Welcome to the Wedding

This is our entry in Lost in Translation’s THURSDAY’S SPECIAL: PICK A WORD IN AUGUST – YEAR 4.  The word is “connubial.”

Back in the day (not so long ago), we helped build a driveway Halloween haunt every year for the enjoyment of many neighborhood children (and from farther away when the word spread over the years).  The haunt of 2011 was probably the most ambitious and complex, telling a story of a jilted suitor, intrigue, murder, and lingering horror. The newly-wed couple posing in the photo below never left the wedding chapel, but graciously welcomed each guest.

This photo was taken on October 29, 2011.  Specs are:

Canon PowerShot SD770IS, ISO 80, f/2.8, 1/60 sec, 6.2 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.

 

 

 

Burning Man at the Renwick Gallery

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.

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.

Clarinet Keys

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.

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

Yellow Bee on Yellow Flower

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.

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

Canon 200D, ISO 100, f/9.0, 1/15 sec, 135 mm.

Lotus at Green Spring Gardens

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.

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

Fuji X100T, ISO 200, f/2.5, 1/250 sec, 19mm