72 live tunes

a moment from Paris:
sitting on the steps of Sacre Coeur, listening to this cover band playing, feeling this happiness of  an unique moment – and trying to capture it.

seen like this, a video is a crop of reality, too. everything is.

71 miles

today is inspired by photo friday‘s challenge: “Enormous”

the bridge photo is from a road trip through Florida, taken somewhere between Tampa and Naples. no stopping option there, so it’s taken right through the windshield – looking at it now, it feels the light reflections adds to the otherworldliness of the scene.

below, the full image. again, interesting how the crop and the turned format influences the character of the image.

(and beautiful, to see this image picked up in Julia’s 100days-blog in 73 Tall Stories)

70 variations

today: picking up yesterday’s flowers and trying some variations. the blue one makes me think of sea anemones and starfish. (which are called “Seerosen + Seestern”  in german: “sea roses + sea stars”)

69 petals

another garden photos: a close up of a Zinnia which started to blossom some days ago,  and now develops row after row of  petals. if you look close, you can see the next row unrolling in the centre.

i thought i know about petals, but now looked up the Wiki-page, and learned 3 new words: corolla, sepal and tepal.  “Petals are modified leaves that surround the reproductive parts of flowers. They often are brightly colored or unusually shaped to attract pollinators. Together, all of the petals of a flower are called a corolla. Petals are usually accompanied by another set of special leaves called sepals lying just beneath the corolla. When the petals and sepals of a flower look similar they are called tepals.” (Wiki/Petal)

and here, the full image:

68 garden/world

natural art from the garden here: this is a common “Wicke”. i just checked in Wikipedia, the english word for it is Vicia – a flowering plant that belongs to the “legume” family.

which is funny, as legume means “vegetable” in French. so i looked that up, too, and it turns out that “the term legume is derived from the Latin word legumen (with the same meaning as the English term), which is in turn believed to come from the verb legere “to gather.” English borrowed the term from the French “légume,” which, however, has a wider meaning in the modern language and refers to any kind of vegetable; the English word legume being translated in French by the word légumineuse.

The history of legumes is tied in closely with that of human civilization, appearing early in Asia, the Americas (the common Phaseolus bean in several varieties), and Europe (broad beans), where they became a staple, essential for supplementing protein where there was not enough meat.”

after this little legumes world trip, now back into the garden, with the full image:

67 challenges

today, i launched the new issue of BluePrintReview. the theme of it is: “challenge”. it was partly this theme that made me commit to 100 days: the perfect time for a 100 day challenge obviously is while editing a challenge issue. 

the cover of the issue is an edited version of a photo i took in Paris, on one of the viewpoint terraces of museum Centre Pompidou. above, an edited version of the image: a simple, but surprising crop; i didn’t notice the woman to the right while working on the cover. for the ‘challenge’ cover itself, i worked in layers and with color spectrum shift, it’s online here: BluePrintReview #28: “challenge“.

and below, a larger crop of the original image (not sure why, yet it feels it would be too early to give away the whole original cover photo already)

66 stones

today: picking up Valerie’s feedback from yesterday:  “I really love what you are doing with your photographs. The close-ups/crops are really intriguing and I like how you include the original. Everything looks so different upon further inspection, eh?”

the lines made me think of  “the river of stones”, which i joined in January, and which is on now again in July. the task: “for one month, we will be challenging you to notice one thing properly every day and to write it down. a small stone is simply a short observational piece – a written record of a moment of paying proper attention.” – there is a blog with the participants: river of stones blogroll

i first thought of joining with written stones again, but then i already was taking part in 100 days – and so the idea to work with close-ups for july in 100 days surfaced. it’s so interesting, to revisit images in that way. almost like a walk into the image.