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Kitzbühel Alps

One hour by train, to the east of Innsbruck, we arrived at Kitzbühel.

Historically, Kitzbühel produced copper and silver. The town habitants became wealthy from the mines for decades. Several buildings from the 15th century are still standing, such as the relics of the town walls and the gates. Some of the miners’ houses still exist in the suburbs. The town attracted the eyes of the world all the sudden in the late 1920s as Edward VIII, Prince of Wales, King of United Kingdom (reigned for only 326 days), later Duke of Windsor, came for a visit with his lover Wallis Simpson. Following his footsteps, the rich and famous upper class folks in Europe flocked to this town and created a nice skiing resort area among the Alps. Nowadays, the Kitzbühel Alps are Austria’s largest skiing area.

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Posted by on February 25, 2012 in Picturesque Scenery, Travel


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Crystal Worlds

Swarovski Kristallwelten. Do I even need to say more about Swarovski crystals? It’s likely the largest crystal manufacturer to produce precisely cut crystal jewelries, mini-sculptures and other home decorations, and has its products, if not it’s own stores, in almost every shopping district, displaying it’s famous swan company logo. Much less expensive than diamonds, yet still presented elegantly with a rainbow appearance (by the use of special metallic coatings), no wonder they are popular in jewelries. Their figurines, especially the miniature animals, are also very adorable.

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Posted by on February 9, 2012 in Funny Things, Travel


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The Alps near Innsbruck

Most of the pictures here were taken on the way from Innsbruck to Crystal World (of which I will talk about next time). Since the tour bus was moving at speed of 60 to 100 miles per hour, I chose to use the continuous mode on the camera and hope I could later find a good one out of each scene.

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“bruck”, derived from German word, brücke, means bridge. The name Innsbruck has the meaning of “the bridge over the Inn River”. Situated on the Inn River and in a valley surrounded by mountains of central Alps, it’s regarded as “the jewel of the Alps”. Innsbruck is the cultural and economic centre of western Austria. It became the capital of all Tyrol in 1429. In the fifteenth century the city became the European politics and culture center as Roman emperor Maximilian I who reigned and also resided in Innsbruck in the 1490. 300 years later, it’s prosperous again under the reign of Maria Theresia.

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Posted by on January 14, 2012 in Travel


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What about HDR?

Picture #1, Hopewell Rocks, New Brunswick

Since my blogs are for all levels of audience, some may not know what HDR is. The short description: It’s a technique to fuse two or more images together to simulate what your eyes can see in nature. A bit longer description: Human eyes can see wider luminance range from black to white because the pupils constantly adjust their opening to adapt to ambient light. However, camera sensors cannot sense something that’s too dark or too bright. It’s dynamic range is very limited. So we take two or more pictures, one adjusted to very dark area and another to the very bright area and maybe a few in the middle. All pictures are then layered together to, sort of, present what it’s likely to be seen by our eyes. An even longer description: Well, if you’re really into that, you’d better do some research yourself on the Internet, as I’m not trying to write a thesis here.

(On a side note, you would realize in 2002/2003 Google started being really popular when the word “google” became a verb. “Just google it.” means the same as “Just do a search on the Internet.” in the older days. If Microsoft’s Bing can eventually grab more shares in the search engine market, I would like to hear people say, “Just bing it!” It sounds kind of funny, doesn’t it? “Just bing it!” On the other hand, no one would likely say “Yahoo it.” It’s a two-syllable word, it sounds weird. To be fair, I’m not against Yahoo. Alright, enough of that.)

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Posted by on May 8, 2011 in Photography Techniques


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