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Weekly Photo Challenge : contrast

20140517_130814-600_9778_wThis week’s assignment for the photo challenge by The Daily Post is quit hard, but I like it. It’s “contrast”.

At once I got several ideas, but none of them are currently in my photo bucket (although some of them are on my wish list). Though I have to pick something else.

After some considerations I came to a decision, as you can see in the photo above.

Light and dark, fire and ice, solid or liquid, black and white, male and female, old and young and examples for a contrast. But, the biggest contrast is IMHO between live and death.

I met the two girls above a few weeks ago on Japantag in Düsseldorf. They arranged their costumes in a way to fit perfectly together. When I looked at them, I notices a similar style, but completely different. On the second look, I noticed a few of their accessories brining me on the right track: I asked them, if they are Demeter and Persephone, mother and daughter from the ancient greek mythology. They told my, not knowing the two divines and they were Nature and Death.

Now, I knew I was right and told them the story: Demeter the goddess of the nature, responsible for the harvest had a daughter named Persephone. She married Hades, the god of the underworld where all death people live after death for ever and get punished for their doing and behavior. When Persephone followed her husband in his realm, the mother became deeply depressed from the lost of here daughter and neglect her duty. So, the earth became devastated and all plants dried up. As a result of Demeter’s neglect the people started starving because they didn’t have and fruits, vegetables and crops. So they started praying the Zeus, the gods boss to help. He found a solution for the problem: Persephone was allowed to stay half a year with her mother, while she stays the other half with her husband in the underworld. And that’s the reason, why we have summer and winter.

You might have guessed it:

– summer is, when Persephone is with her mother
– spring starts, when Persephone arrives at her mother
– late fall is, when Persephone leaves her mother to go to her husband Hades
– and finally winter is, when Demeter is so depressed about her missed daughter

This family tragedy might still occur when kids grow up and leave their parents to stand on their own feet. Encourage parents to let their kids go, when it is time!

Take care!

 

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in the backyards

600_5779-sc_wUsually backyards are closed for the public. But some public houses also have public backyards. In this case, we visited a former hospital, now a public library, that used to be part of a monastery. The library’s main entrance is right in this alleyway.

Because of its history being a monastery, you can find a large backyard equipped with a fountain and a surrounding cloister.

I was very surprised of the trees full of fruits: oranges! I’ve never seen oranges in a tree before. Although I knew, that oranges need 14 months to get ripe, I was very surprised to find so much fruits in the trees. On the other hand, I won’t expect to see orange trees in the public as street plants or in public parks.

Take care!

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Weekly Photo Challenge : Between

600_0674-e_wWhen I read the title for this weeks photo challenge at The Daily Post, I knew at once, which photo I’ll post.

Even there are ask many options to interpret that word and a few of them were already mentioned in the original post by Danielle.

Being between sky and earth passing the border between night and day. Although this happens twice every day it is a very special moment. I’d encourage you to feel it yourself, especially in the morning. Get up early and go out to the fields in the countryside. turn you head to the east and welcome the sun. Feel how the early sun can warm your face while the night still cools your back. Enjoy the silence and the awakening birds. Smell the aroma of a newborn day.

Have a nice day / week

and Take care!

 

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art in the streets

600_7797-s_wI’m always surprised, when I visit cities in foreign countries. Life can be much different in other countries. Streets look different, and I don’t mean signs in foreign languages or unknown brands. Each country even each region has its own history. So, architecture differs, shop styles differ and many other things, too.

While my last post on Barcelona showed some of the streets, I put some street art in my today’s gallery.

I hope you like it.

Take care!

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Monochrome Madness #16

dsc_0130-eb4_wThis is my contribution to Leanne Coles Monochrome Madness. Every week she publishes other photographers work in her blog and it’s always fantastic, to see, who different each of us works.

I picked this portrait taken about 3 years ago. My aim was, to create a look of a portrait shot in the 19th. A soft focus, slightly decreasing light at the edges and the soft brownish look of the used chemicals for the developing procedure (Ambrotype).

You can often see this in old photos, they are darker in the edges. That’s because the lenses were quite small and not at the quality level as most of the todays lenses are. Although, you can still get cheap lenses with the same problem today. Or, even by gear with this behavior with intention: i.e. Lensbaby or Lomography.

In this photo the edges are brighter and don’t have much information. That problem usually comes from a weak photographic enlarger in the photographers lab. The lamp in the enlarger was too weak to illuminate the whole negative to project it to the photographic paper below. In rare cases the photographer hasn’t prepared the paper careful enough, so that it wasn’t sensitive enough at the edges. Remember, in those old times the photographer had to do all of this on his own. Prepare the paper, assemble the chemicals prepare sheets of glass to act as a film and so on.

Every now and than, I like this look, in case it fits the the contents of the photo. But, I don’t like it, in cases someone overuses it.

