Black and White Sunday: Towering

Carmelite church and Anglican Church in Valletta, Malta

The churches in Valletta tower over the apartment buildings which in turn tower over the ramparts of the city. An interesting place to visit if you are at all keen on history.

Please visit Paula to see other representations of this week’s challenge.

The Swarm…

Paula’s black and white Sunday this week is all about Composition. The way we consider a subject before pressing the shutter is very important.

“the art of arranging all the elements in your frame in an aesthetically pleasing way”


This is an India Ink version of a photograph of my eldest grandson just about to jump down from a granite stone gate post. I have used the ‘rules of thirds‘ to position the figure on the lower left-hand side of the image so that he is seen to be jumping into space. I like how I managed to capture him with his legs bent freezing the moment he is about to leap. I also like the spires of the foxgloves piercing the blank sky. I don’t particularly like the way the cloud on the left appears using this effect, but I have left it in because on reflection it rather looks as though a swarm of midges is heading his way and he is trying to out run them!

Thursday Special

signal box

The Severn Bridge Signal Box is often described as “a cathedral among signal boxes” by enthusiasts. Found just beyond Shrewsbury Station it was built in 1910 and one of the largest in Europe.

The massive Greek Doric column in the background is 133 feet 6 inches tall and towers over Abbey Foregate with a statue of Lord Hill (1772-1842) on top. Lord Hill was the Duke of Wellington’s right-hand man in the Peninsula Wars and at the Battle of Waterloo when his horse was shot from under him. He succeeded Wellington as Commander-in-chief of the army in 1828.

Paula’s (Lost in Translation) challenge this week is Traces of the Past

Rockin’ in Oman

Unusually, I am posting a photo that I have not taken. This is my grandson, Lorenzo, who was born 5 weeks prematurely in April, 2014 weighing only 1.2kg.

Last year on his way home from Europe to Perth, Australia, he had a stopover in the UAE and Oman (Muscat) where this photo was taken with him wearing the traditional Kandora. One of my favourite photos of him.

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I have edited it and converted to black and white. And in case you were wondering, he doesn’t actually travel alone yet, Mom and Dad were accompanying him.

Paula’s black and white Sunday.