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After my first few weeks in the Netherlands, I finally managed to get to Amsterdam and thought I would post one of the shots from there!

 

Amsterdam is every bit as beautiful as it is historic. It has a very rich architectural history with some of the buildings dating back to the 12th century. Amsterdam is the financial and the business capital of The Netherlands. Amsterdam is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe, receiving more than 4.63 million international visitors annually, this is excluding the 16 million day trippers visiting the city every year.

 

Some of the most beautiful canal systems are located within the city which has more than one hundred kilometres of canals, about 90 islands and 1,500 bridges. The three main canals, Herengracht, Prinsengracht, and Keizersgracht, dug in the 17th century during the Dutch Golden Age, form concentric belts around the city, known as the Grachtengordel. Alongside the main canals are 1550 monumental buildings.The 17th-century canal ring area, including the Prinsengracht, Keizersgracht, Herengracht and Jordaan, were placed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2010.

 

This is the view of the Reguliersgracht on the corner with the Keizersgracht at dusk. There were so many boats that were going past these canals that left behind a few light streaks. The view of the canals lit up at twilight is a beautiful sight to behold!

 

EXIF - 467 secs f/10 ISO 100 20mm

 

Thanks for viewing and have a nice week ahead!

...but nobodies watching anyway!

Fishing from the dock has always been one of Greek people most popular hobbies, myself not excluded ... Owing even a small 4 meters' boat has never been a prerogative of the vast majority, so learning how to fish by the seaside was the next best thing one could do and evidently afford ... And you would be surprised to see the kind of fish the most skilful among them actually catch !!!

 

What this country unsparingly provides though is the "perfect" environment to practice this hobby ... Don't you think so ?

 

NIKON D90 DSLR with Nikon Nikkor 18 - 55 lens, Manual Mode, f 10, ISO 200, focal length 24 mm, manualy adjusted focusing, shutter speed 1/125 s, manualy adjusted white balance to 5880 Kelvin, center weighted average metering mode, Exposure compensation set to -1 EV, HDR processing was made after only one original RAW shot, flash didn't go off, no tripod ...

 

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CW Eckersberg 1783-1853 Copenhague

La fregate Galathea après avoir salué un pilote anglais.

The fregate Galathea after hailin an english pilot. 1839

Copenhague Collection Hirschsprung

 

UN ÂGE D'OR DE LA PEINTURE DANOISE ET EUROPÉENNE

 

L'âge d'or de la peinture danoise se situe au 19è siècle. Deux périodes sont à distinguer.

La première partie du siècle voit coexister les deux mêmes tendances que partout ailleurs en Europe une fois achevées les guerres de la révolution et de l'Empire français : Romantisme et Classicisme. Les thèmes sont ceux de l'époque, très divers, mais avec une tendance très nette à l'observation de la société danoise, les paysages du Danemark, et bien sûr de l'Italie. Ces deux tendances vont en fait perdurer tout le 19è siècle.

La second partie du siècle est illustrée par l'Ecole de Skagen, une peinture souvent plus influencée par l'impressionnisme français et donc plus orientée vers la peinture de paysage. Une peinture qui développe plus les techniques de l'Art Moderne, esquisse, tachisme, peinture plate. La peinture de style romantique, classique ou réaliste continue cependant à exister pleinement. La grande attention portée à la vie quotidienne des populations est une caractéristique de cette peinture, qui la rapproche de l'art des Pays Bas protestants du siècle d'or, mais nous donne à apercevoir les moeurs et les modes de vie deux siècles après. Et bien sûr les marines.

 

De 1830/1850 à 1940 environ, c'est en Europe la période de l'Art Moderne.

Le 19è siècle et les toutes premières années du 20è, en Europe, se caractérisent en peinture par la très grande diversité des thèmes abordés par les peintres, dans un registre aussi bien profane que religieux. De même que par la grande diversité des techniques picturales, tantôt classiques, tantôt modernes, utilisées souvent simultanément. Cette période de la peinture européenne est multiple, comme en équilibre entre son riche passé et un avenir encore mal défini. Pendant tout ce siècle l'Europe n'obéit pas à une idéologie unique. Au contraire, des élites partisanes de doctrines très différentes, prétendent à la domination du continent, mais sans pouvoir s'imposer seules et exclure leurs rivaux. En peinture c'est un magnifique chant du cygne de l'Europe, qui se déploie dans un environnement politique totalement chaotique, marqué par des guerres absurdes et autodestructrices.

