I feel I should continue on with last week’s WPC of Between.
After my last two posts of Between (Columns) and Between (Walls), it is just natural that I should also post on Between (Houses).
On our trip to the Baltics, one of my favorite themes of photography was to photograph houses.
I like the colors of the houses and the quiet cobble stone alleys.
Here is my favorite picture taken in a quiet alley.
The picture will be a lot less interesting if not for presence of the cat on the street.
I have an almost exactly similar photo without a cat . I can appreciate what a difference a cat (for many, it is a beloved pet) makes to the picture!
So, this concludes my series.
This week’s Photo Challenge is Between.
As we walked into this palace in the Baltics, I thought I should take a picture of the entrance.
It would be interesting if I took a picture of the entrance with the palace in between.
However, the direction of the sunlight wasn’t right – I would be photographing against the sun and the image of the palace would come out dark.
So, once entered into the courtyard, I turned myself back and took this photo.
I am glad that the sunlight has revealed some very fine details of the gate, the columns and the lions mounted on the top.
Instead of the palace, I still have an attractive building between the gates.
As someone who takes travel photos, I well know that the sunlight may change by the second . . . . . . . . . if we don’t take a picture at the moment, that moment may lost forever . . . . . . . . . the sun would have moved and we may no longer pass this way!
When you stepped into this room, the only natural direction of sight is UP!
That’s what I did when I entered this palace room in the Baltics.
Once I lifted my head and looked at the roof, I just couldn’t take my eyes off the roof again.
You may say that there are roofs in other palaces, like the Versailles, are more brilliant.
But this roof is small and low enough that you can focus and take a good look at the details.
The chandeliers, the painting on the roof and the gold colors are just unforgettable!
This is one of the most beautiful rooms I have seen.
I like the rich colors and the details of all the things inside the room.
However, this is not the type of style that I would like to decorate my room.
It is just too grand and royal for me!
I would prefer it to be a bit more soft, lighter and ordinary.
The picture was taken in a palace in the Baltics ( as always, I got the names of various places and palaces in the Baltics mixed up, so excuse me for this).
Have shared some images on Street Life in the Baltics in my previous post.
However, have forgotten this beautiful one.
The image was taken using an entry level DSLR camera.
I am surprised that it takes in so many details with clarity: the colored buildings with different types of architecture; the painting on the building in the middle; the flowers on the planters; the many umbrellas and chairs of the restaurants etc.
As one who comes from a city of mostly modern and high rise buildings, I just felt the scene is just fantastic!
Have been impressed with the display of artistic talents on the street side while travelling through the Baltic countries.
For the first two photos taken, I notice that while the locals consider such display a usual part of their street life and therefore did not pay much attention. Tourist like me did find it interesting.
Here are two persons playing their musical instruments. People just walk passing by without paying much attention.
A painter was working on a painting on the street side while displaying his other paintings. Again, he was alone at work, without many people paying any attention.
I am glad that I have come across these talented people displaying their talents. It took so much of the courage and patience to do this on the street.
Also shown below is a display of works of art in a busy street. This also gives life to the street. To me it seems that they have helped to decorate the street.
More commonly found are cafes lining both sides of cobbled street.
I was somewhat surprised to find that these roadside cafes commonly occupied the road areas ( not footpath areas) and that they have no permanent shelters.
These mean that the roads must originally wide enough for them to encroach and that the weather must be reasonably good if they are to be used.
All in all, the visit to the Baltics was a wonderful experience.
This week’s photo challenge is Threes.
The Challenger wants us to tell a story with a series of three pictures.
I don’t have a story to tell.
I am going to tell you three fairy tales:
The first tale in true colors. . . . . . . . . .
Then the fairy tale is repeated as if it were a painting . . . . .
Last of all, the fairy tale is retold in black and white, making it more surreal.
You may say that I am cheating as I am just showing the same image of Trakai castle in the Baltics over and over.
Please forgive this blogger, as he is running out of stories :-)
This is the first week Lingering Visions is hosting the new Thursday Lingering Look at Windows: Week 1.
I have two pictures both taken in Latvia, a Baltic country, showing windows which I find interesting.
I like many of the details in the picture below: the flower-pot in the form of a pig, the yellow flowers, the color and texture of the timber frame and shutter, the black hinges, the contrast in colors etc.
On the other one, the focus is more on the wall than on the windows. Again, there are flowers below the window sill, the reflections from the window pane, the old windows. The paint on the wall below the window has cracked off showing a bad state of repair.
A window is defined as a framework of wood or metal that contains a glass window pane and is built into a wall or roof to admit light or air.
I like windows, not only for the light and the fresh air; gazing out the window often gives me the opportunity of day dreaming and deep thinking. . . . . . .
Where’s My Backpack travel theme this week is Glass
This photo is taken in Latvia, Baltic region. The picture shows on the left the glass maker and his undivided attention in the process of making glassware. The multi-color glassware, which are his products, are displayed on the right.
Not many of us would remember that glass, however, is actually neither a liquid—supercooled or otherwise—nor a solid. It is an amorphous solid—a state somewhere between those two states of matter.
The colored glassware in the picture reminds us how beautiful and useful glass can be.
Glass itself reminds us of the strength and fragility that exists in every one of us.
Solitary is the cat in the alley of Riga, Latvia. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .