Cee’s Fun Photo Challenge: Texture

How closely have we ever looked at walls?

This is part of a wall at Angkor Wat, Cambodia.

Undoubtedly, the blocks forming the wall have a rough texture.

More than that, it is astonishing to see that the blocks have half joints – not only on one end, but on both ends.

Understand the blocks in Mayan structures also have the same joints. I suppose this is to increase the interlocking between blocks, giving more stability.DSC_0143A

This means the workers had to accurately carve out the joints so that they perfectly fit the ones on the left and the right. That’s astonishing!

Here are two more images showing not only the texture of the wall; but also that of the gigantic tree roots.DSC_0209A

The tree roots have a smoother texture.

When viewed with the rougher but more regular pattern of the wall, they seem to be in harmony.DSC_0213A

No doubt, Angkor Wat is a showcase of “Texture”.



WPC: Abandoned and CFFC: Sepia Tones

This is an attempt to submit one photo for both photo challenges of this week : the Weekly Photo Challenge: Abandoned and Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Sepia Tones.

I have posted this photo before as a color photo. The image shows an abandoned house in the North East corner of Hong Kong.

While playing around with converting color photos to sepia tones, I find this converted photo to be more intriguing.CIMG3533A

The sepia shows the roots of the banyan trees and the wall in a more striking manner.

They just stand out from the picture!

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Sepia Tones

Cee’s Foto Challenge this week is Sepia Tones.

I like experimenting with sepia tones.

For this challenge, I have chosen sail boats, harbor and houses as my subject.

Incidentally, both pictures were taken in Croatia, although they have different settings and convey different moods.DSCF0953A

The first one was taken in Dubrovnik showing the harbor with boats, houses stepped up in terraces and a fortress on the right.DSCF0673A

The second one was taken on Hvar island, where we boarded the ferry on our way to Dubrovnik.

While the color images are also quite interesting, I am inclined to like the sepia tones more.

Please enjoyūüôā

Sunday Stills: Headshots

I  am pretty late for this challenge on Headshots which is the subject of last week.

Four images immediately come to mind for this challenge.

The Buddha heads at Angkor Wat, Cambodia . . . . . . DSC_0382A

and, on a completely different subject, the Humphead fish at the Okinawa aquarium.

Isn’t it cute?DSC_0242A

The third one was  taken in the Chime Long zoo, China. What a surprise!CIMG1050

The last one is a close up shot of the head of a terracotta soldier at an exhibition. Hope that it doesn’t scare you.CIMG2367

So, which one is your favorite?

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Rainbow Colors

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week asks us to show off a few photos, each containing at least four strong colours.

immediately come to mind are pictures taken in Biei and Furano in Hokkaido, Japan.


For more pictures of rainbow colors, please see my earlier post https://retireediary.wordpress.com/2012/08/01/the-rainbow-of-flowers-in-biei-and-furano-japan/

Hopefully, this post will allow me time in catching up with posting on the blog and responding to readers’ comments after my travels.

Cee‚Äôs Fun Foto Challenge : Colors of Red, White or Red and White together

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week is the Colors of Red, White or Red and White together

While it is not that difficult to find red or white separately; the challenge is more in having red and white together in a picture and that they are the predominant colors. Frankly speaking, red is not my color. This is not the color I usually encounter in my landscape photography. I only like it  if it makes pictures interesting.

In the pictures below, I have tried to showcase some pictures in which they are the main colors. Some of them can be considered pairs.

While in Hvar island, Croatia, we liked watching boats of flashy  colors in the Hvar harbor. The boats just swayed lazily in the blue Adriatic sea waters.CIMG3564

Hvar is a long island. At its far end, there is an enchanted little fishing town known as Sucraj. Here, we found red and white boats lying on the shore.DSCF0671

Langkawai, Malaysia is an idyllic island which we like going back again and agin for a visit. While wandering along some alleys, we saw these red and white flowers which overwhelmed the whole picture.DSC_0321

Lithuania, Baltic too has got some red flowers which stood out from the white  paving blocks in the pavement.DSC_0382

Wandering the street of Latvia, we stumbled upon this street side artist standing against a wall of red and white rectangles.DSC_0156

The palaces in Lativia, Baltic never failed to arouse our interest. This palace, which displayed some furniture and paintings, was once the residence of the royal family.DSC_0234

It appears that red walls in the upper portion and white in the lower portion were the favored colors of the royal family at the time.DSC_0238

Thanks  Cee for  coming up with this interesting theme for the photo challenge. For more posts showing red and white, please refer to http://www.ceephotography.com/2013/02/19/cees-fun-foto-challenge-the-colors-of-red-white-or-red-and-white-together/

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Black and White

I am happy to see that Cee’s¬†Fun Foto Challenge this week is Black and White.

I have been playing around converting the photo below taken in Bostwana from color to B&W. The original photo was very interesting but I think the B&W is not in any way inferior.DSCF1526

I came across a blog post which suggests that we should not preset a camera to B&W when we want B&W photos; but rather do a post processing on it. His other advice includes taking it on a grey day when the light is soft and use the lowest ISO.

I have some slides which were taken 20+ years ago and they have become decolored.  Converting to B&W seem to be a good way of keeping the photos interesting.

The photo below was taken in 1985 at Brighton Beach. I have shown it before but I couldn’t help showing it again as a B&W in a collection.Brighton B&W

Another photo taken in the same year is the Stlker castle in Scotland below. Like the other one, it become decolored and I think this is the best way of rescuing it.Scan10010

The photo below of the pyramid in Cairo, Egypt was taken in year 2000. Again, it has become decolored. B&W gives this a different mood.My beautiful picture

My picture of Istanbul, Turkey taken on a cruise when the sun was setting was almost monotonic, with a purple taint. The converted picture below seems only have changed the picture from pink to B&W.CIMG0595

Some of the pictures below are taken in more recent years. I can never forgot the difficult climb up the Wu Yi mountains, China when the sky was grey and misty. The photo below of mysterious mountain with a pavilion and tourists climbing up like (white) ants has implanted deeply in my mind.CIMG0328

The picture of West Lake, China below was taken last Winter. Post processing it to B&W does not make a big difference to the image as the picture was almost grey in  color when taken.CIMG1126

Back to the West. The picture below was taken in Dubrovnik, Croatia last May. It gives a different feel than the usual picture of red roofs to the houses.CIMG1541

Still on the same subject of Dubrovnik, the B&W picture below shows a close up version of the individual houses or structures in that picturesque area.CIMG1545

The picture of Trakai, Latvia has always been shown in color. The picture below is my attempt to show it in B&W, giving it a special character.Baltic Capitals  15-Aug-09 051B

How can I forget the beautiful Langkawai, Malaysia with the sun just rising and a boat lying on the shore . . . . .DSC_0386

I like both colors and B&W. Although, in the real world, it would be nice if many controversial issues would just be in Black or White so people do not have to fight over various shades of grey. Maybe, I should set up an opinion poll to see whether you like Colors or B&W!