Friday Mystery Place – vol. 33

A quiet place for seagulls

I thought it be fun to pick this series up again, particularly as there were 32 previous posts.  To kick things off again, I’m starting with a location that is pretty straightforward, as it is a popular tourist stop.

This photo is from about 9 years ago during a vacation, where I was lucky enough to get here nice and early to do some photography before most tourists arrived (this is a very popular spot for tourists).

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Where are all these seagulls?

As I was photographing around this nice little town, a very nice Japanese photographer followed me around shooting from the same locations that I used; when I got to this view, he caught up with me, as I took a number of different shots.  He asked me very nicely, if it was okay, if he photographed from this location as well, which I told him was no problem, as every photographer’s view through the lens is unique.  One of these years, I’d love to see his images that he captured, as he studied my technique quite a bit 🙂

Technical Details

This image was captured with my Canon EOS 1D MkIII using an EF 24-105mm f/4L lens.  Exposure settings were 1/160 second at f/10 and 400 ISO.

That What Lurks Underground…

What looks upon us?

As the spooky season is coming upon us and hauntings will become the daily occurrences, it is interesting to see a WordPress Daily Prompt of Underground!

When we think of underground, there are a number of directions that our mind may take ranging from the literal of that which is below the surface to the possibly illicit and sinister, as it is hidden from the eye.

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Whence am I?

In looking at this image, I ask you where your thoughts take you: is this statue recently uncovered by archaeologists or is it a more sinister apparition that has risen from the depths of our planet?  Or, for the Whovians, could this be a Weeping Angel?

Technical Details

This image was captured with a Canon EOS 5D MkII and EF 24-105mm f/5L lens.  Exposure settings were at 1/50 second and f/10 at 400 ISO.

Friday Mystery Item…

The mysterious black column…

As I wanted to picked up on the Friday Mystery Location series, but didn’t have a location in mind, here’s a slight twist…

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What is the meaning of this?

What is this objet d’art?  Does it have a higher purpose than just standing in this square?  If you can also explain how it works, you score bonus points!

Technical Details

This image was captured with my trusty Fuji X-T1 using a Fujifilm 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 XF R LM OIS WR lens.  Exposure settings were f/10 at 1/160 second and 400 ISO.

Friday Mystery Place – vol. 32

Arching the centuries

Last week’s Friday Mystery Place was identified with unerring accuracy by judithreid (go check out her blog!), who recognized the edifice in the image as the Victor Emmanuel II monument in Rome.

The official name of the monument is the Altare del Patria, Altar of the Fatherland.  It houses the Museum of Italian Unification and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.  It’s construction was rather controversial, as it put a huge white edifice in the middle of a medieval area of Rome.  Additionally, its size and overly ostentatious architecture make it a bit of an anachronism in the Eternal City.

How about another slide from 1960…

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A Lovely Arch

Clearly, this is not the Arc de Triomphe; which arch do you think this might be?

Technical Details

The slide, from which this scan came, was processed in August of 1960; it was shot on Kodak Ektachrome slide file.  Despite its age, the typical Ektachrome pinkish cast (due to cyan dye fading over time) is rather minimal

Friday Mystery Place – vol. 31

That’s a cool car…

Last week’s Friday Mystery Place looks like it wasn’t a great challenge, as it was figured out on the same day it was posted by Germanophile, who correctly identified this as a Lion of Lucerne.

This memorial rock relief was designed by Bertel Thorvaldsen and hewn by Lukas Ahorn in 1820-1821.  The dying lion commemorates the Swiss Guards, whose lives were lost in defense of the French King during the French Revolution.   Additional detail can be found in the Wikipedia article about the Lion Monument of Lucerne.

Let’s visit another country this week with a slide from 1960…

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What building is this?

This busy street scene takes us back to simpler times, even though there is quite a bit of traffic in this view.  Where are we in this shot?  For car buffs: what car is that in the foreground?

Technical Details

The slide, from which this scan came, was processed in August of 1960; it was shot on Kodak Ektachrome slide file.  Despite its age, the typical Ektachrome pinkish cast (due to cyan dye fading over time) is rather minimal

Friday Mystery Place – vol. 30

The lion sleeps tonight

Last week’s Friday Mystery Place was a challenge to those who are not familiar with some of the rather interesting Nature preserves on the Atlantic coast of the United States.  The Chincoteague Ponies are feral ponies, who live on Assateague Island, which is owned by the Federal government, but straddles the states of Maryland and Virginia.

Clearly, iballrtw, husband and wife writing team of the fantastic ‘iball round the world‘ blog, know about these ponies, as they were quick to identify this pony correctly!  I’d have to check my exact itinerary to see, if this pony is from the Maryland or Virginia herd.  Go check them out when you get a chance, as the area is photogenic and full of surprises!

Something completely different this week…

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A Brave Lion

Your challenge is to determine where this rock carving is situated.  This image is from slides that I have been scanning from my father-in-law’s and his father’s collection, so it’s pretty old.

Technical Details

The slide, from which this scan came, was processed in August of 1960; it was shot on Kodak Ektachrome slide file.  Despite its age, the typical Ektachrome pinkish cast (due to cyan dye fading over time) is rather minimal.

Friday Mystery Place – vol. 29

Ponies are roaming!

Last week’s Friday Mystery Place took me by surprise in that nobody recognized the castle in the background.  Of course, this image was a wee bit tricky, as the true subject was the beautiful Robin in the foreground, so that the castle was blurry in the background.

When Judith, whose blog Judith Reid Natural Health is worthy of your reading time (go read it!), narrow it down to Scotland, I thought that at least one of my readers might have visited it the lovely Isle of Mull, in which case they would have recognized Duart Castle, home of the Clan MacLean.  During our visit to the castle, we even met Sir Lachlan Hector Charles Maclean, 28th Chief of Clan MacLean, as he was working on the property.

Let’s try again this week and see, if I’m right that lots of folks will know the answer to this one!

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All those paparazzi!

Where in the United States do these ponies roam free and get harassed by annoying photographers?

Technical Details

This image was captured with a Canon EOS 5D Mk III and an EF 24-105mm f/4L lens.  The exposure settings were at 1/250 seconds at f/4 and 640 ISO.