England Part 2: Overwhelmed by the coast

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If I had to choose between a digital camera and a cell phone, I would go for the camera. I even got one before my first cell. Maybe I’m just not the cell phone type. I really enjoy photography although I don’t actively pursue this kind of hobby. Instead, I like to take pictures whenever I go on a trip or somewhere unusual.

But I’m not one of those tourist photographers who snap a picture of everything just to  show off at home: Hey, I was there! And I saw those! And this, too! Maybe it’s because I like drawing and painting but I cannot stop paying attention to the camera angle, to the composition, to the light. Therefore, the photos I took on the trip rarely show any people but landscape. It’s so much easier to take a good picture!

The best pictures are from a trip to the coast. I remember freezing like crazy because I had to walk through town while it was raining earlier that day. And thus my feet were soaked and icy cold. Horrible! I just wanted to head back to the Bed&Breakfast and curl up in bed after a really hot shower.

But I’m glad that I didn’t. For that day was really nice after that. I went to the coast and during the drive my feet didn’t feel the cold anymore (but they were still wet). The view was amazing! The sun was beginning to set, the light reflecting on waves, dark rocks gave a pretty contrast.
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I was so engrossed in taking pictures that I again got wet feet when I shot the picture above. I didn’t watch the waves and then a bigger one came and I couldn’t jump back fast enough. Well, at least a got a nice picture of the wave crashing against the rock. Love the shapes there.

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The combination of sky, silhouettes and sun is really pretty and an easy photo subject. Just make sure not to look into the light, use the screen of the digital camera instead.

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The coast has lots of interesting subjects to photograph. Be it the relaxing play of waves, the sky with its clouds and sun. And if you’re bored with long shots, how about some macro photos? I really enjoyed my day at the coast and it’s been a long time since I actually felt that I got something pretty.

An Almost-Summer-Day

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Golden sunshine, striking blue sky. It seems that my prayer has indeed reached Thor’s ears (or whoever responsible for this great weather). Such a day takes away this pressing suffocating lethargy induced by cold dark days. Such a day makes everything more intense, the colors brighter, the scents stronger. Bathed in and showered with golden rays, the world suddenly looks so warm and wonderful, void of suffering and misery.

Le soleil brille avec des rayons dorés, le ciel est magnifiquement bleu. Il semble que celui que j’ai remercié ce beau temps m’a entendue. Une journée pareille me libère de cette lassitude étouffante, provoquée par des journées froides et sombres. Une journée pareille intensifie tout, les couleurs sont plus vives, les odeurs plus forts.Tout à coup, le monde semble être aimable et merveilleux, sans souffrance et sans misère.

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Enjoying such an almost-summer-day (it’s still not summer, ask an astronomer) I decided to spend this glorious day in the park. Having arrived at my destination I was taken in by a small group of tulips, which would soon wilt. Their big colorful blossoms gracefully swayed on thin stalks, I was entranced. Snap, snap, the sound of my camera.

En étant contente de ce presque jour d’été (il n’était pas encore l’été) j’ai décidé de passer cette jolie journée au parc. Après y être arrivée j’ai trouvé un groupe des tulipes très colorées qui m’ont envoûtée. Leurs fleurs ont gracilement bougé sur des tinges minces sous le vent. C’était si beau que je n’aie pas arrêté à prendre des photos. Click, click!

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The people who also got the fabulous idea to spend this gorgeous day in the park might have been amused. Such a strange girl, kneeling and lying on the ground, always taking pictures. My schoolmate were definitively amused by my behavior.

Les gens passant aussi cette journée superbe au parc se sont certainement étonnés des cette fille bizarre qui s’est agenouillée une fois, s’est allongée sur le sol l’autre fois. Toujours avec l’appareil photo. Mes camarades d’école étaient édivemment amusés par mon comportement.

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The weather was truly grand. Stunning blue sky with little fuzzy clouds. The vivid green of the trees, beautifully contrasting against the dark wood. Mind-blowing.

Il faisait vraiment beau. Le ciel était bleu avec des petits nuages. Les arbres étaient en vert vif avec lequel le brun de l’écorce était en jolie opposition.

I always dream of such meadows. Not too polished with a wild dreamy charm. It doesn’t need to be perfectly perfect, a few quirks are quite charming. This is a great scenery: Colorful meadow, old trees, small bridge – one can literally feel its magic.

Je rêve troujours de tels près, pas trop soignés avec un charme sauvage et idyllique. Un merveulleusement beau spectacle: Un près aux couleurs sompteuses, des vieux arbres à l’arrière-plan, un petit pont – c’est joli.

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I really like these yellow tulips with thin red stripes. They remind me of this chocolatiers’ technique: Swirling the molten chocolate and thus creating tiny stripes and swirls.

J’aimais beaucoup ces tulipes jaunes avec des rayures rouges – elle m’ont rappelée au technique des chocolatiers pour créer des lignes fines.

This old oak provides cooling protection against the generous sun. I’m fascinated by its age, what has it already experienced? WW2? WW1? Or even more? In spite of its age the oak appears to be healthy with a lush vibrant green treetop. Together with the dark brown bark it makes me lusting for pistachio nut flavored ice cream with lots of chocolate shavings. Too bad that I’ve forgotten my money at home.

Ce vieux chêne offre de l’ombre qui rafraîchit aux ceux qui veulent fuir devant le soleil. Quel âge a-t-il? Est-il est plus vieux que WW2? Ou WW2? Ou même plus? Malgré son âge, le chêne semblait être en bonne santé, ses feuilles en vert vif ont fait un beau contraste avec le brun de l’écorce. Ces couleurs m’ont fait vouler manger une glace à la pistache avec des morceaux de chocolat. Malheureusement, j’ai oublié mon argent.

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Reaching The Sky

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photo credit: models.com, photographer: Camilla Akrans, model: Arlenis Sosa

It’s stunning!
This photo is taken really well, it looks as if Sosa is jumping into the sky. The sky as ocean?
It makes me feel the infinity of the world.

Je l’aime beaucoup!
La photo est prendue magnifiquement, il semble comme si Sosa est en train de sauter dans le ciel. Le ciel comme océan?
La photo me fait me sentir voir l’infinité du monde.

Playing With The Night

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Lately I’ve taken some photos during night and have played a bit with them in GIMP.

Ces derniers temps j’ai pris quelque photos la nuit. Et j’ai joué un peu avec eux dans GIMP.

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Look what I’m able to do with them in GIMP. The second photo is the same as the first.

Regardez ce que je peux faire avec GIMP:
La dernière photo est la même comme la première photo.

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I belong to those persons who prefer the nigh tover the day. I just feel like I’m more concentrated when everything around me has quiet down. But I always feel a bit strange when I have to go outside during night. The sky overwhelms me.

Je suis quelqu’un qui l’aime la nuit et qui peux travailler mieux pendant la nuit que pendant le jour. Mai j’ai peur quand je quitte la maison pendant qu’il fait nuit.