing cold Boxing Day. The unfortunate Wenceslas was murdered by his own brother, Boleslav; the Chapel of St. Wenceslas in St. Vitus Cathedral is decorated with scenes from the saint's life.

The murder of Wenceslas III in 1306 left no male heir to the throne. Two Habsburg monarchs briefly ruled Bohemia until the Holy Roman emperor John of Luxemburg became king by marrying Wenceslas III's daughter Elyska in 1310. Under the rule of John's son Charles IV (r 1346-78) as king and Holy Roman emperor, Prague grew into one of the continent's largest and most prosperous cities, acquiring its fine Gothic face, and landmarks including the Charles University, Charles Bridge and St. Vitus Cathedral.

Prague belongs to the group of historic cities which have preserved the structure of their development until the present times. Within the core of Prague, successive stages of growth and changes have respected the original grand-scale urban structure of the Early Middle Ages. This structure was essentially and greatly enlarged with urban activities in the High Gothic period with more additions during the High Baroque period and in the 19th century. It has been saved from any large-scale urban renewal or massive demolitions and thus preserves its overall configuration, pattern and spatial composition.

In the course of the 1,100 years of its existence, Prague’s development is documented in the architectural expression of many historical periods and their styles. Of particular importance are Prague Castle, the Cathedral of St. Vitus, Hradcany Square in front of the Castle, the Valdgtejn Palace on the left bank of the river, the Gothic Charles Bridge, the Romanesque Rotunda of the Holy Rood, the Gothic arcaded houses round the Old Town Square, the High Gothic Minorite Church of St James in the Stark Mesto, the late 19th century buildings and town plan of the Nave Mesto.

As early as the Middle Ages, Prague in became one of the leading cultural ce nters of Christian Europe. The Prague University, founded in 1348, is one of the earliest Europe. The milieu of the University in the last quarter of the 14th century and the first years of the 15th century contributed among other things to the formation of ideas of the Hussite Movement which represented in fact the first steps of the European Reformation. As a metropolis of culture, Prague is connected with prominent names in art, science and politics, such as Charles IV, Petr Parler, Jan Hus, Johannes Kepler, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Franz Kafka, Antonín Dvorak, Albert Einstein, Edward Benes (co-founder of the Leaue of Nations) and Vaclav Havel.

 

Prague, as a city of 1.2 million inhabitants, seems swamped by tourists.  The crowds are evident at Prague Castle, on the Charles Bridge and in the Old Town Square from morning to well into the evening hours.  We enjoyed the evening view from the rooftop restaurant of our hotel, the Intercontinental.  The view was beautiful and it was truly the photographer 's Golden Hour.

 


 

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A Castle in Bohemia (The Czech Republic) https://www.heypaparazzi.com/blog/2012/9/a-bohemian-castle-in-czech-republic Cesky (meaning Bohemian) Krumlov is a small city in the southern Bohemian region of the Czech Republic, best known for the fine architecture and art of the historic old town and Cesky Krumlov Castle.   Old Cesky Krumlov is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Construction of the town and castle began in the late 13th century at a ford in the Vltava River, which was an important trade route in Bohemia.  The town and castle were owned by the House of Rosenberg. During the rule of the Rosenberg family, the town as well as the castle flourished.  Crafts and trade developed, elaborate homes were built, and the town was endowed with various privileges such as the right to mill, brew beer and hold markets.  Meat shops and breweries were built, and twice a year there was a fair. In 1376 there were 96 houses in the town.

 

 

 

 

In the 16th century the town was ruled by the last Rosenbergs who considerably influenced the present appearance of the town and its surroundings. The Renaissance magnate Wilhelm von Rosenberg, the most aristocratic personality of politics and culture of that time, initiated reconstruction of townhouses as well as the castle into Renaissance style.  The market square is shown to the right.

 

 

 

On August 14, 1555 Wilhelm joined the two parts of town Latran (the Castle environs) and the Old town, to prevent litigations concerning particular privileges. Before the town´s unification, Latran had been an individual administrative unit and its dwellers often disputed with those living in the other parts, especially for the privilege to brew white wheat beer, a very popular and profitable product.  Further problems had been caused by support payments for parish, the church, bridges, the local shepherd and the messenger.  Latran is to the left of the Vltava River; Old Town to the right.

