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First up,  Happy Birthday

to all concerned with the

Lens Artist Challenge.

The My Choice theme has seen me needing to curtail my choices….

and still there are too many images.

Sorry.

I have quite a few ‘favourites’ of Corio Bay.

This is one of them.

The Het Zand Square fountain in Brugge, Belgium.

Special, because I like the fountain and it was

our first night on the European continent.In Canada’s Rocky Mountains,

in the province of Alberta is the Columbia Icefield.

It was here on the Athabasca Glacier that many of us

experienced falling snow for the first time in June 2018.

Our visit to Wiseman in Alaska

took us further north than ever before.

At 67.41 Degrees North and

63 miles north of the Arctic Circle,

took us further north than ever before.

Prior to last year my furthest north was

about a half-hour drive north

of Loch Lomond in Scotland.

October 2018 was also when we visited

Shires Rest and Hobbit movie set

in New Zealand.

 

Definitely the first of our wonderful travel experiences

was the last evening and an unexpected game drive

of our 2013 African Safari.

We came across Limpy and her cubs.

For around 20 minutes we had these two cubs

within a few metres of our vehicle.

A day or two ago I read on Facebook

of a Namibian tusker being shot.

When beasts will come to within a few metres,

where is the sport in shooting them.

I refer to this shot as my ‘National Geographic’ shot.

Probably because I had only ever seen this shot in a

National Geographic magazine.

Again the leopard sat there while we clicked away.

 

 

 

 

In 2017 I was fortunate enough to return to

France and Belgium and tour

the Western Front Battlefields of world War I.

I visited many of the well known areas, memorials

and sites of (to me) lesser known battles.

All I could think of was how lucky my Grandfather

was to survive when so, so many didn’t.

The Last Post Ceremony at Menin Gate

was worth the visit alone.

 

Finally, a recently posted blue hour

image of Geelong’s Western Beach area.

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Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Patti:  Your-Choice

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Leya:  Your-Choice

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Amy:  Your-Choice

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Tina:  Your-Choice

 

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WitsEnd-Weekly-PC-Falling-Water

 

A catch up post.

Falling water in Banff’s…

 

…Cascade Gardens.

The ‘fall’ may not be any higher than the

Cascade Garden falls, however,

Huka Falls a few minutes out of Taupo,

New Zealand wins, hands down,

for power and quantity.

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WitsEnd-Weekly-PC-Unexpected-Beauty

 


Two continents…two unexpected beauties.

The Million Dollar view

at Banff,

Canada

One place I did not to expect to be so beautiful

was on the Somme Battlefields in France.

After having lived on a farm for most of my life…

 

I found the fields around the

Villers Bretonneux Australian Memorial…

unexpectedly beautiful.

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A-Photo-a-Week-Challenge-Depth-Of-Field

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I had intended to rush out and

take some fresh shots this morning.

But wind and showers dictated otherwise.

So, my landscape shot is the

Million Dollar View in Banff, Canada. 

Foreground to background is reasonably sharp

but by no means perfect. 

A higher f/stop would have produced a better result.

Camera settings:

Focal length: 18mm/27 (equivalent in 35 mm film)

f/stop: 6

Exposure 1/320

ISO: 400

This shot was aimed at getting a large DoF….

from the fence a far back as possible.

The fence and first two trees are okay, however,

there is some softness creeping in with the third tree

and the stump behind it.

Compare distance between each of these objects

with distances in the following photos.

Camera settings:

Focal length: 50mm/75 (equivalent in 35 mm film)

f/stop: 22

Exposure 1/640

ISO: 1600

 

 

Last weekend I did capture our

Queen Mum Agapanthus…

…some shallow Depth of Field.

I like this shot as the bee and the petal/stamen

it is standing on are in focus

while everything else is soft

in varying degrees.

Camera settings:

Focal length: 75mm/112 (equivalent in 35 mm film)

f/stop: 8

Exposure 1/640

ISO 160

 

This cropped version supports my above comments.

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A Photo a Week Challenge: Depth-Of-Field

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Two unexpexted winds during last year’s travels.

First up we a an unexpected view through

the covered wagon prior to ride out for a barbeque meal. 

A few months later our Matamata

Bed and Breakfast,

in New Zealand provided us with

this gorgeous view above our bed.

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A Photo a Week Challenge: Unexpected-Windows

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