Weekly Photo Challenge: Edge ( of the Adriatic Sea )

The theme for this week’s photo challenge is Edge.

I came closest to the Adriatic sea when I traveled on Hvar Island, Croatia.dscf0610

Strolling round the edges of the island everyday was my favorite pastime.

I have never seen a sea that blue and water so clear and azure.

Gazing out to the sea gave me the serenity.dscf0472

The coastline with the local trees was so picturesque.

The weather was good with plenty of sunshine – an ideal place for a photographer.dscf0474

Here are some photos taken of the edges of the island.

Invariably, they have beautiful trees and plants complementing the beautiful coast.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Morning ( at the Hvar Harbor)

I managed to get up early when staying at the island of Hvar, Croatia.

I slipped out of the hotel when everybody were still sleeping.DSCF0532

The harbor looked deserted; not a soul was in sight.

The harbor I saw yesterday was full of tourists, fishermen and locals.DSCF0534

The whole harbor now seems to belong to me.

I have a walk about the harbor, feeling refreshed.DSCF0531

The view was so different from yesterday.

I was grateful that I have been given another fresh and good day on this wonderful island.

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Minimalist

The challenge from the Daily Post this week is Minimalist.

I like photos which are simple but beautiful.

The first photo came to mind was a picture taken on the Eastern extremity of Hvar Island in Croatia.DSCF0667A

We were at the seaside, waiting for the car ferry which took us from the enchanting Hvar Island to the picturesque medieval town of Dubrovnik.

It was still early in the morning. What I can see was a clear blue sea, blue mountain, blue sky and pebbles on the shore which also looked blue.

To me, this is Minimalist!

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

Travel Theme: Shadows

Ailsa’s Travel Theme for this week is Shadows.

Do I like shadows? Many times, the shadows just fall on my subject of interest leaving them in the dark or partially in the dark. In those cases, I only have the option of taking a bad picture or not at all. Sometimes, you clearly knew that, you may only pass through this place only once in a life time. So, reluctantly, you took a picture, hoping it may come out alright.

Other times, a shadow may make things more interesting. It may add to the atmosphere or making things more real by giving readers an idea where light is coming from and what funny shadow it casts. I like taking pictures with long shadows but I only have a few of those.

In this collection, I hope to show how shadows add to the picture rather than being a negative.

While walking the narrow streets in Lithuania, I noticed that the street was covered in the shadow resulting in the left hand side having a darker color contrasting with the bright color and details on the right hand side.DSC_0381

While strolling the shores of Hvar island, Croatia, we came across these white balustrades with interesting grey shadows.DSCF0471

The coastline of Hvar island never failed to impress us, these unoccupied benches by the seaside looked inviting. Their shadows imparted a sense of loneliness.DSCF0505

We found this garden by the side of Lake Geneva, Switzerland. The fountain was delightful; but I also like the tree with its shadows on the grass.DSCF1165

Walking around downtown Zurich, there was this statute casting a shadow in the background, making this statute really stood out three dimensionally from the background.DSCF1149

Down under in Australia, we enjoyed the tranquility of Lake Barrine not far from Cairnes. The boat trip on the lake brought us close to trees on the landside, with branches hanging down to the water. While the trees were in the shadows, the aquatic plants and lilies just stood out from the dark background as if the light have chosen just to illuminate them.CIMG0543

We have always enjoyed travelling to Langkawi, Malaysia. The setting sun was low down almost touching the sea. It cast long shadows on the chairs and tables by the beach side.DSC_0216

Again in Langakwi, the palm created a wavy but interesting shadow on the white sand on which it stood.DSC_0083

Last year, on our way to the YunGang Grotto, China¬†viewing some of the biggest buddhas, we passed through this bridge which leads into the site. The bridge piers were basically in a shadow. Still, it couldn’t hide the fine details on the piers.DSCF2338

My pictures with shadows were taken mainly to highlight the portions not covered by the shadows. I must admit that the shadows in the pictures are not the main subject but help to enhance the overall quality. An inspiration from this Travel Theme is that, in future, I should also be shooting pictures with interesting shadows as the main subject.

Weekly Photo Challenges: Reflections (3)

We have a wonderful time on Hvar island, Croatia, lazing around and doing things at a slow pace which we wouldn’t have¬†time to ¬†do¬†¬†in a fast pace world. One of the things we did was to window shop and take pictures of reflections off the windows. DSCF0649

It came as a surprise to me when the pictures came out. The reflection of the yachts and the Hvar harbor was a lot clearer and brighter than the window displays.DSCF0547

As an amateur photographer, I was thrilled by the result of the first photo and started to take more photos of shop windows and reflections. I knew I was just amusing myself on this island which was timeless .

Another picture which came to mind on reflections is a photo taken in the early hours in the court yard of a hotel in Bangkok, Thailand. The white solitary statute standing in a pond with the lotus leaves surrounding it connote a certain sense of Zen and internal reflection.CIMG0363

Don’t let the next¬†picture¬†fool you. This last picture shows the mirror like lake of JiuZhaiGou, China.¬†The picture has been rotated 180 degrees so that the lake is in the upper half of the picture, the hills in the lower part, with the tree in the foreground¬†reaching upwards instead of actually dripping down!!!!.068A