I was particularly interested to read Sally’s latest post about preferring to use her iphone as opposed to her trusty old Nikon. I, too, have made the transition from my Canon Eos 450 (with which I was never entirely happy) to my iphone 6+ which I’ve had for just over a year now. I am rarely without it and only use the bulky Canon when we’re on an important trip, when I like to have the security of a second camera just in case ….
I use the Lenka app for my black and white photography. The advantage of this little app is that it takes both a black and white photo and a colour one so that if you’re not happy with the results of the black and white one you can always run the colour one through another app to achieve a black and white image. These are all SOOC (straight out of the camera).
For Lens and Pens
Does this count as a hill or a mountain? Sigiriya, Sri Lanka
tea plantations in the hill country around Kandy, Sri Lanka
Sagaing hill, near Mandalay, Myanmar. The entire hillside is covered with Buddhist temples and gilded stupas
early morning in Provence
shafts of sunlight pouring down the hills in Northern Cyprus
view from St Hilarion castle, Northern Cyprus
view of Kyrenia/Girne harbour with hills behind, Northern Cyprus
Ailsa’s inspirational “hill”s are here, along with links to many others.
fruits for the future
This tiny seed
will hopefully produce a blaze of colourful geraniums like this
hopefully these walnut catkins will produced a good crop of nuts
and this pomegranate flower will ripen into a beautiful pomegranate
water buffalo taking a refreshing dip in the sea
the elephants at the Pinnewala sanctuary in Sri Lanka get a daily dip too
a walk on the beach will blow a few cobwebs away
iced coffee on the beach
maybe you’d prefer a hot cup of Java
the sight of a field of red poppies is always uplifting
as is watching the dancers at a local folk festival
What refreshes you? Is it the sight/sound of water in some form? Is it a drink? a change of scenery?
sharing Ailsa’s travel theme
what better way to end the year than a visit to a beach with a choppy sea?
Ailsa’s creating waves this week ….
Within the castle of Girne (N. Cyprus) is a studio where reproductions of some of Cyprus’ bronze age artifacts are sold. They are based on some of the originals to be found in the museum of Lefkosa/Nicosia. What I find so extraordinary is that these beautiful objects were being created at the same time as the UK, for example, was still in the grips of its own bronze age which produced nothing similar.
From where did the artisans get their inspiration and the know-how to create such sophisticated and intricate pieces?
Inspired by the Daily Post
I’ve used Kim’s If Only texture and reduced the opacity.
This abandoned Christian church is in the village of Yesilkoy in the Karpaz area of Northrn Cyprus. Northern and Southern Cyprus are still a long way away from unification and feelings run deep on both sides. I used this particular texture with the stitching because it’s a way of healing wounds. If only …..
Wabi Sabi indeed (embracing imperfection). I had already chosen this image of a battered, weatherworn, painted wooden door in Northern Cyprus before I knew that Kim had chosen this theme for this week’s Friday Finds.
Can you see a face on the door?
see more wooden images at Ailsa’s backpack