Rheinturm, Düsseldorf, Germany

The Rheinturm in Düsseldorf, Germany, Sunday, September 15th, 2003
This is the world's largest digital clock. But, that's not why we went there, though
that alone is fascinating. No, we went for the view from the top
Click on the image or here, to check out the view

Page Notes:

All photographs on ChezJAG.net shot prior to 02/01/2006 were taken
with a Casio QV3000-EX, except by those of other photographers (where noted)

All photographs shot after 02/01/2006 were taken with a Canon Powershot S2 IS

All photographs shot after 06/30/2007 were taken with a Canon Powershot S5 IS

All photographs shot after 03/03/2009 were taken with a Canon Powershot SX10-IS

Canon Powershot SX10-IS
Photo courtesy of Steve's Digicams and is linked to their review of the SX10-IS

Photos shot from 2010 on were either shot with the SX10-IS, or with this little,
beautiful thing - the Canon IXUS 210, or, in the US, the Canon Powershot SD3500

Canon IXUS 210/Powershot SD3500
(actual size)

That photo also links to Steve's Digicams' review of that camera. I cannot say enough
about this little camera with the huge touch screen and which I wear in a leather case on
my belt when I'd not be carrying the SX10-IS. It has become an indespensible bit of kit.

Earlier in 2011 I began using the Canon SX30-IS. This sports a 35X zoom, and the same 14.1 megapixel CCD
and DIGIC 4 image processor as the IXUS 210. The DIGIC 4 processor is also a major feature of many of Canon's DSLR cameras

Canon Powershot SX30-IS
Photo courtesy of Steve's Digicams and is linked to their review of the SX30-IS

In 2013 I began using the Canon SX50 HS. This sports a 50X zoom, and 12.1 megapixel CCD
and new DIGIC 5 image processor. 2 megapixels less than the SX30-IS, but, it doesn't need
them, and it does RAW, for the first time in this series. It also has a hot shoe, and does
HD movies in stereo sound, and in slow motion.

Canon Powershot SX50 HS
Photo courtesy of Steve's Digicams and is linked to their review of the SX50 HS

Photographs posted prior to 2006 have been rendered in Paint Shop Pro 8 or 9
Photographs posted after 01/01/2006 have been resized or cropped in Paint Shop Pro X
but are otherwise unaltered.

Photographs posted after 03/03/2009 have not been modified in any way thanks to the
excellent job done by the DIGIC 4 processor in the SX10-IS and in the IXUS 210 and now
in the SX50 HS with the DIGIC5 processor. I now only use what is now Paint Shop Pro X Pro for
special effects (which I rarely do) and cropping.

I am just now getting into RAW photographs, which will be altered, but, another topic
for another time.

The pages linked to this page are in a variety of formats
I can only ask you to bear with them as I do with the technology
that produced them. Things change, and get better...and better...

Please feel free to email me with comments or questions!

-Jim Girard

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August 24-29, 2013: Falmouth, Cornwall, England

We drove from Düsseldorf to Calais, took the ferry across the English Channel to the White Cliffs of Dover,
then drove from Dover, past London, Andover, Winchester, Boston, and more places now in Massachusetts, to Falmouth, the original one, in Cornwall.
Why? Find out here...


October 8th, 2006: Schloss Dyck

Schloss Dyck is the anchor garden (and castle) of the Rhineland Garden Route. We visited on a brilliantly sunny October
Sunday. These photos are not so much of the gardens, but more of the castle, reflections, shadows, and symmetry that this
day presented us with at this fascinating site.

July 22nd, 2006: Kirmes

'Kirmes' means 'a fair to celebrate the opening of a new church' in German. This fair, which hits Düsseldorf every
year in July, has nothing to do with religion, yet, it is still called 'Kirmes'. I went on a Saturday night to take photos
and do the Ferris wheel...

March 2006: In like a lion...

Photos of extreme clouds, shot from our balcony on March 26/27, 2006.


Shot from my desk, inside, while this wonderful bird munched in the frisbee
on our balcony. March 11, 2006


In August of 2005 we visited Garmisch-Partenkirchen, which is about as far
south in Germany as you can go without tripping over an Alp. One of those Alps is
the highest peak in Germany, Zugspitz. We went there, and went up and down a lot,
got flooded, and learned about Bavarians. And loved it.


