Festival and Amusement Rides at Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Amusement Rides; Santiago de Compostela Spain

Amusement Rides; Santiago de Compostela Spain

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not time to chat, we are enjoying the Festival!

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Angels of Prayer

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During our time here is Spain we have visited a great number of churches and cathedrals. Each one similar in many aspects, but unique and special in their own way. Many side Chapels dedicated to different patron saints, many chapels have been closed off by iron railing to prevent people from entering. Just outside the chapel a tray of candles and at times some of the candles might be lit.

Lighting a candle is a way of extending one’s prayer and showing solidarity with the person on whose behalf the prayer is offered or it may be an offering lit by someone seeking a favour from the saint before whom it has been placed.

As a photographer I have often found it difficult to get an image showing both the candle and flame, as well as the saint’s statue in focus. Many of the churches and cathedrals are rather dark, and do not allow tripods, or I have failed carry mine that day! The ISO is set as high as the camera will allow and then the lens is opened to the widest aperture allowing for a narrow depth of field, resulting in either the candles or the statue to be in focus. This time I took two images, processed them both with Nik Software HDR Effects Pro, then layered them together in Photoshop, anyone remember the Orton slide sandwich effect this image reminds me of that effect.

I am looking for some feedback, besides the obvious; carry a tripod!

 

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As an update I thought that I would include with the post the original image and the first edit that made up the final image. I took each of the original images into Nik HDR single image, then merge the two in Photoshop.

Tarragona Spain

Tarragona Spain, at sunset

Tarragona Spain, at sunset 

While I have many wonderful photos and stories of Toledo Spain, we have moved onto Tarragona. About an hour south of Barcelona along the Mediterranean Sea, we thought a few days of rest with an ocean view would be a nice change from the hills of central Spain. It has been reported that Augustus Cesar wintered here, and there will be a big celebration during the month of May honouring his life and times on the 2000 anniversary of his death.

 

Alcántara Bridge, Toledo Spain

Alcántara Bridge, Toledo Spain

Alcántara Bridge, Toledo Spain 

The Alcantara Bridge, also known as Puente Trajan at Alcantara is a Roman Stone Bridge build over the Tagas River bears the inscription Pontem perpetui mansurum in saecula “I have build a bridge which will last forever, on the archway over the central pier. I don’t know if it will last forever, or of the many renovations that might have been done, but I do know that it has a beautiful reflection with the right light and a calm river.

Toledo is beautiful, I would recommend a trip to see the sights, visit the cafe’s , and meet the locals, I can guarantee you will enjoy your time there, we did! We are off to Tarragona, along the mediterranean, for a little rest, and maybe even a little beach time.

 

 

 

Los Milagros Aqueduct, Merida Spain

Los Miagros Acqueduct, Merida Spain

Los Milagros aqueduct, Merida Spain 

The Los Milagros aqueduct was built between 1 B.C. and 3 A.D., it was 830 meters long and 25 meters high, made of brick and concrete it was faced with granite ashlars. It was used to transport water from the Prosperina lake to the Roman colony of Emerita Augusta know today as Merida Spain. Today about 38 arches still stand.

Los Milagros aqueduct, Merida Spain

Los Milagros aqueduct, Merida Spain  

The Los Milagros aqueduct is one of three aqueducts build in the area, and preserved as part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site at Merida.

 

Weekly Photochallenge: Street Photography, Merida Spain

Merida, Spain, just before sunrise, March 29, 2014

Merida, Spain, just before sunrise, March 29, 2014 

we were up early this morning, in the off-chance there was a great sunrise. It has been raining on and off again for the last few days, but we always remain hopeful of a beautiful sunrise. On our way to the river and the Roman Bridge, I decided to take this image, I love the light reflecting off the wet streets. There isn’t a lot of street life at this time of day, 7 am, not that early in my books, but it is a Saturday and I guess people were sleeping in.

WordPress hosts a creative photo-challenge each week, check out the street photography others have linked to the challenge, see what is going on around the world…

Meanwhile I have taken the afternoon off from walking. I will be process some lovely evening and early morning photos we have taken from Merida Spain.

 

Plaza Espana, Sevilla Spain in the evening

Plaza Espana, Spain Square in the evening

Plaza Espana, Spain Square in the evening

we had a warm cloudy night as we waited for the sunset and the street lights to come on around the Plaza Espana. Just as the lights came on the carriage stopped under the street light, as if to pose in the perfect light for this final image of the day.

The Plaza Espana, or Spain Square as it is called in English, is  located in the Parque de María Luisa was built in 1928 for the 1929 Ibero-American Exposition, and it is a beautiful place to spend the day when visiting Seville.

 

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Planning and decorating for the holidays have been on my mind this weekend, rather than actually doing anything to get ready for Christmas I decided to procrastinate and go through some previously taken holiday photos.  This photo of a large outdoor Christmas tree actually looked more like a shooting star, especially when photographed close up and from an angle. It is one of my favorite holiday pictures.  Are you getting ready for the holidays, or are you, like me, still in the planning stage?

 

 

Ile de cite, Paris France and the image that inspired it

Ile de la cite, Paris France, and the evening river cruises

I am a big fan of Henri Cartier-Bresson, there is so much to be learned from studying the work of someone you admire. While most of us do not want to just copy someone else’s work, there are lessons to be learned by walking through the process the photographer  might have used to capture an image.  I believe that as much as you might try to copy someone’s work that our equipment, the processes that are available to us, our skill level and our personalities will all show in the images and separate your work from the original.

Take this image for example, the original inspired by Henri Cartier-Bresson taken in 1952 would be difficult to copy today, yes with Photoshop it could be accomplished, but what is to be gained by that, except well, to improve or show off your Photoshop skills.  I have my own memories of Paris.  Memories of  Paris of today, with the river cruises, the grey skies, the yellow and orange leaves of autumn. This is the Paris I want to capture in my images. But I did pick this spot to take picture not just because it was beautiful but because I had seen Henri Cartier-Bresson’s images, and loved it. I purposefully choose early evening because I wanted to show some of the city lights, and I choose a slow shutter speed to show how the River Seine is now a very busy place.

So while my image was inspired by Henri Cartier-Bresson it is quite different, and meets my objectives for the images.

A new day, and new city, Oct 20, 2012 in Paris France

We arrived in Paris late last night, no time for seeing the sights. Today was very much an orientation day, finding our way around, getting some groceries, doing laundry and yes catching up on rest. It wasn’t until late in the afternoon that we took a walk to just wander near the Seine River, and while it was a little misty at times, the rain was nothing to concern us .

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our first sighting of the Eiffel Tower, the top was just barely visible through the clouds, and while the forecast is for rain tonight, and light rain tomorrow the rest of the week promises to be sunny, we will keep our fingers crossed.

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A view of the Seine River, and Pont Neuf; the river cruises were busy tonight. Late in the season, the tourists flock enjoy the view of Paris from the river despite the cool and rainy weather.

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The apartment we are renting while visiting Paris is not far from the Louvre, we passed by just after sunset, the city lights were just starting to come on, there were beautiful reflections in the puddles!