 

 

 

Emperor Rudolf II Hapsburg bought Krumlov in 1602 and gave it to his illegimate son Julius d'Austria.  Emperor Ferdinand II gave Krumlov to the House of Eggenberg.  From 1719 until 1945 the castle belonged to the House of Schwarzenberg.  Most of the architecture of the old town and castle dates from the 14th through 17th centuries; the town's structures are mostly in Gothis, Renaissance and Baroque styles. The core of the old town is within a horseshoe bend of the river, with the castle on the other side of the Vltava.

 

If the castle tower (left) symbolizes the secular ruling power and the region of its influence; the church tower of St. Vitus (right) then personifies the might of the holy Christendom which from medieval times functioned both as a counterpart and complement of the worldly powers.  The church shares with the castle the promontory created by the river Vltava, thus creating an impressive architectural feature that characterizes the town.

 

 

 

 

 

Cesky Krumlov Castle is protected by its hilltop location.  But it also is protedted by a moat which is inhabited by bears.  No wonder the castle was never conqured!

 

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Wachau Valley and Melk Abbey https://www.heypaparazzi.com/blog/2012/9/wachau-valley-and-melk-abbey The Wachau is a picturesque Austrian valley formed by the Danube river.  Located midway between the towns of Krems (seen below on the left) and Melk the Wachau is 25 miles in length, the valley was settled around 4,500 B.C.  The architectural elegance of its ancient monasteries, including Melk and Gottweig Abbey, castles and ruins combined with the urban architecture of its towns and villages, and the production of wines are the dominant features of the valley.  A well-known tourist attraction is Durnstein, where King  Richard the Lion-Heart of England was held captive by Duke Leopold V. 

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An interesting part of the 12th century history is the imprisonment of Richard the Lion heart, the King of England at the Kuenringerburg castle now in ruins above the Durnstein town.  Richard insulted the Babenberg Duke, Leopold V by showing disrespect to the Austrian flag which he threw into a drain. Even though he was travelling in Austria (returning from the Holy Lands) in disguise (he had grown a beard to escape detection), he was identified in an inn in Erdberg, now a suburb of Vienna. He was finally released after paying a kingly ransom of 35,000 kg of silver. The king’s freedom was facilitated largely due to the efforts of his French aide Blondel.  Blondel located the imprisoned Richard by traveling from fortress to fortress and singing a song known only to the two of them.  When Richard answered, Blondel proceeded to ransom and rescue him.

Melk is a small town on the bank of the Danube at the Western gateway to the Wachau valley.  Melk is an ancient town with its history linked to the Roman times as a border post. The current population is 5300. Melk's enticing popularity is due to the Benedictine abbey founded in 1089 AD which is perfect example of a "Baroque synthesis of the arts".  Melk Abbey is located on a 200 feet high cliff. The is baroque gateway at the entrance is shown below on the left.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The abbey was founded in 1089 AD when Leopold II, Margrave of Austria gave one of his castles to Benedictine monks from Lambach Abbey.  Monks have lived here since then. A school was founded in the 12th century, and the monastic library soon became renowned for its extensive manuscript collection. The library has a collection of 100,000 books including manuscripts and 750 volumes printed prior to 1500 AD.  The monastery's scriptorium was also a major site for the production of manuscripts.

 

Today's impressive Baroque Abbey, painted in mustard yellow color, was built between 1702 and 1736 to designs by Jakob Prandtauer commissioned by abbot Berthed Dietmayer against all odds faced by him from his fellow monks.  As one of the "most significant and magnificient Baroque monasteries in all Austria", this monument is inscribed on UNESCO's Heritage List.

 

 

 

 

 

The spiral staircase between the library and the church at Melk abbey is shown on the left.  Below is the view of the town of Melk from the Abbey's Marble Hall.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A Viennese Coffee House https://www.heypaparazzi.com/blog/2012/8/a-viennese-coffee-house When we docked in Vienna, we were greeted with an overcast and rainy day.  Our morning walking tour of central Vienna proceeded in spite of the rain.  We sloshed past the Opera House, the Spanish Riding School, the Lipizzaner Museum and many other sights.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By the time we reached St. Stephens Cathedral and its spikey towers, our guide Peter knew we were drenched and chilled.  He suggested we visit a Viennese coffee house.  

