There is a deafening silence at this magnificent and awe-inspiring place.
Even so, I am including a YouTube link to a track from the album “Sacred Spirit II” as I feel this goes well with the images. It seems to play more than one track, I hope you enjoy it.
At the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California they have an array of jellies, or jellyfish as they are also called. They are fascinating and fun to watch and have a calming effect, the way they slowly float and move around in the water. The beautiful blue background also helps. I had wanted to post a video, so you could enjoy this calming quality too, but unfortunately WordPress does not let me import mp4’s. I have yet to figure out how I can do this, and will post the video once I have found out. Meanwhile, any tips for this are very welcome!
This one is a rather special one, or so I have been told, as it lives in the total dark (hence if was difficult to photograph). I like how you can see the eye and how it looks like an unidentified flying you know what, and in that respect the white stripe of light in the middle conjures up the words: “Beam me up Scotty”. Lastly, I like the face on the right observing this wonderful jelly.
I would like to add that the mission of the nonprofit Monterey Bay Aquarium is to inspire conservation of the oceans.
In an alleyway, just off Dam Square in Amsterdam, you will find Van Kerkwijk Cafe Restaurant. It is a great place to eat if you are looking for some delicious food and a nice and friendly atmosphere.
Sisters Myra and Rhya will take good care of you with their hospitality, and have done so for the past 16 years. They have many returning customers, a few of them were there when I visited.
You do not need to be put off by the fact that there is no menu, because there is! Myra will present the scrumptious options at your table and does not mind repeating them!
The building came with its very own guardian angel. Outside at first, it is now sitting snuggly near the window.
I enjoy combining current and historical images in my work, so I could not resist asking Myra (left) and Rhya to pose with their lovely photo of some years ago. Many thanks to them for saying yes and for a great experience!
Today, 27 April is the birthday of King Willem Alexander, King of the Netherlands, but yesterday it was celebrated with the first King’s Day (Koningsdag) in the whole country. I was in Amsterdam and the atmosphere was great and orange! People are very creative with what they are wearing and also what they are selling.
This woman sells knitted orange crowns and beards, and she has got a customer too!
Children and adults have an opportunity to sell their bric-a-brac and many a good bargain can be had.
These kids have invented some kind of game, a family tree with sweets, and the sign says you always win a price.
I spy with my little eye…
This mask on it’s own is fun, and it becomes even funnier (to me) with the sign above it, which says “Hotdog roll”.
Of course the Dutch Lion, which appears in the coat of arms, cannot be missed at the party.
It is custom to fly the Dutch flag from your home on King’s Day (used to be Queens Day).
Tompoucen are a Dutch delight and usually pink, but for King’s Day they turn orange. The drink you see is not lemonade, but it is a liquer called Oranjebitter.
A few more images from the Asylum/Sanctuary assignment.
Practicing narrow (or shallow) depth of field with an aperture of F5.
Another one where I practiced narrow (shallow) depth of field. There were low light conditions, and my focal length was 135mm and F5.6 was the maximum aperture my lens would allow.
In this image I like the framing and the soft colours. All in all it was a very good assignment to start us off with and to allow us to practice some techniques. Photos were taken with a Canon EOS D550, with an 18-135mm lens F3.5-F5.6. The lens suited me fine, except in low light situations with a long focal length where it would not go below F5.6.
In the first year of the Bachelor’s degree we had an assignment called Asylum/Sanctuary. We had to choose one or the other, and then find a place which represented our choice, so we could practice our newly learnt technical skills. I chose Sanctuary and went to a Tibetan Buddhist Centre, which is described as a “peaceful and beautiful oasis in the city”. It was indeed very peaceful and quiet with lots of native pukeko’s walking around the grounds.
This is one of the Pukeko’s and for this one and the next photo
I practiced “panning”. It did not quite work, because both subjects have blurry feet, but it was a good start.
For this last image of the prayer wheel I practiced showing movement, whereby the subject is blurry and the background stays in focus. My settings were 1/6, F3.5 and ISO 100 and I did not have a tripod with me, which would have been better with such a slow shutter speed.
I could have easily used a higher ISO setting, so that I could have used a smaller aperture to get the background more in focus.
Still, I enjoy looking back at these images and that’s why I am posting them!