Week 35 … #15 Leading Lines … Scotland Street Scene

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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.

Week 28 … #23 Balance … Waiting for a Bite

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This fellow had a challenge on a breezy day balancing on a pier piling hoping to snatch some discards from a fish being cleaned on Rod and Reel Pier in Anna Maria.  He was never lucky, though, as the fisherman tossed the remains to the pelicans below.  For this week’s theme of “Balance” where the left and right halves of an image draw the eye equally, I used this image as an example of an ‘imbalanced’ image where the visual weight of the egret is on the left where your eyes are drawn primarily, with nothing on the right to counter the ‘imbalance’ of the photo.  Had there been a fish in the egret’s mouth or another egret’s head popping up from the right lower corner would have helped put this image into a more balanced pose, making the difference of a great shot versus an average one as is this one.

Greetings

Enjoying my Second Act in life as I explore the world through my camera lens. I have taken up photography late in life, self taught and continue to explore the many tools available to turn an average image into art. Hope you enjoy.

These days I split my time between Maine and Florida photographing landscapes, street scenes and travel adventures.

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