Primarily speaking

Please click on any image for a better view. Red … an artisan in Szentendre, Hungary Blue  … summer flowers in Buenos Aires   Yellow … a window, also in Szentendre And a three-fer … from St. Petersburg, Russia Ailsa’s Travel Theme: primary colours Continue reading Primarily speaking

Companionable, Burgeoning, etc

Paula’s Thursday’s Special: Pick a word:     I decided to follow Paula’s lead and interpret them all.  Please click on any image for a better view. Populated – King Cormorants on an isle in the Beagle Channel  Time Sensitive – Mirabilis Jalapa, or commonly known as Four O’clocks because they usually don’t open until around four o’clock  Companionable  Clandestine   And lastly the burgeoning city … Continue reading Companionable, Burgeoning, etc

Photo Editing: Major Make-Overs

Some photos require a major make-over.   Telephone wires, garbage cans, errant people.  Sometimes there is just no way to get the shot you want.  There were numerous things I wanted to change in the first photo below.  The parked cars, the pedestrian, the sign propped against the gate …  And I would have liked the gates to be closed.   But this was the … Continue reading Photo Editing: Major Make-Overs

It’s all there in Black and White

When reviewing my photos I’ve taken to converting them to black and white, often with pleasing results.  Even with landscapes where one is often captivated by the colours spread before our lens, conversion to black and white simplifies the composition  and sometimes reveals dynamics within the shot that went unnoticed in the riot of colour.  Instead of being bedazzled by the colours, the eye sees the values within the shot.  It’s the habit of many painters to view their paintings in black and white to determine balance within the painting, by judging the values. With abrupt or frequent value changes a b/w Continue reading “It’s all there in Black and White”

The Cook’s Tour of Buenos Aires

We were coming to the end of our stay in Buenos Aires and didn’t want to later say, “We didn’t know THAT was there!”  or  “I didn’t know we were that close to THAT”  or  “I wish we had …”     … so we took a tour.    Through the streets of Buenos Aires … Additional photos can be seen at Beyond the Brush Photography Below are … Continue reading The Cook’s Tour of Buenos Aires

Free-Ranging in Buenos Aires

We had gone free-ranging yesterday, hitting the streets of Buenos Aires with no specific goals, to let the city unfold un-prompted.

We had ridden the subway …

… the cars like something off the Orient Express—wooden windows, wooden seats wooden doors … that didn’t necessarily close all the way or when they were supposed to, or even stay closed for that matter. But it was reasonably clean and efficient enough at moving people.  The fare was less than one peso, about 25¢ and, we later learned, can even be free if one arrives just as something liquid has spilled into the ticket machine rendering it temporarily out-of-order.

We had  strolled Continue reading “Free-Ranging in Buenos Aires”

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Bueonos Aires …  is said to have the highest concentration of theatres in the world. I found much of the architecture in Buenos Aires different from other cities I’ve visited.  It is an eclectic mix and adaptation of classic European styles designed by architects such as Mario Palanti, Virginio Colombo and Eduardo Rodriguez Ortega  who designed with their own… Continue reading

Impressions of Buenos Aires

Snow and ice and plummeting temperatures prevailed at home, but Argentinians were approaching their longest day of the year and at 6 p.m. on a December evening the sun was still high, the air was still warm, and the streets were bustling, noisy and at times congested, but also bright and green.

My first impression is of a relatively pretty city as cities go. Not particularly keen on cities, we prided ourselves on the fact that during our last excursions to Europe we had succeeded in avoiding all contact with large cities, except for the necessity of arrival and departure at a major airport.  Buenos Aires though presented an abundance of bloom  – purple blossoms hanging in great profusion from the many trees, yellow and rose-coloured blossoms, and gorgeous blue bulbs.
Argentinians, we found, Continue reading “Impressions of Buenos Aires”

Tales from South America

Off again.  This time to South America.

South America is not a place I ever thought I would visit, although I’m not sure why that was so. My images of the continent were derived from Romancing the Stone, and Indiana Jones movies and films from the 1940s of slow, lazy ceiling fans wafting the air in oppressive heat, and men in Panama hats; of people who escaped to the southern continent and purposely lost themselves in its out of the mainstream cities.  But the opportunity arose … Continue reading “Tales from South America”