Lens-Artists Photo Challenge#99: Old and New

Rome is the most fascinating mix of old and new I have ever seen: thousands of years of history all on top of each other.  It is a thriving modern metropolis, yet everywhere there are reminders of the past.  Buildings that would be “old” here in the States are practically “new” there! Here is one of my favorite shots from our bus tour of the city (I previously used it for challenge #58).  I love the mix of the motor bikes and the historic architecture.

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Another great image I have used before: the famine memorial in Dublin, Ireland, across the River Liffey from the new office buildings that make up the financial and tech hub of the country (including Facebook and Riot Games).  A way of remembering the past while looking forward to the future.

You can find more old and new at the original Lens-Artist challenge.

 

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge#98 – Delicate Colours

Nature provides many delicate colors in her palette, but today I’m featuring some man-made examples from my travels.

The Torre Glòries in Barcelona has such an interestingly subtle color scheme in the day time.  (Very different from its bold nighttime look, lit up with LEDs)

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I suspect these frescoes in Pompeii originally quite vivid, but time and volcanic ash have made them appear much more delicate.

You can find more delicate colors at the original Lens-Artist challenge.

 

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #97- Pastimes

My trip to Ireland with my mom allowed me to appreciate many pastimes: hiking, biking, gardening, and drinking.

 

But seriously, there is nothing I would rather spend time on than reading.  And for bibliophiles, there is no better place than a library; the one at Trinity College in Dublin is the most spectacular I’ve ever seen.

 

You can find more pastimes at the original Lens-Artist challenge, this week brought to us by guest host Sue (Mac’s Girl).

 

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #96: Cropping the Shot

As a scrapbooker, cropping my photos comes naturally to me.  “Cropping” is actually a frequently used slang term for the act of scrapbooking, as in “I spent my Saturday at a crop,” meaning a get-together for scrapbooking (not possible right now ☹).

I edit nearly all my photos, either simply with Google Photos or with Forever Historian, a photo editing software intended for scrapbookers.  When you have limited space in a scrapbook, cropping helps you focus on essentials for the sake of aesthetics, as well as fit more photos on a page.

On our trip to Europe, we took a lot of bus tours, which don’t give you a lot of time to frame the perfect shot.  Luckily, that’s where cropping comes in!

This one goes from a typical “yeah, I took this out a bus window” photo to a perfectly decent shot St. Peter’s Basilica.  I personally think square photos are underrated and use them a lot.

On Skellig Michael in Ireland, sometime the cliffs made it impossible to get exactly the shot I would have liked, and I had an older camera with me because I didn’t want to chance my phone getting wet on the boat ride.  I have cropped nearly every picture I took there.

This one even went from vertical to horizontal.  I was able to get rid of some unnecessary rocks and waves and zoom in on the adorable puffins.  It may also have been a better fit for the layout of my scrapbooking page.  I probably could have cropped even further to focus on just one or two puffins, but I had to consider the resolution of the photo, too.

You can find more cropping at the original Lens-Artist challenge.

 

 

Lens-Artists Challenge #95 – ALL WET

When it rains on vacation, sometimes you just have to make the best of it.  A little rain in Croatia didn’t stop us from donning ponchos and seeing some of the countryside around Dubrovnik.

And when traveling to Ireland, some rain is just a given.  We got a bit wet on a misty walk near Lough Annascaul; it was a “soft day” as they would call it.

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The sheep didn’t seem to mind it.  And it was worth it for the views.  Though seeing a waterfall in the rain strikes me as a bit funny!

You can find more wetness at the original Lens-Artist challenge.