 

What a treat!  We found Gerstner's Coffee House not far from Stephansplatz.  We learned that Viennese coffee houses provide small food dishes like sausages as well as desserts, cakes and tarts.  Unlike some other café traditions around the world, it is completely normal for a customer to linger alone for hours and study the omnipresent newspaper. Along with coffee, the waiter will serve an obligatory glass of cold tap water and during a long stay will often bring additional water unrequested, with the idea to serve the guest with an exemplary sense of attention.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pictured above is the light sponge cake pastry with a raspberry and cream filling and a light dusting of powdered sugar on top.  We all enjoyed the wonderful pastries and delicious coffee.  To the right, other patrons eagerly peruse the selection of pastry delights.

 

In the afternoon, Esther, Marilyn and Stew visited the Schonbrun, the Baroque palace on the outskirts of Vienna which was the summer residence of Hapsburgs.  The palace was finished under Maria Theresia in the mid-eighteenth century and totals 1441 rooms.  

That evening, they attended a delightful classical concert of music by Strauss and Mozart presented by the Vienna Residence Orchestra.  Unfortunately, I was feeling "under the weather" but was able to rebound by the next day.

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Bratislava Surprises https://www.heypaparazzi.com/blog/2012/8/brataslava-surprises

 

 

 

Our day in Slovakia and its capital city Bratislava brought us many surprises.  We toured the older section of the city including the seat of the Slovak government next to Bratislava Castle.  Bratislava Castle dates back to the 10th century with a great deal of history which is easily found online.  Bratislava Castle and its surrounding area has been beautifully restored by the Slovak government.  Below is a photo of the Castle positioned on a hilltop high above the city.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From the castle you have great views of the city below including the Apollo Bridge and the Bratislava's unusual New Bridge.  The unique New Bridge design boasts the UFO Cafe with a 360 degree panaroma of Bratislava. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Also unique in design, the Apollo Bridge is a modern span across the Danube which was built as a single span on one bank of the Danube and "slid" into place.

 

 

 

 

We found the Paparazzi Restaurant in the lower old town section of the city.  Its signature piece of sculpture stands just outside the restaurant as a tribute to the Italian photographer Paparazzo, the first paparazzi.  We enjoyed visiting with the staff and consuming their refreshments.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

During the Cold War and Communist rule, Slovakia was part of Czechslovakia.  Our guide grew up in Bratislava and related how the Russians, always present, stayed in the background while the Czech Communist party members were the visible authorities.  From Bratislava Castle she pointed out the high rise apartments constructed south of the Danube during the Communist rule as well as the not too distant Austrian border.  The border however is separated from the city by cleared land that previously was well patroled to discourage flight.

 

 

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Budapest Sail Away https://www.heypaparazzi.com/blog/2012/8/budapest-sail-away Our nightime departure from Budapest was a fantastic sight!  We sailed up the Danube at 9 PM.  All bridges and government buildings are beautifully lighted each evening.  The photo below shows the famous Chain Bridge that connects Buda and Pest.  Buda Castle is seen on the hilltop in the background.

The beautiful Hungarian Parliment building glows on the Pest side of the Danube.  The Hungarian Parliment's design mirrors the British Parliment building on the banks of the Thames.

Looking back, we get our final glimpse of Budapest as we sail up the Danube to Slovakia and new adventures.

 

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Where Are We? https://www.heypaparazzi.com/blog/2012/7/where-are-we  

Around the year 1000 Stephen I, King of Hungary, organized a feudal state on the Central European model and introduced Christianity.  A few years later merchants from central and western Europe settled in Buda and Pest and helped both places to develop rapidly.  In 1241-42 Buda Castle Mongols stormed the Danube towns of Buda and Pest.  A few years later the construction of the Castle of Buda ordered by King Bela IV was completed. The royal court moved to Buda in 1347 again, when work was begun to expand the fortification into a palace in contemporary Gothic style.  From then on Buda became a royal town, while Pest developed into a prosperous trading center.  In the second half of the 15th Century  Matthias Corvinus extended the Royal Palace and Buda to became a center of Renaissance culture.

