This image is one that I captured about 3-1/2 years ago during a walk through the gardens of Gillette Castle in East Haddam, CT, which is a great site to visit year round. My eye was caught by the multitudinousness of the water lilies; to a degree, I found the view of this pond slightly less than tranquil, which gave me the idea of creating this image, where the eye will never rest.
I am curious to find out how you perceive this image… let me know!
Shot with a Canon 5D MkII using a 24-105 L lens. I pushed the shutter speed to about 1/3 second to be able to get the zoom blur at this level. As the camera was handheld, the tricky part was to ensure that something would stay still.
Winter is one of my favorite seasons, as it has this great ability to reduce the color palette of the world around us. Additionally, winter tends to quiet the environment, in which we find ourselves, particularly during or shortly after a fresh snow.
Thus, Winter is a great enabler for getting landscapes that are stark with a sense of being alone, no world intruding upon our moment in the space-time continuum. Such a moment I captured this week in this image. A Sun that is highly filtered by the gray sky, a grouping of trees and an expanse of snow covered field with a single set of tracks.
After featuring agility competition photos in the first two installments of this series, I’d like to present something a little different and very near and dear to my heart.
In June 2011, I was photographing an agility competition in New Lebanon, NY, on what was a very hot day. One of the nice features near the park where the competition was held, was a shallow stream; I had taken a look at it during the day to get an idea of what the light would do later in the afternoon, because I had an idea.
Our oldest Cardigan Welsh Corgi, Darwin, was well into his 10th year at that time (he is almost 14-1/2 now), and his competition time was coming to an end, as we don’t want to push our dogs past what is good for them. One thing that Darwin always liked to do was have fun (he’s a bit crankier these days, which is just fine), and he loves water. So, my idea was to get some action shots of Darwin running through the stream toward me.
Luckily, this stream has a small drop-off of about 1 foot, which helped me position my camera just above Darwin’s eye level. After a couple of trial runs to get the feel for it, I zeroed in on getting shots like this one, where you can see Darwin’s fun, as he is coming right at you!
This shot was taken with a Canon EOS 1D MkIII, using a 70-200 F2.8L lens. Despite the sunlight, I kept the ISO at 400, so that I could get a shutter speed of 1/400 second at f/8.0, which provides enough depth of field get that smile and some good splash.
David Muñiz of Chape Personal Trainer nominated me for this amazing award! Thank you very much, David, as I am truly honored. Go check out David’s blog, Chape Personal Trainer, for lots of inspiration, detailed explanation of exercises, playlist, meal plans and overall good cheer!
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Questions for me:
Favourite subject at school? Physics. This is what I studied in college, as I knew it would be my major before I entered college.
What 3 words describe you best? Intelligent, creative and driven, although the latter can sometimes take a detour.
What is your favourite quote? The root of suffering is attachment. This simple statement holds much wisdom and truth!
Why did you start blogging? Share my photography with people and learn more about them and from them. It’s a community experience that makes this fun!
What aspect of blogging do you love the most? The interaction with fellow bloggers, who have taught me much and are a fun crowd!
What do you feel is the most important takeaway for your readers (from your blog)? Look around yourself, appreciate what you see and enjoy it!
What’s your favourite hobby (aside from blogging!)? Photography, as some of my readers might be aware 🙂
Who is your dream dinner party guest (whether they are still alive or not)? Paramahansa Yogananda, who everyone can learn from.
Where is your happy place? In meditation, as I float through levels of consciousness.
How do you handle a stressful day? Play some guitar to relax and enjoy the moment.
What was one of the most unusual experiences you’ve encountered? The first time that my spirit left my body during meditation. It was a beautiful moment of extreme peace.
Today, a departure from the past couple of Wednesday Wonderment posts; this time, the amazing subject are two feats of human engineering near the town of Falkirk in Scotland.
The first is the Falkirk Wheel, which is a rotating boat lift connecting the Forth and Clyde Canal with the Union Canal, which have an elevation difference of 35 meters (appr. 115 feet). Prior to the construction of this marvel, ships were required to go through a system of 11 locks, which could take as much as a day to traverse.
The wheel raises boats by 24 meters, after which they still need to go through 2 locks for the remaining 11 meters. The lock operates on Archimedes’ principle, which states that the upward buoyant force on an object (i.e. boat) equals the mass of the water that is displaced. This means that when a boat enters the moving part of the lock, its mass plus the mass of the water is equal to the mass of the when the boat was not in the lock. In a nutshell both sides of the arm are always balanced.
The Falkirk Wheel is the only lock of its kind in the world; it was opened in 2002.
The other engineering marvel is ancient! It is the Antonine Wall, a turf fortification on stone foundations across the Central Belt of Scotland, between the Firth of Forth and the Firth of Clyde.
Unlike the Falkirk Wheel, it doesn’t stand out in the landscape, but rather blends in pretty well due to its weather state. This lesser known of the two great walls in Great Britain was started at the order of Roman Emperor Antoninus Pius in CE 142, and took around 12 years to complete. Its key function was to provide a fortification to help repel the Caledonians.
The wall had 16 forts with smaller fortlets between them; the soldiers who built the wall placed slabs to commemorate the construction and their struggles with the Caledonians, twenty of which still survive.
The section of the wall in this photo is in walking distance from the Falkirk Wheel. I hope you enjoy these travel photos!