As it’s a week of business travel and the usual all day affair of meetings and meals, I’ve been remiss in posting; so here’s a quick post of a couple of captures while walking back to my hotel here in Brno.
This statue of the revered Father Martin Streda struck me with the interesting lighting, as it stands next to the Jesuit Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. Father Martin Streda’s reverence comes from the time of the siege of the city of Brno by Swedish troops during 1645; according to the stories told, the Virgin Mary appeared to him during his prayers and told him that the city of Brno would not be conquered, if everyone obeyed God. After this apparition, Martin proceeded to be uncannily accurate in his predictions of attacks by the Swedish and the last cannonball fired at the city landed at his feet and remained motionless.
This statue produces another interesting shadow due to the way it is lighted. It is known as ‘Little Mozart’ and stands in front of the Reduta Theatre on the square known as the Cabbage Market (still in operation 6 days a week). In 1767, the then 11 year old Mozart performed at the theater along with his sister Maria Anna. The statue is unusual in that it has the head of a mature Mozart on an child’s body with a single wing; the latter is likely included to mark the tragic death of the composer.
If you get the chance, Brno is a fabulous city to visit with lots of sights, great restaurants and hospitable people. I always enjoy coming back here.
And yes, the meetings and trip have been extremely productive!
The WordPress Daily Prompt gives us the theme of Orange. Not a bad choice for one born in the Netherlands, as Orange is our national team color!
This time of year, the season of Halloween, orange is everywhere, as pumpkins are often carved into jack-o-lanterns and consumed in pumpkin pie! It’s one of my favorite times of the year, as people have fun releasing their inner child for some merriment, and the weather and colors of the trees are just right for my taste!
Here are some pumpkins for your (visual) enjoyment..
At a local farm stand the crop was laid out for all to see and purchase. Quite a vista!
The WordPress Daily Prompt has the theme of Sting. What kind of sting would it be?
Is it that ever pesky wasp, about to sting with its venomous personality? Or is it the deception of the ruse that is so crucial to a well-played sting?
In this photo, it would appear that a crime was committed against the innocent looking can of carbonated beverage. But is that really the case? Or is the crime the ruse that has been played on the unknowing consumer, who thinks that the calorie count is what makes this a better choice?
It was a rather pedestrian day, as clouds and sun battled for dominance of the sky above, until I chanced upon the scene of the crime. I didn’t expect it at all. As I walked back to my infernal machine (it’s not just a pickup truck to me), between two cars, there it was…
Without regard for carbonation, or the tenderly printed ‘Loved One’ on the side of one can, the potential for refreshment had been stomped out, like a protester in Tiananmen Square. The parking lot was filled with danger that day!
When I saw that today’s WordPress Daily Prompt is Pleased, a little smile came to my face, as I a bit pleased with an idea that crossed my mind.
The idea was to put a smile on your faces with a bit of silliness. And who knows more about creating a silly scene than a bunch of cows trying to get their picture taken?
The source of this image is a bit amusing, as I actually was trying to get a landscape shot of the farm, where these cows resided. However, curiosity got the better of these wonderful bovines, which brought them over, just in case I had some food for them.
One of the fun parts of preparing each of the images that we selected for the upcoming exhibit for printing, is that I occasionally see opportunities to try something very different with the image, as I’m working through Photoshop.
If I printed the particular image previously, I have the settings and print-ready file available, but many of the Yoga Tree images were shown on-line only; it’s a bit of work to get an image ready, as I like to get it just right and print only once, as the larger format photography paper can be quite expensive. With a properly calibrated monitor that is usually not a problem, as I have the profiles for each of the various papers that I use with my printer.
The last image that I was prepping today is the monochrome image that I want to include; as the monochrome treatment in Instagram is rather rudimentary, I decided to start with the color image, which led me down a different path…
With the editing tools at my disposable, I sometimes get way too many choices, and when I saw the possibility of creating this grungy, but album-cover worthy (I think) treatment of the Yoga Tree standing over the fields of destruction, I just had to run with it. It was a lot of fun! What do you think about this version?
In my photography I don’t shy away from trashy subjects, particular when that trash is the detritus of civilization, as we live it.
Sometimes our trash tells an interesting story about us, although we may not want this story told…
Such was the case for this image, which I captured on a frosty morning on the edge of a fallow field. This 5 gallon (18.9 liter) water bottle missed out on its opportunity for a refill, as it had been discarded before its next reincarnation as a water container.
This image was captured with an iPhone 4S using the standard Camera app.
Hard to believe that this is already the eighth installment of the Tuesday Photo Challenge! Last week’s theme of Flowers certainly found a lot of fans, which means that it was a bit more of a brain twister for me to come up with something that I think might pique just as much interest. This led me to depart from Nature’s beauty and head into the direction of geometry for this week’s theme: Lines.
Lines are all around us, to such an extent that our brains have learned to interpret them as visual cues that can both be useful and misleading. In photography, we often use lines to lead the eye in a certain direction, as the image is not entered all at once, but rather specific clues are picked up, from which we assemble the overall image. [If there’s interest, I’ll be happy to do a post or two on how the brain processes images and its impact on effective photography].
So, this week, bring some lines to bear in your photography, and I’d love to read how you saw them come together in your image. I think that this can provide some interesting imagery!
For those who’d like to participate in this weekly challenge, the rules are the following:
Create a pingback link to this post, so that I can create a post showing all of the submissions over the week
Have fun creating something new (or sharing something old)!!
This topic might be a bit of a brain/visual stretch, but I have every confidence in all of you!!
This image was captured using an iPhone 5S using the standard Camera app; Instagram was used for a bit of sharpening. The dichotomy between the right and left sides of the image is due to the angle of the sunlight playing with the iPhone lens.