36 Years Ago

36 Years Ago, Vienna 1971—A Student Journal


Vienna 1971—A Student Journal
A year of music, study, travel, sightseeing & friends.


I was a photography hobbyist in college, during this year in Europe, and throughout my young adulthood. And today. Here is some info.

This page.
This page will contain links to a variety of photo displays found in 36yearsago.com. There will be some redundancy in that I will post many of the same pictures to each type of photo presentation. I am trying to discover the best way of presenting images to the readers. So far, I like them all and may keep all of them. As I try new ways, I will add them.

The pages.

Photos – The Rapidweaver photo display. A simple but effective way to display pictures. Each picture is allowed a very short caption. Rapidweaver (Mac only) is great web-page software from Realmac Software. Check them out.

Slide shows (Carousel) – This is a Rapidweaver plug-in that offers a Carousel-style display of photos. The product is Carousel from Your Head software. YourHead produces some of the most popular Rapidweaver plug-ins.

Flickr.com - Soon to come. I will be testing the display of photos from my Flickr Pro account (paid, free option available) at Flickr.com. Currently there is only one set of published photos on the site from 2004, a two-page center spread was published in the national Ukrainian weekly newspaper, Svoboda. These photos were taken with a small point-and-shoot 4 mpx camera with a tiny bit of cropping in iPhoto. I hope to publish all of my 36yearsago photos to Flickr.com. My screen name is (guess)—36yearsago.

More info.

Slide scans by DigMyPics. As I have already mentioned, I have had over 600 35mm slides (36 years old) scanned by the excellent service, DigMyPics.com. That process occurred over the first 40 days of blogging. (Currently, I have yet to post new photos to Days 30 through about 50, I believe). After receiving them, I started placing them in the appropriate postings in the blog. As I progress through the blog, I add new photos to both the blog and the pictures area. I have not posted all of the pictures that I have. These photos are under my copyright, if you want to use them, just contact me.

Processing the pictures with Downsize. Here is a bit of info on how I process the pictures. I had the slides scanned at 2000 dpi, I think you can go to a maximum of 4000 dpi. Those files are both TIFF and JPGs (I requested both formats). I take the hi-res JPGS of the original scans and "downsize" them (to a maximum of 480 px) with a brand new program that I bought called Downsize from Stunt Software. The reduction in size is amazing, the quality is great. I like this program a lot. I also add the watermark, 36yearsago.com. I then drag these final photos into the Rapidweaver pages at 480 px. I reduce the size further in the blog pages within Rapidweaver. Does this reduce the file size? Someone please help me. Stunt Software produces other great software, check out their website.

Attributing photos. About photos, I want people to know where the photos came from. One thing on the web that is not fair, is when people use beautiful photos on their sites without permission, and in most cases, they don't attribute the photographer. As someone who is creative, I have strong feelings about acknowledging the people who took those beautiful photos. Thus, if you want to use any of my photos on your website, just ask. I won't charge for this use. I just want your visitors to know where the pictures came from (to build traffic).

1971 Photos. Thus far, 90% of the photos on the blog are my personal photos that I have taken in 1971 with a Nikkormat 35mm camera (50mm and 150mm zoom lens). I wish I had taken more photos that year, but those were the days of buying film and then paying for processing. I preferred 35mm slides instead of prints. Today, I'm happy I made that decision. Photos labeled as 2007 may be from a point-and-shot Nikon 4-megapixel; or even from my iPhone.

• John Maryn. All photos attributed to 36yearsago.com are © John Maryn 1971, 2007 and other designated years.

Other photo sources. I have started to place a few photos of my own from 2007 into the blog (so far, only from the iPhone camera). A few earlier photos will be from a Nikon point-and-shoot 4-megapixel. On my Flickr Pro account, I will post some older photos (Ukrainian dance festival, 2004) as well as the entire 36yearsago photos section as some future point. I have already expanded my use of photos beyond my own. There are currently only a few. A few are public domain, and some are copyrighted. I will contact the websites and remove them if they wish, or add more if it is ok. I have watermarked the pictures with the source websites. Thus far, I have used: Austria-360.at, panoramas.dk, dativ.at and Wikipedia's mediawiki.org that contains some PD images. I have linked to a few photos from within Wikipedia to mediawiki.org, however, browsing the website itself is not very intuitive. For example, a search on "Vienna" comes up with no pages. These are great websites. Here is a list:

Austria-360.dk. Belvedere Palace (Day 035); Schönbrunn Great Hall (Day 060)
Panoramas.dk. This website is run by photographer Hans Nyberg. Photos: Austria National Library Reading Room (Day 060)
Dativ.dk. This website is run by photographer Bernhard Vogl. Photos: Christmas in Vienna (Day 145)

Photographers. I will try to list the photographers whom I link to on this page and try to include a tag for the person as well. Here are the photographers I reference:

Bernhard Vogl. Belvedere Palace (Day 035); Schönbrunn Great Hall (Days 026, 060); Christmas in Vienna (Day 145)
Peter Winkler. Austria National Library Reading Room (Day 060)
Kathy Schumacher. Kathy & Lisa (Day 125)

Tips from the Top Floor. I can't let this photo area go without mentioning a podcast that I discovered years ago—tipsfromthetopfloor.com. I love Chris Marquardt's style and approach to photography. He has a huge international following and offers photography workshops both in the United States and Europe. We will not use his photos here, but I highly recommend his site. Readers wishing to learn the "art" of photography will get tons of tips on how to take pictures if you listen to all the podcasts. Although his tips are generally geared to users of digital-SLRs, they are helpful to all; you will not be disappointed. Chris is a great example of how good podcasts can generate excitement with a global audience. Guess what? My Flickr Ukrainian photos were mentioned on one of Chris' very early shows.