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A Picture A Day…

Sunday, April 24th, 2016

…keeps the worries away.

For a while (like, three years) I had left the website and blog alone, mostly due to lack of time and motivation to come up with enough original content to keep it alive.

Now I have a couple of ideas on how to turn it into something useful for you, the readers and followers of my site: I’m going to post each day of the year a  photo. Most of these shots will come from my photo archive, either shots that have been published already, or previously unpublished shots. And I’m going to tell the story behind the picture (if there is any story behind it, that it). I’m going to post it in a fairly high resolution, so that it can be viewed on displays with higher resolutions as well.

By the way, as part of my new social initiative, I’ve now activated my long time dormant Twitter account, @Mark_Zanzig – Please feel free to follow me.

Hope you like the photos.

West Canada 2002, or: The Joy of Slide Scanning

Sunday, May 1st, 2011

As I had some time on my hands recently (hint, hint), I took a deep breath and descended into our photo archive to wade through thousands of images from our 2002 trip to British Columbia and Alberta. I have not been satisfied with those scans for a very long time as I knew they were not state-of-the-art, but I could never motivate myself enough to re-scan all those slides. Until now.

So I fetched all the slides and took new, fresh, crisp scans of them. The old scans were from 2002 and 2003, from various sources and scanners, processed with lousy equipment. Now I used our trusted Minolta Dimage Scan Elite II slide scanner with the latest SilverFast scan software, the combo of Photoshop Lightroom 3.3 and Photoshop CS5, and, of course, color calibrated monitors.

Guess what? The slides look as fresh as they looked back then, but now the scans look as fresh as the slides so you can enjoy the images as they really are! While I was at it, I also decided to bump up the size of the images from 750 x 500 to 1000 x 667, so you get much larger images, almost double the size!

Here are just three examples of the visual improvement:

Canoos waiting for customers at the Moraine Lake, Alberta/Canada
Mark Zanzig

Sunwapta Falls at Jasper National Park, Alberta/Canada
Mark Zanzig

Fairmont Hotel Lake Louise, Banff National Park, Alberta/Canada
Mark Zanzig

The most astonishing fact, however, is that those slides are still quite breathtaking. So I realized (again) that despite all the cool digital technology that supports us photographers today – shooting photos is not so much about the photography but really about the beauty of the places and the nature of the subjects. In this case, I believe that many of the spots we visited, especially the National Parks, are of timeless beauty, and will probably look as awesome today as they did back in 2002.

Please do visit the West Canada Photo Gallery and enjoy!

Disabling location-awareness

Friday, August 20th, 2010

Google Streetview Car in Zurich/Switzerland
Photo: Natalie Madani (Some rights reserved)

It seems that every Internet company is jumping on the geo-location train now. OK, there was a fair bit of discussion over here in Germany about the perceived privacy intrusion by the Google spycars that capture both photos and WLAN information. It turned out that the Germans have begun to dislike the Orwellian “Do no evil” company from California. But also the new equally silly “Places” feature on Facebook seems to be made with those in mind who always wanted to become the obidient, fully transparent citizen. If however, you think that nobody except your closest friends should know where you are and what you do (like me), then you need to be aware of this development – and make a couple of changes.

Thanks to the always stunning Register, I actually realized that Firefox has implemented a feature called “Location-Aware Browsing”. Read all about it at the official Mozilla site. The most important item is the last one, “How do I turn off Location-Aware Browsing permanently?” I followed the steps to disable the feature permanently, and guess what? It was turned on by default. True, Location-Aware Browsing (apparently) will ask for permission before sending out location information, but the fact that the feature was enabled by default still puzzles me. (Further tips for setting up Firefox to reveal less information about you can be found here.)

And, those folks over at Facebook again managed to mess up with the privacy settings. Read all about it at The Register. An easy pictorial guide on how to disable this newest “feature” can be found at The Business Insider.

Artists Reject to Work For Google For Free

Monday, June 15th, 2009

Is the tide finally turning against search monopoly Google? According to the New York Times, the Californian giant offered some artists to promote their work as part of Chrome, Google’s web browser software. Google apparently did not offer any monetary compensation for the artworks. Not so surprisingly, some of the artists who were approached by Google rejected the project because of this. The artists just did not want to work for free, at least not for a company that earns billions every year. And yep, I think they are right.

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