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The Lonely Skier
How much fun is that?

In February 2008 I spent a week in the Austrian ski town of St. Anton. I'm not a skier at all. I've spent maybe two days on skis, and those were of the cross country type. I've never gone down a downhill ski slope in my life.

I have friends, though, who are pretty avid skiers. Not fanatics- anymore, you might say of some of them- but they like a good slide down the hill. The reason for this visit was that one of my friends had non-refundable reservations for some of his employees, none of whom could go. They used to go. but one after the other got married, had kids, and etc. Fun over. So I got invited for a pre-paid week in St. Anton during the height of ski season. Nice!

On this day our little group of four had taken the tram halfway up Valluga to have lunch in a restaurant, then we took what I called the "telephone box on a string" up to the peak where there is a vista looking over the Alps into Germany. One has to say, "Spectacular!"

Of course, I would take the tram back down while my friends skied. No problem. It was a fantastic opportunity to get some photos, and there were a couple of scenes that really stood out for me. This is one of them: a solitary skier making their way across a slope already covered with the tracks of the morning skiers- in the mid-day sun. I can't imagine that ski conditions were very good that time of day. Even from where I was standing it looked very icy and crunchy- not much fun to slip-slide over. But there they were.

#Travel #Austria #StAnton #skiing #snow
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Ready To Hit The Slopes!
St. Anton, Austria - February 2008

I spent a week in St. Anton with a bunch of skiers. I don't ski. And I was sick at the start of the trip. But I got better as the days went by, and by Wednesday managed to ride the gondola up the mountain where I had lunch with friends.

This is a composite picture made from two or three frames that were not originally intended for the purpose. It took a lot of bending and warping in Photoshop to match up the major features to get this result. I'm satisfied- just don't look too closely!

#Travel   #Austria   #StAnton   #Snow   #Ski   #Mountains   #PhotoshopCC   #Composite  
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Break From The Weather
St. Anton, Austria - February 2008

The temperature is supposed to get into the 90s (F) by this weekend here in the San Francisco Bay Area. So I thought I'd send a bit of chill out for relief.

You're looking down the mountain upon the village of St. Anton, Austria. I don't ski, but I was invited to join a group of skiers for the week. It's no trouble to ride the tram up and down.

Over the last eight years I have processed this photo several different ways. If you look at my photos, you may see more than one version of this, but I think this is the best so far. The difficulty is in trying to bring out the textures in the snow without making it look dirty. With #LightroomCC and #NIK   #ColorEfexPro4  I was able to make the right compromises that enhanced what was available in the original raw file.

#Travel   #Austria   #StAnton   #skiing   #snow  
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Olympic Ski Jump - Rebuilt
Day trip from St. Anton.
 
Our tour group waits for the tram that will carry us up the slope, where we will have lunch in the restaurant at the top of the Olympic ski jump - February 2008
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St. Anton, Austria
February 2008
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St. Anton, Austria
February 2008
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St. Anton, Austria
From a balcony of the Hotel Arlberg
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Northwest View
From the Olympic ski jump, Innsbruck, AT
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Insbruck
A Panoramic View From The Olympic Ski Jump

This was made from 7 handheld frames from the Olympic ski jump overlooking Innsbruck, Austria during a visit in February 2008. There is a larger Zoomified version on my web site:
 http://www.fuzzyfaraway.com/SmallPano/Innsbruck.html
- and even that is only 50% of the original pixel size, but is about what a print would look like from the original at 240 dpi. An even bigger one can be found on my site here:
http://www.fuzzyfaraway.com/panoramas/panoInnsbruck.html

Each has its merits, and each has its glaring flaws, but they are what they are.

#Travel   #Austria   #Innsbruck   #Panorama   #Panoramaphotography  
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It Was A Bright And Sunny Moment
In a mostly drizzly day . . . 

Our group had lunch in the restaurant at the top of the rebuilt Olympic ski jump in Innsbruck, Austria. It was nice of the clouds to part during the rainstorm to provide a colorful show!

+Urban Snap  #urbansnap   #rainbow   #Austria   #Innsbruck  
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