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Church/St. Mary’s, Beddgelert

St. Mary’s Church in Beddgelert, Gwynnedd, Wales – please click on any image for a better view. This site near where the Rivers Glaslyn and Colwyn meet has been a place of Christian worship since the 7th century.  By 1230 the monastic community was recognized as an Augustinian Priory with a sizable church and a number of other buildings that have since disappeared.   St. … Continue reading Church/St. Mary’s, Beddgelert

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Black and White – Towers

Paula’s Black and White Sunday is Towering.   Please click on images for a better view. The Hassan Tower in Rabat, Morocco was intended, in 1195, to be the largest minaret in the world along with a mosque, also intended to be the world’s largest. But the Sultan  died and construction stopped. The tower reached 44 m (140 ft) only half of its intended height. The rest of the mosque was also left … Continue reading Black and White – Towers

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Door/14 – Drumlanrig

Drumlanrig Castle overlooks the Nith Valley in Dumfries and Galloway in Scotland.  It was built between 1679 and 1689 from distinctive pink sandstone and it is the Dumfriesshire seat of the Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch and Queensberry. This shot is an archway below the grand staircase of the main entrance.  Please click on image for a better view. Norm’s Thursday Doors Continue reading Door/14 – Drumlanrig

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Church/Notre Dame, Ottawa

Please click on images for a better view. Ottawa’s Notre Dame Basilica, built in the mid-19th century, underwent a number of design changes before it was completed.  Constructed over a period of five years, it was blessed August 15, 1846.  However, the steeples, of which there are two, were not completed until 1858;  the apse in 1862, and the primary work on the interior was … Continue reading Church/Notre Dame, Ottawa

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Photo Editing – painterly images

Here are two images I created from my photos using Sagelight software. For those of you who don’t already know, I LOVE Sagelight for the limitless variety that can be produced, each resulting piece one of a kind.  Originals follow. Please click on images for a larger view.   For a different edited version of the above image, not ‘artified’, click here   Continue reading Photo Editing – painterly images

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Door/9 – 25 Via del Forte

Behind this door lived an aging widow.  She sat with me while I sketched the beautiful doors of Verrucole in Tuscany.  She had walked up the hill with pails of chestnuts from the woods and fresh beans and I helped her carry them inside.  I asked if I could take her photo but she gently declined, unfortunately.  Below is a watercolour I did.  Continue reading Door/9 – 25 Via del Forte

Photo Editing: Personal touch

I have been experimenting with artistic effects on my photographs.  I have used Fotosketcher in the past, often with enjoyable results, but now I want to make the images more my own and so have been exploring the tools of Sagelight, my preferred editing program.  I’ve done a comparison of the original photo with a Fotosketcher version and then my own version produced with Sagelight.  Having used … Continue reading Photo Editing: Personal touch