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.

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.

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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…

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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.