Quand l'Europe se suicide politiquement, son art explose, une fois de plus, (une dernière fois ?) dans un festival de Beauté et d'Inventivité.

Un Art très imaginatif, dont l'extraordinaire diversité, technique et thématique, est le reflet des tensions existantes entre les différentes composantes de la culture européenne, les différentes croyances alors encore vivantes dans cette fin de l'Europe :

- Les croyances traditionnelles héritées des valeurs du passé de l'Europe, qui sont encore très actives dans le peuple, et aussi dans une partie de l'élite économique, idéologique et politique. Dieu, la Religion, les Devoirs, Ordre, Tradition, Travail, Famille, Patrie ...

- Les croyances nouvelles, revendiquant les idées conçues par la nouvelle idéologie montante, la nouvelle religion pour tous les Hommes, celle des Lumières : Révolution, Science, Progrès, Homme, Démocratie, les Droits, Bonheur, Modernité....De nouvelles valeurs très influentes dans une autre partie de l'élite économique, idéologique et politique de l'Europe.

Cette diversité des croyances en des valeurs différentes et même totalement opposées est l'explication de ce double constat :

En politique des affrontements incessants et meurtriers, jusqu'aux génocides à répétition.

En peinture, l'Art Moderne, ce sont des inventions remarquables : Une esthétique renouvelée par l'observation des arts du passé de l'Europe : byzantins, romans et gothiques. La peinture plate de ces "temps obscurs" a en réalité inspiré toute la peinture de l'Art Moderne. Mais d'autres approches du Beau ont été développées : l'esquisse, le tachisme.... et une nouveauté absolue apparaît, du moins en Europe: l'Art Abstrait. En Europe, parce que dans le domaine de l'art abstrait, la Chine nous avait précédé, de très loin.

Les artistes bénéficient de cette situation de concurrence idéologique : ils y gagnent la liberté de peindre selon leurs goûts et leurs idées propres. Ils ne sont pas contraints d'obéir aux injonctions d'institutions officielles ou dominantes. En France la résistance de l'Académie à la peinture impressionniste n'a duré que quelques années. Le 19è siècle est très certainement dans toute l'histoire de la peinture européenne le siècle où les artistes ont jouit de la plus grande liberté. La peinture officielle, académique, idéologiquement monolithique et totalitaire ne renaîtra qu'à partir des années 1950 et suivantes, en provenance de New York, où elle était apparue dans les années 1920 et suivantes. C'est l'Art Contemporain, un art qui se veut à vocation internationale, mondialiste. Cet art officiel a deux aspects, indissociables et complémentaires, celui étatique, il est omniprésent dans les musées d'art contemporain, et celui privé, pour lequel s'est mis en place un marché international. Les artistes libres se réfugieront alors dans l'art commercial privé et l'art des rues, des manifestations artistiques à caractère beaucoup plus régional et local.

  

A GOLDEN AGE OF DANISH AND EUROPEAN PAINTING

 

The golden age of Danish painting is in the 19th century. Two periods are to be distinguished.

The first half of the century saw the two same trends coexist as everywhere else in Europe when the wars of the French Revolution and Empire were completed: Romanticism and Classicism. The themes are those of the time, very diverse, but with a clear tendency to the observation of Danish society, the landscapes of Denmark, and of course of Italy. These two trends will in fact continue throughout the 19th century.

The second part of the century is illustrated by the Skagen School, a painting often influenced by French Impressionism and therefore more oriented towards landscape painting. A painting that develops more the techniques of Modern Art, sketch, tachism, flat paint. The romantic, classical or realistic style painting, however, continues to exist fully. The great attention paid to the daily life of the population is a characteristic of this painting, which brings it closer to the art of Protestant Netherlands of the golden age, but gives us to see the customs and ways of life two centuries later. And of course the seascapes

 

From 1830/1850 to around 1940, it was in Europe the period of Modern Art.

The 19th century and the first years of the 20th, in Europe, are characterized in painting by the very great diversity of the themes addressed by the painters, in a register as well profane as religious. As well as by the great diversity of pictorial techniques, sometimes classical, sometimes modern, often used simultaneously. This period of European painting is multiple, as in balance between its rich past and a future still ill-defined. Throughout this century Europe does not obey a single ideology. On the contrary, partsan elites from very different doctrines claim to dominate the continent, but can not impose themselves and exclude their rivals.

