Photo Challenge: Awakening in Halong Bay

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The legend of Halong Bay is that a celestial dragon defended ancient Vietnam by breathing fire on pirate invaders and spitting out hundreds of hot emerald stones into the north sea. The gems become islands  which formed an impenetrable wall to other invaders.

Today Halong Bay protected from the sea but vulnerable to a daily invasion of tourists.  It is a busy thoroughfare of sailing boats and day cruise ships. By day the bay is alive with the sights and sounds of 8200 visitors daily.

Select cruises offer overnight stays and in the late evenings and early morning it’s possible to experience the quiet solitude of the bay.

On this morning I was awake at dawn.  The early morning light had just broken and the only sound was the gentle slap of water against the fisherman’s oar.  It was a quiet awakening to a brand new day.

Photo taken in Halong Bay, Vietnam. 2014

 via Photo Challenge: Awakening

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No Translation Necessary

No need to say how this guy feels.

Taken in Saigon’s Flower Market.  It explains the bundles accumulating on his lap.

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Photos taken in HCMC, Vietnam.  2015

via Photo Challenge: Smile

Rise & Set. East & West

In the East there is an ancient man made reservoir called Srah Srang.  It was built in the  10th century by the Khmer civilization in the kingdom of Angkor.  For over a thousand years people have used this place for religious rituals, communal baths and water collection.

On this early morning, as dawn broke across a cloudy eastern sky,  a lady collects water for another day.

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Srah Srang, Angkor. Cambodia

In the West coast of Canada, the rain forests meet the Pacific and the sun sets in a blaze of glory.

A hoodie shrouded man walks along a jetty after bidding the day good bye.

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Sechelt, British Columbia. Canada

Two worlds. One day.  Twelve thousand kilometers apart.  The sun rises and sets on both.

via Photo Challenge: Rise/Set

Walking while Standing Still

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In Times Square, which isn’t square at all.

Have you ever had that feeling? Like you’re in a place where you’ve never been but it feels like you’ve been there many times before?  Like you’re walking and standing still at  the same time?

New York City, USA.  March 2018. 

WordPress Photo Challenge: Favorite Place

Reclaiming Serenity

Have you ever had a photo that frustrated you with its lost potential?   A picture where the image captured wasn’t the one you saw?

This photo (the one below) is one of mine.  It’s too far, too bright and too exposed.  It doesn’t capture the muffled sound of the surf or the silent flight of sea birds.  It doesn’t hint at the rough texture of the sand or the whisper of salt in the breeze.  It doesn’t show the serene splendor of the Pacific Rim.

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I was ready to launch this in to the trash heap but then thought what if. What if this wasn’t a photo. What if it is was  just a picture, a rendered line drawing that captured the highlights and textures.  A digital  editor could do that.

And so there it is. My featured photo and reclamation of a lost shot.

It is not a great photo.

But it’s a not bad picture either, eh?

via The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge: Serene

Long Beach, Tofino. British Columbia, Canada.  2017

Focus in Yerba Buena

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This week’s Photo Challenge is Focus

The Daily Post says to choose a favorite photo of a moment in-focus or out. 
I have many pictures which  are blurry and out of focus but none of them are a favorite. Instead, I  choose this one.

focus  ˈfəʊkəs’
noun
  • A center of interest or activity. An act of concentrating interest or activity on something.

“He was focused on a thought, on something within himself.”

  • The state or quality of having or producing clear visual definition
“The clarity of color, grass and stone brought visual focus to his form.”

Photo taken in San Francisco, California. 2015

Photo Challenge: Order

I’m going to try this.

Once.

The Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Order


I took this shot at Chow Kit Market in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  It’s part of a series on local markets where I try to capture their look and feel.  I had a simple intent of showing a dry goods shop, different from the standard shots of vegetables and meat.

What caught my eye about this photo?

Originally it was the orange color of his shirt. The eye-catch which connected the passer-by to the shelves in the shop. But then the color became lines and my eye followed the network of lines within lines, the boxes within boxes. Unconsciously, my eye was drawn to the pattern within the picture, the order imposed on this chaos of small things. But then my eye grew tired of straight lines. It pulled back to follow the curves. The dark slope of the shopkeeper hunched over the counter. The blurred profile of the passer-by. The orange color of his shirt.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  2017


So that’s it then.

My first response to a Photo Challenge. 

But this program is Weekly. 

Maybe I’ll have the discipline to try it again.

Later.