(Last modified 4 June 1998.)

Wanderjahr: Photo Sampler

Here are the best of the pictures I took on the trip. I should note that I've been regularly disappointed that the colors that show up on film aren't as vivid as those in real life; and scanning the photos in reduced clarity and saturation even further. So I used some image-enhancement tools on these: a boost to contrast here, an increase in saturation there, cropping and resizing, and the occasional sharpen or remove-dust filter. The result, I hope, is something like what fiction is supposed to do: give the idea of the real by means of the unreal. (Though there's still way too much dithering. But then, I do way too much dithering, so there it is.) I'd welcome comments from people who know what they're doing with photo tools, on how better to achieve good-looking effects.

For each image, click the thumbnail to download the full (JPEG-format) image. The images are sorted into general categories (and chronologically within each category):

That's probably about a sixth of the pictures I took, and most of the best ones. The one major category that's missing is people; mostly due to vague ideas about privacy protection, I haven't scanned in any of the people photos I took. If I visited you and you want me to put up a photo of you, let me know...

A note on colors: The colors here looked good on the 24-bit PC/NT system on which I PhotoShopped them. Unfortunately, they don't look nearly as good on my 8-bit Mac screen. I'm hoping that's a problem with color depth on my home system, not with cross-platform ugliness. Let me know how they look to you.


Jed Hartman <logos@kith.org>