Posts Tagged ‘photo challenge’
As soon as I saw the title of the photo challenge I knew what the photo would be
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.
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
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
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!
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.
Pullman is a brand name that once exercised considerable power. In the application used in the photo it was used by Britain’s nationalised railway to indicate the highest standard of luxury. Trains carrying this brand had better quality seating, more space per passenger and at seat service for refreshments and full meals, with high quality china and silverware. The now privatised railway companies tend not to emulate this type of service, and stress their own brand names. There are also many companies across the world that now operate trains that are equivalent to cruise ships, not really so much about transportation as providing a luxury experience for a very limited high end market. In Britain, Pullman trains ran on regular schedules and charged a premium fare but were still affordable. For instance, even a student I was able to take the Bristol Pullman from London to go visit friends we had met on holiday. I can still remember the huge toasted tea cakes served warm by friendly waiters.
Pullman started in the United States in the early days or railways which initially were known for their spartan accommodations, even for very long distance trips. Initially Pullman cars were added to existing trains – and this method was also continued by British Railways – although they were not in the Sleeping Car business there. Indeed in Europe that became the speciality of CIWL – who operated trains like the Orient Express.
In Britain it was also possible to find the Pullman car by its livery – dark chocolate and cream. This changed with the introduction of the Blue Pullmans, which marked a distinct change in style and design. Traditionally blue was not favoured for most railway applications as it was a colour known to fade readily, but improved paint technology meant that the colour could be used economically, and as an indication of modernity and difference from past practice. There were also blue locomotives and passenger trains for electrification schemes, and blue was then adopted for all BR trains when the brands BritishRail and InterCity were adopted as part of the modernisation scheme.
After these trains were withdrawn in the early 1970s, BR stopped using Pullman as a brand altogether.
I took this photo in the Manning Park lodge at the end of September. We shared a meal with him – he even paid for us, much to our surprise. He had just completed the Pacific Crest Trail. It took him five and half months to walk from Mexico to Canada – over 4,000 kilometres through some of the roughest terrain imaginable – from deserts to high mountain passes. He did it alone. Most the other hikers arriving at the lodge did the trail in groups, and all were much younger. He is of my generation – over sixty. It is not the toughest thing he has done – or plans to do. He is building a boat and plans to sail it single handed around the world.
Yeah, he’s resilient alright.
So my first reaction to this, somewhat belated, challenge was the Arbutus Greenway. But the first photo I came across on my flickr photostream was this more recent one – of the path through the Arbutus Village Park. The path I use most often.
This was taken before Christmas, but it might as well be today. While major roads get salted and ploughed when it snows, and sidewalks are supposed to be shovelled by the property owners adjacent to them (but more often aren’t) paths get neglected.
This is what it looked like back in August – and I took this picture to illustrate another blog post about the use of blacktop for pedestrian/bike/non-vehicle paths.
Because I use this path all the time, I rarely think to take a picture of it.
I believe that we need more car free paths – indeed to illustrate the point I even curate a flickr group called Places Without Cars – though I have had to close it to any more pictures as so many people do not seem to understand why pedestrian only streets and plazas are worth documenting.
And I did actually take a picture of the path in question today: I have only now got round to posting it to Flickr
The point being that the car parked there ought not to be in the park at all