Take care!

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Extra-Extra

 

dsc_4860-s_wFor this weeks Photo Challenge at “The Daily Post” I picked again a photo taken in Paris, France. This weeks challenge is called “Extra-Extra” and asks us to show something unexpected in a photo. I was about to take a photo of the big, red heart in the fountain near by the  Centre Pompidou and its mirror in the little water. In February there is usually no water in a fountain to save the pipes from bursting because of the cold that makes water freezing.

While preparing for my photo couple started to kiss not being aware of me :-(. They ruined my photo!

But, keep in mind, being in the City of Love photographing a kissing couple with a big, red heart in the background, is much better then the original idea!

Take care!

Make love, no war! 🙂

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Welcome to ..

600_6471_w.. Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain.

This years destination for our carnival escape was Barcelona. While I just finish my series on a spanish speaking country, I start with another spanish speaking city. OK, literally the people here speak Catalan and not Spanish. All signs are first in Catalan, next in English and third in Spanish. So, it’s quite easy for a tourist to come around.

Barcelona is a very interesting city at the Mediterranean Sea. An old town with many interesting buildings downtown, some famous buildings planed by the genius architect Antonio Gaudi and some remains from the 1992 Olympic Games.

But, first things first. We arrived at Thursday night and took the public transportation from the airport to the inner city. It’s easy and interestingly cheap, compared to Germany. Buying a ticket valid for 10 rides, each valid for an hour or so inside the inner tariff area. Although most of the interesting points are reachable by foot, it’s sometimes quicker to take the subway or even a bus.

I attached some photos taken in Barcelona Continue reading “Welcome to ..”

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Düsseldorf Jazz Rallye

600_0531_wWhat’s that, you might ask.

It’s a weekend with lots of music in the old town of Düsseldorf. In many public places, pubs and restaurants jazz bands were playing. On Saturday, when I was there with my friends on our monthly photo trip, they were playing Dixieland. Some parts of the old town were very crowded, especially one place, where the Dixie band600_0366_w played opposite to one of the famous brew house which the old town of Düsseldorf is famous for.

At the same time another event was in Düsseldorf. Not far away, on the promenades along the river Rhine, a french weekend took place. Stands offering french literature, food, wine and art were set up to interest the passersby. And … huge fenced areas for playing boule. It seemed to me, they were holding a boule championship. So it was quite interesting to watch on both events.

Usually the promenades have a solid surface of tar and stones. But for the boule patches, they brought pea gravel the set up the boule patches. Only a small area was left for the passersby. But, it was still enough room to have a look. Although I said, it was crowded, it was much less crowded than it was here 3 weeks ago at Japantag. Neither on the promenades nor in the old town you got stuck.

Take care!

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Weekly Photo challenge – Room

dsc_6703-s_wThis weeks assignment for the photo challenge at the The Daily Post is room.

Although I’m able to interpret is literally and show a room in a house, I could also choose to show an open space in the nature, where the room is wide and gives room to see endless free.

I decided to show you the wideness of the sea.

Enjoy!

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¡Adios! Cuba

600_4269-e_wMany years ago here was a song popular with this line in the chorus (I translate it for you into English, while the song is in German): “Everything has an end, but only the sausage has two of them”.

This post is the end of my series on Cuba. I hope, you liked it. But, don’t be afraid, next week I start the next series.

Here’s my résumé on Cuba: It’s a nice country, friendly and open-minded people. A country with some problems, but the people try to manage them by creating new ideas. Cuba is undergoing huge changes currently and I guess, during the next few years it will change more than during the last 50 years.

Instead of saying “Goodbye” I’d say  more likely the German “Auf Wiedersehen” (see you again) or the French “Au revoir!”.

In case, you have Cuba on your bucket list, I’d recommend to go as soon as possible and don’t wait too long. There is so much changing, you’d probably miss that original spirit of Cuba. I guess, I already wrote more on this in an earlier post.

Take care!

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Art attack at the horticultural show

600_9687-e_w Two weeks ago I was at a horticulture or gardening show. One stand offered garden sculptures. I guess, everyone knows about such sculptures to set up in the garden. But these were very interesting for me. Each one need about 1 m² for setup.

Both photos are shot using a very special lens, called fisheye. This lens has a special feature to show everything at a range of 180°. But, it has a strong distortion in case you’re tilting the camera and move the horizon from the middle up or down. You can easily see, I tilted the camera upwards in both photos, but the tilting angle for the spider was less than for the mantis in the photo above.

600_9691-e_wPhotographing these sculptures from an usual point of view is much more than looking in a catalog. Using the fisheye lens and photographing upwards brings you more in the creepy situation like another insect would experience the attack of one of these dangerous predators.

I don’t wanna frighten you. Enjoy the photos and

Take care!