Xingfu means blessed.

Xingfu means happy and blessed in Chinese. Even though 2014, the year I started this blog, was a busy and, at times, difficult year that is the word I thought of for this space. Mama not because I have many children but because I seem to fall into a caregiving role. Sometimes I feel like Mama to the world.

The name XingfuMama means Happy Mama with undertones of being blessed.

Pull up a Seat Photo Challenge 2021-Week 43

A PHOTO CHALLENGE OF PLACES WE SIT…OR MIGHT SIT…OR ART ABOUT SITTING

Welcome to week 43 of the Pull up a Seat Challenge in 2021.

Take a load off and share a favorite perch by linking your post to this one, either with a comment or ping-back. For more detailed directions go to Pull Up a Seat page.

It is always fun to see the variety of ideas this theme evokes.

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Pull up a Seat Photo Challenge 2021-Week 42

A PHOTO CHALLENGE OF PLACES WE SIT…OR MIGHT SIT…OR ART ABOUT SITTING

Welcome to week 42 of the Pull up a Seat Challenge in 2021.

Take a load off and share a favorite perch by linking your post to this one, either with a comment or ping-back. For more detailed directions go to Pull Up a Seat page.

It is always fun to see the variety of ideas this theme evokes.

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Truly a classic: Pont du Gard

Looking up from the river bed.
Looking down from a viewpoint on a nearby path.

These could have been from anytime in the past two millennia.

The Pont du Gard is so old and classic, in the antiquities classic way, that I couldn’t resist giving a black and white conversion a try. If you’d like to compare, I posted it in color on my other web site: Real golden Arches: Pont du Gard.

I use the Gnu Image Manipulation Program (a.k.a., the GIMP) with the Nik plug in for the conversion. If you are interesting in using the GIMP for black and white I have a post about how to do it: Black and white digital photo processing using the GIMP.

Published for The Weekend in Black and White.

Pull up a Seat Photo Challenge 2021-Week 41

A PHOTO CHALLENGE OF PLACES WE SIT…OR MIGHT SIT…OR ART ABOUT SITTING

Welcome to week 41 of the Pull up a Seat Challenge in 2021.

Take a load off and share a favorite perch by linking your post to this one, either with a comment or ping-back. For more detailed directions go to Pull Up a Seat page.

It is always fun to see the variety of ideas this theme evokes.

Continue reading Pull up a Seat Photo Challenge 2021-Week 41

Arles Arches

Roman Arches

Of course there is the Roman Amphitheater:

Peek-a-boo view of the Amphitheater’s arches.

Inside the Amphitheater:

More arches in Arles

Down almost every alley

It is common to see a few arches when you look down a narrow alley. In places where there wasn’t room to put in a foundation the buildings support each other.

Where space is tight the buildings support each other.

The Mairie (town hall)

This town hall has a fascinating structure of partial arches carefully balanced. It’s held up for a very long time, the building was completed in 1676. You can read a bit about it here: The Vault of the Hôtel de Ville in Arles.

The town hall has partial arches carefully balanced.

Van Gogh’s arches

The garden of the former hospital building is maintained to look like van Gogh’s “Garden of the Hospital in Arles”.

Romanesque arches

The Church of St. Trophime is a lovely building with lots of arches, inside and out. If you are interested here is the Wikipedia article about it: Church of St. Trophime, Arles. The article includes a description of the fascinating sculptures around the portal.

The West Portal of the Church of St. Trophime.
A lovely little side niche in the Church of St. Trophime.

For Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Curvy or Arches.

Pull up a Seat Photo Challenge 2021-Week 40

A PHOTO CHALLENGE OF PLACES WE SIT…OR MIGHT SIT…OR ART ABOUT SITTING

Welcome to week 40 of the Pull up a Seat Challenge in 2021.

Take a load off and share a favorite perch by linking your post to this one, either with a comment or ping-back. For more detailed directions go to Pull Up a Seat page.

It is always fun to see the variety of ideas this theme evokes.

Continue reading Pull up a Seat Photo Challenge 2021-Week 40

One-to-Three Photo Processing Challenge

One-to-three is a monthly photo processing challenge on my other web site, theSquirrelChase.com. I’d love to have you join in: The challenge is simple: take one photo and get creative with it by processing it three different ways. Then share the results, with a link to this month’s post. I’ll do a start up post on the first of each month including a round up of entries from the preceding month, so we can all share in the creativity and fun.

Here’s my October 2021 contribution:

How to get the looks above:

I used filters in the G’mic plug-in for the GIMP and in Topaz Studio 2. I was looking for effects that would make the bicyclists stand out better.

The GIMP (Gnu Image Manipulation Program) is open source (=free!) software that compares to Photoshop. G’mic (also open-source) is a plug in that has over 500 filters. Both of the G’mic filters I used are in the Artistic group.

Background

Since having to isolate due to the pandemic, last spring, I’ve been doing a lot of experimentation with photo processing and I thought it might be fun to share some of the things I’ve discovered and see what others are doing.

I’m hosting the challenge on the other site to try and keep my WordPress.org skills.

Link to the One-to-Three Photo Processing Challenge.

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