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.
Luang Prabang, Laos
whirling dervish, N. Cyprus
enlightened by sunrise in Yala park, Sri Lanka
enlightened in Austria’s Losium
A Vietnamese poem hat – you can only see the figures when the hat is held up to a light source
Hoi An lantern festival, Vietnam
young lantern sellers in Hoi An
awaiting the enlightenment of Angkor Wat at dawn
sunset at Bagan, Myanmar
Shwedagon pagoda at night, Myanmar
Did you illustrate Enlightened?
olive backed sunbirds, photographed a few days before they flew the nest
Sri Lankan paper cut
the flutter of an Indian dancer’s costume
Balinese temple pennants flutter in the breeze
sharing with Ailsa’s flutterings
posting a letter in Angouleme, France
a shop sign in St Paul de Vence, France
just the right wine to accompany the phrase ‘in vino veritas’, maybe. (Translated, the French means ‘grains of wisdom’
read the text from the beginning to the end and then read it backwards ….
street art in Bristol
This Shaun the lamb (helter skelter) is one of many to be found around Bristol this summer. The vividly decorated lambs will be auctioned to raise funds for Bristol Childrens Hospital
I wanted to buy all of these – spotted in Bristol’s Southville market
sharing letters with Ailsa
Sapphire is one of my favourite colours and I have always associated it with the colour blue. My engagement ring (for which I waited 18 years until we found the right one) is made of diamonds and sapphires. They are really dark blue, so dark they almost look black in some lights. However, sapphires come in many other shades varying from light to dark blue and, in addition, they occur as pink, green, yellow and shades of orange and brown.
I shot these blue agapanthus flowers in the gardens of Hadspen House, near Bruton in Somerset, UK. At the time the garden was oval-shaped enclosed within walls of mellowed ageing red brick. It was a beautiful place. It seems that the house has changed ownership, the garden is no longer open to the public and I’m not even sure it exists any more. Such a pity.