Given the nature of this WordPress Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge, it was only reasonable to expect at least one more photo for the Face.
Given our love for our four-legged fur-friends, aka dogs, it is only logical to include one of those faces that just melts our hearts on a fairly regular basis…
Dora, or the Bean, knows how to throw a cute face in our direction, which appears to be an innate skill. This underscores the importance of facial expressions, as Bean has used this ability very adroitly at times when she knew that she had done something that she shouldn’t. But what are you going to do when this face looks at you like that? We are powerless 🙂
Hopefully, this face makes you smile, as it does us.
Captured with a Canon EOS 5D Mk III using an EF 70-200mm f/2.8L lens. Exposure settings were 1/500s at f/3.5 and 400 ISO.
In the first post that I wrote in reponse to this weeks WordPress Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge topic of Face, I mentioned the ancient Egyptian Queen Nefertiti, whose famous bust has often been referred to as the pinnacle of beauty. On this lovely Sunday, let’s ask ourselves: What is beauty?
Beauty is a characteristic of an animal, idea, object, person or place that provides a perceptual experience of pleasure of satisfaction. The experience of “beauty” often involves an interpretation of some entity as being in balance and harmony with nature, which may lead to feelings of attraction and emotional well-being. Because this can be a subjective experience, it is often said that “beauty is in the eye of the beholder.”
There is evidence that perceptions of beauty are evolutionarily determined, that things, aspects of people and landscapes considered beautiful are typically found in situations likely to give enhanced survival of the perceiving human’s genes. Beauty is studied as part of aesthetics, culture, social psychology and sociology. An “ideal beauty” is an entity which is admired, or possesses features widely attributed to beauty in a particular culture, for perfection.
The experience of “beauty” often involves an interpretation of some entity as being in balance and harmony with nature, which may lead to feelings of attraction and emotional well-being. Because this can be a subjective experience, it is often said that “beauty is in the eye of the beholder.”
There is evidence that perceptions of beauty are evolutionarily determined, that things, aspects of people and landscapes considered beautiful are typically found in situations likely to give enhanced survival of the perceiving human’s genes.
The earliest Western theory of beauty can be found in the works of early Greek philosophers from the pre-Socratic period, such as Pythagoras. The Pythagorean school saw a strong connection between mathematics and beauty. In particular, they noted that objects proportioned according to the golden ratio seemed more attractive. Ancient Greek architecture is based on this view of symmetry and proportion.
Plato considered beauty to be the Idea (Form) above all other Ideas. Aristotle saw a relationship between the beautiful (to kalon) and virtue, arguing that “Virtue aims at the beautiful.”
Classical philosophy and sculptures of men and women produced according to the Greek philosophers’ tenets of ideal human beauty were rediscovered in Renaissance Europe, leading to a re-adoption of what became known as a “classical ideal”. In terms of female human beauty, a woman whose appearance conforms to these tenets is still called a “classical beauty” or said to possess a “classical beauty”, whilst the foundations laid by Greek and Roman artists have also supplied the standard for male beauty in western civilization. During the Gothic era, the classical aesthetical canon of beauty was rejected as sinful.
Later, the Renaissance and Humanism rejected this view, and considered beauty as a product of rational order and harmony of proportions. Renaissance artists and architect (such as Giorgio Vasari in his “lives of artists”) criticised the Gothic period as irrational and barbarian. This point of view over Gothic art lasted until Romanticism, in the 19th century.
Philosophy is interesting, but, of course, all of us know that there is more to life than the pursuit of beauty, unless one talks about inner beauty that radiates from a person.
The theme for the WordPress Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge is Face, celebrating our many different faces.
As the face is our primary interface for communication with one another, it has been featured in art throughout the ages; from the beautiful bust of Nefertiti to the grotesque expressions of gargoyles on cathedrals, the face has been central, such as in this sculpture at Tower Hill Botanic Garden.
The expression on her face draws us in to wonder what thoughts are crossing her mind. Is she thinking of a love long lost?
What do think is on this lady’s mind?
This shot was taken with a Canon EOS 1D Mk III using an EF 24-105mm f/4 lens. Exposure settings were 1/200 second, f/8 at 400 ISO.
Hope you enjoy this post inspired by the Daily Post WPC – Face
The theme for the WordPress Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge is Earth, asking us to share our vision of this magnificent planet, on which we reside. On this Mother’s Day, I want to give a nod to the Earth’s raw power…
The releasing steam is an indication of the power that resides within this planet of ours, as untold heat is bottled up in the layers that make up the Earth. Not only is there plenty of heat, but it also creates beauty, as seen in the following image.