In 1526, the Turks took Buda and Pest.  It was 1686 before Charles of Lorraine was able to reconquer Buda and Pest for the House of Habsburg.  Various measures taken during the reign of Empress Maria Theresa led to a further economic upsurge in Buda and Pest, largely brought about by an influx of German-speaking settlers.  In 1777 Buda was made a university town but lost this title to Pest a few years later. The left bank of the Danube soon became the intellectual and political center of the country.

The Chain Bridge was opened in 1849, with the aim of helping Buda and Pest to merge more quickly.  In 1867 Emperor Franz Joseph I and Empress Elisabeth ("Sissi") were crowned in Matthias Church.  The Austro-Hungarian monarchy of the Danube came into being.  In the history of Budapest the year 1872 stands out as a milestone, for it was then that the three separate settlements of Pest, Buda and Óbuda (literally "Old" Buda) were united into one city with a population of more than 150,000. Budapest officially became the capital city of Hungary, and underwent rapid growth in size and eminence.  This was the city's golden age, and coincided with the Hungarian millennial celebrations in 1896 when the continental Europe's first underground railroad was opened.

Towards the end of the Second World War, in the autumn of 1944, Budapest became a front-line town and suffered severe damage, especially in the castle quarter where units of the German army were barricaded in.  From February 13th 1945 onwards Soviet troops controlled the whole of Budapest and thereafter it was ruled along strict Soviet lines. In the autumn of 1956 political turmoil and economic hardship fueled popular uprisings which were savagely put down by Hungarian and Soviet forces of law and order. The inner city presented a picture of devastation.

Elisabeth Bridge In the 1960s and 1970s much inner-city building and reconstruction took place, such as the opening to traffic of the Elisabeth Bridge, extension of the underground network, renovation of the old city center, especially the castle quarter, and the building of large luxury hotels both in the castle quarter and on the Pest bank of the Danube. What soon became known as "goulash communism" encouraged an upsurge in tourism, and visitors from both Eastern and Western Europe as well as the US.

The shot below is from Gellert Hill overlooking the Danube River in Budapest, Hungary.  Buda Castle, to our right, is more than 1300 years old and dominates old city of Pest which lies to our left.  Today, Buda and Pest are one.

It is a beautiful and fun city to visit!  It has been rebuilt following the damage of World War II and the Soviet invasion.  The Reds pulled out in 1991 leaving the Hungarian people to pull themselves back to their heritage.  And they have done it!  We are enjoying their enthusiasm and pride.

 Sixty percent of the city was destroyed in World War II.  Rebuilding started after the war but the city suffered further damage in the 1956 Hungarian Revolution and subsequent Soviet armed invasion.  Bullet holes are still seen on buildings in Pest and in Budapest Castle.  However, much of the city has been restored to it's original state.  While there has been modernization, the authenticity of the architecture has been maintained.

Economically Hungary is suffering from it's days of Communist domination.  The Communist government financed its socialist largesse by borrowing heavily from neighboring countries to pay for free medical care, wages and retirements while collecting no taxes.  Today, the Hungarian government and the Hungarian people are repaying the "sins" of the past.  We Americans need to pay attention!

 

 

 

 

 

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Why I Edit Images? https://www.heypaparazzi.com/blog/2012/7/why-edit-images The more I learn about photography, the more critical I am of my photographs.  Exposure, color, saturation, cropping... are image qualities that can often improved with a little editing.

Years ago I watched my dear wife tear open each package of newly printed photos and delete (rip up) any shots she thought were "bad".  After converting from film to digital in 2003, I print only select shots.  Realizing this, I promised my wife that I would delete all "bad" shots and print only "good" ones.  Of course I kept that promise, but now it doesn't often come to that!

In my photo gallery "Enhancements: After and Before" you can compare Straight Out Of the Camera (SOOC) vs. edited images.  The edited "after" image is shown first, followed by the SOOC image.  Which image do you prefer?

I edit images, just like I edit writing.  This blog isn't the rough draft, and most images are not SOOC.  Sometimes in writing, and sometimes in photography, you get everything right and there's nothing to edit.  It doesn't happen very often and when it does, it sure feels great!

I edit photos because I want to present the best images I can.

 

P.S. I learned that Ansel Adams altered the 1970's reprint of his most famous photograph, Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico, 1941, to remove some random clouds in the upper sky area that always bothered him.  And in his celebrated Winter Sunrise, The Sierra Nevada From Lone Pine, California, Adams deleted the big "LP" that the town's high school students had laid out in whitewashed stones on the hillside.

