When we visited Thessaloniki in Greece last year, we discovered the lovely Central Park a block from the waterfront. In this park is a large round fountain with an imposing modern metal sculpture in the middle, surrounded on the edges by jets of water shooting to the same height as the sculpture. As we admired the park, the sun began to go down behind the fountain. This photo is taken through the water columns in the direction of the setting sun. While the fountain is beautiful at any time, it is especially spectacular at this time of day. It was truly the golden hour.
This photo was taken on October 1, 2016. Specs are:
Olympus Tough TG-4, ISO 100, f/6.3, 1/200 sec, 18 mm
Green Spring Gardens is a 31-acre Fairfax County free public park in Alexandria, Virginia. While there is much to see here of historic interest, our visit concentrated on the outdoors: the gazebo, bridges, ponds, stream, paths, plants, and wildlife.
We purposely went mid-day on a sunny day, not the best time for photography, in order to experiment with exposure techniques. However, we like the photos shared here.
The first scene we encountered was a large pond featuring a gazebo, reached by crossing a bridge that also led to other paths.
The gazebo is a good spot to sit and observe the pond, fountain, and wildlife.
View of fountain from gazebo
View of smaller bridge from gazebo
Beyond the gazebo is a second fountain.
Fountain, long-exposure photograph
Wildlife that we saw enjoying this pond were a Canadian goose and many turtles.
The paths are wide and easy to follow. In addition to young couples, dog walkers, and families with strollers, photographers take advantage of the beautiful vistas.
Another larger bridge crosses the stream in the middle of the park.
There is various convenient seating for contemplating the scenery.
There is also evidence of visitors who decided to leave their mark.
The Spring flowers and flowering shrubs are spectacular.
This post features a series of photos of the fountain at Place des Vosges in Paris, France. Short exposure times were used to freeze motion. The photos were taken on a sunny day in October, 2015.
The photo above is an establishing shot of one of the fountains in the Place des Vosges. Camera settings are:
Canon 50D: ISO 400, 1/200 sec, f/8, 50 mm
This photo shows a closer view of the upper half of the fountain, with a curtain of water spilling over the edge. Camera settings are:
Canon 50D: ISO 400, 1/250 sec, f/8, 135 mm
This close-up shows lion heads on the lower half of the fountain. Camera settings are:
Canon 50D: ISO 400, 1/250 sec, f/5.6, 75 mm
This photo shows silvery water spilling over the rim of the upper half of the fountain, against a backdrop of white clouds in a blue sky. The fast shutter speed captures droplets of water. Camera settings are: