Lighthouse and buildings, Pemaquid Point Lighthouse, Maine.
One of my favorite Maine artists is Andrew Wyeth who painted the land and people around him in his hometown of Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, and his summer home in Cushing, Maine. I’ve always found his art of everyday subject matter filled with a haunting sense of urgency and foreboding dread, yet contemplative and silent. A few days ago, we went to Pemaquid Point Lighthouse for dinner with the hopes of some good sunset photos. The contrast light on the lighthouse reminded me of Wyeth’s work … a silent and lonely abstract of the stark landscapes of Maine.
On our recent Scotland trip, there were a number of iconic shots I wanted to get and one was of sheep. More specifically, a herd of sheep blocking a roadway. In the Scottish highlands, we only encountered that scene once, and it was only a few sheep that made us slow down to pass. So unfortunately, that image never materialized but along the way, I did happen to capture a variety of sheep and their lambs. In this image, the ewes were along the roadside and several cars had stopped to photograph them. They were quite curious of all the attention but soon went back to their grazing.
George Square, Glasgow, Scotland
The couple of days we spent in Glasgow, we would do the half-mile hike from our hotel to downtown George Square to catch the Hop-on-Hop-off bus which provided a great way of getting around the city and stopping where ever we wanted. Every day as we approached George Square, the above building came into view with awesome reflections of its surroundings. I thought it made for a good image for the theme “squares”. Although I took several photos with my big camera and my iPhone, it was the iPhone image I liked the best (sorry Nikon) and cropped and edited a bit in Lightroom.
Common Zebra, Lewa Wildlife Conservation, Kenya
I thought a zebra was a zebra was a zebra. But on our safari this past February, I learned that Kenya has two types of zebras … the Common Zebra and the Grevy’s Zebra. Both are endangered species and most of the world’s population is in Kenya. Their populations have drastically gone down in places like Kenya due to poaching and loss of habitat. Each zebra’s pattern is unique, like fingerprints. No two are alike. We came upon this mixed herd of Commons and Grevy’s one morning and they all took a moment to check us out. Once deciding we were no threat, they went back to their grazing. I thought this guy looking at us would be a good illustration for the theme “High/Low Contrast”.
Captured with Nikon 810, 150-600mm lens at 240mm, f/8. Cropped, converted to B&W, and edited in Lightroom.
Bells Bridge/Clyde Auditorium, Glasgow, Scotland
Often times when I first encounter a big city, I like to use the Hop On Hop Off bus to get an overview and then later visit the sites that interest me. We did this in Glasgow, catching the 2nd bus of the day with only a few people and a good, informed entertaining guide. With only 2 days in Glasgow, I had to pick and choose what I wanted to see and photograph and one particular site was this cool old bridge with the armadillo-looking structure just across from it. We caught a taxi to the site who alerted us that the area across the bridge might be quite busy that evening due to a concert at the auditorium. Lo and behold, it was the Backstreet Boys (I own none of their music!) and the average age of the concert goers was probably 22. We also learned later that evening as we had drinks at our hotel, that the band group was staying there as well! We just couldn’t shake those guys!
I really wanted to get this shot because I loved the juxtapositon of the building from across the walkway. I had to frequently wait as folks came and went across the bridge but finally got this image. I thought it would make a good one for the “leading lines” theme. I used a Nikon 24-70 at 1/160 sec at f/22, ISO 1400 due to the evening clouds and edited it in Photomorphis.
Historical Victoria Street, Edinburgh, Scotland
Hubby and I have been driving around the lush hills of Scotland for the last 10 days, making a circular journey from Glasgow to the Isle of Skye to the Highlands down to Edinburgh and back to Glasgow. I was prepared for rain every day, but soon found out, one could never predict if the day brought sunshine, rain or just clouds. Weather apps be damned! We were armed with whatever the day would bring! One thing I didn’t expect were the long daylight hours. I loved it. Sunset was around 10pm but didn’t really get dark until 11pm and daylight began at 4am. The unfortunate part of that though, was that I was never out and about for either a sunrise or sunset! Hours were too early or too late for me … I was a tired girl every day from our travels.
I had put together an itinerary of photo sights I wanted to capture on our travels and one of them was the image above. Victoria Street in Edinburgh, with colorful shop fronts, an elegant cobble stone curve in the road, and high old stone buildings towering above, was said to have inspired Diagon Alley in Harry Potter. (There were many Harry Potter shops!) I thought the three curved lines starting at the left of the image along with the road below made for a perfect “leading lines” assignment. It was a rainy, dreary day, so some edits were made with Snapseed and DistressedFX on this iPhone image.
Cape Buffalo, Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, Kenya
On one of our evening drives in Kenya looking for wildlife, we came upon this old Cape Buffalo, lying in the open, alone. He looked tired and lethargic and took no heed of our jeep as we pulled near … just calmly chewing his cud and watching us unalarmed. No other buffalo was around which seemed unusual, since they tend to stay in herds. Our Masai Mara guide explained to us that old bulls, like him, have been kicked out of the herd by younger, more virile males and lead a solitary existence. Unfortunately, without the protection of a herd, old bulls commonly fall prey to lions. I wonder if this ended up being his fate.