Wednesday, January 20, 2021

2021 first update

 

Happy 2021! I'm sure 2020 was a strange and difficult year for everybody, including myself, but for me it was not without its merits. I only made two trips the whole year to take new pictures, visiting 21 towns and villages in two provinces and photographing 42 churches, 18 of which for the first time. On the plus side: I learned a couple of new Photoshop skills and had plenty of time to put them to good use, resulting in many improved pages, many of which I failed to mention in this blog. 

There were only 18 new pages, 15 of which are about specific churches. Archimon had a total of over 20.000 pageviews by some 7700 visitors from 107 countries. 

The first updates of 2021 are improved pages about the churches of Waalwijk, Noord-Brabant. Like the St. Jan as seen above, but also the reformed church and the Mariakerk. A nice colourful start of what hopefully will be a better year.

Monday, December 28, 2020

The last of 2020


This year's final update is a new page about the St. Gertrudis in Maasbracht, Limburg. A church which, the Romanesque tower aside, was designed by A.J.N. Boosten, a highly original architect who mostly worked in LimburgThis page is part of a theme. As on January the 2nd it will be 70 years since this architect's untimely death I thought it was a good occassion to give some of the pages about his churches an overhaul and pay some extra attention to some pages I updated recently


Many pictures were improved, many others were added while texts were rewritten. In the case of one page, about the St. Gemma in Sittard, I replaced all the pictures with even older ones which, using Photoshop, proved to be quite good. 





The other improved pages are:

In the next update I will be looking back at 2020.



Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Friesland Photoshopped


More pages have been given a Photoshop make-over, all about neo-Gothic churces in the province of Friesland. 


Incidentally, the first three of these were designed by P.J.H. Cuypers.  

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

More Photoshop


Today I present a series of pages which had their pictures replaced, and often added a few extra, by versions made using the Camera RAW-filter in Photoshop. In most cases I think they're better, but I'm still mastering the technique. 

These are the pages:




Monday, October 12, 2020

Before and after

 


Some newly acquired Photoshop skills allow me to add more colour and atmosphere to my pictures. And although I will refrain from improving and replacing all older pictures, I do intend to improve many older pages that could use a bit more colour. So that's what I'll be doing for a while. Here are the first two of these pages, and both have improved text as well. First there's the reformed church of Ijsselmuiden in Overijssel, as illustrated above. The other, as seen below, is the St. Lambertus in Alphen aan de Maas, Gelderland. 





Saturday, September 19, 2020

Some new Zuid-Holland pages


 A brand new page about the four churches in the Pijnacker-Nootdorp municipality. The old page about the catholic church St. Bartholome├╝s in Nootdorp has many new pictures as well as some better versions of older pictures while the text has been rewritten. 

And that's not all, because there are also new pages about the other three churches: the reformed churches of Nootdorp and Pijnacker and the catholic H. Joannes de Dooper in Pijnacker.

NL: een nieuwe pagina over de kerken in de gemeente Pijnacker-Nootdorp.