Sorry for the delay in posting for this challenge – I’m still busy going through all my images from our trip to Svalbard and Norway. After ten days cruising the Arctic on a small boat taking wildlife and scenic photos, we returned to “mainland” Norway and did a car trip through some incredibly beautiful towns and scenery. We spent our last night in the incredible town of Alesund – a beautiful harbor town with an art nouveau theme. At just before midnight, I wandered out in town as it looked like there might be a nice sunset (one of the things that we missed in Svalbard as the sun never really went down). I took this photo over the classic ships in the harbor and the small lighthouse at the end of the pier – a beautiful view and a great way to complete our trip.
We’re just recently back from a photography trip to Svalbard, Norway – up above the Arctic circle and in search of Polar Bears (and other creatures of the North). We had great experiences with some of the Bears including one that spent several hours in our vicinity. Of course we all took bunches of images of the great bear as she went through her daily activities. In editing one of the photos, I started looking at an extreme close up and liked the detailed effect of her face against the white of the snowy background . Its pretty unusual to get that intimate a view of a major predator but I’m glad to share this one with you.
Curves are everywhere so I thought I’d choose some that are hard to see with the naked eye and are better captured with a photograph. While we can all see the patterns that moving lights make at night, our eyes are much too quick to trace those patterns across time – the camera can do a much better job of that using slow shutter speeds to record the movements. This is a local picture of an intersection in the Hillcrest area of San Diego. The long exposures turned the lights into beautiful, flowing curves – making a mundane photo into a light painting with interest. Hope you enjoy…..
One of the most extraordinary experiences of my life was spending time with the mountain Gorillas in Uganda and Rwanda. The entire process of starting early in the morning, hiking to their habitat in the mountains, fighting our way through the dense vegetation, and then being with these serene animals was amazing. I can’t adequately describe the feeling of catching our first glimpse of the gorillas and then sitting feet away from them as they went about their daily routine. There was something just incredibly peaceful about them and a feeling that we were sharing the morning with a friend or relative – at their place. It was at once both quiet and exhilarating – a moment of a lifetime. Pure.
I could only immediately think of one photograph for this week’s challenge. This was taken on the main island in Fiji as we were headed back to the airport after a scuba diving trip. A candid shot of a “coffee- break” for the workers but with prominent prices on the market in the background. Not sure why I like this photo but I do……
Its easy to think of Jubilant as a uniquely human feeling or emotion. In doing a quick scan through some old photos I quickly found some other images that I think capture the spirit of Jubilation through another species that we are all familiar with – our own canine companions. Who can dispute that a dog chasing a ball in the surf at the beach is feeling that joy and exhilaration – especially with their human friends engaged by their sides……
When traveling, I always try to capture the nature of a place by the people who live there. India provided one of the richest and most diverse populations to explore, admire, and try to capture. I’ve shared several of those photos on this blog in the past but I don’t think I ever posted one of my favorite faces. This young girl was sitting with her brother on a small square outside a park building in a small town near Varanasi. I thought she had a tremendously peaceful look and I tried to catch it with my camera – this is a candid photo I revisit frequently when I want to remember our times in fabulous India……
When I think of the Earth, I immediately think of the myriads of living creatures that depend on what it provides. With that in mind I stopped by a local lake to see if I could capture a couple of quick images to remind us of those inhabitants. I think they are also a reminder that all those other creatures have no ability to change how we treat Mother Earth – only we humans have that ability/responsibility.
I imagine this “other mother” chiding us all to protect our earth for the sake of her (and our) children.
I imagine these little guys telling us to take the time to get close to the earth and understand what we are doing to it. It is the most important factor in all of our lives and we treat it like a given vs the gift that it is…..
Photography is an amazing hobby as it lets you explore so many things and reimagine scenes and images from the ultra realistic to the abstract. I took this photo along a stream that runs through the center of Kyoto. It was in the evening so the lights were on. I wanted to catch some of the few blossoms that were blooming while we were there against the blurred lights of the city. I added a little painterly processing and ended up with this image. I think I like the tone and color more than anything else. It was an experiment from the time I took it but I think it came out interesting…..
It was a foggy morning along the San Diego coast so I thought I’d try to catch the mood before the fog lifted. Even though I got a late start I was able to catch the last of the gloom before it lifted. I decided to keep with the gloomy theme and made the photo B&W. I added a little texture also to try to make it more “artsy”. Hope your day is brighter than this photo!