Weekend Wanderings: Colmar’s Old Town

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Place de l’Ancienne-Douane in Colmar, France, at dusk

I am thrilled that I finally managed to visit Colmar in the East of France! The city is known to be one of the top tourist destinations on the Alsace Wine Route. But once you leave the vineyards and the suburbs behind, you will actually enter a very lively old town with colourful half-timbered houses neatly lining cobblestone streets and a canal giving it its reputation of the “Little Venice of Alsace”.

During my visit, Colmar had just gone through a heat wave, which is why the canal’s water level was rather low. In the evening, the town saw crowds of visitors though, dancing and singing on the tunes of the yearly “Fête de la musique”

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Weekend Wanderings: Annecy’s Old Town

Thanks to its great location between Europe’s cleanest lake — Lake Annecy — and the snow-capped French Alps, Annecy is a tourist mecca all year long. I visited the “Venice of the Alps” in April this year and followed the canals of the Thiou, one of the shortest rivers of France with a length of ~3.5 km, traversing the Old Town.

Here are some of my personal highlights…

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What’s New?

You might have noticed that I am blogging less often as I used to. It’s not that I have nothing to say or write about. And it’s definitely not that I don’t want to keep blogging. I do. Life is simply keeping me very busy these days.

But here are the good news: I keep on photographing. That’s why I recently updated most of my photo galleries on this site and you are welcome to have a look at what I’ve been up to in 2016 and at the beginning of this year.

I updated Landscapes, Weather, Nature, Animals, People and Urban to include photos from France, Germany, Spain and the Netherlands.

Here are a few of my personal favorites:

We are planning to travel quite a bit in 2017. New and old destinations are on our list and I promise that you will be able to read about our adventures over here 🌋🏕️🏖️🏜️🏙️

Evident And Invisible At Once

The more often we see the things around us – even the beautiful and wonderful things – the more they become invisible to us. That is why we often take for granted the beauty of this world: the flowers, the trees, the birds, the clouds – even those we love. Because we see things so often, we see them less and less.
~Joseph B. Wirthlin

Photo details (please click on the image for best quality):

Canon EOS 60D, 17mm, ISO 3200, F5.6, 1/160 sec.
Location: Notre Dame, Paris, France.

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Prisma: Best Art Filters For Urban Shots

I am an art fan. I admire all the Picassos and Van Goghs in this world. And from time to time I try to be like them.

When I recently set out to find new inspiration for old photos in the App Store, I came across Prisma. Within minutes I was surprised I hadn’t heard of that photo filter app earlier. The results are stunning — real artworks.

What Prisma does, is to turn your photos into classic art, imitating the style of well known painters such as Picasso, Warhol, Munch and many more.

By the time I am writing this post I created around 30 unique pieces of art with Prisma. But it didn’t take me 30 tries to cull out my favorite filters, especially for urban photographs. While the app also works fine for any other photo genre, I personally think you can get the most beautiful results with city shots and the following 7 out of the currently 43 filters.

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Prisma filter: Mononoke

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Prisma filter: Mosaic

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Prisma filter: Daryl Feril

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Prisma filter: Tokyo

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Prisma filter: Theta Vaik

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Prisma filter: Curly Hair

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Prisma filter: Candy

Try Prisma yourself; you can find it on the App Store as well as on Google Play.

Which artistic style would you like to see added in the future? I think I could enjoy a Niki de Saint Phalle filter :-)

For which occasions do you like to turn your photos into artworks? Besides giving old photos a new twist just for fun, I think some of the above examples would make a great art calendar. And if the app creators decide to add more temporary filters like the current “Halloween” one, I could even imagine to make use of Prisma to style my Social Media profile and cover photos for special events.

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Stravinsky Beat

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Reflecting life

Ever since I first visited Paris in 1998 I am hooked on the Stravinsky Fountain next to the Centre Pompidou. Back then I studied art and our professor insisted that we need to know the colourful art style of Niki de Saint Phalle. I couldn’t agree more. Her nanas are spitting images of life.

But when I recently passed the Stravinsky Fountain, I set my camera’s focus on the water reflections, mirroring a glimpse of Parisian life. Not a perfect one, but a beating and swirling one; beating like the pulse of a city that never sleeps and swirling like Igor Stravinsky’s “Feu d’Artifice” (Fireworks).

What can I say? ⛲🌊💙

Let’s put these reflections into context, shall we?

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Stravinsky meets Niki de Saint Phalle

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Stravinsky meets Hip Hop

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Stravinsky meets Paris

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Weekend Wanderings: A Gargoyle’s View

I finally managed to see Notre Dame de Paris on a sunny day!
(Now watch me whip whip, watch me nae nae).

Usually, the Parisian sky looks more like this when I approach Île de la Cité.

Understandably, I simply had to try my luck and queue for a visit of the towers.

One hour later I got blown away by the breathtaking view over Paris and the turquoise Seine. But I especially loved some of the architectural highlights, which the cathedral only reveals to those brave enough to climb the 422 steps up (and down).

If you come unprepared you’re going to be sore the next day; but at least you got to experience this:

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