In painting it is a magnificent song of the swan of Europe, which unfolds in a totally chaotic political environment, marked by absurd and self-destructive wars.

When Europe commits suicide politically, its art explodes, once again, (one last time?) In a festival of Beauty and Inventiveness.

A very imaginative Art, whose extraordinary diversity, technical and thematic, is a reflection of the tensions existing between the different components of European culture, the different beliefs then still alive in this end of Europe:

- Traditional beliefs inherited from the values of Europe's past, which are still very active in the people, and also in part of the economic, ideological and political elite. God, Religion, Duties, Order, Tradition, Work, Family, Fatherland ...

- New beliefs, claiming the ideas conceived by the new rising ideology, the new religion for all men, the "Enlightenment": Revolution, Science, Progress, Man, Democracy, Rights, Happiness, Modernity .... New values very influential in another part of the economic, ideological and political elite of Europe.

This diversity of beliefs in different and even totally opposite values is the explanation of this double observation:

In politics of incessant and deadly clashes, until repeated genocides.

In painting, Modern Art, these are remarkable inventions: An aesthetic renewed by the observation of the arts of the past of Europe: Byzantine, Romanesque and Gothic. The flat painting of these "dark times" has in fact inspired all the painting of Modern Art. But other approaches of Beau have been developed: the sketch, the tachisme .... and an absolute novelty appears, at least in Europe: Abstract Art. In Europe, because in the field of abstract art, China had preceded us, from very far away.

Artists benefit from this situation of ideological competition: they gain the freedom to paint according to their own tastes and ideas. They are not forced to obey the injunctions of official or dominant institutions. In France, the Academy's resistance to Impressionist painting lasted only a few years. The 19th century is certainly in the history of European painting the century when artists have enjoyed the greatest freedom. The official, academic, ideologically monolithic and totalitarian painting will only be reborn from the 1950s onwards, coming from New York, where it appeared in the 1920s and following.

This is Contemporary Art, an art that is intented to be international, globalist. This official art has two aspects, inseparable and complementary, under state control, it is omnipresent in museums of contemporary art, and totally private, for which has established an international market. Free artists take refuge in private commercial art and in street art, artistic events of a much more regional and local character.

   

The Shot

 

This shot was taken on my last day trip to London on 9 December. This was taken in Parliament Square looking towards Big Ben and Westminster Bridge. The turning into Whitehall is on the left. There is a constant flow of the iconic Double Decker red London buses which supply great light trails. With lights to delay them there is a guaranteed flow of traffic trails from the traffic and buses when the lights turn green. The light trail was obtained with a 10 second exposure.

 

The picture was taken with a Sony A700 with a Sigma 10-20 wide angle zoom at 10mm. Taken on a tripod. . One RAW image. The image was opened in Camera Raw and 2 additional images were created at =2EV and -2Ev for a “false HDR” with each image having Noiseware Pro applied. A Photoshop action I had saved was used to create the extra images automatically. The images were saved as tiffs.

 

Photomatix

 

Outputted in Photomatix to tone compressor for a more realistic look. Click the Camera name top right for Exif details and the settings used.

 

Photoshop

 

The +2EV image was copied in as a new layer, excluded with a black layer mask and then painted back in with a white brush at varying opacities to brighten some areas. These were the building on the left and the top of Big Ben.

 

Another image taken with exactly the same setup a few minutes later was copied in as a new layer, excluded with a black layer mask and then painted back in with a white brush in the middle right of the picture. This removed a distracting stationary bus and some cars from the far lane and also brought in the blue light trails

 

General adjustments in curves to enhance with layer mask to exclude highlights.

 

Brightness adjustment layer with mask to bring down brightness on the clock face of Big Ben and a bright area on the far left.

 

Vibrance layer increase 48 points

 

Saturation adjustment layer was used for a slight increase in the reds to enhance the colours in the light trails.

 

The moon was present in the original picture but the exposure resulted in a bright star like flare. I used another picture taken at home exposed for the Moon. Then I reduced the size of the image as the original was zoomed in. Then I used the elliptical marquee tool to select the moon and a little dark sky around it. Then copied this into this image and moved it to cover the original moon.

