Category Archives: Photography

The Observer With A Lens

Mslazyboots in Himalayas wrote something that resonated with me. She said that:

“The more you document your life, the more you check in, you tweet, you blog, you capture moments, the more you do all of this stuff, the more you make stories out if it, and if you do that much, you become a spectator to your own life.” (Mslazyboots in Himalayas).

I like the proposition of using this blog to document my life. Not everything but most of it, especially the fun parts. The wandering and wondering parts. Especially where there are lots of photos to accompany it.

Then there is the part of becoming a spectator in my own life. The 1st position of being a part of it and also observing it, from 2nd position. That is an enticing prospect because of the insights from the past that I will get, and applying the learnings from that into what I do going forward.

That is why I blog and post photos.

Many times the words are inside me, roiling around, lost in my critical notions of what should see the light of day and what must remain in the dark, locked inside me, the depth of varying degrees, the conversation eclectic, chaotic and noisy.

When this happens no words come out and instead I post photos, like a silent 3rd position, the observer with a lens.

 “When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.” 
― Ansel Adams


Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Back of Things

I downloaded the pics from my camera, going back to last year. Gosh! Such a long time. Some met the challenge this week. As with most of my pics, they can be better. I’m learning.

I took the pic below because I wanted to remember the type of lounger I want for our patio.

My favourite wooden loungers
©2016-2017 Regina Martins

Sagres harbour was still on this particular evening, the waters soupy and opaque.

Sagres harbour
©2016-2017 Regina Martins

I like taking photos of the backs of people, candidly, especially people taking photos. I enjoyed seeing these 2 friends jog by, stop, and take the same photo.

Friends taking pics at Lisboa Expo Parque das Nações
©2016-2017 Regina Martins

Entered in Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Back of Things.


WordPress Weekly Photo: Musical Ambience

This week Jeff Golenski  asks us to post a photo showing Ambience. I found this photo in my archives and was reminded of my birthday lunch in 2015.

I was pleasantly surprised when the restaurant had a jazz band playing. The saxophonist was a delight to listen to. He interacted with us and made my birthday that much extra special. When I look at this photo I am reminded of this wonderful lunch, and how the band and the saxophonist added to the ambiance of the place and my birthday lunch.

©2017 Regina Martins

Ambience is the atmosphere of one’s surrounding environment. It basically boils down to how one’s surroundings impact the human senses and alter the feelings of an individual. Things like light, temperature, smell, sound, and sometimes taste, all work together to create ambience. The term ambience usually refers to a positive atmosphere that uplifts a person’s mood. As an example, one might say, “Wow, this place has real ambience!”

What photos have you taken that are full of ambience?