A while ago (August 1998) I started looking for a good 35mm camera. I was studying for my Ph.D. exams at UNH, and during the small (but frequent :-) ) breaks I was browsing the web trying to figure out what to buy (body, lens, accessories, etc.). Sites like were most useful in helping me figure out what are the features that are important to have in a SLR, what is the difference between various lenses, etc.

After a month or so, I knew that I was going to buy the Canon Elan IIe and the 28-105/3.5-4.5 lens from B&H. The Elan had most of the features I was looking for, no Windows95-like interface (as advertised by a Ritz Camera salesdroid trying to trick me into buying the Nikon N70), and the price was reasonable.

After shooting a lot of film, I decided to put some of the photographs on the web. I bought a scanner (

, 1200x1200dpi optical resolution) and started scanning and adjusting pictures. GIMP was a very useful tool to have (and I know I used maybe 1% of what it can do). After trying several things, I ended up writing a set tools to generate the HTML files and to maintain the database of photographs.

Later on (2000-2001) I bought some new gear and a new scanner that can scan slides and film (HP PhotoSmart S20), but I was really dissapointed with the quality of the scans so for a few years I got everything scanned on Kodak PhotoCDs. Finally, in June 2004 I decided to buy another scanner, so the pictures I took between 2004 and 2007 were scanned with a Nikon Coolscan 5000 ED.

These days (2009) I moved on to digital, specifically Canon 5D Mark II.

All the JPEG files here have been converted from the original PNG/TIFF files using a quality setting of 95%. Despite that, JPEG artifacts may still visible in some pictures. Feel free to drop me an email if, for whatever reason, you need the PNG/TIFF file.

For some albums, photographs can be browsed on top of maps provided by Google Maps. In most cases, the coordinates I've associated with city photographs are those of the spot I took the photograph from, and not necessarily those of the subject's location, with the idea of showing visitors how a certain spot on the map would look through the lens of a camera on the ground. However, when the subject was very far away from the place where the photograph was taken from, the coordinates of the actual subject were used instead. For example, the photograph of the Sacre Coeur Cathedral was taken from the top of the Arc of Triumph, which is about 4km away.

Note: Make sure your monitor is set up correctly. You should be able to distinguish between all the different grays in


Portsmouth bridge

Non-commercial Web use of photos

If you want to use a photograph you find here for any non-commercial purpose, you are free to do so with hyperlinked credit for as long as you don't use my work to promote hate, racism, religion, or any other poisonous nonsense. Acceptable HTML is:

photographs courtesy <a href="">Tudor Hulubei</a>

This way people know who took the photograph and also can find my on-line copyright statement. You do not need to pay for usage. Just build the best web site you can and give it back to the community.

If the photograph you're interested in has a different author, please email me at before using it.

Commercial Web use of photos

If you would like to use my pictures on a commercial page, then please contact me at

Software Tools

The following tools help me generate an index for each photo album, an HTML page for each photo, convert the images from the PNG format I keep them in into JPEG, scale them, add the black border and the copyright notice, create KML files, and maintain the XML database of photographs. If you find them useful, feel free to use and modify them as you see fit.

Photographic Gear
Old man

Recent gear:

  • Canon 5D Mark II
  • Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
  • Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
  • Zeiss Distagon T* 2.8/21 ZE

Sometime in 2001 I upgraded my entire photo gear, but I kept the references to the old gear because many of the pictures presented here have been taken with it.

  • B+W Circular Polarizer Multi Resistant Coating (MRC) Glass Filter
  • B+W Circular Polarizer Multi Resistant Coating (MRC) Glass Filter Slim
  • B+W UV Haze #010 Multi Resistant Coating (MRC) Glass Filter
  • B+W UV Haze #010 Multi Resistant Coating (MRC) Glass Filter Slim
  • B+W 81A Warming Multi-Resistant Coating (MRC) Glass Filter
Old Gear
This is what I started with.
  • Tiffen 58mm Circular Polarizer Filter
  • Tiffen 58mm Haze-1 Filter
  • Vivitar Tripod (12cm)

You should know by now which side of the Canon vs. Nikon war I'm on :-).

I also used to have a point & shoot camera, the best there is: Yashica

(with Carl Zeiss T* lens). To quote the December 1998 issue of Popular Photography, "we no longer take responsability for anyone who hasn't heard about the Yashica T4". :-)