Friday Mystery Place – vol. 35

Flying Saucers?

Last week’s Friday Mystery Place was pretty straightforward, as there was a clue in the image, which Petra is Gone (go check her excellent blog!) was astute enough to pick up on: the sign in the background tells you this is the Mendelianum, the museum on the location to the St. Thomas Abbey, where Gregor Mendel did his work on plant and bee hybridization.  Mendel is recognized as the father of genetics through his research and publications.

Today’s offering is an interesting one, as I picked it from one of the wonderful slides that are in my possession.

Flying Saucers?

This is a rather futuristic scene from the past.  Where is this and what is it?

Hope you have fun with this one and have a great day!

Friday Mystery Place – vol. 34

What blossomed here?

After last week’s stop at Peggy’s Cove in Nova Scotia, which was correctly identified by Amy of the very cool blog Tesserology, I figured that I’d throw another easy one at you…

Today’s photo provides a view to a rather imposting church behind the courtyard of a building that played an important role in the formative years of a very modern science.  I’m sure that one of you will identify this correctly and can tell us something of its history!

Science was done here…

One of the interesting things about traveling is that we discover things about the world that we may not have realized or have forgotten where they happened.  The latter was the case for me here.

Technical Details

This image was captured with my Fujifilm X-T1 using a Fujifilm XF18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 LM OIS WR lens.  Exposure settings were at 1/60 second, f/8 at 400 ISO.

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Color Contrast

Coloring your world!

Welcome to episode 29 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!  Seeing all the great entries to last week’s theme of Nature’s Beauty gave me the idea to take a look at what makes nature photography stand out, particularly color photography: Color Contrast.

A lot of what makes for a good photograph, especially when Nature is the subject, is derived from the work of Ansel Adams.  In his writings about photography, Adams talks about the zone system as a means for correlating what the photographer visualizes and the final print product.  A key aspect is the amount of contrast that exists between parts of the image.  While the system was developed for black and white photography, its principles can be applied to color photography.

In color photography, we have the additional luxury of using color to create additional contrast between the various components of the image.  This week’s challenge is to use color contrast in your photos to its best advantage.  These can be complementary colors, or subtle tonal gradations; I’ll leave the choices to you…

Reaching for the Sky

This image is from a recent trip to the Iceland where I had the opportunity explore the geothermal area in Hverir; this area has steam vents, hot water welling up from the ground and generally a great look to it.  In this shot I wanted to use the coloring of the ground and contrast it against the blue sky; additional the blue of the sky is reflected in the hot water run-off to create additional interest.

For those who’d like to participate in this weekly challenge, the rules are the following:

  • Write a post with an image for this week’s topic
  • Please tag your post with fpj-photo-challenge (if you’re not sure about how tags work, please check out this WordPress article about tagging posts)
  • Create a pingback link to this post, so that I can create a post showing all of the submissions over the week (note: pingbacks may not appear immediately, as my site is set up to require approval for linking to it; helps against previous bad experiences with spamming)
  • Have fun creating something new (or sharing something old)!!

I’m counting on all of you to come up with some really cool choices; keep in mind that color is everywhere and not just in Nature!  Have fun and start sharing!

Technical Details

This image was captured with a Canon EOS 5D MkIII using an EF24-105mm f/4L lens. Exposure settings were at 1/400 second with f/11 and 200 ISO.

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).

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.

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…

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.

Brno – Day 2

Various Views of Brno

Before I get locked inside all day, starting tomorrow, for meetings, I spent a bit more recovery time outside today to get a sense of the layout of Brno and snap a couple more photos.

All were shot with my brand new Fuji X-T1 with its Fuji 18-135mm wonderful lens.


Brno – day 1

A quick photo tour of Brno

As I was having a hard time staying awake at 2 in the afternoon, I took a quick shower and went for a walk to first hit an ATM (money in pocket is useful), that spoke more than just Czech, and then just wander and see what I ran into.  I didn’t get lost completely, and found some interesting items.

Here are a couple that have not been edited yet…

All were shot with my brand new Fuji X-T1 with its Fuji 18-135mm wonderful lens.

Saturday Travels

On the road again

In about an hour, I will start my journey from my doorstep to the city of Brno, Czech Republic.  Expect a couple of travel photographs, as I will be giving my new Fuji X-T1 a workout, whenever I get the chance (it is a work trip).

Brno is a gorgeous town with some great medieval structures, so I expect to get one or two chances to capture something special.  The weather forecast is good and I have about a day to myself!

Here’s one that I captured yesterday with this little camera.

Tranquil Day

This is at the head of a local reservoir.  This little building always reminded me of the game Myst.

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…

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…

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