Daily Prompt – Shadow

Welcome some shade

Today’s WordPress Daily Prompt is Shadow.  For a photographer, shadow is indispensable, as we thrive on writing with the shadows…

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Shadowcaster: YogaTree

The YogaTree is a magnificent shadowcaster, as she stands proud against the light during Winter’s cold mornings.  She keeps her energy in reserve, as she’ll later use it to fill out her Summer’s dress and provide welcome shadows to protect from Sun’s harsh rays…

Hope you enjoy this image!

Technical Details

This image was captured with an iPhone 5S using the standard Camera app.

Inspired  by Daily Prompt – Shadow.

Friday Travel Photos – vol 15

A taste of Scotland

You may have gathered that our 2013 vacation in Scotland was really enjoyed by both my wife and I, as an all-round great vacation for many reasons.  Along with today’s photo selection I’ll write a little bit about those reasons.

Of course, one cannot argue with the landscape, as it is truly stunning in many ways and continually surprises with every change of the light.  Even though in our 12 days we got to see great variety, there is so much more to explore, as we barely touched on the islands and didn’t go north beyond Loch Ness.

There are many wonderful little towns around Scotland, where we found the people always friendly and welcoming.  Staying at Bed-and-Breakfasts was a great choice, as we met more people that way than staying at hotels.  Every experience we had was nothing but positive, whether it was at the inn in Plockton, where we stopped for coffee and they provided us coffee and a snack even though they weren’t open yet, or the interaction with locals and tourists at a fantastic pub in Oban (best whisky!!).

And don’t let people fool you about the food, as we ate nothing but wonderful meals throughout our stay ranging from fresh salmon right out of Loch Linnhe in Fort William to a delicious Tikka Masala!

The historic sites are magnificent!  Anywhere you go in Scotland there are beautiful sites, that are either accessible for free or for a very reasonable rate, which usually includes a tour of the property.

Then there’s the wildlife!  This is a bit tongue in cheek, as there’s still a mystery bird that we haven’t seen: the puffin.  One of my wife’s requests was to see puffins, for which purpose we took a trip to the island of Staffa…only to find seagulls!  We were just unlucky, as shifting winds do cause them to go out to sea in mass.

There’s much more to write and share with you about this magnificent country and its people, but I don’t want to bore you 🙂

Friday Mystery Place – vol 12

Looks like a pretty good seat

Since I am in a pretty generous mood today, this week’s mystery place is pretty easy… Of course, you might be thinking ‘Famous last words’.

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Where was I?

Where is this seat located?  It will be even more impressive, if you can prove that you have sat in this seat…

Good luck and start your guesses!

Thursday’s Dog Star – vol 13

Beauty perfected

This week, I’m presenting another Cardigan Welsh Corgi portrait, this one from quite a while back.

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Demi

This photo of Demi was from a portrait session I did for a number of Cardigans during the Summer of 2005.  Demi was an incredibly sweet dog, and she was the mother of Ransom our 2nd Cardigan, who is 13 years old at this time.

Unfortunately, Demi crossed the Rainbow Bridge during a Cesarean Section for her second litter.  Demi’s owner and many of us were heartbroken by this tragic occurrence.

Those events still make this image bittersweet for me, as she was gone all too soon after this photo was taken.

Technical Details

This was a Canon EOS 1D Mk II using an EF 28-80mm f/4.5-6.3 lens and Speedlite 430 EX as a fill flash.  The flash was intended purely to produce a catchlight, as I used a gold tone reflector to create the very warm light on Demi.  The exposure settings were 1/1000 second at f/8 at 400 ISO.

Three Line Tales – Week 14

Light and dark

Welcome to Week Fourteen of Three Line Tales.

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TLT 14 photo by Fabio Rose – click here for full res pic 

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Shadowy concepts,
Brilliant intuitive thoughts.
Bicameral mind.

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Thank you to Sonya of Only 100 Words for coming up with Three Line Tales.

The TLT rules are simple:

  • Take a look at the photo prompt and write three lines to go with it.
  • Your lines can be poetry, micro-fiction, micro non-fiction or just a really long caption – everything goes as long as it’s three lines long.
  • A link back to this post would be nice (it’ll make me feel obliged to swing by yours to read your three lines, and some of your readers might want to join in, too – the more, the merrier, right?).
  • Tag your post with 3LineTales – it’ll make it easier for others to find it in the Reader.
  • Read other participants’ lines.

Please check Sonya’s post Three Line Tales Detailed Instructions for the full explanation.

Hope you enjoyed this

Daily Prompt – Hope

Gather hope and enter!

Looking at the WordPress Daily Post this morning, I was a bit amused that the day after using the prompt of ‘Abandoned’, they chose to use ‘Hope’.   Of course, the combination of these two words is referenced most often in the line from the first part of Dante’s Divine Comedy, Inferno, “Lasciate ogne speranza, voi ch’intrate“, which are the words written over the gate to Hell.

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Pyroplasm 3x

The logical connection between these consecutive Daily Prompts led me immediately to an image that still speaks to me after a number of years: Pyroplasm 3x.  Although, to me, the fires in this image are the fires of creation rather than destruction; one could almost paraphrase Dante’s words and say: “Embrace all hope, ye who pass through here!“, as the end result is new creation!

Hope you enjoy this image!

Technical Details

This was shot completely in-camera using a Canon EOS 1D MkIII and an EF 24-105mm f/4L lens.  Using aperture priority, I got the shutter speed slowed to just about 1.5 seconds for this shot while doing a slow zoom with the lens.

Inspired  by Daily Prompt – Hope.

Wednesday Wonderment – pt 15

Out of a small blossom…

On this Wednesday, l’m focusing on one of my favorite kind of trees: Apple!  As I followed an apple orchard in a past year, it really gave me appreciation for what happens every year.

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It’s Spring!

These beautiful blossoms will soon wither and start their transformation into what will at first be tiny little nodules, which will grow into full size apples during the Summer season.

What natural processes leave you filled with Wonderment?

Technical Details

This image was shot with a Canon EOS 5D Mk III with an EF 100mm f/2.8 lens.  Exposure settings were 1/200 second at f/11 and 640 ISO.