Sometimes you have the luck to stand at the right place on the right time. The photos are taken at Näsbyholmssjön, Scania, Sweden.
So...not knowing exactly where to post these, they have landed here.
After a hiatus from my kit, I have begun taking a look at images I took months ago as I traveled across the U.S. I was on the lookout for urban art and discovered that this art form has been around for quite a long time. C&C is always welcomed and appreciated.
Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada
The following are from a neighborhood called The Grove in Saint Louis, MO
Hope you enjoy them. I had a fantastic time wandering around city side streets and dusty trails, discovering these wonderful examples of urban art!!
I had all the results typed in, did a preview then somehow lost it all. So this is my second try at this! Thanks for all the wonderful entries for this mini. I had a tough time deciding this one.
- GrandmaR (Rosalie-Ann) - As I said before, nice looking boat. It would have been nice if the top of the sail wasn't cut off in the shot, but one gets the idea. Your black-belt granddaughter looks like she has that match won!
- Greg - I like the action in your Getting off the Ground shot. The vignette helps focus on the jumper and her tongue sticking out shows her determination! Nice height too. I also like the attitudes of the dancers in your second shot.
- Ikbart - Nice lighting in all the ballet shots. The second shot has beautiful color and composition.
- Pieter - Your second shot displays the solitude of the surfboard as well as the breadth of the ocean. Nice composition. I like the DOF of your last shot of what looks like father and son enjoying the race.
- Tatiana - Nice action shot of the Harness Racing. Your third shot is a very interesting one that I like. The only focused areas are her hands and left heel - and somehow that is a very pleasing shot that also shows action.
- Jeromy - Nice light on your surfer dude. He seems to be thoroughly enjoying the ride as well. And what's not to love about little cowboys enjoying their sport?
- BluehoseJacket - The gravel pretty much says it all in your third shot. I'll talk about your others later.
- Peter - Nice shots. The Waterski shot makes the sport look so easy and relaxed. However, the speed still comes through in the shot. I don't think I've seen that type of rope line before - one with a "seat". And nice DOF in your first shot.
- Gretchen - Nice water sport shots and BW processing. I love how clearly the Kite Surfer shows up with the BW processing.
Gretchen - the Diving photo. Really nice BW processing on this one - the light on the little girl is great. The mid-jump pose and look of anticipation and pure joy on her face makes me smile.
Jeromy- The Sheep Busting photo. Perfect focus throughout all that action going on. And perfect timing. I assume that the little guy didn't get hurt and was up right away to ride again.
BlueHoseJacket - The first auto racing photo (prototype #8). Someday, I want to be able to pan as well as you do! Wonderful speed action with the stop-focus in just the right spot. Excellent color and example of panning.
So, congratulations on the win. And now you get to host the next mini-challenge. I look forward to seeing what you come up with. (someday we'll get to know what your handle means )
Sometimes the golden light and colors are not available, but beauty still is.
1) Silent Connection
2) Two of a kind
3) Romeo's Calm
4) Aquatic collision
5) Bursting through
6) Clash of the Titans
7) Destination Unknown
8) Tropical serenity
10) Rocky cove
12) Somewhere in Sierras
2016 In Review.....
Some of the journeys taken throughout last year that I am just getting to post. C&C always welcomed!
Big Island Hawaii
Who knew that green could have so many shades!
There was always a feeling, a sense that something would suddenly jump out of this dense, lush foliage.
Kauai, HI -- Surfer's Sundown
Far side of the moon -- Death Valley National Park
A little artistic license and an image of the Snake Range, outside of Baker, NV and Great Basin National Park
An cold (-38F) evening's dance with Aurora - Yellowknife, NWT
Happy 2017 everyone!!
I hope you all are doing good. I would like to share the photos that I took on my journey to a place called Thar. Although I made this journey in 2014 but I edited these photos in 2015 & 2016 on Adobe Photoshop.
Thar is a stretch of India's Rajasthan desert which is now part of Pakistan's Sindh province. It is located in the southeast region of the province and it is perhaps the only district in Pakistan where the Muslims are in minority and the Hindus in the majority.
So here in this thread, I would like to share the photos that I took in Thar during my two days trip in December 2014. This trip was specially organized by a group of photographers who frequently travel around the country.
We set off from Karachi before 12:00 am. Thar is not very well connected by railway lines (Although a train service was started between India & Pakistan via Thar but it has been stopped) nor is there any airport in Thar. Hence, the only feasible option left is by road. A branch of the National Highway links Thar with other districts of Sindh. The road in many parts was bumpy and required proper carpeting. Unfortunately, I don't have any photos of it because we were traveling at night and the National Highway which leads to Thar is not flanked by any lighting poles so one has to drive in the pitch darkness of night. However, we made our first stop in Thar when a tire of our bus got stuck in the desert sand which had accumulated over the road by the desert wind.
The full moon was shining with all its might over the desert unlike in cities where the moon usually gets obscured by the city lights and colossal buildings. It took us quite some time to push our vehicle out of the sand and by that time the moon was already beginning to set and a new day was about to start. There I got to see the most mesmerizing sunrise over the desert and after some time we resumed our journey toward Mithi, the district capital, and the largest city of Thar district for breakfast and refreshment.
The current government has built very nice roads in the Tharparkar & developmental work was still in progress.
We had our breakfast at a government owned guest house and a troupe of talented local musicians who perform in the ensemble was hired for a little concert. Later on, we decided to have their show atop the highest point in the city called Gaadi Bhit from where one gets to have a complete view of Mithi.
Once when we were through their splendid performance, we left for other parts of Thar district. Our first stop was a village outside the city of Mithi. The village had typical houses which are a specialty of Thar. These houses are constructed in a circular fashion and covered over with a thatched roof with no door.
Tragically near about every household in this village had a bedridden person. The village was located on a barren piece of land and it is allegedly been said that the lack of rainfalls and continuous consumption of contaminated groundwater has slowly and gradually resulted in this pestilence which cripples their legs. The villagers told us that this disease was never seen before and perhaps the constituents of groundwater changed after the earthquake of 2001 which badly affected the nearby Indian state of Gujrat. We made a stop at that village because some photographers wanted to deliver aid to the villagers.
After that, we left for Islamkot, a small town which is located near the Indian border. We had our lunch at Islamkot rather late in the evening and we resumed our journey toward Nagarparker, a very small town located at the Indian border. We directly went to a plateau over the mountain of Karonjhar and also got to see India for the first time but due to security issues, we were not allowed to take photos there. Over the plateau of Karonjar, another troupe of highly talented local musicians was also arranged for an open air concert.
Unfortunately, I don't remember the name of the vocalist but I am compelled to say that this ensemble performed beautifully under the starry desert night and later on I got to know that the vocalist was a blind man. By that time, I was suffering from a terrible stomachache and it had begin to take a toll on me so much so that I finally had to resort to my bus for rest and missed out night time desert trekking which my other group mates fully enjoyed and I also missed out a Hindu temple which was somewhere deep in the mountain range and somewhere very close to the Indian border. I remember I was only woken up for dinner and then we spent a night at a government owned guesthouse which was located a few miles away.
Movement and flow
A photograph is a slice of time…, but the slice doesn’t necessarily have to be thin. Using long exposures on dynamic subjects, opens up a different photographic perspective, a glimpse at a different reality.
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