Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #77 – Favourite photos of 2019

For the photo challenge this week, I picked these photos. May the 2020 be a great year for all of you, full of great moments to cherish.

The Old Swanage Pier
Oustide of Picasso Museum – Malaga, Spain
Gay Pride in Bournemouth
Fire Walk with Me – Spectacular stunt performed by Pyronix in Bournemouth
My first visit to Kingston Lacy, UK
A trained owl during an exhibition in Bournemouth town centre
Dusk at Heginstbury Head, UK
Sunset in Torremolinos, Spain
Street photography in Winchester, UK
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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #63 – Magical

For this week challenge I picked some of my archive photos.

The first one is Gaia, I named this picture after the Greek word which means “Earth”. The technique I used to take this shot involved merging circa 30 pictures and using a special software to create a polar effect. I wasn’t familiar with it the first time so it took me 5 hours (shooting+editing). Still, I love it and even if it is an old picture I use it for my portfolio or as a flagship photo.

The second entry is a photo of a beautiful jellyfish sensitive to UV lights. A simple shot taken at the Bournemouth Oceanarium, but during the editing phase I started imagining more light coming out from the creature. So I played with settings until the whole scene took life.

The third entry is one of my first macro pictures. It was a misty morning in October 2015. My former company was renting a flat with a garden and I only had my full frame camera for a few months. I came out and I saw a spiderweb entirely covered by droplet. I fortunately had a tripod with me and also a Raynox 250 filter that transformed my zoom lens into a macro.


My last entry is a memory of my trip to Turkey last year. It was taken in Goreme, Cappadocia. The place itself is out of this world to say the least, and features a unique landscape. Cappadocia is still one of the few regions that is not too touristy (yet) and as such it is still very “traditional”. Some years ago a few companies started offering hot air ballon rides over the region to tourists. The activity grew so popular and expanded that many more company started the same business. So every day, if weather allows, hundreds of balloons fly over the skies of Goreme, starting at 5:30am.

The result? you wake up to this.


Lens-Artist Photo Challenge #62 – Silhouettes

For this week photo challenge I picked a mix of pictures taken during my previous travels and excursions in local areas.

My first entry is a picture I took during my holiday in Turkey last year. It was a great experience and I had the chance to do tandem paragliding myself. In spite of (and to conquer) my fear of heights, we took off from Babadag mountain, at circa 2000m height.

40 minutes of stunning views that is worth having a heart attack for! 😀

A paraglider in Oludeniz – Turkey

Two modern buildings in Berlin town caught my attention in February 2013.

Modern buildings in Berlin

On a more reflecting tone, I decided to post a picture of the concentration camp in Sachsenhausen. The write “Arbeit Macht Frei – work sets you free” was a nazi slogan originated by the title of a novel written in 1873 by German philologist Lorenz Diefenbach, and used at the entrance of a number of concentrations camps, including Dachau (Germany), Auschwitz (Poland) and Theresienstadt (Czech Republic).

Entrance to Sachsenhausen concentration camp – Berlin

The idea of the Clifton suspension bridge, spanning the Avon Gorge and the river Avon was born in 1753, but the first attempt at building such structure did not come before 1831, due to lack of enough fundings available. In that same year, the Bristol riots took place, after the House of Lords rejected a proposal to give Bristol more significant representation in the House of Commons. This resulted in significant further delays of the bridge construction, which was concluded in 1864.

Today the bridge is an iconic landmark and perhaps the most representative of Bristol city. In the last decades it has also been the venue for significant events, including the last Concorde flight (2003) and the handover of the Olympic Torch (2012).

Clifton iconic suspension bridge, Bristol UK

Last but not least is Corfe Castle, another UK landmark placed in Dorset. It was built by William the Conqueror in the 11th Century on Purbeck Hills, between Wareham and Swanage. It was partly built in stone, which indicated significant status, considering most of the castles were built with timber and stone at the time.

It was under the Crown’s control until 1572, when Elizabeth I sold it to Sir Christopher Hatton. It was later bought by Sir John Bankes in 1635 and later defended by his wife, Lady Mary Bankes.

The Castle successfully resisted the first siege in 1643 (I will spare you the gory details and the casualties here but I can tell you that lady was really good!), but fallen 2 years later because of an internal betrayal. The walls and the castle were blown up with explosives by order of the Parliament (no worries, no harm was done to Lady Mary Bankes who was actually allowed to leave).

Today the castle and its ruins are protected by the National Trust. Visitors can enjoy a stroll within the walls for a fee and also admire the stunning scenery around.