A Photo A Week: Music


Street musicians, Madrid, Spain

Street musicians in Madrid’s old town.

A Photo A Week: Music

A Photo A Week: It All Depends on What You Want

Demanding Doñas

The Original with a few RAW processing tweeks

The Albumen Print Preset from On1 Photo Raw 2017

The Bokeh Large Preset from On1 Photo Raw 2017

This week Nancy’s (Nancy Merrill Photography) A Photo a Week Challenge is to play with post processing in a series of three photographs. I selected this group of women sitting along Boulevard  de San Rafael in Havana, Cuba. The Boulevard area is where locals shop (though many of the stores are closed or carry little merchandise) and hang out. I wandered down the boulevard and stopped to take instant pictures of a group of kids. The two women on the left kept hassling me to take their picture. I had a limited number of sheets of film but I gave in. Then the third woman joined them, and they started loudly demanding I take another picture. I did it, just to shut them up, and I then asked if I could take their picture. The woman on the left is holding one of the instant photos instead of looking at the camera. If the final of the three treatments seems a bit odd, it reflects my annoyance.


A Photo A Week: It All Depends on What You Want


Buddha’s Hands

Buddha’s Hands, Buddha on upper platform of the Polonnaruwa Vatadage, Polonnaruwa , Sri Lanka

Hands of one of the  four Buddha sculptures on the upper platform of the Polonnaruwa Vatadage in the ancient city of Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka.  The circular vatadage is an ancient structure unique to Sri Lanka. The building, which at one time had a roof,  sheltered a stupa (dagoba in Sinhalese), a small dome-shaped  structure built to hold relics of Buddha or a Buddhist saint. Buddhism played an important role in the culture of Polonnaruwa. Polonnaruwa, a UNESCO World Heritage site, was established as the capital city of  Sri Lanka in the 11th Century, C.E., replacing Anuradhapura, which was plundered by invading armies from southern India. Many magnificent ruins remain in the royal city—parks, gardens, monumental buildings and temples, and a lake (tank) which supplied for an large irrigation system that still supplies water for paddy cultivation during the dry season.

A Photo A Week: Hands

A Photo A Week: Red

temple offerings

Temple Offerings, Hanoi, Vietnam

Temple Offerings, Hanoi, Vietnam

In the courtyard of a small Buddhist temple in Hanoi, Vietnam, vendors sell fruit, tea, flowers, incense, and fake money to be used as offerings to ancestors and gods. The offerings help insure a the welfare of spirits in the afterlife.  Paper replicas of dollar notes (‘ghost money’), motorbikes, cars, houses and other earthly items can be found. The paper gifts are burnt so the smoke can carry the spirit of the gifts to heaven for use by the ancestors. Ancestor worship is an integral part of Vietnamese culture.

A Photo A Week: Red


No End in Sight

No End in Sight, Formal Room, Musee d'Orsay, Paris, France

No End in Sight, Formal Room, Musee d’Orsay, Paris, France

WP Daily Prompt: Infinite

A Photo A Week: Fresh


Basilico, Saturday Market, Arles, France

Basilico, Saturday Market, Arles, France

A Photo A Week: Fresh

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