 

Blur filter used in a new layer with layer mask to apply only to small area of the road middle right to bring down visibility of some distracting traffic cones.

 

Used filter, lens correction, custom vertical to correct verticals in the buildings and then cropped.

 

Healing brush with content aware in Photoshop CS5 used to remove some flare spots .

 

Noiseware Pro

 

Unsharp Mask a little sharpening low radius and higher amount.

 

Duplicate layer with mask to apply Unsharp Mask for extra sharpening and contrast (clarity effect) with low amount and high radius to most of the image save some highlights. The settings were amount and radius both about 40 and threshold zero.

 

Resources

 

For Licensing and more pictures see Edwin Jones Photography

 

Merry Christmas to all

...formerly titled: "Hommage à l’anti-Saint-Valentin"

 

I have so many hearts in my Flickr photostream. (In fact, the Big Heart of Art just hit 100,000 views yesterday!)

 

Matters of the heart are not always clean and pure and simple. Some are not covered by any Valentine's day card. With this in mind, I created a few images representing less desirable states of the heart that we all get caught up in from time to time.

 

Need for a New Title

 

After some insightful comments from you, my flickr friends, I wanted to change the title of this piece to help distinguish:

• the feelings (states of the heart) symbolized here (excluded, isolated, alone)

• the feelings symbolized in the subsequent heart image (trapped, imprisoned, helpless)

 

I had already decided to name the other piece Prisoner of the Heart, which I thought captured it well. Trying to decide on the right title for this piece, I wanted it to clearly describe and distinguish this piece from the other, while still have a parallel phrasing (since the two images do form a group...)

 

How I Chose The New Title

 

I remembered of a Valentine's Day poem I wrote many years ago for my (now late) spouse. Particularly this excerpt:

 

being apart

that's a splash of cold reality

it's estrangement of the heart

it's the burning of great art!

 

and Estrangement of the Heart became the obvious title.

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EXIF CANON REBEL XTI 1/1250 f:11 75-300 mm

 

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Unreality - Irrealidad

 

La eslora es la dimensión de un navío tomada a su largo, desde la proa hasta la popa...

Esta distancia se mide paralelamente a la línea de agua de diseño, entre dos planos perpendiculares a línea de crujía; un plano pasa por la parte más saliente a popa de la embarcación y el otro por la parte más saliente a proa de la embarcación.

Se incluyen todas las partes estructurales o integrales como son proas o popas, amuradas y uniones de casco con cubierta. Se excluye el púlpito de proa, en cuyo caso, el plano de referencia pasa por el punto de intersección de la cubierta con la roda. Asimismo, se excluyen todas las partes desmontables que puedan serlo de forma no destructiva y sin afectar a la integridad estructural de la embarcación.

 

The length is the size of a ship made in his long, from the bow and stern ...

This distance is measured parallel to the water line design, between two planes perpendicular to line corridor, a plane passing through the most outgoing astern of the vessel and the other by the most outbound bow of the boat.

It includes all the structural parts or integrated as PROAS or popas, bulwarks and hull to deck joints. Excluding the bow pulpit, in which case the reference plane passing through the intersection point of the cover with the stem. It also excludes all removable parts that can not be so destructive and without affecting the structural integrity of the vessel.

Bandijk, Terwolde, C6445-60

Panorama, 16 shots

 

In the course of history, human beings try to counter the floods by the construction of dikes, dams and locks. An example is the Dutch river landscape with dikes and floodplains. Nevertheless, flooding at extreme high water levels can’t be excluded.

A floodplain is the overflow area between a winter dike and the summer bed along a river and needed to store the temporary peak discharges. In periods of runoff the floodplain is underwater up to the dikes.

 

To provide the floodplains of a low summer dike, the land behind this dike is dry more constant. This is useful for farmers who often use the floodplains as pasture for their cattle. Nowadays a lot of floodplains get, next to water management and agricultural land uses, a specific destination for nature (including riparian forests). Therefore, large parts of the floodplains of the river IJssel, Rhine, Waal and other branches of the Rhine are designated as Natura 2000 areas.

 

Buzzard - Buteo Buteo

 

The common buzzard (Buteo buteo) is a medium-to-large bird of prey whose range covers most of Europe and extends into Asia. Over much of its range, it is resident year-round, but birds from the colder parts of the Northern Hemisphere typically migrate south (some well into the Southern Hemisphere) for the northern winter.

