Funny statues and lemur

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This week’s challenge is “fun”. In fact I missed the past two ones as I was busy replenishing my photo album collection while touring the Pacific Northwest with the Wife. A few months ago we went with some friends in the Alps and we came across some very weird statues. The gentleman who creates them is a farmer and a sculptor. He sculpts them with a chain-saw, hence the funny eyes.

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Most funny though was my friend Yves posing with one of these statues. I can’t tell which one of those two is the weirdest.

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In May as we were in Cannes, I spotted that boat and then realised the this was a floating ice-cream van, I found it rather funny.

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Lastly, an old picture of a lemur from Madagascar and their funny eyes. 

dourdan-DSC_0073They are even funnier in small groups of five or six.

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They are funny but sometimes you can feel how sad they are even though they still look funny.

Duck fishing game (and musings about tilt shifts)

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A duck fishing game in Cannes. All colours bleached by the Sun on the French Riviera  although it wasn’t that sunny when we were there last May just before the festival.

[July 8 addendum]

Meanwhile I discovered the Tilt Shift craze with software like Tiltshiftmaker which make it possible for you to turn any photo into a tilt shift. I used to know the effect as the “miniature” filter directly applied on my Nikon cameras. I applied the filter on the duck game scene and here is the result:

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Tilt shifts are flavour of the month but as all fads they shouldn’t be abused (the above picture showing the limit of this exercise). Tilt shifts are more effective with landscape pictures and mostly pictures taken from above as in this shot taken from the top platform of a lighthouse in Normandy. In this instance, the picture was tilt shifted directly on the camera.

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Cobwebs

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As we last went to our holiday home in the Pyrenees, we found the house had been home to busy spiders after almost two years of absence. I took a few pictures (below) of those thick layers of cobweb but my wife didn’t much like them, judging they “didn’t quite look like cobwebs”. So I took another one (above) which looked more conventional. What’s your take? Do you prefer the one above or the Adam’s Family type at the bottom?

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The Rule of Thirds, The Ant and the Friday Photo Challenge

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This week’s photo challenge is about the rule of thirds. And as the original post for the challenge was about Bokeh I chose that photo of an ant taken with the classic Nikon 105mm/f2:8 Micro lens. I don’t know about you, but I enjoy these challenges more and more! Many thanks to the Dailypost blog for creating these challenges.

Original Daily Post Rule of Thirds post click here 

The Other Side

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Walking by the river Marne, lowering my eyes, I spotted these 4 ducklings and their mother.

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They were looking towards the other side. Were those people waiting for them to cross the river?

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