This rose looks nice but something makes me wonder. Is it kitsch? The kitsch definition is: “calculated to have popular appeal” – a crowd pleaser. Kant describes the direct appeal to the senses as “barbaric” – I feel similar. The presence of sentimentality and the lack of originality seems Kitsch. I can go to a [...]
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This interesting plant is from the Botanical Garden in Munich, Germany. I like it because it looks like a heart or any kind of control center.
This one was taken at Hyde Park, London
Memorial at Hide Park in London.
Kew botanic garden in London are an area you have to visit if you go to London. A huge number of all kinds of tress from around the world and lots of things to do. A newer attraction is the Kew Gardens tree top walk. It takes you 18 metres up in the air, bringing [...]
Wonderful chalk cliffs at Seven Sisters in Sussex, England. Called Seven Sisters Country Park. If you have the chance go there, it’s magic.
This is the Wimbledon Windmill where you find the Wimbledon windmill museum. And obviously its in a strong HDR format.
This time: Indonesia – long distance train service.
Loneliness thoughts? In Munich.
Hampton Court Palace is a royal palace in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, Greater London, it lies in a curve of the Thames. It was originally built for Cardinal Wolsey, a favourite of King Henry VIII, circa 1514. The place was built into a palace which was so beautiful that the king himself grew jealous. Of course, it’s dangerous to make the king [...]
I took this picture – basically 945 years after the battle of Hastings. If you want to know what what happened in 1066 click here.
You can put your mind at rest – this guy was only playing dead. Taken at Wimbledon Common with one flash and some marco equipment.
Infinite Los Angeles California while I was visiting Yahoo head quarter back in 2005. We stopped at the highway to take this shot. Some minor tweaks in HDR.
Fern Life Cycle. Ferns belong to the Division Pterophyta characterized by vascular plants with leaves (fronds) arising from subterranean, creeping rhizomes. In tree ferns, the leaves are produced on a definite woody trunk. The dominant (conspicuous) part of the life cycle is the diploid, leaf-bearing sporophyte. On the underside of the leaves are rows of [...]
Strong Welsh horses. Taken at Martin’s Haven, Wales, UK.
There are no welsh people physical characteristics but spiritual ones. They are really nice people – go to Wales and enjoy the culture! (never mind the language)
High Dynamic Range Photography is good fun. You even don’t need to take several differently exposed hdr photos you just need to have the right hdr software and it does it for you. (This is not a proper hdr tutorial but a pondering from my side) It helps if you have a camera which can shoot [...]
This is not an optical illusion – it’s been shot in HDR. It is a picture of a staircase in the Somerset House in London, UK. I think this is the Navy Staircase (later renamed the Nelson Stair) in the southern part of the building. Somerset House was originally a Tudor palace built in 1547 for Edward Seymour, Duke [...]
A new picture from the Magnificent Seven series – the seven large cemeteries in London. This time Brompton Cemetery near Stamford Bridge (the football stadium of Chelsea FC) in South West London. The picture shows old coffins in the catacombs which were originally conceived as a cheaper alternative burial to having a plot in the grounds of the cemetery. Compared to the [...]
“Jesus with dirty feet” Jesus had at some point dirty feet, we know that. He was also hanging out with Maria Magdalena (who was a prostitute but not necessarily even a notable sinner – and the idea, popularized by The Da Vinci Code, that Mary was Jesus’ wife and bore his child, sounds amusing). I guess from time [...]
Sikh religion considers the beard to be part of the nobility and dignity of their manhood. Sikhs also refrain from cutting their hair and beards out of respect for the God-given form. Alright – let your manhood grow! British people [and the british army] are highly indebted and obliged to Sikhs for a long time. [...]
Taking beautiful flower pictures can be hard. What always helps is focus, diffuse lighting and a good picture editing software.
Ariana jumping in all her youthfulness at Richmond Park. Pure youth and beauty.
“I am the law and I accept bribes.” In 2010 the least corrupt country was Singapore – the most corrupt country was Somalia. Mexico appears somewhere in the middle. Since the police salary is rather low and there’s the most exposure to bribery the federal police is normally amongst the most corrupt parts of a [...]
A guy standing in front of the Trellick Tower in London Kensington looking like Alex: the movie’s anti-hero from Stanley Kubrick‘s Clockwork Orange. The title is a metaphor for “…an organic entity, full of juice and sweetness and agreeable odour, being turned into an automaton. It’s about exploring the relationship between ethics/morality and free will. A lack of free [...]
A cow in the Bavarian mountains (alps). (High dynamic range (HDR) is a set of techniques that allow a greater dynamic range of luminance between the lightest and darkest areas of an image than current standard digital imaging techniques or photographic methods)
A Harrier jump jet has been hung from the roof of Tate Britain like a trussed up bird. Fiona Banner, the artist, dreamt up the installation as a way of asking why fighter planes were so glorified in mainstream culture. Banner said she was “seduced” by the beauty of fighter jets but wondered why there [...]
