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Old May 4, 2008, 2:25 AM   #1
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As I said a week ago I was going to Lugano, Switzerland with our 8th grade class. Here are some shots I took while I was there. The first is taken with my ist DL and Sigma DL 100-300. This has been cropped some, but the if I go any more it loses too much sharpness. The seagulls had something that the hawk wanted.



The next two are some of our kids swimming in water that had to be in the lower 40s F. The air was 56 F. As you can see they were very cold! Taken with my Tamron 24-135.





And here are a couple of the lake itself. It is one of the prettiest places I've ever been. This first one is taken from the top of San Salvatore and shows a small portion of the lake.



We stayed in the white building in a very little town called Caprino, only accessable by boat.



Afew more random pictures of the lake.







This is a causeway for both train and automobile, built to cut down on time going around the lake.



And finally who'd-a-thunk you would find palm trees in Switzerland?



I hope you enjoyed the trip.

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Old May 4, 2008, 6:42 AM   #2
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My list of places to see before I die is growing faster than a travel agent can book flights.

I just added Lugano to the "Bucket List".

Great shots Glenn, my travel agent and I thank you.

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Glenn,

The images of the lake are...how should I say...SPECTACULAR!! Especially like images # 4, 6 & 9. The composition and lightingon #6is flawless. I am really enjoying following your travels in across Europe! Just need to get over there myself.

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Thanks for the comments, Jim and Jay. I'd love to show you around when you finally decide to come this way!

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Glenn, that mountain lake is more than sensational. I evny you ! Wonderful set of photos, although I must say the idea of swimming in 40 degree water with 56 degree air temperature is more than a little daunting.

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Glenn, I agree with Jay. Those are my favorites also. It's so beautiful.

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Thanks Paul and Patty! Its hard not to take a good picture there!

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@Glenn

Wonderful shots, thanks for sharing! I like #2 and #3 for the moment you captured - just watch the action, the childrens expression... wonderful! I'll be away in May, too - and hopefully get the chance to snap some people photos, too. The most interesting part will be a weekend meeting with families themed around the "Ancient world". We meet once a year and this year that's what everything is about... the program looks very promising and I plan to make good use of my camera!

#4,5,7,9 show one "side" of that lake - while #6 shows a completely different view! So peaceful and quiet, almost no wind at all... There is a slight blue-ish cast to the first four images I mentioned - do you think the camera added some extra "dust/fog" (which is really there, long distance shots will always have it - don't get me wrong on that) on these? Especially in #5 and #7 I was surprised by the rather huge amount.

Did you tried for some panoramic shots? I would have been tempted...

Still looking at the pictures, but these were my first thoughts.

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Wonderful shots - what a brilliant location. Thanks for posting them!
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Thanks Th and Harriet for the comments. Th, you're right, there is a bluish cast to those shots. The one of the old man in the boat has been warmed up a bit in Picasa. The white balance was on auto so it read what it read. When compared to the true color of the scene it seemed to be pretty accurate. It had been rainy all morning and the sun came out just as we were going up the funicular railroad. Perhaps the clouds and haze had something to do with it? At any rate, as many have lamented already,the white balance is the thing on the DL that has been most disappointing. But I still like the camera anyway!

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