What Not to Do when Using a Digital Camera
OK, so I go on this great trip to Germany last summer, in June. It was a blast. Pentecost Sunday in St. Peter and Paul Church in Weimar, viewing the Cranach altar piece, listening to one of Bach’s Pentecost cantatas performed by a good sized choir and small orchestra. All the Luther sites, plus Chemnitz’ digs of Braunschweig/Brunswick, etc. etc. I take along my new digital camera, the Canon 5d, a full frame 35mm digital camera, truly an amazing camera. So, I being the photography purist that I am, shot everything on the trip in RAW mode, producing oh, individual pictures that are around 13 megabytes EACH. And then you have to convert them into JPEG or some other format to share them with friends and families. Anyway, finally…here at Christmas time I have some time to convert all the images [over 30 gigs!] into JPEG. It’s taking HOURS, but I’m getting ‘er done. So, what not to do with your new digital camera? Take pictures like there is no tomorrow in RAW mode, that’s what, unless you have a LOT of free time on your hands. Here is one of the shots I took at St. Andrew Church in Eisleben, where Luther preached his last sermon. What’s of special note in this church is that the pulpit, which you see on the left is the actual pulpit from which Luther preached. There are only very, very few pulpits left in which Luther preached, and, happily, the very last one he used is still preserved. It is used now only on special occasions. The pulpit itself is original, the stairs leading to it have been replaced. This is a view of the interior of the church, looking toward the back. The font in front is original. I’m standing at the edge of the chancel. The church is in rather poor condition, but is, as it was, on the day that Luther preached his last and had to stop due to chest pains. He was taken to the house nearly directly across from the door which is not in view, but is to the left and just south of the pulpit. There he died. The church is filled with interesting artifacts and well worth the visit when you are in Eisleben. The man in the chair is Mr. Jon Schultz, Vice-President of Concordia Publishing House. The arm and back of our president, Mr. Bruce Kintz, is also visible. They very patiently put up with my incessant photo taking.