4-26-13 Twofer! Travel Theme : Light – Weekly Photo Challenge: Culture

“Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong. No matter how fast light travels, it finds the darkness has always got there first, and is waiting for it.” .

Terry Pratchett

“I imagine hell like this: Italian punctuality, German humour and English wine.”

Peter Ustinov

The two photo themes this week serendipitously came together for me in one image

Ailsa choose the theme: Light.

The WordPressians Photo Challenge this week is: Culture.

This shot is from Barcelona in 1990.

Photo Chal and FB-5001

As always here are a few other views of these subjects. You can find all of them through the links above.



Travel theme: Light | Sigoese

Travel Theme ~ Light | Stories After Bedtime

light | photo theme hop

Weekly Travel theme: Light « Lagottocattleya

Travel Theme: Light | wildsherkin


  1. Weekly Photo Challenge: Culture | Flickr Comments
  2. Weekly Photo Challenge: CULTURE | eagerexplorer
  3. WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE : CULTURE | beyond toxicity
  4. Weekly Photo Challenge: Culture | Ese’s Voice
  5. Weekly Photo Challenge: “Culture” | It’s Just Me: My thoughts and happenings of the day…
  6. Weekly Photo Challenge:Culture | So where’s the snow?
  7. Weekly Photo Challenge: Culture | A Little British Pea …
  8. Charlemagnes Octagon – A lot of culture (Loving Aachen IV) | A Happy and Beautiful World
  9. Weekly Photo Challenge: Culture | Queenie
  10. Weekly Photo Challenge ~ Culture | Cabin Fever
  11. Culture | Spirit Lights The Way
  12. Weekly Photo Challenge: Culture | Taking time, making time
  13. Weekly Photo Challenge: Culture | AC’s Sharing Spree
  14. Weekly Photo Challenge: Culture: American Diner | SERENDIPITY
  15. Weekly Photo Challenge: Culture | Just James
  16. Horn-OK-Please | wingrish
  17. WordPress weekly photo challenge: Culture | Perfecting Motherhood
  18. Culture (weekly photo challenge) | En Vers et Contre-Champs
  19. WordPress Photo Challenge: Culture | A year in the Life
  20. Weekly Photo Challenge: Culture | A Western Buddhist’s Travels
  21. Challenge Photo Hebdo – Culture(s) | Paris en photographies
  22. Weekly Photo Challenge – Culture | The Syllabub Sea
  23. Weekly Photo Challenge – Culture | Chittle Chattle
  24. Weekly Photo Challenge: Culture | Bams’ Blog
  25. Weekly Photo Challenge – Culture | Just Snaps
  26. Weekly Photo Challenge: Culture – Joy and Woe
  27. Weekly Photo Challenge: Culture | Ryan Photography
  28. Culture and Modernity – Pic de Jour | piran café
  29. Weekly Photo Challenge: Culture | The Eclectic Eccentric Shopaholic
  30. Weekly Photo Challenge: Culture | six degrees photography
  31. Weekly Photo Challenge: Culture | Sigoese
  32. Weekly Photo Challenge ‘Culture’ | Campanulla Della Anna
  33. Weekly Photo Challenge: Culture | Wings to Fly
  34. Weekly Photo Challenge:Culture | It’s a Journey Photo Blog
  35. Bolivian Boys | Broken Light: A Photography Collective
  36. Weekly Photo Challenge: Culture (Naxos) | What’s (in) the picture?
  37. Weekly Photo Challenge: Culture | « The Great Escape » Life from behind a lens
  38. Weekly Photo Challenge: Culture | Hope* the happy hugger
  39. Weekly Photo Challenge – Culture « LargeSelf
  40. Weekly Photo Challenge: CULTURE | Lost in Translation
  41. Weekly Photo Challenge : Culture | Les Petits Pas de Juls
  42. Man With a Book | Empire of Lights
  43. Weekly Photo Challenge: Culture | بيسان
  44. 139. Weekly Photo Challenge: Culture | Sofie’s Diary
  45. Weekly Photo Challenge: Culture | FOTO chip – © Birgitta Rudenius
  46. A New Culture’s Allure | Zeebra Designs & Destinations
  47. Weekly Photo Challenge: Culture | Lucid Gypsy
  48. Giants and Big Heads in Barcelona | Travel with Intent
  49. Weekly Photo Challenge: Culture | belgradestreets
  50. Weekly Photo Challenge: Culture | Stroopwafel Inspiration
  51. Weekly Photo Challenge:Culture | My Visual Arts
  52. Weekly Photo Challenge: Culture | patriciaddrury
  53. Weekly Photo Challenge: Culture | Aislynn’s Lens
  54. Weekly Photo Challenge: Culture | Eat, travel, photograph

