Water in Photography

For this final assignment in Photo 101, we are to browse our collection of shots from the course, select up to ten favorites, and publish a wrap-up post with a gallery.

My favorite shots tend to involve water.

These three photos show beautiful swimming and relaxing locations, places for personal enjoyment.

These two photos show bodies of water that are beautiful to look at from a distance.

These three photos use reflection in water to enhance the beauty of the principle subject, in this case places of worship.

Triumph & Contrast

Triumphant contestant in Longest Mustache Contest

This photo shows a triumphant contestant in the Longest Mustache Contest at the 2014 Pushkar Camel Fair in Rajasthan, India. The total length of the mustache (left side plus right side) is between 4 and 5 feet. However, he was not the winner, who is pictured below with a more subdued demeanor.

Winner, Longest Mustache Contest

According to CNN, J. C. Chounan was the winner of the longest mustache contest with a combined length of 11 feet. This mustache took 18 years to grow. The photo below shows the winner sitting in the stands before the contest, with each side of his mustache curled into a bun on the side of his face.

Longest Mustache Contest winner

A personal triumph a day earlier was the arduous climb to Savitri Temple above Pushkar. Savitri is the first wife of Brahma. The climb to Savitri Temple took one hour, with many stops to rest. The incline is at least 45 degrees near the top. The climb begins and ends with concrete steps, but in between the path is made of large rocks set roughly as steps. Quite a few people were climbing, men and women, and many of those were elderly and barefoot. Many were chanting as they climbed, repeating the same phrase with every other step; perhaps it encouraged them.  After spending a few minutes at the top, visiting the temple and enjoying the breeze, the walk down took one half hour.

View from Savitri Temple, Pushkar, India

The photo shows the view from Savitri Temple. The beginning of the climb can be seen as the smooth path beginning near the square building with a brown roof. Pushkar Lake surrounded by 52 bathing ghats (steps) is prominent in the upper right. The fairground, site of the mustache contest, is the series of blue roofs upper left.

These photos show the view of Savitri Temple at the peak of the hill as seen from the Pushkar Fairgrounds (photo on the left) and the view of the climb to the temple (photo on the right).

Member of Border Security Forces (BSF) of India

This last picture shows a contrast that happened accidentally. The photo was taken during the evening flag lowering ceremony at Wagah on the international border between India and Pakistan. Shown is an Indian soldier (member of the Border Security Forces (BSF)) in his colorful dress uniform. The picture was taken to capture the moment, even though the telephoto lens caused the vignetting in the photograph.

Double & Rotation

Double is interpreted in two ways in this post: as two objects that look very much alike, and as objects that appear doubled.

Cruise Ships
Celebrity cruise ships

This picture shows two ships from the Celebrity cruise line. The ship on the right is the Celebrity Eclipse (Solstice Class), while the ship on the left is one of the ships in the Millennium Class. This photo was taken in an Eastern Caribbean port in November, 2011.

Carnival Pride 503
Carnival Pride casino slot machines

This photo shows two slot machines in the casino on the Carnival Pride cruise ship. The photo was taken in December, 2012, while the ship was in port in the Bahamas. (Cameras are not permitted in the casino when it is open for business.)

Outside Vegas
Boulders near Las Vegas

This photo shows a pair of boulders in a park just outside Las Vegas, Nevada. The car between the boulders indicates scale.

South Beach Bench
Double chair

This photo shows a double chair in a park near the ocean in South Beach, Miami, Florida. The photo was taken in February, 2013.

Cactus blooming in Las Vegas
Cactus blooms

This picture shows double blooms on a cactus. This photo was taken in a park outside Las Vegas, Nevada.

Faces of Buddha

Finally, this photo shows two faces of Buddha, as well as two partial faces of Buddha. (Two more faces and partial faces are on the back side.) This photo was taken in Angkor Wat, Cambodia in March, 2013.

