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I know, I posted a similar picture of this scene some days ago. But this time I tried my very first Tilt Shift. I know it is not perfect and I don’t really know how to do it the right way. If you are an expert in Tilt Shifting I would appreciate your guidance and council.
Chikka day in Kyoto. OMG I was really surprised to see this Mangalike girls in real life… I don’t know what their mission was, but I would like to know it so badly
My guess is they are out for a girls day doing some shopping action… But I am just guessing.
I really like the dresses they wear because they have a lot of details.
Argegno Como Series – Argegno Como Lake
Postprocessing RAW: –
shot with exposure +2
Saturation, virance lights and clarity not HDR
Argegno è una tra le località più frequentate del Lago di Como sia come luogo di soggiorno che di transito. Da qui, infatti una strada percorre la Valle d’Intelvi, che congiunge il lago di Como a quello di Lugano.
Argegno dista 20 km. da Como, da cui può essere raggiunto percorrendo la statale Regina, che prende il nome dall’antica via Regia romana che portava a Chiavenna e a Coira, e di cui segue il tracciato.
La valle è gremita di paesi e comprende sia località turisticamente note come Castiglione, S.Fedele, Lanzo, che borghi tranquilli e riposanti. Punti di eccezionale bellezza sono i Belvedere di Pigra, verso il Lago di Como, e di Lanzo, verso il lago di Lugano.
Molto pittoresco è l’antico borgo del paese che, attraversato dal torrente Telo, è diviso in due parti collegate da un vecchio ponte in pietra a sesto acuto.
L’origine romana del paese è attestata da alcuni ritrovamenti di lapidi, le cui iscrizioni fanno riferimento al console Publio Cesio Archigene. Argegno è stato fin dall’antichità un centro fortificato, la sua posizione strategica giocò un ruolo fondamentale nell’ ambito della guerra fra i Rusca e i Vittani, nel 1335 si consegnò insieme a tutti i comuni di Como ai signori di Milano e divenne proprietà dei Visconti.
Da Argegno si può salire in funivia fino a Pigra 881 m. situata su di un altopiano da cui si gode un bellissimo panorama del lago di Como.
Da vedere il Santuario di S. Anna, edificio settecentesco, che conserva all’interno stucchi e affreschi del settecento.
Ogni paese della valle ci regala qualcosa dal punto di vista dell’abilità artigiana che molto spesso si innalza a vera e propria opera d’arte.
Tra le più famose famiglie di artisti vanno ricordati i Carloni di Scaria, i Solari di Verna, i Quaglio e i Barberini di Laino, Bregno di Osteno.
Argegno is one of Lario’s most frequented places, as a place to stay as well as to stop in to visit. Actually from here a road travels the Valle d’Intelvi (Intelvi Valley), which connects Lake Como with that of Lugano.
Argegno is 20 km. from Como, from which can be reached by travelling the statale (state road) Regina, which takes its name from the ancient Roman via Regia that lead to Chiavenna and to Coira, and follows its route.
The valley is full of towns and includes noted tourist localities such as Castiglione, S.Fedele, and Lanzo, as well as calm and relaxing villages. Points of exceptional beauty are Belvedere (Terrace with a view) di Pigra, towards Lake Como, and Belvedere di Lanzo, towards Lugano’s lake.
Very picturesque is the ancient village of the town which, having crossed the Telo torrent, is divided into two parts connected by an old, pointed-arch stone bridge.
The town’s Roman origin is testified to by a few discoveries of gravestones, the inscriptions of which refer to the consul Publio Cesio Archigene.
Argegno has since ancient times been a fortified centre, its strategic position played a fundamental role in the course of the war between the Rusca and the Vittani, in 1335 it surrendered together with all the towns of Como to the Lordship of Milan and became property of the Visconti.
From Argegno you can climb in the cableway to Pigra (881 mt) located on a plateau from which a beautiful panorama of Lake Como can be enjoyed.
The Santuario di S. Anna (St. Anna Sanctuary), an 18th century building, which conserves in its interior stuccoes and frescos of the 1700s, is a must-see.
Every town of the valley offers us with something from the artisan ability point of view, which often is elevated to a downright work of art.
Among its most famous artist families should be mentioned the Carloni of Scaria, the Solari of Verna, the Quaglio and Barberini of Laino, and Bregno of Osteno.
Andrea Costa Photography – Please don’t use this image on websites, blogs or other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved
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On Explore April 27, 2010 / Explore # 9
I postulate this week is symmetry week. Okay, you don’t have to participate but if you want to post your symmetry shots at your stream, I will review then. I think symmetry is really hard to handle.
A new week just started. Good luck everybody for the adventures that are going to come this week!
I highly recommend this song concerning the adventures It is great!
If you answer the titles question put a note with your name on it on the red line you would choose!
Simon Blint, Director of Visitor Relations at the SF MOMA, Yeah You Jerk, Photography is Not a Crime
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Simon Blint, Director of Visitor Relations at the SF MOMA is a first rate jerk.