2-24-13 RGB (and Brown)

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering.
There is a crack in everything,
That’s how the light gets in.
~Leonard Cohen

In photography RGB is a very important phrase, concept, and working environment.  As I walked along Riverside Park in the rain yesterday the living embodiment appeared to me. Of course, it is a park so…

Hudson River

1-15-13 Weekly Photo Challenge: Illumination

This week’s challenge is: Illumination.

So many possibilities, so little time.  I went digging through the files and for this pass, (maybe only, maybe first, who knows) decided to go back to Akumal.  A lovely moon rise.

This photograph was taken at ISO 3200; 18mm lens; f/stop 7.1; shutter speed 30 seconds; no tripod but balanced on a wall.

This is how it looked straight from the camera…


and (here comes the tech stuff) this is how it looked after moving the white balance from a temp of 3900 and a tint of 5 to a temp of 2850 and no tint, a slight nudge (+ 5) to the highlight tones; a push (+ 19) to the dark tones; removing (-100) the shadow tones and boosting the heck (+ 82) out of the light tones.


Some other Illuminations that you might enjoy…

yi-ching lin photography

Wind Against Current

Spinsters Compass

Broken Light Collective

Ruth E Hendricks Photography

West Coast Kayaker

Nirvana Trails

Mostly Monochrome

Ruined For Life

There are hundreds of others – check them out!

9-24-12 There Is Something In The Air

The morns are meeker than they were,
The nuts are getting brown;
The berry’s cheek is plumper,
The rose is out of town.
The maple wears a gayer scarf,
The field a scarlet gown.
Lest I should be old-fashioned,
I’ll put a trinket on.
Emily Dickinson
Nature XXVII, Autumn.

I went to Brooklyn for a meeting yesterday and took a little photo walk around BAM.

You can feel it. 75 degrees in late September just feels other than 75 degrees in May and certainly has no resemblance to 75 degrees in July. People usually say they can feel it in the air but I think it is the light that makes the change.  Your eyes show the brain what is happening, the brain tells the nose to check it out and suddenly realizes that things smell a new way, and then the message reaches skin and voila, the air feels other than it has been.

But I say it is the light that is the primal response…

1-27-12 Jumping Days

I cleverly left my hard drive behind when I left NYC yesterday so 1/26 will have to come tomorrow after 1/27.

The wonders of the digital storage age.


Before I left the city, the light was extraordinary.  It had been a day of rain followed by sun then fog then clouds then…  I caught these two shots about 30 minutes before sunset…


12-03-11 Winter’s Closing In

Light, penetrates air, strikes water, reflects back to eyes. Signals sent to brain while the creature stands on earth.

It doesn’t seem like much when you put it that way.

Light on water is one of the easy things you can take to get a pleasant and pleasurable picture . I think we are programmed to like it. A really good photograph of light on water is extremely difficult. But I will keep trying.

5-9-11 Light On Water

For the last few weeks I have been finding myself fascinated with the way sun hits water at different times of the day, in different cloud conditions, with various frames and different shooting positions.  It is always beautiful in one way or another and it is a fascinating technical challenge, balancing the different lighting conditions in the shot, playing with flare or eliminating it, and the simple matter of timing, of finding that moment in time when the look is just what you want to see.  You can fix many of these conditions in post (not “the moment” however) but I really enjoy the technical challenge of making it happen in the camera.

Non Hudson Item: This Thursday I will be volunteering at Blogging Trauma/Dart Society Benefit. Check out their blog and website, make a donation if you like. Do be aware that the subject matter is intense and there are some very graphic and traumatic images on the site.

Hudson Item: On Sunday we go to the 21st Shad Fest & Hudson River Celebration organized by Riverkeeper.  Should be a party!