 

This broad-winged raptor has a wide variety of plumages, and in Europe can be confused with the similar rough-legged buzzard (Buteo lagopus) and the distantly related European honey buzzard (Pernis apivorus), which mimics the common buzzard's plumage for a degree of protection from northern goshawks. The plumage can vary in Britain from almost pure white to black, but is usually shades of brown, with a pale 'necklace' of feathers.

 

Of the two eastern subspecies, B. b. vulpinus breeds from east Europe eastward to the Far East (including Eastern China and South Asia), excluding Japan, while B. b. menetriesi breeds in the Southern Crimea and Caucasus to northern Iran. B. b. vulpinus is a long-distance migrant, excepting some north Himalayan birds, and winters in Africa, India and southeastern Asia. In the open country favoured on the wintering grounds, steppe buzzards are often seen perched on roadside telephone poles.

 

The common buzzard breeds in woodlands, usually on the fringes, but favours hunting over open land. It eats mainly small mammals, and will come to carrion. A great opportunist, it adapts well to a varied diet of pheasant, rabbit, other small mammals to medium mammals, snakes and lizards, and can often be seen walking over recently ploughed fields looking for worms and insects.[citation needed] When available, common buzzards feed on their preferred prey species, field voles Microtus agrestis, in relation to their abundance. When the abundance of field voles decline, common buzzards switch to foraging on a diversity of prey items typical of farmland habitats.

 

Population:

  

UK breeding:

 

57,000-79,000 pairs

 

The flower that accompanies the wonderful "touch-me-not" plant.

  

Touch Me Not is a wonderful and curious plant which is found growing wild throughout the tropical world.

 

It native origin is unclear. Its fern-like leaves close up and droop when touched, usually re-opening within minutes. It has prickly stems and small, fluffy, ball shaped pink flowers in summer.

 

It grows to a height of 50 cm with a spread of 30 cm. In some areas this plant is becoming a noxious weed. The stem is erect, slender and branching. The leaves are bipinnate, fern like and pale green- closing when disturbed. Stalked pale pink or purple flower-heads arise from the leaf axils. The round to ovoid heads are 8-10 mm in diameter (excluding the stamens).

 

On close examination, it is seen that the floret petals are red in their upper part and the filaments are pink to lavender. The fruit consists of clusters of 2-8 pods from 1-2 cm long each, these prickly on the margins.

 

The pods break into 2-5 segments and contain pale brown seeds some 2.5 mm long. The flowers are pollinated by the wind and insects. The seeds have hard seed coats which restricts germination.

 

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Illusions

Merci à mon amie Irina Dimulescu pour son aide

 

L’épreuve de la solitude est une expérience profondément humaine, pénible pour ceux que la vie a exclus. Certains croient même que l’amour, l’amitié et la camaraderie sont des illusions éphémères qui ne peuvent soulager celui qui vit confiné à lui-même, perdu dans la foule anonyme.

 

Mais ici, sur ces rivages de ce monde baigné d’une lumière surnaturelle, j’ai compris pourquoi ces « illusions » pouvaient rendre ces moments immensément plus supportables… Patrice

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Illusions

Many thanks to my friend Irina Dimulescu for her help

 

Living with loneliness is a deeply human experience, painful for those whose life has excluded. Some believe that even love, friendship, and camaraderie are ephemeral illusions that cannot alleviate the one who lives confined to himself, lost in the anonymous crowd.

 

But here, on these shores of this world bathed in a supernatural light, I understood why these "illusions" could make these moments so much more bearable. . . Patrice

 

My friend took this shot. I just show her the framing I wanted then fix the camera settings to manual then go jump around like a big ape. (excluding the ooh ooh ooo sound effect)

 

-- thanks everyone, for making this ape goes into top10 interestingyness-thing.

Title : Agra Fort Complex

Other title : Agra Fort (Agra, India)

Date : 1565-1579

Current location : Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India

Description of work : Akbar (Emperor of Hindustan, 1542-1605) began building this fort as the main seat of government and was altered by his successors, namely Shahjahan (1592-1666). It is built in an irregular semicircular plan along the Yamuna River and it's "palace garden and main courts followed the riverfront garden design". Koch, Ebba. The Complete Taj Mahal and the Riverfront Gardens of Agra. London: Thames & Hudson Ltd., 2006.

