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The Mezquita Mosque, Córdoba

Spain, Andalusia. Cordoba. Mosque.

In May 2015, I led a photography tour to Andalusia, along with pro photographer (and my partner) Jed Manwaring. We had a lovely group with us, an enthusiastic and flexible group, and we saw so many wonderful sites! One great place was the Mezquita, the mosque-cathedral, in Córdoba. I had seen so many pictures of it and was excited to get there. As we entered the mosque, I tried to be mindful of the ancient and religious place we were entering. I thought about all the historical figures of the day that had spent time in this place, and marveled at this long-standing gem of moorish architecture. So much was present in these walls.

I wanted my pictures to reflect that, and as a straight image, they show the structure and architectural details very well. But by applying a texture overlay from Flypaper Textures, I could create a more weathered, antiquated feeling to the image. I chose the Marguerite texture from the Distressed-painterly set, but there are others that would have also worked well. I haven’t had much time to ‘play’, er, experiment like this the past year, so it’s fun to sit with a photo and think about what I want the final image to be for a change!

The image below was also using their texture overlays. You can get a 15% discount off their products by clicking the affiliate link above. I really like the entire collection they have, I just have to make more time to try them all out!

Spain, Andalusia. Cordoba. Mosque.

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Jed and I are leading this same photo tour to Andalusia in May 2017. For more information, visit my page here, and/or go to the Strabo Tour Collection Spain Tour page. I have a link to Spain images on Facebook, too.

 

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Under Amazing Tuscan Skies

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I love clouds! And I love Tuscany! Put the two together and you have a magical experience for me. I also love these little trees, the cipressi and umbrella pines, that line this roadway. They’re not really little, but I made them appear to be by including so much sky.

This might be breaking the rules of thirds, but it’s a great example of WHY you want to do that more often than simply sticking by the rule. The clouds were the real story, but the trees and land anchor those billowing clouds and express how wonderful afternoon storms can be in Tuscany in summer. Continue reading »

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Shifting Shapes in Namibia

Afternoon light creates shadows and shapes on Sossusvlei dunes, Namibia.

Those of you who know me well know that I love visual design. So it’s no surprise that when faced with these huge dunes in Namibia, I was seeing shapes everywhere. The reach of my Tamron 150-600mm lens created an optical compression of the depth, furthering the graphic quality of these shapes. And all of them mattered – the darker and lighter dune shapes, and the sky shape. A long time ago when studying Freeman Patterson’s work I remember him saying that everything is a shape in your picture. I felt the same way but hadn’t expressed it as well to my students.

So, using my telephoto lens as a spotting scope, I scanned the dunes looking for a combination of shapes that was pleasing to me. I had seen this with my own eye, but with the viewfinder framing it and the tight angle of view from the lens,  I found the right combination of proportions.

I am looking forward to going back to Sossusvlei dunes on our Wonders of Namibia Photography Safari this summer. I’ll be looking for more shapes in the shifting sands, and sharing what I see with others, on this amazing journey with pro-photographer and co-leader Wendy Kaveney.

If you haven’t seen her A/V show yet, Fall in Love with Namibia, you have to check it out! She’s blended stills with some video that make the place come alive. And she includes a variety of pictures to tell the story of the journey between the amazing, iconic locations.  You can also view still images at my site and Wendy’s website.

Join us this summer for a wonder-filled journey.

Thanks for visiting.

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Rockin’ around the rocks in Namibia

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I love geology, and when I travel to places with weird rock formations, I get excited. Nature’s processes to shape our world never cease to amaze me. I’m also amazed at the transformation an image can have, when it’s converted to monochrome. The image above has the drama that I was envisioning for this area in Namibia called the Giant’s Playground – a region filled with odd-shaped boulders of dolorite. It reminds me of our own southwest USA, yet the rocks have more blocky shapes than our Arizona/Utah area. And, this “playground” has quiver trees, also unique to that area.

After we photographed sunrise in the quiver forest, we went off nearby to explore this rocky playground as the sky was getting more interesting with clouds, and we thought we could make some cool black and white pictures with the contrast of mid-morning light. The reddish rocks looked nice in contrast to the blue sky, but the light was really strong. It’s funny how we accept the strong light in black and white, but not in color always! To find images that would work in black and white,  I switched on the black and white ‘filter’ in my eyes, looking for tonality differences, textures, and shapes to put against the sky. I knew I wanted to bring out the texture of these rocks, too, and it was just a matter of finding things at the appropriate angle to the light to make that happen. A polarizer helped to increase the contrast in the sky. We had a lot of fun scampering around on the rocks making pictures. This was one of my favorites – it looks like a huge earthenware jar with a lid on it.

Thanks for visiting!

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P.S. We are going back to Namibia in 2016. Deposits are being taken and we have 3 spaces sold at this time. Please consider joining in the fun! It’s a terrific country with such diverse landscape opportunities combined with the adventure of wildlife and culture.

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