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We used Trinetra Tours for our trip to South India (this is the second time we have used them and they are excellent). The welcome letter from the managing director, Tapas Banerjee, included the following:

“I must say that you might find a lot of poverty and deprivation around you. Please do not analyze it at that very point in time. All this, what we think of as sufferings, should help us to see our own lives in a different perspective. Perhaps to realize how lucky we are with material endowments and in spite of this we seek more and more. Also, another way of looking at this issue would be to see these people in their rags so happy and hospitable. Are we the same, in spite of all our material acquisitions?”

We took this photo from the window of a private air-conditioned van on the way to visit the ruins at Hampi.  The women are drawing water from a tank and washing clothes as a cow strolls by.  Scenes like this were common in our travels and made the advice in the welcome letter resonate.

The Guinness Waterfall

This is our entry in The Daily Post Photo Challenge: Liquid.

We recently visited the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin, Ireland. Their stout is made from Wicklow mountain water, roasted malted barley, hops, and brewer’s yeast. One floor of the multistory building is dedicated to those four ingredients. The most dramatic display is a waterfall representing the very special water used in making Guinness stout.

This photo was taken on April 29, 2018. Specs are:

Olympus TG-5, ISO 640, f/3, 1/15 sec, 8.4 mm

A Winged Dragon of the Fontaine Saint-Michel — Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Water

This is our entry in Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Water.

This photo of Fontaine Saint Michel in Paris, France, shows one of the winged dragons spouting water into the basin below the main fountain.

This photo was taken on September 19, 2016, and converted to black and white with selective color, using Silver Efex Pro.  Specs are:

Olympus TG-4, ISO 200, f/4.9, 1/100 sec, 18mm

 

Waiting for the Water Slide

This is our entry in  The Daily Post Photo Challenge: Waiting  and in Dutch goes the Photo!’s Tuesday Photo Challenge – Water.

In this photo of teens and children using a water slide, we wanted to be able to show movement of some people while freezing the movement of others. The people near the top of the line have something to focus on – the person preparing to enter the slide – and are almost motionless, while the more recent arrivals to the line are trying to watch from the side before establishing their places in line.  With a very short exposure time, all of them would be frozen in place, while with a very long exposure time, they would all be invisible. In earlier shots at 13 seconds and f/16, they were all beginning to disappear and be unrecognizable as persons. We wanted at least f/8 for the depth of field, so opening up the aperture to get a faster shutter speed wasn’t an option (and it could have eliminated the motion blur). This final shot uses an f/8 aperture and a long 3.2 second exposure. In order to have this longer exposure time in bright daylight, a tripod and a 6-stop neutral-density filter were used.

This photo was taken on May 29, 2017. Specs are:

Canon 100D, ISO 100, f/8.0, 3.2 sec, 50 mm.