Two different views of Osoyoos reflected in Osoyoos Lake, it has been a quiet week visiting my parents. Osoyoos has become or is quickly becoming the snowbird capital of Canada. For those seniors who wish to escape the harsh winter conditions in their home town, Osoyoos has the shortest and warmest winter conditions of almost anywhere in Canada. It also has a community of seniors that is active and welcoming.
The 52 frames challenge this week was titled “Fill the Frame”
While out for our walk I spotted a large clump of daisies, one of my favorite flowers, and given how many flowers were on still on the stock, brown and withered I am going to guess that Osoyoos was hit with a sudden heavy frost early in the winter season. This was a bonus for me, using a technique called free-lensing to photograph the flowers to fill the frame. Free-lensing requires that I use my 50mm lens off-camera, turned backward, it magnifies the subject similar to a macro lens, for Lensbaby. The depth of field is very small, resulting in a very soft image, for some subjects this works very well. I did add a layer of texture in post-processing, adding depth to the dreamy nature of the image.
Below an image of licorice candy using the same free-lensing technique, and my second choice for the challenge. Which would have been your choice?
Polish sculptor Igor Mitoraj’s massive Apollonian sculpture, the Daedalus (Dedalo), has found a permanent home near the Temple of Venus at Pompeii’s entrance. We had time to visit the historic site, traveling an hour by train from Salerno where we were staying. It was quite amazing, the area that was covered, the reclamation that has been done, and the insight this place provides regarding life during that period of history. Online information suggested we would need 2 to 3 hours to tour the site, Bill and I were there 3 hours, and had only seen about 1/2 the place! There is very little information on site, the audio guide is, I think, essential, to get the most from our visit. The whole site is also very exposed with minimal shade, so it is imperative you bring water, sunscreen, and a hat. The cobbled streets and rough nature of the walking surface mean that wheelchairs and prams are impractical.
We loved our time in Seville, and I think I can safely say that we will return.
One of the unique features in Spain are the rolling shutters that cover the storefront doors. Metal doors, that roll down at night, or when the store is closed to cover the door. Many are painted with graffiti, but a good many are painted with unique pictures usually relating to the store. We have even seen a parking garage door painted with a Spanish landscape.
You can see some examples of these murals from the blog post about Madrid.
Bill and I spend a lot of time walking around the cities we visit, I was inspired to try my hand at a little digital art, during the quiet time, when my feet were too tired to walk anymore! Using several images taken during our stay. The image above was my attempt to capture the essence of Seville. Learning how to use blending modes, transform tools, selection tools, erasing, masking, and so many other features of Photoshop was quite a challenge.
This type of art has always appealed to me, but I am not sure I have the creativity for it! Have you tried anything new? I have to remind myself that learning new skills takes time, perfect doesn’t happen overnight, or in one magic moment, so I will keep trying during quiet times when my feet are too tired to walk anymore.
One of the great sites to visit while in Seville is the Alcazar of Seville, a royal palace built for King Peter of Castile. It was built by Castilian Christians of the site of a Muslim residential fortress destroyed after the Christian conquest of Seville. The Palace is a beautiful example of Mudejar architecture in the Iberian Peninsula. The upper levels of the Alcazar are still used by the royal family as their official residence while in Seville.
The integrate details in the tiles cover the walls, mesmerizing to the eye. Arched doorways open into lush gardens, with the smell of oranges in the air. and fountains with just a trickle of water conceals the sounds of the people talking in the nearby rooms. I highly recommend the audio guide to learn more about the palace its’ history.
While in Seville we have also done some Sherry tasking, and trip through the white villages, and an evening watching flamenco dancing.
We have been having a great time here in Seville, but I time here has come to an end. We are off to Malta next week. How has your week been?
Have you been to Malta, any tips or suggests for things to do or see. I would love to hear from you
We are having a great time in Seville, sherry tasting, cooking classes and a tour of the city. We have spent time touring the Plaza Espana, the Alcazar, Triana, and the Triana Market. So many beautiful streets, cafes, and plazas.
This week the 52framers challenge was “city life at night” and I decided to try out the pano feature on my new phone
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We arrived in Seville late last week, and we have enjoyed walking all the pedestrian streets. I love all the beautiful plazas, amazing architecture, and I especially love the light. Early morning light and the evening light along the streets!
I have been participating with 52frames, a weekly photo challenge,
week 4 –
Macro, admittedly I wasn’t overly inspired by the challenge, I was lucky to find the daffodils were blooming in my cousins garden. Thanks, Sharon and Bob for a lovely four days!
Week 5 –
dirty, okay I am struggling with the challenge, and I am going to have to think about how I approach the challenges each week if I am going to keep them up. While I have been struggling, I have been inspired by the images submitted by many of the photographers, and this does help to motivate me.
Week 6 – my desk, there are a few coffee shops, we have been enjoying the “coffee con leche” coffee with warm milk, as well as the wonderful pastries while I sit process image, so I pretty sure I will have a better submission this week.
If you have any suggestions for off the beaten path things to do in or around Seville drop me a line, or if you want more info on the 52framers weekly photo challenge, let me know, I would be happy to send you a link.
While we have been away I have launched a new website for images taken during our Camino to Santiago de Compostela, I would appreciate if you have a look. I would love to know if you have a favorite image, or if you have done the Camino, your favorite memory or location.
To see our ongoing travel photos check out my Instagram feed.
52Frames week three introduces each of us to fellow photographers from around the world. It is meant to encourage each of us to be a tourist in our own city, and explore the places we haven’t yet seen, or to see old familiar places from a new perspective, that of a tourist.
I happen to be traveling this week, visiting the beautiful city of Lisbon, so I shall say hello from here rather than my home town. I started by researching all the “things to do” and “places to see” 4 days into our visit and I feel like there is still so much to see and do, and I don’t think one picture can portray a city.
Lisbon is the city of Seven Hills, and while I feel we have walked all of them, we have used the trams, funiculars and metro system to get around as well. The trams or streetcars have been in use since 1873. Tram 28 provides on the best tours of the city and is a popular tourist attraction.
While working on the project this week, and wandering around Lisbon I kept asking myself how would someone from Lisbon want their city to be remembered, I am not sure I have the answer yet, and there are still streets to explore.
It’s been a busy week, we are off on another adventure – three days in London England. The weather has been cloudy and cool but that has not stopped us from walking from one end to the other, seeing the sights, eating pub food and attending the musical at the Shaftsbury theater. While visiting London I have been thinking about the 52frames weekly challenge, which is to create an image using the Rule of Thirds.
The Rule of Thirds is perhaps the most well-known ‘rule’ of photographic composition one of the first things taught to beginning photographers, and one of the compositional rules I heard over and over again as part of the camera club.
The basic principle behind the rule is to imagine breaking an image down into thirds both horizontally and vertically, so that there are 9 equal parts, like a tic tac toe board. Many of the modern cameras can be set to display a grid, check your user manual if are interested in learning more about this.
The grid identifies important points you should consider placing the subject of elements of interest as you frame your image. Proponents of the technique claim that aligning a subject with these points create more tension, energy, and interest in the composition than simply entering the subject. The Rule of Thirds does a few things for composition. First, it gets new photographers off the habit of centering the subject by default and thinking about the entire frame. Second, it creates empty space that helps draw the viewer’s eye into the subject.