Tag Archives: Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge

Getting around in Shouguang

One really fun thing to notice when traveling is how people get around. I live in an area where it seems like all the cars look pretty much the same. Here is a gallery of some of the variety I saw while visiting my son recently in a small-ish Chinese city. Click on an image to see it larger.

I really admire how many options people have beyond taking the bus and owning a full size car.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Things People Drive

Red hot

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:

 

Reflections and power

This is a very random post in response to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge for this week. The theme is to use the photo she published,

as a starting point for a post. Mirror, power lines, clouds and reflection were what I focused on.

The Uttermost Part of the Earth

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week brought to mind my very brief visit to Harberton on Tierra del Fuego.

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.

Random Arches and Domes in Bath

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge

On the dark side

A very few of many sunsets

 

 

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.

 

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:

 

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.

Gifu-Cormorant_fishing-1

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.

Cee’s Fun Photo Challenge: Sunset to Sunrise.

 

 

Crawling and Flying

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.

Hint request:
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.