Grand Catholic Tour of Italy: HERE

Mom and I experienced an awesome vacation-of-a-lifetime tour of Italy and of Oberammergau, Germany. I took lots and lots of photos here, and I am so glad I did. I never want to forget the wonder and awe of the sights. I hope you enjoy these photos. -Gene- PLEASE NOTE: These photos are downloadable as jpeg images, but they are in the original resolution of 6000×4000 (or somewhat less if cropped) and employ minimal compression. This

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Chopin has the chops!

Chopin has the chops!

Frédéric Chopin – 1818 – Rondo à la Krakowiak in F Major, Op 14. Krakowiak is a polish folk dance, and Frédéric Chopin composed this piece, Rondo à la Krakowiak for pianoforte and orchestra to honor it. Chopin was a virtuoso who expanded and demonstrated what could be done with his chosen instrument. I really like the sound of the sampled Bosendorfer piano I used for this, it is very realistic. I had some trouble

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The Morton Arboretum

On our return trip home from Europe, we passed through Chicago and stayed for a few days. My sister treated us to a tour of the Morton Arboretum. It was established by the Morton’s of Morton Salt fame and the force behind our nation Arbor Day holiday.

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Symphony No. 5 Op.67

I am impressed with the mastering on this piece. I managed to give a sonic sheen to the string section and make them feel more alive. I have not been that excited in a long time when it comes to mastering audio, I’ve put this piece on the Italy tour photo page as well – it can play in the background while you browse the photo collection there. I had finished transcribing Beethoven’s 5th symphony

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To tide you over…

I have imported the raw photos from our tour of Italy into Adobe Lightroom and I will be ready to start editing in earnest on Sunday evening. This weekend I have a get together at the Luna Lake campground in Alpine, Arizona. Here is a quick sample to tide you over in the meantime. There are 861 photos to go through. Of course, some of them will not be keepers and some are duplicates so

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