Travel

Weekend Wonder | Dromeas, Athens

Weekend Wonder | Dromeas | Athens

Dromeas, The Runner [1]

Dromeas, The Runner [1]

Whilst I was in Athens, I took the Metro from Metaxourghio to Evangelismos (Line 2) in search of what was described to me as a sculpture of a runner ‘made of glass’ created by Costas Varotsos, next to the Hilton Hotel.

As I neared the huge crescent shaped building I was confronted by this enormous 12 metre tall (almost 30 foot) sculpture made entirely from panes of glass and steel. It was frighteningly beautiful as the sharp edges of the glass glistened in the mid-day sun.

I used a panning effect with my camera in photo 1, to give the added illusion of Dromeas running…

Dromeas, The Runner [2]

Dromeas, The Runner [2]

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The Colours of Crete

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The Venetian Lighthouse, Chania

It’s not often I see a bargain on flights but on this occasion Ryanair were giving seats away from Manchester to Crete, The Greek island for £24.99!
Apparently it was the last direct flight from Manchester to the island and the date was 3 November 2015….when I boarded the plane I couldn’t believe how empty it was.
I landed in Chania on the west coast and had the most wonderful time of my life exploring the cities of Chania, Rethymno and Heraklion as a solo traveller.
It was very easy booking accommodation through Booking.com and Expedia.com, I would choose the cheapest option and always with breakfast included.

…..so let the journey begin!

Photo Friday | Festival of Music & Light

VividSydney Festival | Australia

This time last year I was visiting my son who at the age of nineteen left Manchester UK and was living in Sydney and working for the retail store TopMan.

On 23 May 2014, I went to the beautiful City of Sydney to view the spectacular VIVID SYDNEY festival with a group of photography enthusiasts and was in awe of the colourful light projections that had Enveloped the sails of the iconic Opera House.

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The shots were captured resting my camera on the handrail….the other million photographers were clever enough to use tripods!

 

Places | An Evening in Manchester

MAY 2015 THEME CONTEST – MOTION BLUR CROWDS

I was drawn to a photography contest, run by Street Hunters.net a street photography group, whilst trawling the internet this morning.

Together with WP’s daily prompt ‘indecision’ I felt I just had to write this post.

Why?

I remember waiting (well hiding really) in the doorway of a building in Manchester one evening and experimenting with various shutter speeds whilst crowds of people were walking past the wall with an apt title ‘Manchester Means The World To Me’.

Now as you know I’m not a street photographer, which you can read about here and the first question to myself was:

‘Do I submit an image in colour or black and white?’

Secondly, ‘Which image do I submit?’….

So here is the gallery of images I drew inspiration from:

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Do you think I fulfilled the brief?

Which image would you have submitted to the MOTION BLUR CROWDS contest?

Wordless Wednesday | Street Art Corner

 

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An act of crime or a work of art –   Land of Confusion?

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Places | Sydney Series

Sydney Series | Australia

I remember feeling excited about a visit to Taronga zoo. Why? Because to get there I went on a high speed boat and then a cable car ride. It’s a huge place to walk around and I was greeted by the beautiful sight of giraffes eating overlooking the spectacular Sydney skyline!

 

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Intricate pattern on the beautiful giraffes

Photo Friday: Going Candid

The Art of Candid Street Portraiture | Crisol Street Photography

Have you ever tried Street photography?

It’s more difficult than you think!

This collection of black and white photos was taken at the Mercado De Motores, a weekend market in the Railway Museum in Delicias, Madrid.

During the day, a challenge had been set by the photography group Crisol Street Photography, I had joined during my stay in Madrid. The founder, Levi Shand, had asked all the members in attendance to think about ’emotion’ whilst taking a shot, so basically shoot street photography whereby the person shows their emotion.

Boy, I was not looking forward to this.

Why?

I just did not like invading people’s spaces when taking photos, it makes me feel really uncomfortable, but then, it’s not a bad thing to get out of your own comfort zone every now and then.

The only way I could approach this challenge was to take photos of people looking away, or people in mirrors or of children playing.

However, there’s one image, and if looks could kill…as they say…this was that occasion.

The young lady in the said shot did not look amused. After the candid photo of her, I approached her and told her that I thought she looked really stylish, (the lady in white) hence the reason for my shot to which she then wore the most beautiful big smile and posed for me…but then that’s not candid….?
What a Twist!
Anyway, here are the results…

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Writing 101: Dear Sydney

Today’s assignment: write the post in the form of a letter.

I decided to write the letter as TravelMemos to the city of Sydney via Instagram as I liked the response from my first posting on the City Of Sydney’s Instagram page:

 

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Photo Gallery: Sunrise, Sunset…

Sunrise, Benalmadena Costa, Spain 2014

Sunrise, Benalmadena Costa, Spain 2014

Beautiful Sunrise, Benalmadena Costa, Spain

Beautiful Sunrise, Benalmadena Costa, Spain

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Sunset, Malaga Port, Spain

Sunset, Sydney, Australia

Sunset, Sydney, Australia

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Sunset, The Royal Palace grounds, Madrid, Spain

Sunset, Malaga, Spain

Sunset, Malaga, Spain

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The end of the day, Bil Bil Castle, Benalmadena, Spain

Sunset, Alicante, Spain

Sunset, Alicante, Spain

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Sunset, Alicante, Spain

Abstract Sunset, Arroyo de la Miel, Spain

Abstract Sunset, Arroyo de la Miel, Spain

Acknowledging nature.

A gallery of images from my Instagram Page of sunrises with a few surprises…Early Bird

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