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.

 

 

Ocean City Boardwalk

We were in Ocean City, Maryland, to celebrate the life of the son of dear friends. Afterwards, we drove five minutes from our hotel to the boardwalk on the Atlantic Ocean. Here are a few of the pictures we took as we walked the boardwalk.

Obey Lane Signals: Chesapeake Bay Bridge

This is our entry in Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Signs.

The Chesapeake Bay Bridge (“William Preston Lane Jr. Memorial (Bay) Bridge”) crosses the Chesapeake Bay to connect Maryland’s rural Eastern Shore with the urban Western Shore. With a shore-to-shore length of over four miles and a vertical clearance of 186 feet, this dual-span toll bridge provides a unique view of the beautiful Chesapeake.  The eastern (original) span is a two-lane roadway, while the newer western span has three lanes, with one lane reversing direction during heavy eastbound traffic.  The traffic capacity is 1500 vehicles per hour for each of the five lanes.  The actual traffic volume for the entire year of 2017 was 27.2 million vehicles.  The bridge is used heavily by residents of  the metropolitan areas of Baltimore, Annapolis, and Washington, D.C., who create a huge demand during the summer: eastbound on Fridays to the beaches of the Eastern Shore and westbound back home on Sunday.

According to one source, this bridge has been ranked as the third scariest bridge in the U.S. to drive and the 10th scariest in the world.  There are no shoulders or pull-offs on the bridge, and no stopping.  An accident or a driver too afraid to continue (e.g., with a fear of heights) can snarl traffic for hours.  For a fee ($35 during business hours, addition fees at other times), a 24/7 Bay Bridge drive-over service can provide a driver to get your car across the bridge while you try to relax as a passenger.

The photo below was taken from the middle lane of the westbound span.  The left-most lane changes direction during heavy eastbound demand.

This photo was taken on September 5, 2019. Specs are:

Canon 200D, ISO 100, f/8, 1/500 sec, 35 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.

(Over)tourism in the Udawalawe National Park

This is our entry in the FRIENDLY FRIDAY PHOTO CHALLENGE: TOURISM.

In February 2018, we were taken on a Udawalawe National Park Elephant Safari in Sri Lanka. Our transport was a 4×4 safari jeep with a capacity of six tourists, although there were only the two of us, accompanied by the driver and a guide.  They sat in the cab, while we sat in elevated seats in the back.  Our tour was only for a half day, and so we sped through the preserve from sight to sight (birds and beasts).  We were not alone.  There were many other jeeps also jockeying to see the sights.  As jeeps passed each other, guides shared what was available to be seen, and all jeeps in the area converged to the latest find.  In between the big finds, we enjoyed seeing birds and other smaller creatures at a more leisurely pace.  Here is a typical view: the tourists outnumber the elephants.

This photo was taken on February 5, 2018. Specs are:

Canon 100D, ISO 320, f/16, 1/80 sec, 55 mm.

 

 

 

Head of Franz Kafka

This is our entry in Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #59 – Angles.  The challenge is to photograph something from different angles. While the photographer in our case was standing in the same place, the object being photographed was changing angles.

David Černý’s Head of Franz Kafka stands behind the Quadrio shopping center in Prague, Czech Republic.  The head plus base stands almost 36 feet tall.  The head is composed of 42 stacked stainless steel “slices” that can rotate independently, but are choreographed to deform and reform the face repeatedly.  The slide show below shows the state of the head at 5 second intervals; a complete reforming takes 45 seconds.

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The ten images in the slide show were taken on April 14, 2019. Specs are:

Fuji X100T, ISO 800, f/16, 1/30 sec, 23 mm