Rome Photo Gallery – Relaunched!

Colloseum Rome
Collosseum, Rome, Italy
Mark Zanzig/www.zanzig.com

I had a bit time on my hands (hint, hint) and looked a bit deeper into the log files of zanzig.com. Apart from your emails this is the most useful feedback I can get about your likes and dislikes. I discovered an ongoing strong interest in the 2005 Rome gallery, but when I looked at the pictures on the site, I felt ashamed, because these were not up to my usual standards any longer. So I decided to relaunch the complete Rome photo gallery. New scans from the original slides, using my proven slide-scanning-process.

The result? Greatly improved pictures, especially in terms of colors and definition in dark areas. Where the original scans were dull and desaturated with a tendency for being too dark, the new scans are bright, vibrant, and colorful, with a correctly adjusted white balance. Here are just two examples that show the improvements (new scans on the right):

Trevi Fountain, Rome, Italy
Trevi Fountain, Rome, Italy

Collosseum Rome
Collosseum, Rome, Italy

When doing the scans from the original slides, I noticed something else. Much to my horror, I discovered that a couple of the slides showed some kind of damage on their surface. These stains look like faint clouds, just as if some liquid had been spilled over and dried (just click the top image to see what I am talking about). Sometimes the damages were also visible as a small brownish bar along the long edges of the slide.

I stamped most of these away in Photoshop, but I still wonder what this might be? Colleagues mentioned it might be the much feared fungus, but the slides were always kept in a cool, dark, dry file cabinet! Could it be a bad batch of slide film? Or bad development? The Fuji films were fresh from my dealer in 2005 and were developed in a pro lab, so I would like to rule that out, but who knows?

A quick check on the other slides in my archive showed no damages, fortunately, so “just” the Rome stuff seems to be affected. Weird.

While I was at it, I rendered the images to be now 1000 pixels wide (or high), a big improvement for those with bigger screens, higher resolutions, and faster Internet connections. (Some of the shots I did with my tiny point-and-shoot camera, a Sony DSCĀ  P72. These suffer from the enlargement as you start to see camera shake and sensor noise. Yuk.)

Anyway, today I am glad to have moved away from slides to digital – the hazzle dealing with slides seems sooo outdated today. But I am aware that I should think about a real backup concept now. Right now I do backups to DVDs and external hard disks, but both of these can (and will) fail at some point.

But now please enjoy the relaunched Rome photo gallery and our updated page Tips for your trip to Rome.

Oh, why not check out our Italy photo gallery as well! :-)

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