Friday, October 31, 2014

Black and White Weekend - 10/31/14: "Lofty Arches"

asks us to post a black and white photo. No spot colors. No sepia. Black and white, only.

Another image from the interior of the Cathedral of Learning in Pittsburgh. I keep going back the the photos I have of this building. It is beautiful and the photos are better in B&W than they are in color.
"Lofty Arches"
(click on image for larger view)
This image gives you a good idea of how much the interior of
this building resembles a cathedral.  Those arches must be 50-60 feet high.
What a beautiful place to learn.

There are many tables with chairs, long tables with pew-like benches
(which can be seen in the background) and lots of nooks and crannies
for students to study here. I noticed that many outlets have been installed
in the last few years for students to charge their electronic devices.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Abstract Photo - 10/29/14: "Sunset from the West Promenade"

Natures Footstep memes I participate in: 
Abstract Photo and Digital Art on alternate Wednesdays.

Click on the links above to view the posts by other artists/photographers or to participate yourself.


"Sunset from the West Promenade"
In mid-September, when I was gone for two weeks, we were in Portland, Maine.
The West Promenade was about 5 blocks from our vacation rental
so we walked there several evenings to watch the sun set.

For this image, I copied the silhouetted trees, repeated them over and over in varied sizes.
I pulled my colors from various parts of the sky in the original photo.

I've been creating or cropping a lot of my images in a square format lately.
It doesn't work for everything, but I especially like it for some abstracts.

"Sunset from the West Promenade"
Portland, Maine
September 2014

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Good Fences - 10/23/14 "Autumn Fence"

Good Fences Thursday asks us to post a photo of a fence or gate each week.

Although I am posting this today, I'm not linking up with Good Fences.
I'm working on a huge project and will not have time to check out other posts or comment.  If you happen this way and comment, I'll try to get back to your blog and comment, too.
"Autumn Fence"

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Digital Art - 10/22/14: "Lighthouse in the Lacy Clouds"

NF Photography alternates an Abstract Art prompt with a Digital Art prompt.
Click on the link in the line above to see others or post your own.

I started with a photo of a unique lighthouse in Aracajú in Brazil. There was not a cloud in the sky. However, for a photo of an object that is so tall and thin, a large blank sky isn't very interesting.  So I used some photos of sea gulls and lace to create this digital composition.
"Lighthouse in the Lacy Clouds"
Original photo,
Aracajú, Sergipe
August 2011

Aracajú is one of Brazil's best-kept secrets. Its name was created from a combination of two words: Ara (a genus of macaws) and Cajú (the Portuguese word for the tree that bears cajú fruit and cashew nuts.) In its beautiful park near Atalaia Beach, the sides of benches are painted to resemble macaws, while trash cans are shaped like cajú fruit.

Aracajú is the capital of the small state of Sergipe. Sergipe's innovative health-care system became the blueprint for the national system which covers everyone, even tourists, in Brazil.

Situated on the Atlantic coast 10º south of the equator, Aracajú provides tourists with miles and miles of unspoiled beaches. It has the healthiest lifestyle of all major Brazilian cities and is also one of its safest and has a lower cost of living than other large cities in the country. It doesn't have the spectacular beauty of Rio de Janeiro or Iguaçu Falls, but for a relaxing beach vacation, it cannot be beat. The city has an oceanic aquarium, some interesting old government buildings with ornate architecture, and one can take side trips to several historic cities or to a gorgeous canyon along the São Francisco River.

Aracajú's temperatures hover around 82º (plus or minus a couple of degrees) during the day almost all year long, although it is slightly warmer in the summer months (Dec-Feb south of the equator) and cooler June-Aug. (However, occasionally, such as 2002, the cooler and hotter seasons reverse themselves because it is so close to the equator.) Mar-Aug are the rainiest months while Sept-Feb are drier.

Besides the area's other attributes, Sergipanos are some of the warmest, most-welcoming, helpful, and friendly people in the world. However, you won't find as many Brazilians speaking English at hotels or restaurants as you might find in larger cities, so it's best to take a phrase book with you and perhaps listen to a few Portuguese lessons from your local library so you can at least ask for directions, where to find a restroom, or request your bill at a restaurant.

I lived in a small town in Sergipe's interior during my Peace Corps Days (1967-1969) and visited Aracajú often. At that time it was a rather small city.  Now the metropolitan area has between 800,000 and 900,000 residents.  Because of it's relatively recent expansion, it has many new, modern buildings and conveniences. I spent a week there in 2011 and enjoyed every minute, mostly due to my friends and former students who welcomed me with open arms and treated me like royalty.

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Some of my photos are straight-forward photos. Some have been manipulated into something else. Some are digital creations, which were rendered entirely with Photoshop or other enhancement software. And some are scans of hand-made works of art. A few are a combination of two or more of those.

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My photostream is very eclectic. I love all kinds of art and I like "playing with possibilities" so I am constantly trying something new. I might make 2 or 3 images using a particular technique or style, then move on to something else. Or I might create dozens in a similar style and keep going back to it.

I add photos nearly every day.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Weekend in Black and White- 10/17/14: "Rubble"

asks us to post a black and white photo. No spot colors. No sepia. Black and white, only.

On our recent trip to Portland, Maine, we drove on a self-directed lighthouse tour.  The weather was beautiful. We stopped to eat at The Saltwater Grille in South Portland where we could see the city of Portland and the Old Port across Casco Bay.  The Sunset Marina was next to the restaurant, with many expensive-looking boats.

But on the other side of the restaurant, there was a different world. There, dilapidated buildings and piers had transformed into piles of rubble. I'm drawn to those images more than the bright and shiny yachts. And some of them made great black and white shots.

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