Photographer's Note

Interior of the St.Alexander Basilica in Ottobeuren, a small town in the part of Bavaria, just north of the Alps, known as Allgäu. The church - since 1926 a Basilica Minor - is part of a Benedictine abbey, with 23 monks, dating back to 764! It's considered to be one of the most significant baroque buildings in Europe, both exterior and interior, with three cupolas in the roof, the highest being 32 meters.

I arrived to Ottobeuren in the evening looking for a hotel, and was amazed to see this huge well-lit church "in the middle of nowhere". I found no hotel and had to go back some 10 kms to Memmingen for the night. The next day I knew I had to return, as I knew I'd seen something very special. Doing so I entered the church and... I almost lost my breath! It was just overwhelming and I said to myself: "This is really Baroque!"

(In popular Swedish the word baroque also translates: absurd, too much)

Second try with scanned pictures. The first with only a few details and this one with an overload of details. Every kind of comment is welcome!

Post pro [after scanning at 600 ppi]: Brightness and contrast +10, saturation +12 and desaturated yellows -40, adjusted curves for better balance light and dark areas, burned most overexposed parts, resized for TE, USM 140/0.8/3, framed and saved for Web.

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