A difficult choice is presented to visitors to Washington, DC this summer. The 2017 Smithsonian Folklife Festival presents Circus Arts (29 June – 4 July and 6 – 9 July) on the National Mall adjacent to the Smithsonian Castle. Or visitors may be drawn to tour the the US Capitol building. However, the two attractions are only about a mile apart, as the photo below shows, so visit both.
Smithsonian Folklife Festival Circus Arts
This photo was taken on June 25, 2017. Specs are:
Canon 100D, ISO 100, f/14, 1/400 sec, 24 mm
For more about Circus Arts, visit their website at Circus Arts. For more about visiting the US Capitol, see their website at US Capitol Tour.
We are taking a college level class to improve our photography skills. One skill we have wanted to learn is time-lapse photography. Here is a short video we made of ice “unmelting” for our class. The actual process took two and one-half hours and was condensed to 30 seconds by taking a photo every 10 seconds.
We would have liked to have added titles and audio to the video but that is against the “rules” for our class :(.
This time lapse photo shows the results of devouring a Red Delicious apple in just under two minutes. The complement of the delta (change) between the apple on the left and the same apple on the right is the core.
In May 2015, we visited the exhibition Le Corbusier: Mesures de l’homme at Centre Pompidou in Paris, France. The furniture pictured below was part of this comprehensive exhibit. Perfectly detailed scale models of this furniture was for sale in the Museum gift shop, for real-sized furniture prices.
Le Corbusier LC1 Chair (Basculant)
Le Corbusier LC4 Chaise Longue
Le Corbusier LC7 Swivel Chair
Le Corbusier LC4 Chaise Longue
Le Corbusier LC2 Chair
Le Corbusier LC6 Table
These photos were taken on May 4, 2015 using an Olympus TG-3 camera.
Today we visited the Hirshorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, DC. The Hirshorn is undergoing a major renovation of its art exhibits inside and there are slim pickings for anyone expecting to find open rooms with art on the walls, with the possible exception of the amazing Big Man figure that is perhaps too risqué for our followers…
The exhibit shown below is just outside the entrance to the Hirshorn. We wondered if this could be a new enhanced parking enforcement technique – the new parking “boot.”
Wat Sum Pow is a small Buddhist temple in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The stairway leading to the entrance of the temple is adorned on each side by a Naga (great snake) being eaten by a Makara (sea monster that is half-fish, half-animal). According to The Window to Chiang Mai,
the Naga and Makara symbolize the ties that bind man to the world of illusion, and the path that frees man from that illusion.
The photo below shows the shadow of one of the balustrades.
Shadow of a Naga and Makara
Here is a photo of the Naga and Makara on the balustrade that cast that shadow.
Naga and Makara
These photos were taken on February 3, 2017. Specs are:
Shadow: Canon 100D, ISO 400, f/3.5, 1/1250 sec, 20 mm
Balustrade: Canon 100D, ISO 400, f/4, 1/640 sec, 18 mm