A neat use of some of my photos

So different from in the winter

So different from in the winter


When I came back from the holidays I had a very pleasant surprise waiting for me in my office mailbox: A 2010 calendar from Schloss Dagstuhl. Each month has a small day grid at the top, and one or two photos of Dagstuhl below; the photos for each month are actually the front of a postcard that you can separate from the calendar and use.

The cool part is that most of the photos are mine! This set on Flickr shows all the photos they used, although many of them actually look much better in the calendar. Their staff did a really great job of straightening, cropping, and adjusting the lighting on the shots that they used, and it really made the photos look really nice. Thanks to whoever did the excellent work! Christian Lindig informs me (see the comments) that the design work was done by Margot Behr. Thanks for the great work, Margot!

It was really weird when I first looked at the calendar, because I really wasn’t sure how many of the photos were mine. There were two or three that I immediately recognized as mine (like the image at the top), but there were quite a few indoor detail shots that seemed like the kind of thing that I’d take (like the dragon below), but which I didn’t really recognize. There were also several of buildings that could have been mine, but could have been taken by most anyone. Going through, them, though, I was able to determine that all but two were in fact mine. The cropping (and to a lesser degree the cleaning) that the Dagstuhl folks did often threw me as it sharpened the focus in cool ways that I hadn’t seen or thought of.

Iron dragon at Dagstuhl

Iron dragon at Dagstuhl


The Flickr set has the 13 photos they used, in the order that they appear in the calendar. (Three of the cards are composites of two photos, which is why there’s more than 12 photos.)

There are two photos in the calendar that aren’t mine, both taken in specific conditions that I’ve never been there for. One is a really cool panorama with a beautiful fresh coating of snow and the other is the grounds around the chapel in the summer.

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2 Responses to A neat use of some of my photos

  1. We are glad that you like the calendar. Each page is actually a postcard such that you can share the pictures easily. The calendar was designed by Margot Behr from Behr Design (http://www.behrdesign.de/) in Saarbrücken who also selected the images and did the editing. We printed 150 copies and gave them as a present to members of our various boards and other people with whom we collaborated over the year.

    — Christian Lindig

  2. Phi says:

    Please pass along my thanks and congratulations to Margot – she really did a really great job making my pictures look good! A number of her choices were surprising to me, and helped me see some of my photos in a new way, which is really cool.

    Thanks a ton for sharing one of this limited edition with me – I’m quite honored. I’m hoping to be back at Dagstuhl in September at the next EC Theory workshop; hopefully we’ll have a chance to have lunch or some such while I’m there.

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