Downtown Container Park — Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Letter K

This is our entry in Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Letter K – Needs to have the letter K anywhere in the word.

Downtown Container Park, on downtown Fremont Street in Las Vegas, Nevada, is a newer shopping center constructed using renovated shipping containers.   Here you will find retail shops, restaurants, bars, and live family-friendly free entertainment.  Just for the kids there are a tree house, a play area, and a 33-foot slide.

At the entrance to the Container Park is a 150:1 scale model of a female praying mantis. This 40-foot-tall insect breathes fire from its two antennae and blasts flames 20 feet in the air in time to music played in the park.

There are no casinos and none of the grit that is so prevalent only two blocks away in the better-known area of Fremont Street.

These photos were taken on October 27, 2017. Specs are:

First photo: Olympus TG-4, ISO 500, f/2, 1/30 sec, -1 EV, 19.8mm (35mm-equivalent)

Second photo: Olympus TG-4, ISO 800, f/2.7, 1/20 sec, -1 EV, 33mm (35mm-equivalent)

Nevada’s Valley of Fire

We visited Las Vegas, Nevada, to do a night shoot at the The Neon Museum, which we will address in a later post. Since we quickly tired of losing at the slot machines, we booked a Pink Jeep Tour of the nearby Valley of Fire State Park  in the Mohave Desert.  While there was quite a lot of “look over there —  that’s fantastic but we’re not allowed to stop,” we still managed to get some good photos. We will post two here and may write a longer post in the future.

The first photograph shows a few of the many 2000 year-old petroglyphs carved into the red Aztec sandstone that gives the park its name.

The second photo shows one of the most famous rock formation in the park, the Balancing Rock. It is so famous that no one is allowed to stop to see it.  We had a slow “drive by” and had to take this photograph from a moving vehicle.


These photos were taken on October 26, 2017. Specs are:

First photo: Canon SL1, ISO 400, f/8, 1/400 sec, 50mm, with a polarizing filter.

Second photo: Canon SL1, ISO 100, f/8, 1/50 sec, 135mm, from a moving vehicle, with a polarizing filter.

Sunrise Cacophony on the Ganges

This is our entry in The Daily Post Daily Prompt: Cacophony.

Each sunrise on the Ganges in Varanasi, India, welcomes a cacophony of birds as they swarm rowboats expecting to be fed by tourists.

This photo was taken on November 14, 2014.  Specs are:

Olympus TG-3, ISO 100, f/4.9, 1/100 sec, focal length 55mm (35mm-equivalent).

Reflections on Burke Lake

We wanted to take a few photos today, so we visited Burke Lake Park. The water on the lake was rippling and reflecting a beautiful bluish and purple glow from the sky. Wading through the mud to the shoreline, we were able to capture this image.

This photo was taken on October 21, 2017. Specs are:

Canon SL1, ISO 100, f/8, 1/250 sec, 50mm.

Airplane with Contrails — Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: In the Distance

Here is our entry in Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: In the Distance.

Here is a distant airplane painted silver by the sun, followed by its contrails, so much like the tails of a sleek kite that keep it steadily on course.

This photo was taken on October 18, 2017. It was converted to black and white using Lightroom’s basic Black & White conversion with split toning. Specs are:

Canon 100D, ISO 100, f/5.6, 1/500 sec, 135 mm.


The Glow of the 29 Diner

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

Northern Virginia is an area of suburban sprawl with nearly identical strip malls on every corner. There are a few places, however, where the older character of the area still shows. The following is a photo of a 40’s era diner (est. July 20, 1947) that  is still in operation. It has changed  names and owners several times over the years and was declared a Virginia Historic Landmark in 1992.    We photographed it at night to capture the warm glow of the neon sign.

This photo was taken on August 31, 2017. Specs are:

Canon 100D, ISO 1600, f/2.8, 1/40 sec, 50mm.

Isis, the Bird Goddess

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

We took a Nile River cruise in Egypt in 2013. One of the sites we visited was Esna Temple, about 50 km south of Luxor. The temple was originally built in New Kingdom times, but the present structure was completed by the Romans in the third century AD.

The temple walls are covered with ornate carvings. One of them, shown in the following image, is Isis, the bird goddess. Isis, whose name means “she who sits,” is seated with the warrior goddess Sekhmet to the left and a god(?) wearing a double-plumed headdress to the right while offering two vessels for judgement. Notice the ankh, representing the key of life, in Isis’ right hand. In this carving, the staff in her left hand is topped by a bird’s head rather than the traditional lotus.

This photo was taken on March 1, 2013. Specs are:

Olympus TG-1, ISO 800, f/4.0, 1/80 sec, focal length 80mm (35m-equivalent).