This is the sort of photo which I don’t take.
However, this is the sort of photo I would like to post.
This is, again, another photo from my friend CP Chan.
The photo was taken again at the fishing rafts in Hong Kong; with the fishing net, mountains and sea as backdrop.
It shows, a dead fish abandoned within the net.
Clearly, my friend is more diverse in his subject of photography and has sharp eyes and inquisitive mind.
Here is an interesting image showing Silhouettes in different shades.
The image shows how busy Guangzhou can be, with lots of activities on the bridges crossing the Pearl River in Guangzhou Chinese.
People and cyclists hastily crossing the bridges.
Nearest to us is the steel truss bridge with the truss members in silhouette.
Further away is the Jiefang Bridge (Liberation Bridge), with its bow string shape – arches in each river crossing span with cables suspending from the arches to support the bridge deck.
Of course, you can also see the Pearl River and some buildings in the background.
Again, thanks to my friend CP Chan who provided this interesting image.
I have taken five or six photos of this Japanese footbridge at the Ritsurin garden in Shinkoku, Japan.
Except for one of the photos, all photos have some visitors on the footbridge; this is not something I want.
I waited for a long while to get my only photo without any people on it; that photo was published recently under the post “Monet’s Japanese Footbridge?”.
Originally, this photo has one man standing at the top of the arch bridge, he also has one hand holding an umbrella against the bridge deck.
With a computer software, using the “Clone and Heal” function, I have successfully removed the man from the image!
For readers with sharp eyes, you may be able to see a dark blue umbrella freely standing on its own near to the top of the footbridge.
Is this magical!
For comparison, the original photo is attached.
I can tell you that this is not Monet’s Japanese footbridge , maybe not one that inspired Monet.
However, this was the first thing came to mind, when I saw this footbridge in the Ritsurin Gardens in ShikokThis footbridge, although offers a curve profile like the one in Monet’s painting, has quite a few intermittent column supports, whereas the Monet’s footbridge has a column free arch superstructure.
Unfortunately, there were also no water lilies near to the footbridge. However, there were a few big koi swimming around, which added to the atmosphere.
I llike arch bridges, especially arch footbridges. In fact, one main drive of this trip was to see this bridge and the Kintai (ribbon like) footbridge.
For comparison, I am also posting a sepia version of this footbridge.
It is my dream that one day, I will visit Giverny where Monet designed and built his Japanese footbridge. For a moment, I will live in the impressionist world of water, lilies, footbridge and to see this fusion of East and west in person!
Earlier last Monday, we have the Dragon Boat Festival .
It is in the memory of a patriotic poet in the olden days who committed suicide by drowning himself in a river as he was no longer listened by the king at the time.
Apart from the dumplings, of course, we have the Dragon Boat Race. Here are some pictures taken on 6 June, by my ex-colleague Mr. CP Chan, during the international Dragon Boat Race in Hong Kong.
For the international race, the boats are smaller.
In fact, throughout the years, the boats are downsized and simplified.
I could still remember the days when the boats have several dozen of people and highly decorative, some even have parasols on them too!
Here is a picture I have taken of the slightly longer boats when they are not in use.
The tails and the heads of the dragons are separately stored on land while the boats are moored in a sheltered location – waiting for the race next year!