The Friday Snap (TFS 11)

Recently this blog hit triple figures for subscribers, yep we hit the big 100 and I would like to acknowledge everyone who follows this blog, new and old. Massive Thank You. I know 100 doesn’t sound like a lot but it certainly is to me and I really appreciate that people take the time to read what I write and look at the photos that I’m constantly making and sharing. Thank you.

 

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It was not surprising to find a statue of a dragon within the walls of Cardiff Castle especially with the hype surrounding the TV series, Game of Thrones coming to an end. Everyone was drawn to the dragon to capture a photo.

 

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As this photo was being processed through Snapseed I decided that the people in the right of the frame needed to be cloned out which I think has reduced the number of distractions away from the Dragon. Its not perfect but it works.

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Hope everyone has a great weekend.

American Falls, Niagara

Even though Niagara Falls is surrounded by what could only be described as a tourist trap (dive) its hard not to take away that the falls are amazing to experience.

To capture the falls at their best comes down to timing. And the best time is early morning or late afternoon when there are fewer people around giving you ample time to scout a good location to shoot that shot.

Happy Shooting

The Friday Snap (TFS 10)

This week sees The Friday Snap go into double figures and there maybe some conjecture that this week’s submission was captured using a smartphone. Let me assure you that it was and it’s all in the crop.

Cropping the image to isolate the subject reduces the number of distractions and focuses the viewer in on the subject.

Don’t be afraid to crop your photos.

Hope everyone has a great weekend.

I Went to Niagara Falls and Hated it!

The idea of visiting Niagara Falls filled me full of hope and wonder what the falls would be like however I left feeling somewhat disappointed and underwhelmed. Don’t get me wrong, the falls are beautiful and up close the falls are incredibly powerful and I learned that the 1/5th of worlds fresh water goes over these falls everyday. It also begged the question, how did anyone ever survive going over the falls in a barrel?

Niagar Falls Lo res

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What was disapointing is how the falls have been commercialised and quite frankly ruined by the number of Casinos, Starbucks and the cheap theme park atmosphere that has flourished.

I understand that there needs to be a requirement for hotels and resturants etc but after counting seven Starbucks within a square kilometre resulted in the conclusion that Niagara Falls had been turned into a tourist trap.


Mid morning, when it was the most quietest

The sheer number of mirror mazes, haunted houses and cheap thrills has detracted from the brilliance and awe inspiring power of Niagara Falls.

Just after Sunset

Maybe I was expecting to much, maybe I should have lowered my expectations because I certainly didn’t expect a cheap theme park atmosphere aimed at young people (Canada’s legal drinking age is 19) and as I left I wondered if the other 7 wonders of the world had been ruined by commercial gain.

Upside Down House……..Why?

Would I go again, No, not a hope, and for these reaosns. The distance from a major East Coast Australian airport to Niagara Falls is just shy of 17000 kilometres (one way) and several very long haul flights however the main reason is that Niagara Falls leaves you with an overall feeling of being nothing more than a cheap theme park which just happens to have a waterfall steeped in history and is the 8th wonder of the world.

Happy Shooting

The Friday Snap (TFS 7)

I’ve blogged about this little Yellow Bus previously and as anyone who has experienced long haul flights know that stop overs can seriously suck, however they don’t have to if you wander the airport with smartphone or camera in hand seeking out photographic opportunities becomes an indoor photo walk!

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Hope everyone has a great weeked.

Happy Friday