The theme for this week’s photo challenge is Edge.
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.
The coastline with the local trees was so picturesque.
Here are some photos taken of the edges of the island.
Invariably, they have beautiful trees and plants complementing the beautiful coast.
I managed to get up early when staying at the island of Hvar, Croatia.
The harbor looked deserted; not a soul was in sight.
The whole harbor now seems to belong to me.
The view was so different from yesterday.
I was grateful that I have been given another fresh and good day on this wonderful island.
The challenge from the Daily Post this week is Minimalist.
I like photos which are simple but beautiful.
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 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.
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 enjoy 🙂
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!!!.