Glass, Squared


This photo is a reflection in a store window, captured by holding the camera touching and almost parallel to the glass of the window. The photo was taken in Paris, France, in October, 2015. Specs are:

Canon 50D: ISO 400, 1/400, f/6.3, 28mm

Restaurant Au Petit Creux

This photo was taken in Montmartre, Paris, France in October 2015.The name of the restaurant means, loosely, “a little hungry” or perhaps “munchies” or “snacks.” The interior of the restaurant that is closest to the window is seen (overhead lights, lady, Eiffel Tower statue). A building across the street is reflected in the window. The photo was taken in October, 2015. Specs are:

Olympus TG-4: ISO 800, 1/80 sec, f/4.7, 90mm

wine bottle and glass
Wine bottle and glass

This photo was taken at a sidewalk table outside Cafe Nazir in Montmartre in Paris, France. The wine bottle and glass are reflected in each other, and both reflect food and a red napkin from the table. The photo was taken in October, 2015. Specs are:

Olympus TG-4: ISO 100, 1/60 sec, f/2.3, 5.5 mm

stained glass
Stained glass window

This photo shows a stained glass window in the Chateau de Fontainebleau, near Paris, France. Viewed in person, the glass tapestries appear to have a velvet texture. The photo was taken in October, 2015. Specs are:

Olympus TG-4: ISO 500, 1/30 sec, f/2.6, 6.4mm

Treasure & Close-up

Wedding rings

This is a close-up photo of treasured objects taken against a background that is the photo of a treasured event.

This photo was taken by laying the rings on the top of a glass-topped table and taking the picture through the glass top to the photo album lying on the floor below. The camera was an Olympus TG-4 using the microscope setting.

Places of Worship

Since today is Easter Sunday, the featured topic is places of worship from around the world. The pictures are presented alphabetically by country.

Since, by necessity, the description of the religious significance of each site is very short, the interested reader is encouraged to research further.


Angkor Wat, Cambodia

This photo shows the sun rising behind Angkor Wat in Cambodia. During its long history, Hinduism and Buddhism have both been practiced here.

This photo was taken in March, 2013.


Temple of Kom Ombo, Aswan, Egypt

The Temple of Kom Ombo is located  in Upper Egypt for the worship of two gods: the crocodile god Sobek (god of fertility, who created the world) and the falcon god Horus (son of Isis and Osiris; god of the sky, war and hunting). Images of Hathor, depicted as a cow goddess, are also  prevalent here.

This photo was taken in February, 2013.


Notre Dame
Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris, France

This photo of the historic Catholic Notre Dame Cathedral was taken in October, 2015.


Here are photos of Indian temples for each of three ancient religions (Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism) and two newer religions (Islam and Sikhism).

Sree Meenakshi Amman Temple, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, South India

The Sree Meenakshi Amman Temple is located in Madurai in the state of Tamil Nadu in South India. It is dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva and named for his wife, the goddess Parvati. Shiva is the destroyer, recycler and regenerator of universe and all life. Parvati is the goddess of love and devotion. Shiva and Parvati are the parents of Ganesha and Kartikeya.

There are 14 towers; the tallest tower is the southern one, at 170 feet.

This photo was taken in March, 2013.


Jain Temple at Ranakpur, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India

This photo shows pillars in the interior of the Jain Temple at Ranakpur, in the city of Udaipur in the state of Rajasthan, India.

This photo was taken in October, 2014.

Dhamekh Stupa, Sarnath, Uttar Pradesh, India

This photo shows the Dhamekh Stupa in Sarnath, about 13 kilometers north-east of Varanasi, in the state of Uttar Pradesh, India. Sarnath is the site of Buddha’s first sermon after his enlightenment.

This photo was taken in October, 2014.


Jama Masjid, Old Delhi, India

This photo shows the Jama Masjid in Old Delhi; it is one of the largest Muslim mosques in India. The photo is taken from a window at the top of one of the towers, a twin to the taller tower reaching above the skyline. The two (shorter) minarets visible in the middle are 130 feet high.

This photo was taken in March, 2013.

The Golden Temple, Amritsar, Punjab, India

This photo is of Sri Harmandir Sahib, the Golden Temple, which is the holiest Gurdwara (place of worship) of Sikhism.  The Golden Temple is located in Amritsar in the state of Punjab, India.

This photo was taken in October, 2014.



Sagrada Família, Barcelona, Spain

This photo shows part of the exterior of the Sagrada Família, a Roman Catholic church in Barcelona, Spain, designed by Antoni Gaudi.

This photo was taken in April, 2015.


Buddha statues, Wat Arun, Bangkok, Thailand

This photo shows a row of Buddha statues inside Wat Arun in Bangkok, Thailand. The photo was taken in March, 2013, before the restoration of the wall behind the statues.

Reclining Buddha, Wat Pho, Bangkok, Thailand.

This photo shows the Reclining Buddha in Wat Pho, Bangkok, Thailand.

This photo was taken in February, 2016.

Vatican City State

Sistine Chapel ceiling, Vatican

This photo shows part of the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in the Roman Catholic Vatican.

This photo was taken in February, 2013.