Twisted at Palais de Tokyo

This is our entry in nancy merrill photography’s A Photo a Week Challenge: Twisted.

We visited the Palais de Tokyo in Paris this past April.  After three hours of wandering through the fantastic exhibits, we were heading back to the entrance when we came across a group of curiously colorful and lumpy objects lying on a stairway and the lobby floor.  The objects were encased in fabrics that were simultaneously sophisticated (shimmering, elegant, textured) and grotesque (tightly-stretched, color-clashing, awkwardly-constructed).  As we stopped to look,  we observed the objects writhe and twist occasionally, in an uncoordinated way.   Expecting to learn that some random movement process was being controlled by complex machinery, we were somewhat (but not very) surprised to see an errant foot appear from one bundle and a head from another, as the bundle occupants struggled to remain hidden while they twisted blindly in place.

 

This photo was taken on April 10, 2019. Specs are:

Canon 200D, ISO 640, f/5.6, 1/250 sec, 18 mm.

The Urban Art of Dunkin’ Donuts

This is our entry in nancy merrill photography’s A Photo a Week Challenge: Urban.

We recently visited the Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM) in Washington, D.C.  As we wandered among the many wonderful pieces of art on display, we glanced out a window to observe an urban icon gently distorted by the glass and screening of the window.

This photo was taken on June 14, 2019. Specs are:

Olympus TG-5, ISO 800, f/4.9, 1/25 sec, 18 mm

See You Soon

This is our entry in nancy merrill photography’s A Photo a Week Challenge: Endings.

In the fall of 2014, we visited Shimla in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, hoping to see the Himalayas without actually climbing them.  Instead, we were merely terrified passengers in the car that climbed to Shimla about 2200 meters above sea level.  (We had traveled from Amritsar to Shimla in one day, with the last three hours of the journey being  85 km of steep zig-zag road, thankfully arriving before pitch black night.)   The hotel for our three nights in Shimla was Wildflower Hall, the former residence of Lord Kitchener, commander-in-chief of the British Army in India (1902-1909).  On our last night there, we found this lovely sendoff on a small table in our room.

This photo was taken on October 28, 2014. Specs are:

Olympus TG-3, ISO 800, f/2.0, 1/25 sec, 4.5 mm

 

 

 

Rustic Round Meets Modern Square

This is our entry in nancy merrill photography’s A Photo a Week Challenge: Squares and Circles.

When we visited Southeast Asia in 2017, one of the highlights was trekking combined with a homestay near Sa Pa, Vietnam. Many homes in the area have added on a room or two to host visitors, providing dinner and breakfast of interesting and filling local food.  Our homestay had a large shared dormitory-style room for guides and other guests, as well as a concrete addition with three private rooms and a shared bathroom.  The wall pictured below separated an inner common room from outside tables. The rustic round gourd hanging on the wall contrasts with the square panes of the modern window wall.  The windows reflect the everyday world of the family, especially the red laundry hanging over the fence to dry.

This photo was taken on February 16, 2017. Specs are:

Olympus TG-4,  ISO 100, f/2.4, 1/40 sec, 5.87 mm

For more photos from this trek, please see our posts:

Pho Bowls at Coc Ly Market,

Walking Bridge in Ta Van Village – Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Letters W or X and

Sa Pa Rice Terrace – Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Harvest – Earth.

Venus with raindrops

This is our entry in nancy merrill photography’s A Photo a Week Challenge: Raindrops.

The blossoms on our Venus dogwood tree continue to expand and whiten.  The large bracts gather raindrops from a passing shower.

This photo was taken on May 9, 2019. Specs are:

Canon SL/2, ISO 100, f/4.0, 1/60 sec, 200 mm

For earlier views of this Venus dogwood tree, see Venus fades to white and Venus against a blue sky.

The Budapest Eye

We have always been fascinated by Ferris wheels, so it is no surprise that we admired (and photographed) the Budapest Eye from many angles before (and after) we rode it.  The Budapest Eye — also known as the Sziget Eye — towers 65 meters high over Erzsébet Square.  Only St. Stephen’s Basilica (and the Budapest Parliament Building) are taller at 96 meters.

The first photo was taken from Gellért Hill on the evening we arrived in Budapest.  Saint Stephen’s Basilica is the imposing building behind it.  We had hiked partway down from the 140 meter peak of Gellért Hill, which rises above the Danube River. The 25 second exposure captures the rotation of the wheel.

The second photo was taken as we stood in line for our ride just after sunset. At 2700 Hungarian Forint (HUF) per ride, slightly more than $9 USD, for a minimum of three rotations or 8 – 10 minutes, it is a pricey thrill, but worth it.  Calculating from time stamps on our photos, we rode for at least 15 minutes.

The third photo was taken from directly beneath the arc of 42 cabins on the wheel.  Each cabin is sized for four to six people.

This post is our entry in nancy merrill photography’s A Photo a Week Challenge: Three of a Kind and Dutch goes the Photo!’s Tuesday Photo Challenge – Wheel.

Looking Up at Pena Palace — A Photo a Week Challenge: Look Up

This is our entry in Nancy Merrill’s A Photo a Week Challenge: Look Up.

This is an image taken while looking up at the towers of the Pena Palace in Sintra, Portugal.

This photo was taken on September 10, 2017. Specs are:

Canon 100D, ISO 200, f/16, 1/60 sec, 18mm.