This picture was taken in front of the St Mary’s Cathedral in Sydney, Australia. Taken with a 10mm lens, the dramatic shift in landscape fits the imposing structure and the dramatic sky into a single frame. St Mary’s is the largest church in Australia, and is located in the heart of the City of Sydney where its imposing structure and twin spires make it a landmark from every direction. The fountain you see in this picture is called the Archibald Fountain and is considered the centrepiece of Hyde Park. The fountain was designed by François-Léon Sicard and donated by J.F. Archibald in 1932 in honour of Australia’s contribution to World War I in France. You can spend hours in this park capturing the different facets of life.
Exposure: 1/320 sec at f/5.6 and ISO 100. Focal length 10mm taken with the Canon 550D and lens EFS 10-22mm
As some of you would know, your’s truly turned a year older a couple of days ago. Sensing the age and the deteriorating eye sight, my lovely wife D decided that an iPad with a better display may come in handy and BOY was she right! The new iPad with its retina display works really, really well as a photographer’s primary work tool during travel. I tested that theory on my recent trip to USA and there was hardly any photographical duties that the iPad could not manage. I will be putting up a detailed post on the workflow and the apps I use. Until then, take a look at some shots of this visual delight.
Today’s picture was taken at Dolores Park commonly known as Mission Park is a city park in San Francisco.The park is popular among San Franciscans looking for outdoor relaxation and recreation. It offers spectacular views of the city in clear sunshine and it’s not too shabby when it’s overcast either. I love the way the skies howl with delight in this picture.
Here’s a shot of the famous Alcatraz located in the San Francisco Bay. Often referred to as “The Rock”, the small island was a military jail for much of its life before turning into one of the most popular tourist destinations in San Francisco. With the backdrop of surreal light ‘The Rock’ truly takes a life of its own.
This was taken at ‘The Palace of Fine Arts’ in San Francisco, California. It is a monumental structure and it is a great example of how to look at leading lines in a photographs. This building was originally constructed for the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition in order to exhibit works of art presented there. This picture was taken with a wide angle at 10mm and captures the structure in its absolute essence.
Today’s post takes you to the ‘Urban Landscape of Singapore’. This photo was taken from one of Singapore’s most popular tourist spots, ‘The Singapore Flyer’. The Singapore skyline is famous around the world and the view from the Flyer spreads across Singapore and into parts of Indonesia. If you are ever in Singapore, or if you are passing through the airport and have some time to kill, I would recommend the Singapore flyer to take in panoramic views of the city. To see the photos in different sizes, click through to http://bit.ly/HTzMcP
Exposure: 1/125 sec at f/7.1 and ISO 100. Focal length 55mm taken with the Canon 550D.
The best things in life are often free. These photographs were taken in Hyde Park in Sydney. This ‘Bubble Man’ (does anyone know if he has a professional title?) has simple tools. A majestic backdrop, a smile and a tip jar and the kids just LOVE him. Some of the photographs show the kids in squealing in delight. I wish no one bursts their bubble of happiness. If you are a parent, does your bundle of joy love bubbles?
All the photos were taken with the iPhone 4s.
Today’s post is titled, ‘Land, Sky and Sea caught in a frame’. This photo was taken using a wide angle lens which brings an amazing depth into landscapes. The sky with its amazing pattern of clouds and the different hues in this shot makes this photo really interesting.
Highland Dancing Magic
Today’s post is dedicated to the world of performing arts. This is a photo taken at the International Highland Dance competition in Hobart, Tasmania. The term Highland dance is used today to refer to a style of athletic solo dancing which developed in the Gaelic Highlands of Scotland. Highland dance evolved in its current form during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries in the context of competitions at public events (namely Highland games), where it is often performed to the accompaniment of Highland bagpipe music. Highland dancers wear specialized shoes called ghillies. Seeing kids all around Australia and the world participating and this and parents feeling proud of their kids performance drove home the fact that nothing trumps good old fashioned family values. I was keen to take a shot when all the dancers were off the ground and after 50 odd takes, I managed it with this shot. A detailed gallery of the highland dance show will follow soon. Hope you have a great day
Exposure: 1/100 sec at f/2.8 and ISO 2500.
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Look at this photo, what do you see, just some rocks by the ocean. Look again! Today’s photo is titled ‘The real marine seals’
The Bruny island in Tasmania is known for its gigantic population of seals and spotting them in the wild was one of the highlights for this photo hog. Every single seal in this photo was a male ( you could tell, they smelled funny and were really loud). The camouflage for the seals is essential for survival from land predators. Bruny island is also the gateway to the last land mass before Antartica in the southern hemisphere. So I literally travelled to the end of the world for this shot. What do you think? Let me know in the comments.