Our grandson, Michael Henry Kiechle, was born at 48 minutes past midnight on Friday, March 10, 2017. Tom, the maternal grandfather, graciously permitted me to share these photos and clips with family and friends. From then on, I've added photos as they have become available. Please join us in welcoming our new arrival to the family!
In February of 1994 we took a ferry to Corsica, bringing our Honda Civic Wagon with us. Upon arriving in Bastia, we drove down Corsica's east coast all the way to Bonifacio; from there we made our way up the west coast to Calvi. I had brought my Minolta Maxxum 9000 along, and on this particular occasion, it was loaded with Kodacolor Gold 200 ASA film. From the 38 photos, my usual take from a 36 exposure roll, I had a PhotoCD made. This was a fairly new thing back then; the images were delivered in a resolution of 3072x2048 pixels, quite high at the time. I was extremely disappointed with the CD: the photos looked pale, lacked contrast, were filthy (tons of dust and scratches on them), and not one was properly aligned. I'm sure this had more to do with the lab that clearly didn't know how to process the CD than with the technology itself. Still, because of my disappointment, I never made another Photo CD. 22 years later, in 2016, I dug out the old CD, cleaned up all the photos, and uploaded them to this gallery at a resolution of 3000x2000 pixels (because of the misalignment, that's the best I could do). Looking at these images, I think there is a certain charm about analog photography, and it may prompt me to go out and shoot some film one of these days.
From February 7 through February 10, we spent some time in Paris. Among other things, we visited the "Musée des Arts et Métiers" and the "Fondation Louis Vuitton" that is housed in a wonderful building designed by Frank Gehry. I didn't bring a camera on this trip, but of course I had my iPhone and used it to take all the photos on this page.
On November 3, 2016, we left Chapel Hill for an overnight stay in Asheville. The purpose of this quick trip was to visit the largest privately owned house in the United States: the Biltmore. As an added bonus, the Christmas decorations had just been put in place, and November 4, the day of our visit, was the first time this year they were on display. Some of these photos are also available on this page of our web site.
On October 1, 2016, we went to Cedar Creek Gallery, about forty minutes away by car, with our friends Andrea and Norm. This gallery contains a few souvenir photos of the place.
Here are 91 of the roughly 250 photos I took during our visit of Charleston, South Carolina, from September 20 through 22, 2016. The photos appear here in the order they were taken, A smaller subset of the images were posted on October 1, 2016, on this page of our web site.
Images of the Sagrada Família cathedral in Barcelona. These may also be found on this page of our web site.
On April 10. 2016, we headed for Nice early so as to have as few people as possible in the Cours Saleya fruit, vegetable, and flower market and in the old town. The pictures in this gallery are part of what we came home with; they are also available on this page of our web site.
In 1985, we bought our first camcorder, a JVC GR-C2, because we wanted to film the kids; we thought that later on, such memories would be great to relive (we were right). The unit stored movies on VHS-C cassettes; to play things back on a standard VHS video recorder, one needed an adapter. We collected quite a bit of footage over the years, and in 2006 I digitized our VHS-C tape collection to prevent the memories from deteriorating more than they already had. It is not until ten years later that I finally got around to editing the various DV files, removing undesirable material, adding titles and transitions, in short, converting the raw footage into the 56 video clips presented here. I began on March 6, 2016, and finished almost exactly one month later, on April 3. A listing of all these videos in PDF format is available here. Enjoy the nostalgia; there's 5 hours, 43 minutes, and 28 seconds of it!
On march 11, 2016, I met my friend Didier at the Cistercian Abbaye du Thoronet for a photo session. The last time I had been to the abbey was on June 29, 2013, and that visit had yielded a web page. After lunch, we went for a walk along the shore of nearby lac Carcès. The photos in this gallery were all taken on that day.
This gallery was put together to show our new home at 2, rue Auber in Cannes. When it was first published, there were still some details that need to be ironed out, but things had evolved to the point where the place was at least presentable. Most of the photos in this gallery were taken between March 29 and March 31, 2013, though a few were added later on.
On January 30, 2016, we visited Aix-en-Provence with Karen who had never been there (and loved it!). This gallery contains 26 photos taken on that day; they are shown here in chronological order. For additional, and perhaps more typical pictures of Aix, check this page on our main web site.
A few photographs of the lovely village of Gourdon. They may also be viewed on our web site.
During our 2015 vacation to North Carolina, we spent the October 24 to 25 weekend in the Blue Ridge Mountains to see the fall colors. We almost canceled the outing as the weather forecast called for rain; in the end we decided to go. We did get a bit of fog and gray skies, but not a drop of rain, so it all worked out for the best. A subset of these photos may be found on our web site.
On September 18, 2015, Didier and I visited the Pont du Gard. To see these photos with some commentary, visit the corresponding page on our web site.
Two dozen photos to test the Nikkor 16-35 wide angle zoom lens. None of the pictures on this page could have been taken before this month as I had no lens that could go wider than 28 mm. The 16 - 35 mm is an amazing lens, though especially in the range from 16 through 20 mm, the angles take some getting used to. At 16 mm, the angle of view is 107°; this comes with quite a bit of barrel distortion that DxO Optics Pro disposes of automatically.