This is an art installation at Carlisle Castle called “Poppies: Weeping Window” in remembrance of the lives lost in World War One. The 100th anniversary of Armistice Day is this year. In the USA we often forget it’s origin because we call it “Veteran’s Day” and it has become a more general celebration of appreciation for those who serve in the armed forces. Can you imagine how difficult it must have been to arrange all of those individual ceramic poppies?
Red seems to dominate any picture it is in. For someone who doesn’t really care for red I seem to have a lot of pictures where it dominates the composition:
Irish pony and stop sign.
Red plow at a folk life museum in County Kerry.
Red prayer ribbons at Tian Hao Temple in Qingdao, China.
May 4th sculpture in Qingdao, China.
Lanterns and shan zha (hawthorn) on National Day in Weifang China.
Prayer ribbons on a fence at a temple on Taishan, Shandong Province, China.
Food street in Weifang, China.
Stop sign at Glacier National Park, Montana
Red bus tour bus at Glacier National Park.
Red peppers at a market in Shouguang, China.
Red lace leaf maple at the arboretum at South Seattle College.
Kite at Weifang International Kite Festival, China/
I think the South Atlantic in these pictures shows a wide variety of the colors in Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge for this week: Teal, Aqua, Seafoam, Turquoise. These pictures were taken at the Volunteer Point Wildlife Refuge in the Falkland Islands.
Worthy of note: the skeletons are from animals that died and were washed up. This was a pretty cool little natural history museum put together by the family that lived in Harberton. I really liked how they showed the animals in context.
My first foray into both going off of auto and night photography, came from a desire to capture the Takae Lantern Festival in Nara Japan in 2007. These were taken with my trusty old Canon A510, using ISO 400 and a walking stick mono-pod.
Stairway to a small shrine.
Fields of lanterns.
Festival go-ers in yukata (summer kimono).
Elaborate lantern assembly.
Since then I’ve moved up, a bit, in both camera and skill, but I continue to use a walking stick/monopod and do not use a tripod. It just doesn’t work for me to carry one around. I am still quite challenged by dark pictures, in part because I don’t use a tripod and in part because I use a “bridge” camera, Nikon P610, which has a relatively small sensor so it wants longer shutter speeds and it gets grainy pretty fast at higher ISO settings.
I keep trying because I think night pictures often give you a better feel for the atmosphere of a place than day shots. People are off work and going about their business.
A few night street scenes in China and Japan:
Street vendor in Weifang China
Street and pedestrian traffic in Tai’an China
Beihai Lu in Weifang China.
Street scene in Takayama Japan.
Street scene in Takayama Japan.
I am often disappointed by the moon. My eye sees it bigger than my camera lens does:
The darkness of the night and motion of the boats in these pictures of cormorant fishing in Gifu, Japan, meant that all the pictures were blurry. I tried a “painterly” effect to make it seem like art instead of just a blurry picture.
I’m not a morning person so I only have sunrise pictures from far away places (where I have jet lag). Here are a few from Kenya.
This is published in response to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge. These pictures were taken on the Peninsula Valdes in Argentina.
It seems to me that the funny way sea lions move on land is a crawl, since they move on their elbow and knee equivalents.
These juvenile hawks were learning to fly over their nest. The wind was so strong that they stayed over the nest, like one of those lap pools with a current.
I am continuing to go through pictures from my January trip to South America. This task has been frustrating because I am trying to make the pictures work for both a slide show (computer screen or TV screen) and in print. It seems like when I get a picture that looks like I remember it on my screen then the colors print out funny, especially blues. Does anyone else have this problem? any hints would be most welcome…especially ones that don’t require any financial outlay.
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