Description of view : partial view of the Shah Burj

Work type : Architecture and Landscape

Style of work : Mughal

Culture : Indian (Islamic)

Materials/Techniques : Stone

Source : Orland, Brian (copyright Brian Orland)

Date photographed : 1988

Resource type : Image

File format : JPEG, TIFF archived offline

Image size : 2132H X 1381W pixels

Permitted uses : This image is posted publicly for non-profit educational uses, excluding printed publication. Other uses are not permitted.

Collection : Worldwide Building and Landscape Pictures

Filename : WB2008-0196 Agra Fort.jpg

Record ID : WB2008-0196

Sub collection : fortifications

Copyright holder : Copyright Brian Orland

 

4 flashes were used in this photo

 

#1 snooted to light the front

#2 up from the ground to light the "230"

#3 for the middle part oft the jet

#4 for the control wing at the back.

 

Strobes were geled with full CTO, excluded the flash, that lit the number.

WB 3200K.

 

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Title : Agra Fort Complex

Other title : Agra Fort (Agra, India)

Date : 1565-1579

Current location : Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India

Description of work : Akbar (Emperor of Hindustan, 1542-1605) began building this fort as the main seat of government and was altered by his successors, namely Shahjahan (1592-1666). It is built in an irregular semicircular plan along the Yamuna River and it's "palace garden and main courts followed the riverfront garden design". Koch, Ebba. The Complete Taj Mahal and the Riverfront Gardens of Agra. London: Thames & Hudson Ltd., 2006.

Description of view : interior view through an archway

Work type : Architecture and Landscape

Style of work : Mughal

Culture : Indian (Islamic)

Materials/Techniques : Stone

Source : Orland, Brian (copyright Brian Orland)

Date photographed : 1988

Resource type : Image

File format : JPEG, TIFF archived offline

Image size : 2120H X 1341W pixels

Permitted uses : This image is posted publicly for non-profit educational uses, excluding printed publication. Other uses are not permitted.

Collection : Worldwide Building and Landscape Pictures

Filename : WB2008-0195 Agra Fort.jpg

Record ID : WB2008-0195

Sub collection : fortifications

Copyright holder : Copyright Brian Orland

 

Common green whip snake or vine snake

Ahaetulla nasuta

Kerala, India

 

It is commonly seen in peninsular India excluding ganga valley, west of patna eastwards to Myanmar, Sri Lanka. essentially an inhabitant of plains and low uplands, but recorded up to 1800m. seen most frequently on low bushes and scrub in jungles and gardens and groves in populated areas. its a common snake and it is HARMLESS TO HUMAN.

 

Common prey items include small mammals, birds, lizards, fish, frog, tadpoles, and occasionally other snakes. kills the prey item by injecting mild poison.

 

Ovoviviparous usually with 3 to 23 hatchlings

Courtesy "The book of Indian reptiles and amphibians" J.C.Daniel

Envy is a littleness of soul, which cannot see beyond a certain point, and if it does not occupy the whole space feels itself excluded. said William Hazlitt

and I don't give any reason for anyone to hate me, they create their own little drama out of pure jealousy.

I find no other explanation for such hatred within a human spirit.

Or Perhaps it is fear of death, or cowardice or just stupidity.

 

When I find out that someone I not know, or was my friend (with lies) blocked me in this site, I think much and I reflextion. Blocked is a weapon,...... it's like a virtul way to kill an innocent person.

If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men.

 

Francis of Assisi

Cloudy, windy and lack of light made this a challenge place to get good photos, not counting hundreds of tourists taking selfies and family photos next to you, and other photographers fighting for good spots. I also wanted to have a clear image of the gondola's. I've seen many images with these gondola's in blurry motion, which is understandable due to low light and their movement.

 

These boats moved around a lot due to the large waves created by big boats running across the canal, which was another issue. Timing when to take the shots, to exclude all of the distraction mentioned above. Just took as many pictures as possible and sorted them out later...that was the strategy.

 

Had to cleanup a bit of unsightly things in the water to tidy up the image, but that would be normal anyway for most popular touristy areas.

Fancier items

Special occasions

Excludes clearance

 

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Another take on Old Harry Rocks in Dorset but for 4 mins this time. I was very conscious of my compositional failings whilst taking this shot but I thought.... well, I'll adjust it in PS to bring the horizon up from the centre, but once I'd seen this sky I was reluctant to exclude the best part of it, so here it is, I must try harder next time.

