Weekly Photo Challenge – Face ep. 3

The Bean throws face!

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…

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Dorothea Lange, aka the Bean

 

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.

Technical Details

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.

Inspired by the Daily Post WPC – Face

Weekly Photo Challenge – Face – ep. 2

Philosophical banter

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?

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Nefertiti

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.

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Bianca

 

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.

Enjoy your Sunday!

Inspired by the Daily Post WPC – Face

Weekly Photo Challenge – Face

The lady thinks…

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.

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Serene Beauty

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?

Technical Details

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

Mother Earth Day

Respect our Mother!

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…

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Steam Releases

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.

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Geothermal Pool

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!

Technical Details

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

Weekly Photo Challenge – Earth

Sitting on the dock of the bay

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.

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Bay of Fundy Tide Out

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.

Technical Details

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

Weekly Photo Challenge – Admiration

Indomitable spirit

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.

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Persistence

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!

Technical Details

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.

Inspired  by Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge – Admiration.

WPC – Leaf of a Beautiful Color

Looking up to beauty

Wrapping up the week with something along the abstract, yet not so abstract lines with today’s shot…

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Color and Beauty

This was just one of those quick shots, because I noticed that the pattern of leaves was interesting (to me).  When I look at this, it still grabs my attention with the warm tones against a blue sky.

Technical Details

This image was shot with a Canon EOS 5D Mk III using an EF 24-105mm f/4L lens.  Exposure settings were 1/640 second at f/6.3 and 320 ISO.

Inspired  by Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge – Abstract.