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.
Udawalawe National Park Elephant Safari
This photo was taken on February 5, 2018. Specs are:
Canon 100D, ISO 320, f/16, 1/80 sec, 55 mm.
This is our entry in Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Things Made From Wood.
No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man was an exhibition at the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM) in Washington, D.C. from March 30, 2018 to January 21, 2019. This traveling exhibit brings to life (as much as is possible inside a museum space) the annual Burning Man nine-day event that occurs in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert with 70,000 participant-spectators. We found the exhibit by accident while wandering around D.C. and just decided to walk in.
The Burning Man sculpture is always made of wood and burned at the end of the event. The first Burning Man was constructed in San Francisco in 1987 and was eight feet tall (or nine feet, depending on the source). Each year the sculpture has been taller, rising to 75 feet in 2018. The Burning Man in the photo is about eight feet tall, including the outstretched arms.
Of the “Ten Principles of Burning Man,” “Participation” appears to be the principle behind the naming of the Renwick exhibit: No Spectators.
Burning Man 2019 will occur from August 25 to September 2 this year.
Burning Man at the Renwick Gallery
This photo was taken on October 1, 2018. It is a selective color image with only orange, black, and white. Specs are:
Canon 200D, ISO 400, f/3.5, 1/30 sec, 18 mm.
This is our entry in Dutch goes the Photo!’s Tuesday Photo Challenge – Key.
This image of a clarinet resting on an instruction book was created in a darkened room, lit from behind by a small white-light flashlight during a 30-second exposure.
This photo was taken on November 25, 2017. Specs are:
Canon 100D, ISO 100, f/11, 30 sec, 135 mm.
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.
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
This is our entry in nancy merrill photography’s A Photo a Week Challenge: Yellow.
When we visited Green Spring Gardens in Alexandria, Virginia, yesterday, we worked hard to capture images of bees, butterflies, and other flying insects as they flitted among the many beautiful flowers. Here is one yellow bee that stayed put on one yellow flower long enough for a quick photo.
Yellow Bee on Yellow Flower
This photo was taken on August 15, 2019. Specs are:
Canon 200D, ISO 100, f/9.0, 1/15 sec, 135 mm.
This is our entry in Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Take New Photos – Any topic.
We visited Green Spring Gardens in Alexandria, Virginia, today to see how the flowers were faring after our hot spell of weather. We found that the lotus plants in the large pond were thriving, although many had progressed to the seed pod stage. The lotus flower in the photo is beginning to deteriorate, but the petals are still beautiful.
Lotus at Green Spring Gardens
This photo was taken on August 15, 2019. Specs are:
Fuji X100T, ISO 200, f/2.5, 1/250 sec, 19mm
This is our entry in Dutch goes the Photo!’s Tuesday Photo Challenge – Lock.
This past April in Paris, France, we cruised The Canal Saint Martin from the Port de l’Arsenal to the Bassin de la Villette, passing through four double locks and two swing bridges. The photo below shows the first of a double lock fully open as our Canauxrama boat passes through on the way to the second lock. From the water pouring over the top, we can see that that lock has begun to open for our boat. One of the six pedestrian bridges over the canal provides an excellent viewing point for two passers-by, while other viewers stand behind a railing at the side of the canal.
Locks on the Canal Saint Martin
For some very good photos of the locks and cruise boats from a pedestrian viewpoint, please visit Bushboy’s post Negotiating the Lock.