Bentota Fisherman — Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Diagonal Line(s)

This is our entry in Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Diagonal Line(s).

This young man is fishing from the beach near Bentota, Sri Lanka, just before noon. His fishing pole, held on a diagonal, is no fancy rod and reel. Close to 15 feet long, reaching easily beyond the crashing waves, it appears to be bamboo rather than fiberglass, with a monofilament line shorter than the pole.

The body of water is the Laccadive Sea, which is a rich source of fish for the local population.  In fact, directly behind him on the sand (not visible in the photo) is a long fishing net stretched out to dry and the drift gillnet fishermen who just brought in and distributed their catch are walking back home.

This photo was taken on February 20, 2018. Specs are:

Olympus TG-4, ISO 100, f/6.3, 1/320 sec, 18 mm.

The Rice Terraces of Sa Pa — Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Horizontal Line(s)

This is our entry in Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Horizontal Line(s).

We spent a few days in Sa Pa, Vietnam, in 2017, including trekking to the Ta Van village. This trek offered stunning views of rice terraces as we passed through the countryside. There were seemingly endless horizontal lines of embankments holding back the constantly flowing water to nurture the rice plants. The following image shows one of the views along the way.

This image was captured on Feburary 14, 2017.

Train to Phulad — Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Trains and Tracks

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

During our 2014 visit to India, we took a commuter train (built in 1928 by the British) from Sardargarh to Phulad. The train was ancient. At one point, the engineer had to stop the train and get down to manually switch tracks. The train creaked through a jungle and wound over a thousand foot cliff. It passed over 100 foot tall rickety bridges and through long tunnels. This was the most interesting train ride we have ever taken!

We took this photo at a stop at the Goram Ghat flag station where the train stopped for a few minutes. Images like this remind us of the cover of Robert Frank’s The Americans even though we were the only Americans on this train.

This photo was taken on November 13, 2014.

The Luxor Temple Obelisk — Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Columns and Vertical Line(s)

This is our entry in Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Columns and Vertical Line(s).

The magnificent Luxor Temple on the east bank of the Nile River was constructed around 1400 BC. Originally, two obelisks were built just outside the first pylon.  One of the obelisks (the shorter one, although still 23 meters tall) was taken to France in the early 1830s and now stands in the Place de la Concorde in Paris. The remaining obelisk is shown below in its original location.

 

This photo was taken on March 3, 2013.

Buddha’s Feet — Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Shoes or Feet

This is our entry in Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Shoes or Feet (human or animal).

We did a temple tour during a 2017 visit to Chiang Mai, Thailand. We took literally hundreds of pictures of Buddhas housed in the temples, including this picture of the feet of a reclining Buddha in Wat Chedi Luang.

This photo was taken on January 31, 2017, and was converted from color to black and white with selective color using Silver Efx Pro.

The Dome of St. Peter’s — Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Arch, Dome or Half Circle

Here is another entry in Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Arch, Dome or Half Circle.

We took an eight week around the world trip in 2013. To structure the trip, we decided to visit as many religious sites as possible. Our trip included ancient Egyptian temples, cathedrals, Hindu and Jain temples, a Jewish synagogue, and Buddhist shrines.

One of our stops was St. Peter’s Basilica. It was breathtaking. The following is one of our favorite images from that stop. This is the view looking straight up at the dome with light streaming through the windows.

This photo was taken on February 19, 2013.

Stupa Dome in Dambulla Cave Temple — Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Arch, Dome or Half Circle

This is our entry in Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Arch, Dome or Half Circle.

One of the most interesting places we visited during a trip to Sri Lanka this February is the Buddhist Dambulla Cave Temple. It would be easy to spend hours visiting the site. Inside the temple, which comprises multiple caves, are bell-shaped stupas surrounding relics. There are beautiful views in every direction. The following image shows one of them.

This photo was taken on February 3, 2018. Specs are:

Olympus TG-4, ISO 800, f/2, 1/13 sec, 7.6 mm