This geothermal pool in the Myvatn area of Iceland, looks like a tropical lagoon in its serene beauty and color; do not be fooled, as there are spots in this pool that can be scalding hot (one of the signs warning to not bathe here is just off to the right).
Let’s appreciate our Mother Earth on this day and every one, and treat her with the respect she deserves, so we have a great place for a long time!
This shot was taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mk III using an EF 17-40mm f/4 lens.
Hope you enjoy this post inspired by the Daily Post WPC – Earth
The theme for the WordPress Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge is Earth, asking us to share our vision of this magnificent planet, on which we reside. I think there may be one or two items that I can come up with.
The first of the highly impressive features of our home planet is the variety of tidal movement that exists around the Earth. Nowhere is this more noticeable than in the Bay of Fundy, as seen here from Digby.
The Bay of Fundy is known for having the highest tidal range in the world. Rivaled by Ungava Bay in northern Quebec, King Sound in Western Australia, Gulf of Khambhat in India, and the Severn Estuary in the UK, it has one of the highest vertical tidal ranges in the world. The Guinness Book of World Records (1975) declared that Burntcoat Head, Nova Scotia has the highest tides in the world:
“The Natural World, Greatest Tides: The greatest tides in the world occur in the Bay of Fundy…. Burntcoat Head in the Minas Basin, Nova Scotia, has the greatest mean spring range with 14.5 metres (47.5 feet) and an extreme range of 16.3 metres (53.5 feet).”
Portions of the Bay of Fundy, Shepody Bay and Minas Basin, form one of six Canadian sites in the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network, and is classified as a Hemispheric site. It is administered by the provinces of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, and the Canadian Wildlife Service, and is managed in conjunction with Ducks Unlimited Canada and the Nature Conservancy of Canada.
This shot was taken with a Canon EOS 1D Mk III using an EF 24-105mm f/4 lens. Exposure settings were 1/30 second, f/16 at 400 ISO. This image was not 100% to my liking originally, until I reprocessed it using Photomatix Pro to get the result you see here.
Hope you enjoy this post inspired by the Daily Post WPC – Earth
This week’s Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge is a show and tell about admiration. My first image in this week’s series is still among my favorites.
This image is of another one of my favorite trees, and immediately got its name: ‘Persistence’. I was impressed with its enduring spirit, as shown in the windswept stance that has stood the test of the elements and time.
I also admire this same spirit of indomitable fortitude in the people of Japan, particularly in the face of disasters that have befallen them across the ages. In response to the 2011 tsunami disaster, I used this print to raise funds for the Japanese Red Cross; the mat of the print had the Japanese 不屈 (Fukutsu) stamped on it, which means fortitude, indomitability or persistence.
Hope you enjoy this image!
This image was captured with a Canon EOS 5D Mk II camera with an EF 24-105mm f/4L lens. It is made up of a series of 5 images that were processed using Photomatix Pro to get the contrast and dynamic range that I was looking to get.
Continuing in the theme set by the Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge of ‘Abstract’, I’d like to share a photo with you that was part of my initial exploration into abstract photography.
This image came to me during a photography camp that I attended with a number of local photographers a number of years back. The idea behind the camp was to get away from the daily grind and work on some of our technical skills with lots of different classes and set up photoshoots. That part was enjoyable and I got some rather cool shots from the weekend, but sitting around the campfire with a receptive brain became the key benefit for me. Nothing like low light to inspire some different shots…
This was shot completely in-camera using a Canon EOS 1D MkIII and an EF 24-105mm f/4L lens. Using aperture priority, I got the shutter speed slowed to just over 3 seconds for this shot while doing a slow zoom with the lens.
Of course, it’s nigh impossible to speak of the Firebird and (sorry Pontiac aficionados) not think of Igor Stravinsky’s masterful composition…
One of the nice things about photography is that it affords us a different way of looking at the world around us. Sometimes the very simple and overlooked can create a rather nice composition.
Walking on a beach with lots of pebbles, I purposely looked for a pattern in the pebble formation that allowed me to compose something that might catch the eye. Critical factors in my mind were the angle of the light and any natural lines that might occur in the pattern; additionally, as lighter pebbles will draw the eye, I paid attention to their position.
This was the result, some 6 years ago. I hope you enjoy it.
This image was captured with a Canon EOS 1D Mk III using an EF 24-105mm f/4L series lens. Exposure settings were 1/160 second at f/11 and 200 ISO. This image is uncropped.
The Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge asks us to turn the concrete and familiar into something new and mysterious. For some odd reason, this is right up my alley…
This image is one of my early attempts at revealing something that was hidden through morphing the scene in front of me in-camera. With the abundance of light dancing on this shrub, I could sense that the varieties of green could be unlocked. A zoom blur at a 1/3 second exposure brought it to the surface…