Most definitely, this one is better large on black or in My Flickeflu (Click the link below).

 

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I recently visited North Holland, photographing the flowers (fields). Totally outside my comfort zone but also very nice to do!

Explore August 18th Thanks to Mary and mr1derful745 for letting me know as it doesn't show up in Scout yet.

 

I decided to see what the iPhone would do if pointed at the sun. Late last week the skies were a nice blue with scattered clouds so I gave it a shot. Here is the result. This is SOOC even though it looks like it has been vignetted etc. The photo below was taken at the same time but was framed to exclude the sun.

 

Neither photo is very accurate in terms of the sky color. But I thought both were interesting.

 

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I took this on my last London day trip.

The picture was taken at the Poplar Docklands Light Railway platforms overbridge. The buildings in the background are part of the Canary Wharf financial district

 

The picture was taken with a Sony A700 with a Sigma 10-20 wide angle zoom at 10mm. Taken handheld at 1000 iso. 3 raw images 2EV spacing. Opened in Photoshop first and each image noise reduced with Noiseware Pro and saved as tiffs.

  

Photomatix

 

Outputted in Photomatix to detail enhancer. Click the Camera name top right for Exif details and the settings used.

 

Photoshop

 

General adjustments in levels and curves to enhance with masks to exclude highlights.

 

Vibrance layer reduced 14 points to tone down colours a little.

 

Hue Saturation layer saturation magentas increased and Green reduced to bring down green cast from the lighting.

 

Colour balance adjustment layer used to bring down green cast further.

 

Warming filter applied to roof with layer mask.

 

Topaz Adjust Vibrant Specify preset used to bring up detail

 

Noiseware Pro

 

Unsharp Mask a little sharpening.

 

Duplicate layer with mask to apply extra sharpening and contrast with low amount and high radius using unsharp mask (Clarity Effect)

 

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Morning Awakes ~

 

What kind of love

Embraces this wild world

With such a welcome?

What love is this, that

Contains such

Darkness and strife

When the world

Refuses to conform

To our demands for

Outer peace,

And then wraps us

In such wonder

And grace?

 

Fear, war, starvation,

And so much else

Are included in the

Grace of morning light

On a darkened world.

 

In the light’s first

Touch of a leaf

There is something that

Embraces all of what we are

And includes us

In the full circle

Of life as it is.

We see that we are

Something whole

And seamless,

And perfect.

 

The heart of each morning

Offers with outstretched hands,

An expansion, a release

Out off our self-made prisons

Into a world ruled by a love

That excludes nothing,

A love we can trust,

A love at peace

With all things.

 

Even this, and this, and

Especially and

Whole-heartedly

This.**)))

   

Wide Awake ~ Alex G ~

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Every time I've looked through the view finder of late, I've tended to have a single thought: what to exclude? I have no idea why minimalism appeals to me so much as an art form. It's not just photography, I'm a sucker for clean simple design as well. I should note at this point that this appreciation seems restricted to art, you should see the mess I can make of a kitchen when cooking. Curiously, if you google famous minimalist photographers, you're not exactly inundated with results. Sure, there are some of the greats, but interestingly when I did this recently there were a few names I was less aware of. One was Harry Morey Callahan (1912-1999). Callahan's 100,000+ negatives are now with the Center for Creative Photography at the University of Arizona, however, the amount of 'finished' prints he produced is extremely small. If you've never seen his work, then I thoroughly recommend googling him, his work is spread across a number of galleries.

 

This is the last in the series of images taken on the banks of Loch Lomond, and as this post suggests, I've just about managed to exclude all but the last few rocks leading from the shore.

 

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CSX SD40-2s 8388 and 8853 lead a K44607 underneath a C&O cantilever signal on the Big Sandy Subdivision. This empty ethanol train from Charlotte took the former Clinchfield and C&O to get back north, the first train to run the length of the Clinchfield since 2015 excluding the Santa Claus train. This was pretty cool! Thanks to all the birdies who kept us informed of this unexpected and awesome move. I'm told that the route has been approved as a relief valve to EHH-inflicted problems, but we'll just have to wait and see what actually happens.

Taken on my last walk in 2012 - a beautifully cold and frosty day. Despite the fact that last year was just about the wettest ever, I still managed 100 full days of walking and covered a total of 1,250 miles (excluding the 'Sunday strolls'). The only reason I know this is because I am writing a walking book and am therefore keeping a tally of distances and timings :)! Hoping for lots more of the same in 2013 - but not the rain:)!

