Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Travel Tuesday: Little Details from Famous Sites

When I'm traveling, I like to get shots of the little details. Of course I get the big scenes too, but those little details are often just as interesting. Last week on the Black Gate blog I wrote about Lalibela, an amazing UNESCO World Heritage Site in Ethiopia. Back in the 12th century, the Ethiopians constructed eleven magnificent churches by cutting them out of the bedrock. That's right, they didn't build up, they dug down!

Lalibela is an impressive site, and in the post I linked to above I published some views of the exterior and interior of the churches. I also got some more intimate shots. The above photo shows the lock and bolt on one of the church doors. I like how the indirect sunlight brings out the texture of the wood. Below is a shot of some Ethiopian crosses for sale in a nearby shop. Lalibela is a major pilgrimage site for Ethiopian Christians and the distinct Ethiopian crosses are popular mementos for Ethiopians and foreigners alike. I like how the red background really brings out the brass of the crosses.

So the next time you're at the Eiffel Tower of the Pyramids, don't miss the little details!


Misha Gericke said...

I also like taking pictures of details when I travel. It prevents my pictures from being too post-card-y. :-D

D.G. Hudson said...

I look for details, too, Sean, and I really like these shots. Those are interesting versions of a cross and light does make a difference in how an object appears in a photograph. You got it at the right time! I envy you your exotic travels, but appreciate that you share them!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Cool, I'll go have a look!

Yolanda Renee said...

I'm learning, but yeah, my pictures always look like a bad post card. But I'm open to getting better!

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