Photos from the westernmost German island in the North Sea, taken
one windy weekend in May, 2004

Our favorite pub in Düsseldorf: Julio

A tiny pub in Altstadt where Peter Tuxhorn is happy to
show you the way either to a pint of the best Guinness in Düsseldorf,
or to a fresh small glass of Frankenheim Altbier. For many years, Julio
has been our Pub of Choice in the longest bar in the world,
which is Altstadt in Duesseldorf. Recently, I've heard they have a
world-class Unicorn dartboard there too...

Karneval: Rosenmontag 2008

My last take on Rosenmontag for awhile...

Halloween 2007

Photos from a memorable and scary night, and only one person was in costume...

Karneval: Rosenmontag 2006 at Julio

Photos from the Karneval Rosenmontag celebration at and near Julio's on February 27th, 2006

Karneval: Rosenmontag 2005 at Julio

Photos of the Faithful, February 7, 2005

Karneval: Rosenmontag 2004 at Julio  

Photos from the parade and celebration, February 23rd, 2004

Altenahr: Revisited, January 19th, 2004

Photos from a walk above the north side of this town in Germany's
northermost wine-growing region
4 pages, 28 shots, and information about Eiswein

Wuppertaler Schwebebahn, January 3rd, 2004

Photos from and about a suspended railway over the Wupper River in Wuppertal.
I have included history and links to more information about this fascinating upsidedown
railway. Wuppertal is about a 20 minute drive east of Düsseldorf

Rheinhessen: Germany's largest wine producing region. October 4th, 2003

Polar bears at the Wuppertal Zoo, August 3rd, 2003: Eisbaeren

We were experiencing not weeks, but months of 115F+ heat (46C) in the summer of 2003.
The day we went to this zoo, it was that hot. Sweat was pouring down my face as I stood in
the underground portion of their living area, where I could look through glass and see them
above and below the water. They were having more fun than I was dealing with the heat. Despite
their captivity, they had a pool and an audience and were making the best out of both

Bridge Study: Ground and aerial shots of the A44 autobahn bridge over the Rhine,
and the A52 autobahn bridge over the Ruhr

Getting Around in Düsseldorf: Public (and other) Transportation

Shots of various forms of public and private transportation in this city. December, 2002

Artistry in the Bridges of Germany (Ongoing Study)

A comparison between the tubular construction of Marblehead Light in
Marblehead, MA, USA, and the Stadttor building in Düsseldorf

Pictures taken over the years from Ulla's Balcony in Düsseldorf

Coal Mining in Germany A study of lignite, or brown coal, strip mining, and
black coal deep mining in Germany, shot from the mines. January and May, 2002

A Double Rainbow over Düsseldorf, Germany, May 29, 2002

Düsseldorf! January, 2001

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In late November, 2003, we went to Tropea, Italy. These photos are
all of Tropea. The ones below are from other places during the same trip.


Photos from a drive through the heart of southern Italy

Lipari Cemetery

A stroll through an astonishing cemetery on this Eolie Island


Photos from Europe's most active volcano

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Spain: The Canary Islands

Fuerteventura: May/June 2009

Shots from our fourth trip to Fuerteventura, still staying in Corrajelo, and loving it!

Lanzarote: January 2001

Shots from our first trip to Lanzarote and Playa Blanca. We also explored
a lot more of this fascinating volcanic island

Backroading over the Montana de la Brena Esta volcano on Lanzarote in a Suzuki Jeep

Some of my favorite shots from Lanzarote

Tenerife: July 2003 Puerto de la Cruz and El Tiede (IBM 300mb microdrive failure.
800 pictures to be recovered at some point in the future)

Lanzarote: July 2004    Shots from our return trip to Play Blanca.
Things change...

Update February 23, 2005: We are returning to Peurto de la Cruz on
Tenerife next week. I will be reshooting some of the photos I lost. However,
last time we were there was during July. This time it will be in the
beginning of March, so, all the shots will be different. Check back here
in June or July to see what we saw.

