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Monochrome Monday 8-40

Love is all around – happy valentine’s day!

 

One small hint: When using code HAPPYVALENTINE during checkout, you can save 15% when buying Excire Foto before Feb 20th, 2022. Excire Foto is the perfect tool to find certain images on your disks by searching with keywords either from EXIF data or by the results from the artificial tagging engine. Do you want to know more? There’s already a post here in my blog. Although the post is quite old and talks about version 1.0, the last update to version 1.3 was released in December 2021.

Second hint: when you’re in the US you can benefit from code CNFL-56 and save 43%, because Excire celebrates the Super Bowl (advertising because of the affiliate link)

Take care!

photo-of-the-day, photography, travel, world

Monochrome Monday 8-37

Lovelocks. Lots of lovelocks. Literally tons of lovelocks. This bridge crossing river Rhine in Cologne is famous for carrying thousands of these locks. A couple of years ago, structural engineers came over to re-do the structural calculations because of the enormous extra weight the bridge has to carry. Although each lock weighs only a couple of grams, it sums up to tons because of the huge amount of locks mounted on the fences on both sides of the bridge over the whole span. Afterward, many, many locks were removed to secure the bridge. But, lovers filled up the cleared spaces quite fast.

The bridge is more than 400m long and nearly 30m broad. The longest span is nearly 170m to give room for the transport ships to pass below. Besides pedestrians, the bridge is used by more than 1200 trains per day. It’s one of the most important railway junctions here in Germany. You can find more details on Wikipedia, if interested.

I’m putting this topic up quite early. It’s about three weeks ’til Valentine’s day. So, take this as a reminder to prepare something for your darling. ūüėä

Take care!

art, culture, photo-of-the-day, photography

Lens-Artists Photo Challange 138: “natural light”

For Lens-Artists Photo challenge is Amy¬†our host this week and she challenges us with “natural light”.

What is “natural light”. You could say, natural light is when there is no artificial light in a scene. In general, this term is used in people photography and not in landscape, nature, wildlife, or macro photography. It means you’re working only with the available light and no flash. Sometimes, you have the problem, that certain parts are not illuminated and therefore you need to add light. But, following the idea of natural light, only working with a reflector in maximum for directing the light to your subject.

Many photographers call this kind of photography the royal league of photography. I, personally, love it more than using flashes. Taking photographs outdoors is more challenging than in a studio because you have to cope with the current light situations. This makes it more interesting than the studio with its predictable light conditions.

All these images are taken without artificial light (aka flash). Instead, I only worked with the natural light (aka available light). In some of the images, I used a reflector for directing the natural light to where I needed it or brighten the dark side of the model/scene.

Take care!

art, culture, photo-of-the-day, photography

Lens-Artists Photo Challange 137: “Soft”

For Lens-Artists Photo challenge is Ann-Christine our host this week and she challenges us with “soft”.

There are many soft things around us and I collected a few of them here in this post.

 

The fur of certain mammals is very soft:

 

 

The feathers of birds are also very soft. Have you ever carried an owl on your hand or arm? So big, but so lightweight and their coat is soooo soft.

Some plants produce soft fibers

or in greater areas, they are considered being a soft carpet

 

Fog is able to cover you in softness

as well as smoke can do

 

 

or the soft morning light, which embraces you with warmth

Were you ever able to feel the softness of a cloud? You can do so while flying with a hot-air balloon.

Walking on the beach you can feel the soft warm sand below your feed. The softness hinders you to walk in the same speed as you would walk along a road.

The softness of warm air can embrace you gently as well as warm water can do

  

as well as freshly washed and dried clothes.

or a baby’s skin

or simply love when touching your beloved softly.

 

Take care!

animals, art, mammal, photography, travel, wildlife, world

Monochrome Madness 4-43

 

 

This is my contribution to Monochrome Madness organized by Leanne Cole. Look at here site on Wednesday (Australian time), to see many more monochrome images created by many other talented photographers from all over the world.

I’d also encourage you to participate.¬†The conditions are ¬†published in each of her Monochrome Madness posts.

Take care!

art, culture, history, people, photography, seasons

Monochrome Madness 3-43

kissing couple in monochrome
celebrating not only one day of love, but a whole life!

This is my contribution to Monochrome Madness organized by Leanne Cole. Look at here site on Thursday (Australian time), to see many more monochrome images created by many other talented photographers from all over the world.

I’d also encourage you to participate.¬†The conditions are ¬†published in each of her Monochrome Madness posts.

Take care!

art, people, photography

Monochrome Madness 2-51

mm51-610_0096-ep2_wIt’s time for¬†Monochrome Madness organized by Leanne Cole.

This image would also fit in last weeks photo competitions organized by “The Daily Post“. The theme was ‘half-light’ and we were asked to show an image, that is inspired by some kind of poem, very or song lyric. Here we have the line “When a man loves a woman” by Percy Sledge or “Kiss From A Rose” by Seal.

Now that your rose is in bloom.
A light hits the gloom on the gray,
I’ve been kissed by a rose on the gray,

This idea behind this image was to create a monochrome image with a silhouette. So, even the color image only has very few colors. I love the result.

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culture

Happy Valentines Day

610_2437_wI found this in Lisbon¬†last year. Many people set up a small metal heart and hung it on the grids. It’s a variant of the love-locks mounted on so many bridges. On every trip I do, I find places with these locks labeled with names and dates. I’s always interesting to see how old some locks are or what kind of lock the couple has chosen to symbolize their¬†(hopefully eternal) love. For those of you, not familiar with the idea of love-locks, jump to this post on¬†Pont de l’Archev√™ch√© in Paris, where I explained the idea.

I already posted many of these love-locks. Unfortunately I forgot to label them all correctly or included the images in regular posts. But you can find many of them by following the tag lovelock.

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! ūüôā

culture, landscape, people, travel, world

Weekly Photo Challenge – My treasure

20101019175455_0000-e_wToday we have Valentines day, a day to think of your beloved. Here in Germany we started to celebrate this a few decades ago. At first the flower shops were advertising to sell more flowers. Here we still have winter. Only very few flowers are blooming. So, flowers are expensive in this time. Even nowadays, when it is possible to get flowers from all parts of the world, the variety is still limited.

At the daily post, they asked the photographers to show treasure. What does it mean to me? In the context of Valentines day it means being with your beloved. Being in a wonderful place. Having time with and for each other. Keep you love young.

Take care!

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Lovelocks – again

600_9614_wWhile walking on the masonry dam at lake Möhne a few weeks ago, I noticed locks mounted on the security meshs. I wrote several times (here, here or here) on this tradition, mounting locks on bridges for sealing the love.

I explained this practise in one of my past posts Continue reading “Lovelocks – again”

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And … another lock bridge

600_1002-s_wYou know, I already posted photos taken on several bridges in different countries, where I found bridges decorated with locks. These locks are mounted by couples in love to have a proof of their love combined with the hope, their love will last forever or at least, as long as nobody is able to open the lock with the key. You know, they usually throw the keys in the river below the bridge.

I already found such bridges in Prague, Paris and several other cities (but without taking a photo).

Most of the other bridged were decorated with hundreds of lock, while there were only a few of them at this bridge. I guess, that’s because of the location of the bridge up in the hills spanning over a canyon 90m above the ground.