Since closure (1983) Battersea Power Station (near battersea park) has remained largely unused, with numerous failed development plans from successive site owners. The site is currently owned by Irish company Real Estate Opportunities, who purchased it for £400 million in November 2006. The station is the largest brick building in Europe and is notable for its [...]
Nice walk and shoot in Battersea Park London. The picture shows the bandstand. Battersea fields, as Battersea Park was once known, was once a popular spot for duelling. Today the park is home to a small children’s zoo, a boating lake, a bandstand, and several all-weather outdoor sporting facilities including tennis courts, a running track and [...]
Purple Lotus flowers to be found in Vietnam. It grows in the deep mud, far away from the sun. But, sooner or later, the Lotus reaches the light becoming the most beautiful flower. The meanings of Lotus flowers are different across the cultures of the world. The Lotus can be associated with the soul of the humans or [...]
These victorian lamp posts are actually quite decorative I find. Mostly made of cast iron they come in so many different shapes. To preserve these victorian lamp posts throughout the city must be quite an effort. The picture shows a lamp post close the Tooting Broadway tube station in Tooting, London. Processed in HDR.
Another gem of interesting buildings you can discover in London. Funded by Prince Albert’s Royal Patriotic Fund, the Royal Victoria Patriotic Building was intended for the ‘Education and Training of three hundred Orphan Daughters of Soldiers, Seamen and Marines who perished in the Russian War, and for those who hereafter may require like succour’. Today [...]
Strolling through the city of London which is completely deserted at weekends. It’s is the Lloyds building, located at One Lime Street (architect Richard Rogers).
I find this tree rather unusual – with lots of dark red leaves in front of blue sky and green grass. The HDR adds nicely to it – I like the best the plants underneath the tree. Taken in Lincolnshire, UK.
The Pumphouse Gallery is located in London Battersea amid Battersea Park. “It incorporates four floors of exhibition space with views overlooking the 200-acre park and the unusual architecture of the building makes it a unique, ‘one of a kind’ art exhibition space in London, if not in the UK.” This is a link to current exhibitions.
Just playing around or I found something today scientifically paradigm shifting. We’ll see.
Great shape of the building and HDR for Sky and metal look. The Building is the BMW headquarters in Munich, Germany.
This is one my favourite HDR pictures. It simple and without lots of contrasts – brings out the best metallic look and is great for high dynamic range I think. The picture is a boat by the way – taken in Maritime Museum London Greenwich.
The Pozos Azules are seven ponds of various shades of blue in the desert near Villa de Leya in Colombia. They sit on private property, which means you have to pay 2 bucks to get in.
A close-up picture of London’s Big Ben. Some facts: Big Ben is the nickname for the great bell of the clock at the north end of the Palace of Westminster in London and is often extended to refer to the clock or the clock tower as well. The clock first ticked on 31 May 1859.
Woke up at 5am in Italy and had a swim in the Mediterranean Sea. Then a nice Italian Espresso Maciato.
It is intimidating to face thousands of naked bike riders but it’s a good and strong reminder of the vulnerability cyclists face in car dominated London. And if you’re a streaker it’s a great opportunity to get your paler bits out in central London and not be arrested for it. For photographers obviously a great [...]
(St Mark’s Square Venice, Italy) – heavily touristed.
Two London landmarks in one picture – the Gherkin (Swiss Re Building, a skyscraper in London’s main financial district – architect Sir Norman Foster) and the Lloyd’s building (insurance by Richard Rogers).
In Asian cultures birds often symbolise immortality. In Indian myth birds represent departed souls and in Christian art birds often appear as saved souls. Some people say when you find a dead bird the meaning is someone you loved passed away. None of the mentioned happened (at least I did not notice) when I found this bird in [...]
I somewhat like the Vauxhall Bus Station building – it’s so London. The roof of the bus station is designed to rise up to the height of double-decker buses and drop to integrate rows of seating down below. Interesting fact – it’s London’s second busiest bus station after Victoria served by 2,000 buses a day. [...]
This landscape pic was taken near Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India in HDR.
Beautiful flower pics: purple flowers of the rice to be found in Vietnam. I don’t know what they are called but I watched a guy picking them from a rice field hence I call them rice flowers.
1 night in china at a posh bar in Shanghai. Forgot the name of the bar – but it’s a common hangout for expats.
List of cool suicide sites: Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, California – over 1,500 suicides Aokigahara forest, Mount Fuji, Japan – Around 70 suicides a year; thought of as the second most popular suicide location in the world Beachy Head, East Sussex, England, United Kingdom – about 500 suicides Humber Bridge, Kingston-upon-Hull, England – more [...]
Dublin Port is the largest port in Ireland. 2/3 of the Ireland’s port traffic goes via Dublin Port. Lots of ferries there too.
Self portrait with a tank in Lincolnshire, UK. HDR added. Very manly.
Some federal Mexican police officers dealing with tourists in Mexico D.F. in 2003. Quite polite as far I remember.
Guy wearing my sunglasses near Manaus, Brazil.