landscape, nature, photo-of-the-day, photography

Lens-Artists Photo Challange 170: “Street Art”

This week it’s Patti’s turn to challenge us for The Lens-Artists Photo Challenge. She asks for “Street Art”. After having sold a piece of art created by the British (?) artist Banksy for such an enormous amount in an auction.

I love street art. You can find more street art here on my blog by using the tag: “streetart” or “street art”

So, I only have a small selection here:



 

 

P.S. don’t forget to click on the images to enlarge them.

P.S.2: As usual, I’m recommending Excire Foto to find certain images on your hard disk. I know, how frustrating it can be when having an image for a blog post in your mind but not remembering exactly when and where you have taken it. As Excire Foto automatically indexes and tagging your images, it’s a huge help. You can search by keyword, a combination of keywords, and even the main colors to find certain images or even have a very different view on your archive, download a trial version to see, what Excire Foto can do for you!

Take care!

landscape, nature, photo-of-the-day, photography

Lens-Artists Photo Challange 169: “ordinary”

This week we have another guest host for The Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: I.J. Khanewala of Don’t Hold Your Breath and she asks for the ordinary.

 

It’s fall. The rose apples or rose hips are ripe. You can see them when looking carefully around. Only about a centimeter long and half a centimeter diameter.

Guess, what we have here, before reading further. I suspect you also have it at home. Probably in your fridge. A couple of eggs. Were you right?

Apples are very common in supermarkets. It’s great to have them.

 

Blooming time is over in the Northern hemisphere. Only a few autumn flowers and a couple of leftovers are still blooming. This image is from summer.

 

A baby’s hand. A couple of millions are around on our planet. When counting all hands in, we have approximately 16 billion human hands currently on this planet. Not counting the hands of the decreasing number of other primates in.

Fire, candles, matches. Very common, very ordinary. Candles are burning in houses, churches, temples. Fire is used for cooking and matches are nee ded to enlight both of them.

 

Streets are crossing all regions and countries. Not all of them are looking like this and even the vehicles moving on the streets are looking different. But, our whole civilization even the more primitive lives of our ancestors wasn’t possible without a primitive kind of street.


Stones are tiny parts of the earth. They are everywhere. We even use them the build our houses, streets, walls and so on.

 

Rain is a necessity for life. At least for a kind of life like we know it from hour planet Earth.

 

P.S. don’t forget to click on the images to enlarge them.

P.S.2: As usual, I’m recommending Excire Foto to find certain images on your hard disk. I know, how frustrating it can be when having an image for a blog post in your mind but not remembering exactly when and where you have taken it. As Excire Foto automatically indexes and tagging your images, it’s a huge help. You can search by keyword, a combination of keywords, and even the main colors to find certain images or even have a very different view on your archive, download a trial version to see, what Excire Foto can do for you!

Take care!

landscape, nature, photo-of-the-day, photography

Lens-Artists Photo Challange 168: “seen better days”

This week, Tina is our host for The Lens-Artists Photo Challenge. Her theme for this week is “seen better days“.

This ruin once must have been a pretty house, home for a farmer’s family. For as long as I can remember, it was abandoned. In the meantime, instead, it is removed and a new house build instead.

When putting paint on metal walls, you have to prepare the grounding carefully, but also pay attention to the surface to keep the paint as protection.

In the middle of Santiago de Cuba, you can find many abandoned houses, hotels, and factories.

Once, this area was farmland. Small villages were around giving a home to farmers and their families, while the land around was giving them food and even enough to sell. But, when they found brown coal, the ground was turned downside up.

Once, liquid iron was running through these channels. Men in special heat-protecting suits were working here. A hard and dangerous working place.

This is a village, location on Kerkyra. It’s called the Venetian village because the village is said to be founded when the state Venetia was ruling certain parts of the Adria.

This is part of the former city wall of the Venetian village on Kerkyra.

This toilet is not in use anymore. Guess why?

One of the towns of Kerkyra is/was taken over by British tourists. I was quite surprised to see prices announced in GBP and pence instead of Euro and cent, as we are in Greece and not in the UK. And why were soo many hotels, supermarkets, and restaurants abandoned?

This is right beside the main road!

Also in Norway, you can find abandoned houses in nice places

Not only houses have seen better days. Guess, which adventures this ship might have seen.

You can’t imagine how many of these chappels I’ve seen in Scotland. Why don’t they have a roof? Is it intentional? The cemeteries around these chappels are definitely still in use.

