Weekly Photo Challenge: Half and Half ( Beach)

I know I have been violating the Rule of Thirds – and that’s the reason why I have ended up with stacks of photos which are Half / Half.1604917_798212216862587_700794201_n

Here is a picture taken at a beach in Hong Kong when the sun was setting.

I like the atmosphere and both halves of the picture – the beach and the sky.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Half and Half (Bryce)

The DP’s theme for this week is Half and Half.

Photographers talk about the rule of thirds.

Taking pictures half / half is usually not recommended.

This week, I will be sharing pictures which are half / half.CIMG4255

The picture was taken by my wife when she was in Bryce, as part of her trip to the South Western.

The sun was setting – the sky and the canyon were almost half / half.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette (Botswana)

I am glad that the Challenge for this week is  Silhouette – as I have quite a few photos to show.

However, they are not all taken by me. I just wanna show photos which best illustrate the theme.DSCF2900

The first photo was taken by my sister-in-law in Botswana.

The sun was setting and the beauty of the image is not in the silhouette itself, but in the sky and the reflections in the water.

So magical!


Sunday Stills Challenge: Sunrise and Sunset

This week’s Sunday Stills Challenge is Sunrise and Sunset.

We love beaches in Langkawi so much that we were always out on the beach when we were there.  We did not stay on any beach for a long length of time but wandered from one to another trying to enjoy the best sights and the best moments. The best moments, to us, include sunrise, sunsets and moonrise.

As the sun  descended beneath the horizon, it bestowed an orange tint upon the sea,  making the water glittered like gold,  but in a fleeting moment, it faded and the sun disappeared.

When the orange tint disappered  it left behind a silvery color upon the surface of sea. The sea still looked very tranquil.

But wait! the moon appeared,  a different light mellowed upon the sea. The moonlight refelcted peacfully from a hotel located next to the beach. The moon light cast a giant shadow of the hotel on the calm water. People walked along the beach enjoying the beautiful scene. It was this sort of timeless moment we have been waiting for.

Next morning, we woke up early to find that there was a low band of orange colors creeping up behind the hills across the sea in front of our hotel villa.

We gazed out patiently from our villa by the sea as the sun slowly creeped up behind the hills.

This sunrise over the hills and  the backdrop of beauty  announced the opening ceremony for another new day.

The  sun kept creeping up illuminating the hills and the sea that a moment ago was still unawoken.

The golden sun appeared  in all its glory and imparted a warmth all over the area.

Nothing can compare to this kind of beauty……the natural lighting of sunbeams shining through the expanse of the sky to give a golden brilliance to the water below.

We took a deep breath and soaked up as much of nature as we could.   On seeing this breathtaking sight, we  were filled with gratitude and were thankful we were given another new sunny day!