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What Camera For Me? https://www.heypaparazzi.com/blog/2012/7/what-camera-for-me A friend recently asked for my recommendation on what camera she should buy. This is a frequent question and the flippant answer could be, "It depends..."  But that's not very helpful, so let's discuss this question today.

First three guidelines, then a few questions to narrow the choice.

1. Digital Camera. I certainly recommend a digital camera for many reasons. After the purchase, they are very economical to use. Most people have a computer which is required for image post-processing. But if not, you can go to the photo department at your neighborhood retailer, e.g. Walgreens, CVS, Walmart, Sams or Costco, edit your images on their computer and order your prints.  They will also help you get started.

2. Point 'N Shoot (or Automatic Mode). Almost all digital cameras now have automatic settings that do a great job of auto-focusing, setting the correct exposure and the correct shutter speed. Use the Point 'N Shoot feature and your frustrations over poor photo results will be history.  Even more feature-rich digital cameras have an automatic mode that practically insures good results.

3. Viewfinder. The camera's viewfinder lets you aim and focus the camera on your subject. We often see people holding their cameras at arms length to line up the shot through the camera's LED display. Which do you think gives your camera more stability, holding it close to your eye or at arms length? Right, hold it close to your eye. That's why cameras have traditionally had viewfinders. Many Point 'N Shoot cameras today do not have a viewfinder but compensate with image stabilization, a new feature to reduce "camera shake".  I recommend getting a camera with a viewfinder and image stabilization to eliminate "camera shake" and the resulting blurred pictures.

Now three questions...

1. What is the level of your interest and skill in photography?  A Point 'N Shoot camera is the ideal choice for those who want really good photos with little hassle.  A few Point 'N Shoot cameras are available with manual settings options that appeal to people interested in expanding their photographic skills over time.  However, a digital single lens reflex (DSLR) camera is better match for individuals with more advanced skills and expectations.

2. What subjects do you shoot?  Both Point 'N Shoot and DSLR cameras take great pictures and come with pre-programmed settings for portraits, landscapes, sports and close-ups.  A key feature of DSLR cameras is the ability to change lenses.  Multiple lenses of high quality glass enable photographers to get great results in special shooting situations of sports action, low-level lighting and portraiture.  The DSLR's versatility can enhance your photography results.

3. What is your budget?  If you're a Rockefeller heir, go to directly your local camera store and buy a DSLR and some great lenses.  If not, you'll want to know that Point 'N Shoot cameras are typically less expensive ($100-$300).  DSLR's start at around $600 and go up from there.

What's the best camera for you?  I hope this helps you make the right camera choice for your needs.  All the major photography brands offer good cameras.  Each brand has features and marketing messages designed to differentiate them from the competition.  Using these guidelines, I think you will select the best camera for you.

 

 

 

 
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The iPad Camera Connection Kit https://www.heypaparazzi.com/blog/2012/7/the-ipad-camera-connection-kit So you've been out shooting with the family or friends all day, or perhaps on a vacation away from your desktop computer, and you want to get a peek at the shots you've taken.  Are you frustrated with the viewing limitations of that little screen on the back of your camera?

Take your iPad along! It's a great solution when coupled with the Apple iPad Camera Connection Kit.  The kit includes two connectors (shown below); the one on the left for connecting a USB camera (or iPhone), the one on the right for connecting an SD Card containing your photos or video.

Just select the connector you want (I use the USB connector), turn on the iPad, plug the connector into the the iPad's dock connector port and connect the camera using your USB-to-camera cable.  Your photos display on the iPad.  You select the photos to import and, "Voila!", there they are in the iPad's Camera Roll.  From Camera Roll, I move them to a new folder that I name for the subject.

Now your beautiful photos are ready for all to easily see on the iPad.  I used this technique on my shoot of the Lakeway, TX Fourth of July Parade.  I shot all the parade entries and quickly imported them to my iPad.  The judges reviewed my shots immediately after the parade as they made their decisions for the "Best of" category awards for this year's entries.

I plan to use the iPad Camera Connection Kit extensively on my upcoming cruise vacation on the Danube River.  Subscribe to this blog for updates!

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