Weekly Photo Challenge: One Shot, Two Ways.

Ack – I’m late with this week’s photo challenge post but I went into town specifically last weekend to take these pictures so they are being submitted dammit! 😀

These are photos of The Bridge of Sighs in Oxford, which links the two parts of Hertford College together. It is popularly believed that The Bridge of Sighs is modelled on the Venetian bridge, but it was never intended to be a replica.  In fact, it bears a closer resemblance to Venice’s Rialto Bridge. I’ve included some pictures for a comparison. 🙂 I found this challenge a bit more difficult this week, though it did help me with perspective I suppose. My landscape and portrait photos of the bridge looked rather too similar, so I decided to zoom in on the bridge’s central carvings instead for the landscape picture. There really are some beautiful buildings in Oxford, taking the time to try and photograph them well is helping me to appreciate them more.

The Rialto Bridge, Venice, Italy.

The Rialto Bridge, Venice, Italy.
(Photo credit: Flickr user ptpgrad.)

The Bridge of Sighs, Venice, Italy. (Photo credit: Flickr user it_outsider.)

The Bridge of Sighs, Venice, Italy.
(Photo credit: Flickr user it_outsider.)

Weekly Photo Challenge: Masterpiece

L'Opéra Garnier, Paris, France

L’Opéra Garnier, Paris, France

For this week’s photo challenge, I have chosen the Palais Garnier as my masterpiece. This is quite personal to me though I’m sure there are others out there who would agree with its masterpiece status. Having been a fan of The Phantom of the Opera since I was seven years old, it has been a long-held ambition of mine to visit this truly unique building. I visited Paris in 2006 for the first – and so far only – time. I was devastated to discover on the day of my visit the Opera Garnier was closed! P did tour the opera house in my honour five years later, but I have yet to actually set foot in the building.

Why is it a masterpiece? It took 15 years to build after being interrupted by such unimportant events as the Franco-Prussian war, the Paris Commune and the fall of France’s second empire. Upon completion in 1875 it was one of the largest theatre venues in the world encompassing 120,000 square feet. The grand staircase is 30m (98 feet) high and seven storeys of the building are actually underground. There’s a subterranean lake below the building which catfish live in and randomly, they keep bees on the roof. You can buy the honey in the gift shop. 🙂 Mainly, I just think it’s absolutely stunning. Really hope I can see inside one day.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Fleeting

Fireworks over the Thames, New Year's Eve 2010.

Fireworks over the Thames, New Year’s Eve 2010.

I chose this photo for this week’s photo challenge as I felt it summed up this week’s theme perfectly in a number of ways. Firstly, fireworks by their very nature are fleeting, lighting up the sky for the briefest of moments – they are also SO difficult to try and capture…I was so happy with this picture, everything was in focus! 😀 Secondly, I also think you can call New Year’s Eve fleeting. It’s one day a year and the year you are saying goodbye to is never repeated. It’s also the one night a year that one single fleeting moment, midnight, means so much to so many.