 

Better on black I reckon.

 

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On a walk after work yesterday there was a breeze and it was a little cold and it was as if I could not find any insects for my camera to feed on. This excludes Yellow Dung Flies of course, there is at least one for every flower.

Explored Apr 16, 2014 #335. Thank you! Picture was taken in the island of Hailuoto: Hailuoto (Swedish: Karlö) is an island and a municipality in Northern Ostrobothnia region, Finland. The population of Hailuoto is 989 (January 31, 2014) and the municipality covers an area of 200.53 km2 (77.43 sq mi) (excluding sea areas) of which 1.70 km2 (0.66 sq mi) is inland water (January 1, 2011).The population density is 4.93 /km2 (12.8 /sq mi).

 

Hailuoto is located on an island of the same name opposite the city of Oulu in the Gulf of Bothnia. A ferry operates regularly between Hailuoto and Oulunsalo. In winter an official ice road connects the island to the mainland.

 

Land in the region is constantly rising due to post-glacial rebound. It is estimated that the first parts of Hailuoto appeared from the Baltic Sea about 1700 years ago. The current island of Hailuoto was formed from many smaller islands. Two large sections, Santonen and Hanhinen merged into the main island (Luoto) only about two centuries ago. The island is continuously expanding and eventually it will join with the continent. Kirkkosalmi, a wetland region between Hanhinen and Luoto is renowned for being an important bird refuge where rare bird species are observed.

Rarely seen sun, with some fog. Excluded in the picture.

I think this is the back of the scoreboard at Florence's main stadium which I have featured in other photos. I am not sure what those boxes are for.

 

I was unsure about posting this photo, but I have decided to go for a tighter and cleaner crop, and to slightly increased the contrast

This is Clapham Common, one of the few underground stations in London where trains travelling in opposite directions can be caught from the same platform which makes for a great photo with a wide angle lens. I think the only other Stations like this are Clapham North also on the Northern Line and a small part of Shepherds Bush station on the Cental Line. The trains on this line also have some great bright colours.

 

No mirror image or other fiddling. It was a matter of waiting 20 minutes for 2 trains to be moving at once. The lady on her smartphone was a bonus. The picture was taken with a Sony A700 with a Sigma 10-20 wide angle zoom at 10mm. Taken handheld at 0.5 of a second.

 

No HDR this time and I started by adjusting exposure in Raw and used recovery, clarity and vibrance adjustments.

 

In Photoshop general adjustments in brightness, levels and curves to enhance with layer masks to exclude the highlight areas. Hue Saturation adjustment layer yellows and reds increased. Topaz Clarity and DeNoise were also used.

 

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Grenen, the northmost tip of Jutland, is located on Skagen Odde north of the town of Skagen. It is thereby the northmost point of Denmark (excluding the Faroe Islands and Greenland). It is the junction point between the strait of Skagerrak (part of North Sea) and Kattegat sea.Here I stand at the tip where the two oceans meet, and shooting towards Denmark.

These three waterdrops completes a family with daddy, mommy and baby droplets! LOL :))

This is Clapham Common, one of the few underground stations in London where trains travelling in opposite directions can be caught from the same platform.

 

No mirror image or other fiddling apart from one minor one I will come to. It was a matter of waiting 20 minutes for 2 trains to be moving at once, one departing and the other arriving. The picture was taken with a Sony A700 with a Sigma 10-20 wide angle zoom at 10mm. Taken at 0.5 of a second. I used a bench for the foreground which also had the advantage of balancing the ceiling. The camera was steadied by placing it on the bench. The symmetry was perfect except that one of the light tubes in the top left of the original was out. This was a real niggle. I corrected it by copying the image. Flipping the copy horizontally and then pasting it on to the original as a new layer. A black layer mask was used to hide the flipped layer. Then a white brush was used to bring it back in just over the defective light to essentially replace it with the flipped light from the right.

 

No HDR this time and I started by adjusting exposure in Raw and used recovery, clarity and vibrance adjustments

 

General adjustments in brightness, levels and curves to enhance with layer masks to exclude the highlight areas. Hue Saturation adjustment layer yellows and reds increased. Topaz Clarity and DeNoise were also used.

 

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