Update May 13th, 2005: I am very pleased with what I was
lucky enough to have sunlight to photograph on our trip. I am still
going through and working with the photos. No date for a website
update yet, but, I do have the photos I wanted from that trip, so,
they'll be here as soon as I can finish with them!

Update June 11th, 2005: Pages are now up!

Tenerife: March 2005    Shots from our return trip to Puerto de la Cruz, and from all over the island.

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United States

A very White Christmas, December 25th and 26th, 2002,
on and around Powderhouse Boulevard, Somerville, Massachusetts

A trip to Provincetown on Cape Cod, August 13, 2001

My friends Susan Gedutis and Stephen Lindsay performing at
the Lizard Lounge in Cambridge, Massachusetts on December 7th, 2001

Shots from The Prudential Center in Boston, Massachusetts, including Fenway Park

A walk around Walden Pond in Concord/Bedford, Massachusetts

Note: This is a slide show with large pictures. Major bandwidth required!

Trains in Alexandria, Virginia. Photos by Jeff Langley

Three takes on one shot by Tom Girard of the area near his house in Tivoli, NY

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Detlef Braun
Detlef Braun, 64, at this writing, lives just outside of Köln (Cologne), Germany.
We met (virtually) via an online photography website. We began to correspond, talking about
photography, via email, between Boston, Massachusetts in the US and Cologne. I was intrigued
with Detlef's photography. We decided to try a few different things with software with some of his photos.

13 of them are here: Impressions of Köln.

Two years later, Ulla and I finally got a chance to meet and spend some time with Detlef
and his wife Ute on August 3rd, 2003. I took the above shot on the patio
of a Chinese restaurant across the street from the zoo in Wuppertal, Germany.
We spent many hours after lunch walking through the zoo, talking photography,
and taking pictures. Those shots will be found elsewhere on these pages in the future.


Photo by Detlef Braun

Köln is about 27 kilometers south of Düsseldorf, also on the Rhine River.
Right in the center of the city is the Dom, the largest gothic cathedral I've ever had it
my pleasure to visit. It is so large that it's impossible to get the entire thing in a photo
from anywhere near it. So, one day I asked Detlef to see if he could capture it in its entirety.
He did.

Then, a year later, I went back to Cologne to find out where he shot that photo from.
Those shots will be added to this page in the future.

Detlef and Ute have since become good friends, and Detlef a bit of a photo mentor
for me. I have learned a great deal from him. Thank-you for your insights, Detlef!

Bill Zettler

The Blue Angels in Seattle
Photo by: Bill Zettler

Bill and I grew up together in Winchester, Massachusetts. Over
the years, Bill has developed an eye for things that fly. Bees,
jet aircraft... He also finds inspiration in a number of other venues.

Perhaps it's the juxtaposition of movement that I find so
intruiging in Bill's photography. Bees and F/A 18's are one thing, but
I have a feeling he could photograph a rock and make my eyes jump around.

Click on the photo above to see what I mean.


This section is devoted purely to anything technical. Techno is fun.
I am a firm believer in "If you can imagine it, chances are you can do it!"
Here you'll find links to not only things that I've done, but some amazing things
that other people have done as well.

A visual wiring diagram of my computer and audio/visual layout
as rendered in DiagramStudio 5.4 by Gadwin Studios.

Map the Fallen is a digital tribute to fallen troops. This is a
simply amazing technical accomplishment, and a sad reminder of the
price we continue to pay for the greed and misguided judgement of the previous
administration. (Note: You MUST have Google Earth 5.1 or higher installed to view this)
Added Memorial Day Weekend, 2009

Zooming In

This section has nothing to do with anything but the philosophical
perusals of the photographer

The thing about Sunflowers

A short commentary on some of the things we have been eating... Guter Essen!

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High School

Winchester, Massachusetts High School Class of 1977 Reunion
November 29th, 2002, at Winchester Country Club. My classmates...what a great crew

Jim Girard shooting the Ahr River Valley on January 19th, 2004, still using his first,
and by then 3-year-old but still wonderful digital camera - a Casio QV3000-EX.
I still have that camera...

Photo by: Detlef Braun

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