When I was a kid, I have a lot of admiration for people taking great photos.
How can such good photos can be captured using a simple and manual camera?
Now with cameras becoming so common and smart phones so handy, many people seem to be able to show off their talents in photography.
Here are two photos taken by my wife today in Glenorchy, near Queensland, South Island of New Zealand.
Both photos were taken with a smartphone.
She is again on a one month tour in the land of Kiwis, while I am holding the fort at home.
One just wonders where did she acquire her skills.
Similarly, my brother who has been residing 40 years abroad, also seems to have acquired excellent techniques. His photos are now featured in Fine Art America:
I would say his photos are a lot better than mine. Again, are we born photographers or everybody has this inner skills which only come to the fore when you have ready access to cameras.
Clouds are my favorite subject of photography.
In particular, I like shooting storm clouds in the tropics, over the infinite horizon.
Here is a picture taken at Geneva, overlooking the lake with some extraordinary clouds at a relatively low altitude.
I have turned it into a black and white to make it look more moody.
Here are two more pictures taken in Jiuzhagou, China.
I must admit that they illustrate more of serene scenery than mere boundaries.
The first one appears to me to be an infinity pool with water flowing towards the temple.
Somewhere between the lake and the temple must be a boundary – a boundary which is hidden by the fact that there is a fall between them.
The picture was taken at a high altitude in Huanglong, a few thousand metres above sea level.
In the second picture, there is a definite boundary – a timber fence which separates the visitors from the hills and lake below.
Mentally, the boundaries are just invisible, as you have become immersed in Nature!
This week’s DP photo challenge is Boundary.
The trees on this picture and the fence mark the boundary to the lake.
However, the beauty does not just stop at the boundary, it continues on to the blue crystal clear lake and beyond.
Beauty cannot be contained within boundaries; it penetrates through until it reaches the heart and mind of those who see it.
Green is my colour.
Here is a picture taken in the Ritsurin Garden, Shinkoku, Japan.
The tree branches were dripping down to the lake.
The picture was taken after heavy rain which stirred up the lake water.
The picture was basically in different shades of green.
On a rainy day, we found ourselves hiking laboriously in the mountains of Snowdonia, Wales.
My shoes were soaked, water penetrated my shoes, part of the skin on the feet has come off.
Gazing afar, we saw this beautiful lake of Llyn Llydaw.
Llyn Llydaw – 1,430 feet (440 m) high, 110 acres (45 ha) – lies in Cwm Dyli, Snowdon’s eastern cwm, and is one of Snowdonia’s deepest lakes, at up to 190 ft (58 m) deep.
There was clearly a connection down to and across the lake, in the form of a causeway.
On that gloomy day, we did hike down and across the lake, in the form of a causeway. A day always remembered.
This place Jiuzhaigou has afforded me a lot of inspirational moments.
Lush trees standing out so clearly from the background mountains.
Clouds just beyond the yonder mountain covering partially the mountain top.
The blue water of the placid lake forming seemingly the first layer, followed by layers of different colors.
These are my inspirations!