Monochrome Monkey

This is our entry in Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #70: Monochrome.

In February of this year, we visited the four cave temples in Badami, in the Indian state of Karnataka.  As we climbed to the site, we exchanged looks with this wistful monkey.  We each kept our distance.

This photo was taken on February 15, 2019. Specs are:

Canon 100D, ISO 100, f/7.1, 1/125 sec, 31 mm.

Budapest 25 October 1956

This is our entry in Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Numbers: Anything with numbers on it.

In Budapest, Hungary, in the pavement a hundred yards or so from the Parliament building, a set of stairs lead to an underground museum called, precisely,

In memoriam 1956. October 25. Memorial and Exhibition

This museum captures the events of October 25, 1956, when the Hungarian State Security Police massacred Hungarian citizens in the square in front of the Parliament building.  A student revolt led to the collapse of the government. However, Soviet troops invaded Hungary on November 4, and by January 1957, the Soviet Union controlled Hungary.  After 33 years, the Republic of Hungary was declared on October 23, 1989, and the story of the Revolution could be told.

The photo below is of the outside of the barrier wall adjacent to the stair steps down to the memorial.

This photo was taken on April 21, 2019. Specs are:

Canon 200D, ISO 500, f/9.0, 1/30 sec, 18 mm.

Starfish

This is our entry in Lens-Artists Challenge #69 – Seeing Double.

Just eight months ago we were walking on Varca Beach in South Goa, India.  This starfish caught our eye. We didn’t know whether something else (an ocean wave, person, or animal) had flipped it over — there are bird tracks in the sand — or if it had made a very unfortunate move by itself.  In any event, we were struck by the composition in the bright afternoon sunlight.

This photo was taken on February 19, 2019. Specs are: Olympus TG-5, ISO 125, f/4.9, 1/200 sec, 18 mm.

Indian Roadside Market

We have a second entry this week in Dutch goes the Photo!’s Tuesday Photo Challenge – Groceries.  It is a photo of a roadside market we drove by on the road from Mysore to Coorg in India this spring. We saw it two months before visiting the subject of our previous post, the Marché Bastille in Paris, France. This was one of dozens we passed on the way. The similarities and differences between the Indian and Parisian markets fascinated us.  Everyone gets their groceries somewhere.

 

Silhouette with Van Gogh

This is our entry in Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #62: SilhouettesLens-Artists Photo Challenge #62: Silhouettes.

In April we attended the Van Gogh Starry Night exhibit at the ATELIER DES LUMIÈRES PARIS.   Viewers are immersed in moving images taken from Van Gogh’s works.   Here is the silhouette of a tall man walking in front of “Self-Portrait” (1889) as the projected image moves on the wall.  Van Gogh appears to be exchanging glances with the man as they pass each other.

This photo was taken on April 8, 2019. Specs are:

Canon 200D, ISO 1000, f/3.5, 1/4 sec, 18 mm.

 

 

The Ganges at Sunrise

This is our entry in nancy merrill photography’s A Photo a Week Challenge: Texture.

In November 2014, we visited the ancient city of Varanasi in the northern India state of Uttar Pradesh. We went out in a rowboat on the Ganges River early one morning to experience the sunrise, as Hindu pilgrims have done for centuries. We gazed east, while just to our west, the never-ending funeral pyres burned on the shore. The photo contrasts the texture of the worn paint on the boat with the smooth rippled surface of the water. The solid darkness of the water is broken by striations of sunlight reflected on the ripples created by the oar.

This photo was taken on November 19, 2014. Specs are:

Olympus TG-3, ISO 100, f/2.8, 1/160 sec, 4.5 mm.

State Castle Český Krumlov

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

In April of this year we visited Český Krumlov in the Czech Republic.  We arrived early one morning and left before noon on the next. It was the coldest we have ever been in Europe. We had planned and packed for 15 degrees Celsius and here we found 7 degrees (60 vs 45 degrees Fahrenheit).  We were not the only surprised tourists: we saw others in short sleeves without jackets. We even had lunch sitting outside beside the Vltava River, a prime location, with a large space heater on either side.

Český Krumlov is a well-preserved medieval castle city, and its Old Town is a UNESCO-designated World Heritage Site.  It has many beautiful buildings, with the centerpiece being the State Castle on a hill above the Vltava River that twists through the city. The photo below shows a view of the castle with the Church of St. James just below.  We took this photo from a park across the river as we walked to catch the bus to Prague, our next stop in Europe.

This photo was taken on April 13, 2019. Specs are:

Canon 200D, ISO 100, f/9, 1/400 sec, 42 mm.