batalay (35831) 2015-04-21 5:38
The elderly gentleman laboring on his bicycle to climb. The telephoto lens compresses the distant very effectively, allowing you to put more information into your shot. I like the vertical format very much, especially where there are hills. As always a surprise appearance from a distant land, where are you now, and where will you be next?
Warm regards, Serghei,
batalay (35831) 2015-04-21 5:32
Another inspiring shot from your past, a shot now 43 years old. I've been following the trail of images shot by Malgorzata and Craig, and I think inspired by your camerawork from the distant past.
batalay (35831) 2015-04-21 5:28
Absolutely fabulous portrait of the fellow getting a shave, and as useful a personal note as ever. I've visited a few sites in India Mumbai (Bombay), Agra, New Delhi and Chandigarh all serving as an appetizer, while the endless ocean of surprises in this country beckons...
batalay (35831) 2015-04-21 5:24
The lengthy piers were clearly designed to maximize usage, but where are the boats. Thanks for pointing out the difference in "vinha" and "vinho," two words that I had seen before. You've selected an excellent perspective to show the expansive scene.
batalay (35831) 2015-04-21 5:19
Hello dear Malgorzata,
With your always incisive photos and notes, you've reminded me of a word I had not heard in years, the "shalvar." It is the same in Turkish, and another symbol of the disappearance of the "turban, fez, charsaf..." but beginning an unhappy comeback with the reversal of Ataturk's reforms in present day Turkey.
batalay (35831) 2015-04-21 5:09
For me, the monument to WWI is a monument to the entire 20th century. What started in that war never came to closure. It gave rise to WWII, the Cold War, Vietnam, the wars by proxy around the world... It's a very sad time. My generation lived in relative peace (since the end of WWII), but the world is heating up again. Technically, this is a very good photo, but a remembrance of very bad times.