Thursday, June 7, 2012

'rehabilitated' from years ago: snapshots of Switzerland

Back in the mostly pre-digital-camera-era of the late 1990's, I went to Switzerland--twice: once for a summer-study-abroad between my junior and senior years in college, and then a few years later, during the year I lived in Paris. With a cheap point-and-shoot and/or a disposable panorama camera, I attempted to capture the almost impossibly scenic Alpine landscapes...

A few years ago, during a couple of days when I was home-from-work, sick, I scanned those snapshots into the computer, and the past few days I've been 'snapseeding' them--it's amazing how over- or under-exposed scenes from a point-and-shoot film camera years ago can be 'rehabilitated.' So, these are some snapshots that have been 'transplanted' and 'snapseeded.' Maybe you have some photos sitting in a box or stuck in an album that you've always wanted to tweak...Snapseed is ideal...

It's a village, it's a castle, it's a cheese--Gruyères!

Well above the tree-line, at the Julierpass--bovine encounter:

Mount Pilatus, the Kappellbrücke and its 14th-century Wasserturm: picture-postcard Lucerne:

 The lakefront in Neuchâtel, where I spent most of that study-abroad summer:
Taken with the disposable panorama-camera--
the Jungfrau massif: Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau peaks 
in the Berner Oberland, from the Schilthorn:

Looking down from the cable-car gondola going up the Schilthorn: 

  ...while hiking down the Schilthorn back to Mürren and the Lauterbrunnen Valley:
...another view of the glaciated Eiger and the Mönch peaks:

...on the lake, near Lucerne: 

...Alphorn players rehearsing on a Sunday morning in the Roman theater in Martigny:

from the Château de Tourbillon, looking over Sion
in the Rhône valley:
...and another view from the Château de Tourbillon, over to the Valère castle/basilica: 

High above Sion, the Lac des Dix, with its glacial 'flour'-color:
...and the tremendous dam that holds those waters back,
one of the largest and highest in Europe (larger than the Great Pyramid, incidentally):

sunflowers in a window in Zürich:

...and hiking the Heidiland Trial in spring near Maienfeld:

With the numerous filters available in snapseed, you can easily re-focus, blur, bring out color, lighten shadow, crop, frame--the editing possibilities are intuitive and almost endless...
Correcting even images that were originally non-digital--have fun!


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