Recently I blogged about my excitement regarding the San Francisco MOMA’s decision to begin allowing photography in their permanent collection after years of maintaining a closed no photography policy. Directly because of this change in policy, I decided to purchase a family membership in order to support the museum, both with my artistic energy and financially. I was excited to begin spending regular time exploring and documenting the museum.
Unfortunately, I should have known better than to really believe that the San Francisco MOMA was serious about opening up the art and architecture entrusted to them to the general public.
After purchasing my family membership and visiting the museum today I was forcibly thrown out of the museum by two museum security guards at the direction of the Director of Visitor Relations Simon Blint.
My crime? Taking a photograph from the second floor stairs in the SFMOMA’s atrium (an area where the SF MOMA’s own website explicitly says photography is allowed).
You can see the photograph that I took when I was thrown out at the top of this post.
During the course of my interaction with Blint I told him that:
1. I was a new member of the museum and that I’d been in contact with Thea Stein in the Marketing and Communications Department of the museum who had confirmed the recent change in museum policy with me personally regarding photography in the museum.
2. That the SF MOMA’s own website explicitly allows photography in the atrium.
3. That I would be blogging my forcible eviction from the MOMA.
Blint told me that "he did not care" and that he needed to "protect" his employees — employees that might appear in my photographs. I was not shooting with a tripod. I was not shooting with a flash. I was being quiet and respectful of the area and the other patrons.
Blint on the other hand was hostile, accusatory and refused to even examine my photographs or allow me to share with him what I was doing with my art. He accused me of using a "telephoto" lens to spy on his staff from the public staircase on the second floor. Blint obviously knows nothing of photography because the 14mm ultra wide angle lens on my camera body was about the furthest thing possible from a telephoto lens. He refused to discuss this, refused to examine my photographs, refused to consider it at all and simply had me ejected with two security guards.
Ironically Blint also tried to eject my friend torbakhopper who was hanging out with me at the museum today and he wasn’t even taking photographs. He finally relented on his case and told him that he could stay if he wanted but that I was going to be forcibly ejected.
Blint refused to escalate the situation to a superior even though I told him I’d been in contact with museum personnel. He was on his own personal power trip and misused and abused the authority entrusted to him for the public benefit to harass, humiliate and embarrass a paying member of the museum. Photography is not a crime
I believe that I was very much targeted in this case because I was using a digital SLR. There were plenty of people taking photographs of the atrium using point and shoots that Simon did not target, but I think that it was the fact that I was using a larger DSLR that made me a target. Rather than try to understand what I and my art were about Simon felt the smarter way to deal with the situation was simply to kick me out of his museum.
While I might be able to understand if my ejection from the museum had been at the hand of an overzealous security guard who was simply uninformed about the SF MOMA’s change in policy regarding photography in their museum, when this ejection came directly from the Director of Visitor Relations I find this to be unacceptable.
If the museum has a photography allowed policy in their atrium as explicitly expressed on their website and someone identifies themselves as a photographer, artist and paying and supporting member of museum I would expect less hostility, aggression and harassment. Photography is an art and those of us who choose to practice the great art of street photography ought not be targeted by bullies like Blint. Many of the great artists, artists being shown in the SF MOMA itself were practitioners of street photography. It is ironic that the great Cartier-Bresson, who took thousands of photographs of unsuspecting people in his work, hangs in the museum while a photographer practicing the same type of work gets ejected by a power-trippy asshole. It’s hypocritical and disappointing.
It is unfortunate that one of my first experiences as a paying member of the SF MOMA had to be full of hatred, bitterness and harassment.
Av Thomas Hawk
Seaside Travellers Inn (Kinarut) view from the beach. View of the South China sea and the islands off the coast of Sabah (Borneo).
The proprietors are the parents of my friend Cynthia , executive director of LEAP, an NGO doing conservation work (see www.leapspiral.org)… and THANKS for all of the nice comments and favoriting.
Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world. For, indeed, that’s all who ever have.
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It seems as if a lot of people would like to know how I did this. I will post a tutorial about it, soon but not now because I am writing my exams. Check back if you are interested!>
If you award please comment also… Thanks!
I know Trey did it better, much better! Others did too, but this is why everybody is doing it. If you ever stood at the peak you will never foregt this moment. It’s majestic, kind of sacred
Srry for getting poetic but Honk Kong in my mind has the most impressive Skyline ever seen. Too bad when I was there clouds have been all over the place even though I waited for 5 hours to get a clear view. Sometimes life is unfair!
The Post processing was done from a single Raw file. Photomatix -> Photoshop -> some magic and the Nik Color Efex for the dark tones and the saturated reds.
F/ 2.8 – 1 Sek – Iso 200 – 17mm Crop 1.5
A 94-year-old woman ascends the final stairs in the 272-step ascent in the Batu Caves, a pilgrimage site in Malaysia for over 800,000 Hindus per year.
Her hair is 3 meters long (about 9 feet). She has never cut it her entire life. It is so long, she has to fold it back and forth a few times and wrap it to keep it from dragging behind.
from my daily photo blog at www.stuckincustoms.com
A bunch of little kids playing on the street. Came running when I took out my camera to photograph a temple
Added to Cream of Crop as my most favourite-d photo