Divinity by eyeofalens


One from a very quick local excursion yesterday & as you can see still ZERO snow.
I am zero means a religious person, despite the best efforts of being indoctrinated with an Irish catholic family . Believe what you want to believe! I believe in the light ! never pass up the good light ! Cheers …slainté !

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Eventide by RilindHoxha

The shot I am sharing with you all today, is from my most recent trip to Meteora, Greece. It was a very spontaneous decision and luckily I live close by, so I just packed my things and hit the road! I arrived late at night and planned to wake up early for the sunrise. The weather in Greece is extremely pleasant these days, but the nights…I thought Im gonna freeze! Anyway, as much as I wanted to stay in my very warm bed, I got up and drove to Meteora from the small town I was staying in which is located right beneath it.
I was at the location around 6:20, which is about 40 minutes before the sunrise, but I decided to start shooting immediately, because i wanted to capture different perspectives until I get it right. Since I started shooting before sunrise, this image technically represents twilight, that’s how all the colors came in…The light started to touch the top of the mountains, cliff peaks and the monastery. As soon as I saw what was happening, I knew I had to capture it! The moon was just perfect, creating a small glow through the morning haze, plus a few starts left in the sky…it created a very dramatic look!
It was edited from one raw file, since I managed to get everything from a single shot. I also played with the graduated filter in Lightroom to get the sky right; and later with dodge and burn technique in Photoshop. I did adjust the white balance as well, in order to get the magenta tones. It was shot at f11, iso 160 and with a shutter speed of 20 seconds. Even though I did shoot 3 shots bracketed, like I said I used only the base, because it was enough to create the look I envisioned

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St. Blasien Cathedral by Julien-Foto

The Abbey Church, home to the then third largest dome in Europe was consecrated in 1783.

The St. Blasius’ Cathedral was destroyed in a fire in 1874, less than 100 years after its consecration.

200 years after its first consecration, the cathedral underwent a complete restoration and the church obtained the current interior design: the white marble rotunda, in contrast with the dark benches and organ at the end of the monks’ choir.

The perimeter of the dome with a diameter of 36m matches exactly the distance between the floor and the apex of the vault. The 18m high towering columns carry the hemispherical dome (with a radius of 18m), which encircles the inner side of the vault and acts as a sort of inner shell. The chancel also measures 36m (2 x 18m) in total.

This harmony is also mirrored in the external construction of the building: the width of the facade, 50m, matches the height of the main dome.

Towering above the cathedral’s dome is the golden Imperial Orb with its cross acting as a reminder of an age when St. Blasien used to be an imperial abbey.

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Take Time To Refleclt. by mosmerabsamii

“Take time to reflect” Life gets busy…appointments,deadlines,balancing priorities such as family or work. In order to survive and thrive todays world,it’s important we learn how to live a more mindful ,intentional and purposeful life.

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Unusual Monk by roberto_pazzi

Portrait of a monk in Luang Prabang (Laos).

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