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WPC: A Good Match

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As soon as I saw the title of the photo challenge I knew what the photo would be

Us in the Musee Carnavalet

Taken in the garden of the Musee Carnavalet in Paris on May 21, 2012 by my sister Rosemary and hitherto only available to friends and family but made public for the first time.

A Good Match indeed. We have now been together for over seven years – and it just keeps getting better.

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February 22, 2017 at 10:31 am

WPC: Against the odds

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Lightning strikes downtown Sydney

I would have been able to calculate the odds of getting this shot if we had kept all the shots which did not have lightning in them. It was in Sydney Australia in October 2015.We were in our hotel room in Surry Hills, in the late afternoon/early evening and all around us the storm was raging. Great crashes of thunder and lightning all around. I admit I did not actually take this picture myself. My partner held up her iPad and kept clicking – fortunately there was plenty of space on the drive – probably 40 or 50 times. Later on I got rid of a lot of them as she needed the drive space. When we got home I printed and framed it. Anyway, none of the shots I tried worked but then I did not persist the way she did. And she got lucky Against the Odds!

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February 15, 2017 at 11:56 am

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WPC: Shadow

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I forgot that the Weekly Photo Challenge had been moved from Friday to Wednesday – but apparently it is “open all week” so here is my contribution.

The location is one of the former railway trestles across the Myra Canyon near Kelowna BC. After the tracks were removed the right of way became a long distance walking/cycling trail. The picture was taken around midday so the length of the shadow is not produced by early or late sunshine but the height of the trestle. It is indeed a long way down.

They have their own blog too

Looking through some of the other submissions, I noticed that other people post more than one picture, and my flickr stream has more than one candidate.

The first is more recent, from last year in Chicago

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tram shadow

This one is from 2012: the Roosevelt Island Tram in New York City – and the one below is the same year but closer to home

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February 10, 2017 at 11:34 am

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WPC: Solitude

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GBH

There are quite a few photos like this on my Flickr stream. Unlike crows or starlings, the Great Blue Heron prefer solitude – at least when (s)he is going fishing.

I started taking pictures of these birds when I heard about the Citizen Science project.

By the way, I notice that – as usual – my picture breaks the “rule of thirds” for composition. That is because of the way that autofocus used to work on my previous cameras. This is taken with an iPhone, but I seem to to have broken the habit of centering the subject – which in this case seems to have nicely separated the bird from the background. But there is no bokeh as this was taken midday on a sunny day in August.

By the way: this post is in response to the Weekly Photo Challenge. You will note that there is also a link at the very top of the post which gets automatically inserted by WordPress when you use the button on the challenge page. But the pingback there is malformatted – as if you click on it, you go to a different page than the one where the challenge is posted. If you are doing photo challenges as a way to see how others respond that link is useless. Also note that it does not tell you – as the correct pingback does – that the weekly challenge is being moved to Wednesdays!

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February 3, 2017 at 10:40 am

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WPC: Repurpose

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Railway bench - side

This bench is made from a repurposed railway wheelset – two wheels welded onto an axle to make one solid unit. The ends of the axle have been cut off and smoothed over to reduce hazards to passing pedestrians. It is located on the former CP railway line through Kerrisdale that has now become a greenway for cycling and walking.

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January 27, 2017 at 9:35 am

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Graceful

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Every Friday WordPress posts a single word prompt for a photo. Today’s is Graceful

The sculpture is called “Olas de Viento” and was installed in Garry Point Park in the City of Richmond BC by the Vancouver Biennale. The photo was taken in December 2009. I was very taken by the subject and made several images at that time. The City decided not to buy it and by March 8, 2012 it had gone.

The name translates as “Wind waves” and the sculptor is Yvonne Domenge from Mexico

It is now installed at Herman Park in Houston, who clearly have much better taste than the Mayor and Councillors of Richmond.

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January 20, 2017 at 11:40 am

WPC: Ambience

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I asked my partner if she could think of one of my photos that had “ambience”. I used my best French accent on that word which must have influenced her choice. This is the interior of the Palais du Louvre in Paris. This is part of Louis Napoleon’s apartment – his personal quarters – decorated at enormous expense to the state, and defining the taste of the Second Empire.

I think it’s ghastly.

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January 13, 2017 at 10:56 am

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