A fisherman’s boat. What happened to the fisherman?

 

Only the skeleton is left of this boat.

A medieval (or older?) castle in Scotland

A public swimming bath, build in the epoch Jugenstil / art nouveau. Abandoned for many years.

This is, or was, the chemist’s laboratory inside a former coking plant.

And finally another find from a former steel plant. It’s converted into a publicly accessible park.

 

P.S. don’t forget to click on the images to enlarge them.

Take care!

landscape, nature, photo-of-the-day, photography, spring, travel, world

Travel Tuesday: traffic lights

Repairing roads is necessary in every country. Sometimes part of the road have to be closed to repair or work on the other side. Here, in Germany, they would have installed 2 temporary traffic lights to solve the problem. It’s amazing to see, who different some solutions for common problems are: taxi van + STOP/GO-sign in a workers hand. Btw. years ago, they would have ordered 2 workers with a flag to manage the problem here. But nowadays not without the temporary traffic lights.

Take care!

 

landscape, nature, photo-of-the-day, photography

Lens-Artists Photo Challange 166: “Artificial light”

Our world isn’t dark anymore. Many, many lights turning darkness into bright light each day night, resulting in a lot of problems for nature. Insects are attracted by the many lights and disturbed in their natural communication. Many mammals are active during dark times. Those animals can’t hide anymore properly. And we need all those animals although they don’t need us. Even astronomists are struggling with the huge amounts of light at nighttime: light-pollution. Take a look and see: no dark areas at night.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy for having proper illumination at home and at work. But, I’m sure, we can do more, to have the security at night from the light and at the same time preserve nature.

 

 

We really turned night to day and I have to admit, I like many of the illuminations.

Thanks, Ann-Christine, for this wonderful theme for this week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge.

P.S. don’t forget to click on the images to enlarge them.

Take care!

landscape, nature, photo-of-the-day, photography

Lens-Artists Photo Challange 165: “go wide”

I love taking panoramic photos. When looking at the statistics, you can see, the wide-angel lenses are used very often. Unfortunately, the main parts become quite small, when using such a lens. So, I often take a couple of images with a longer focal length lens and stitch them together in post-processing to preserve the details.

4 * 90mm (full-frame)

 

13 * 50mm (full-frame)

 

12 * 24mm (full-frame, vertical)

 

23 * 85mm (full-frame, vertical)

When printing this last image in 30cm (1ft) height, it would be 200cm (7ft) wide, to give you an idea of the size and the view angle.

For this technic, you need overlapping images. Approximately 1/3 of each image should overlap with 1/3 to each neighboring image to have enough room to stitch the image properly. I often turn the camera to take the images vertically and almost always I mount it on my tripod.

Thanks, Patti, for this wonderful theme for this week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge.

Take care!

landscape, nature, photo-of-the-day, photography, spring, travel, world

Travel Tuesday: on guard

Do you remember that I proposed a surprise 3 weeks ago? Here we are. Right inside the castle of Fairy Glen, having the watchtower now to the right and looking in direction of the ‘gate’, where hoards of stones are laying around. The whole ensemble reminded me of an army of trolls, surprised by sunrise, and thus turned to stone.

What did they want inside the forecourt of the ‘castle’? Was the stone-helix their goal? Who knows.

By the way, friends of mine were in the same place two years later. See, how the place changed 😲!  As they are using their blog as a diary and covering a whole day in one pose, you have to scroll down a bit. Someone removed all the stones. One can only find the traces of the spiral.

Take care!

 

landscape, nature, photo-of-the-day, photography

Lens-Artists Photo Challange 164: “looking up and down”

We have another guest host for LAPC: Sofia Alves

The first thing coming to my mind when recognizing the theme was the WIM of 2012. When standing on the ground, we were looking up to see all the colorful hot-air balloons of soo many different shapes flying over us.

And the next morning, we had the other view: looking down from one of the balloons.

 

Take care!

landscape, photography, summer, travel

Throwback Thursday: Eos is rising

The Greeks called her Eos, the Romans called her Aurora. She was supposed to run ahead of the four stallions pulling the carriage of her brother Helios (Sol for the Romans) and announce him on his track over the sky. Their other sister, Selene (Luna for the Romans), is following the carriage as the last light of the day.

In this image, we have, besides the first light of the day, the first-morning fog, and the last stars in the sky. It’s taken literally between night and day.

Take care!