Back Stairs at a Lisbon Theater — Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Lines and Angles

This is our entry in Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Lines and Angles.

This photo shows two workers taking a break on the stairs behind one of Lisbon’s many theaters.

 

This photo was taken on September 12, 2017.  It was converted to black and white using Silver Efex Pro. Specs are:

Canon 100D, ISO 100, f/8, 1.6 sec, 55mm.

The Rose Window of the Carmo Convent

This is our entry in The Daily Post Photo Challenge: Windows.

We visited the Carmo Convent (The Convent of Our Lady of Mount Carmel) while in Lisbon this month. It was built between 1389 and 1423. On November 1, 1755, a massive earthquake struck the heart of Lisbon, followed by a  tsunami and widespread fires. Between 15 and 20 percent of Lisbon’s population died. Eighty-five percent of the city’s buildings were destroyed, including the Carmo Convent.

The following picture shows an arch and the circle where the rose window would have been. These elements were reconstructed from the ruins of the convent in the early 1900’s. With the blue sky above, this is truly a beautiful and unusual place.

 

This photo was taken on September 11, 2017.  Specs are:

Olympus TG-5, ISO 100, f/16, 1/160 second, 75mm (35mm equivalent).

Focused on Flowers — Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Letter F – Topic is Fun or Flowers

This is our entry in Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Letter F – Topic is Fun or Flowers.

This photo of flowers was taken at Green Spring Gardens in Alexandria, Virginia.  With a shallow depth of field, I focused on the flower in front.

This photo was taken on August 30, 2017. Specs are:

Canon 100D, ISO 100, f/5.6, 1/4000 sec, 55 mm

Take me with you

This is our entry in Dutch goes the Photo!’s Tuesday Photo Challenge – Signs.

A few weeks ago we visited a local garden center that had a display of signs for sale.  The signs  seem to be intended as a whimsical way to help guests find the garden. For me, they triggered a memory of the magnetic poetry games that used to be so popular.  For your enjoyment:

Wherever you go,

Take me with you.

To the garden?

Get away from it all!

 

This photo was taken on August 24, 2017. Specs are: f/2, 1/120 sec, 4.67 mm.

Korean Bell at Meadowlark Gardens

We sometimes feel that the place we live in the US — while nice — is a little packaged and homogeneous after returning from visits to old and (to us) exotic places. However, we sometimes find places that are unique and interesting. The Korean Bell Garden  at Meadowlark Gardens Park in Vienna, Virginia  is one of those places.
(//www.novaparks.com/parks/meadowlark-botanical-gardens)

We visited the park yesterday to pass some time practicing photography.  The bell itself is quite beautiful but difficult to photograph. We were there a year ago to take photographs but the high contrast between the shaded bell and bright sky produced disappointing results. This time we took bracketed exposures (+/- 1 EV) around the technically “correct exposure” and used the HDR Merge feature of Adobe Lightroom to see if we could improve on our previous effort. The following are our results.

Last year’s post on Meadowlark Gardens is at A Day at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens.

The Front Doors of the Carmo Convent

This is our entry in Lost in Translation’s BLACK & WHITE SUNDAY: AFTER AND BEFORE Y1-08.

This are the front doors of  the Convento da Ordem do Carmo (Convent of Our Lady of Mount Carmel) and its church in Lisbon, Portugal. Directly behind these doors is the Museu Arqueológico do Carmo (Carmo Archaeological Museum). Behind the museum is the  Carmo Church, ruined in the 1755 earthquake, which also hosts archaeological pieces in its nave and apse. The church nave is open to the sky, with only the pointed arches remaining between the pillars.

 

Here is the image in black and white (the after image).

Here is the image in color (the before image).

This photo was taken on September 12, 2017, just before 10 pm. It was converted to black and white using Silver Efex Pro. Specs are:

Canon 100D, ISO 100, f/8, 2 sec, 18 mm

JJB 1891 — Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Back of Things

This is our entry in Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Back of Things.

This is the back of the window above the outside door to an apartment building in Lisbon, Portugal.  The numbers show that it was built in 1891. The glass in the window has been broken and cracked for a long time, and the plastic that has replaced the glass in the skylight that lights the charmingly curved three floor stairway is also falling away.

BUT: Our apartment on the third floor is beautifully renovated. The apartment building next door has been gutted and is being renovated. This area is being “gentrified” with many such remodeling projects. When you step outside this door, you may see Trolley 12E laboring uphill, full of happy tourists (and later in the day, residents returning home by trolley). Turning left, and walking uphill a short way before turning downhill again, you will soon find  Castelo de São Jorge and below that, the Alfama, where the popular folk music Fado was born.

Who or what is JJB? We don’t know.

This photo was taken on September 7, 2017. Specs are:

Olympus TG-4, ISO 100, f/5, 1/8 sec, 11.78 mm