Posted on August 6, 2019
Frank setting the theme of ‘overhead’ for the latest Tuesday Photo Challenge is very timely, as the weekend before last I went to the annual airshow (Estevol) near the town of Blond.
As usual, the show featured a large number of impressive kites, including this rather forbidding example:
Posted on July 26, 2019
Cee’s theme for her Black & White Challenge this week is ‘anything that flies’.
That would certainly include this elaborate box kite, seen at the annual ‘Estevol’ air show at nearby Blond.
Posted on June 23, 2017
A pair of kites – which actually were black and white – flying together in a stiff breeze at the annual Esteval air show just outside the nearby village of Blond.
Posted on January 13, 2016
Something in the human brain is attracted to symmetry; we find it – almost always – aesthetically pleasing. And, as Cee points out this week, it can appear in many different guises.
To begin with, here are two images from the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi. The first is yet another (no apologies though) chandelier, pictured from below, which is an example of circular symmetry, while the second is the top of a dome, which is obviously an example of left/right symmetry.
Although symmetry is an important element of Islamic art, it also features extensively in secular situations in Arab countries. Here is part of the seawall on the Abu Dhabi Corniche and – more prosaically – the underground carpark of the Dubai Mall.
It’s also possible to see symmetry in multiple subjects: like these two conjoined kites from the Blond airshow and a set of measuring jugs from a museum in Sarlat.
And finally, the symmetry of reflections on the Dordogne River
Posted on January 9, 2016
Posted on August 1, 2015
Having a camera means seeing the world with a photographer’s eye. It can also mean being able to see things that would otherwise be invisible to the naked eye. That’s inspiring.
This photograph illustrates the point. Last weekend was the annual airshow (‘estevol’) at Blond. It was a cloudy, overcast day which at least meant that the sky provided a good neutral background. It was also very windy.
One of the regular features of the estevol is a very colourful display of kites. The wind was perfect for flying them, but it took a camera – and only 1/8000 of a second – to ‘freeze’ this particular ‘cerf-volant’, which otherwise would have been just a blur.