Soothing Places

I’ve joined another #GuruShots challenge a little late but what the heck – I’ll see how these photographs get on vote wise. It’s always interesting to which images receive more clicks – the ones I expect to do reasonably well sometimes aren’t so well received. Anyways, these are the images I’ve submitted:

  • Top Left = Kaibo, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
  • Bottom Left = Laytown Beach, Co Meath, Ireland
  • Middle = Rum Point, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
  • Right = Baltray at Dusk, Co Louth, Ireland

Lots of blues in these images – blue is soothing a soothing colour, right? Bingo.

There are 8 days left for this challenge. Let’s see how things go for these photographs – as ever, update will follow.

Update: Elite finish – whoo hoo

[May 2018]
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Pathways & Roads

I guess Sunday must be GuruShots day for most voters as I’ve just uploaded an image to this latest speed challenge (where only one image can be displayed per photographer at one time) and have achieved over 350 votes (Premier level no less) within about 10 minutes. Remarkable – this is certainly the image of mine that has generated the most interest in a short amount of time.

That said, to be honest, I’m not entirely sure I trust the GuruShots voting process as I was notified a few days ago that I had reached the Skilled level in the ‘B&W Architecture’ challenge. Later the same day, I was notified I’d reached the Popular level – did I loose votes or were they calculated incorrectly? Regardless, I’m taking my current position in the ‘Pathways & Roads’ challenge with a very large pinch of salt.

Anyways, I was in two minds which photo to upload eventually opted for a photo of a jetty at Rum Point in Grand Cayman. This image was taken on my first digital camera, a FujiFilm FinePix F480 – long discontinued model.

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Generally packed with holiday makers, I had to drive over to Rum Point first thing in the morning (in Caribbean terms, in my experience that’s before 10:00 am) to capture this shot  without including any tourists.

It’s the colours – not the photographer – that make this image. The water is as inviting as it looks – it’s clear and warm and further into the North Sound, it’s packed with beautiful tiny fish, stingrays, turtles and the occasional shark.

There are a little over 23 and a half hours left for this challenge – let’s see how this ends. I think this photograph will go down very well with users sitting at a computer on a Sunday afternoon wishing they were on vacation. Since I started typing up this post, I’ve now got over 765 votes … absolutely bonkers. Let’s see what the end result is though – I may be back to 250 if GuruShots have had a few more issues with their calculator!

For more information and images on Rum Point, click here.

#GuruShots #CaymanIslands #GrandCayman #RumPoint

Update: As ever, there were some incredible photographs ranked in the Top 50 (I was #558!) and a good proportion of those were of Monument Valley in Utah (but to be fair, that is the classic epic view of a road. The photograph I submitted had a dizzy 900 votes which I’m amazed at and I managed an ‘All Star’ ranking. :-0 + :-)

[April 2018]

Wonderlust 2018

Although I couldn’t describe myself as a globetrotter, I’ve been lucky enough to have to already crossed off a number of items from my bucket list. Unfortunately, I either forgot to take a camera (d’oh) or the images ‘snap shots’ and not particularly good enough for entry to this GuruShots challenge.  Mind you, I have to travel on business to Chicago one February and forgot to pack a warm coat (double d’oh).

I’ve dug out some old iPhone images of  trips including a trip to Skellig Micheal, Co Kerry, Ireland and an island off the coast of Zadar, Croatia. The image below is that of Conway, North Wales which I’ve also included. It’s not particularly exotic but a wonderful place to visit. This is a view of the harbour which is located directly in front of the magnificent castle. To view the other images submitted in this challenge, you can view my GuruShots profile page.

Conway

Conway, North Wales

Two shots I would have liked to have included but for poor image resolution I was unable to submit are:

  • Lama on the Aliplano, Bolivia
  • View from Rum Point, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

Neither image is particularly ‘landscapey’ but I really enjoyed the days I took both images.

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Altiplano, Bolivia

The above image was taken in northern Bolivia just south of the Peruvian boarder back in December 2016. It shows the farmer’s home and one of her herd – a wonderfully woolly red bad boy. She had also recently helped to deliver a pure white blue eyed ‘cria’ (baby lama) which has to be one of the cutest beings I’ve ever seen. I was so taken with it, I forgot to take a picture but trust me, he was beautiful. The Altiplano is a stark and imposing part of the world and life there must be tough.

In contrast, Rum Point is probably the most stunning of Grand Cayman’s glorious beaches. Scattered around the beach are hammocks, bars and luxury hotels where people get some rest and relaxation in the Caribbean sun. The water is warm and clear – a little further into the North Sound and you’d bump up against turtles, stingrays and possibly a tiger shark. It’s breathtaking and the colours are stunning but it’s most definitely missing a lama or two.

Rum Point Grand Cayman

Rum Point, Grand Cayman

As usual, I’ll update this post when the ‘Wonderlust 2018’ Challenge has come to a close.

Update: It’s 12 April 2018, and the challenge has just ended. I achieved a Premier level, which  I’m very very please about, collecting 563 votes and 600 GuruShots points.

This is how the voting broke down and the images are (left to right):

  • Skellig Michael, Co Kerry
  • Croatia – if I remember correctly it’s an image taken somewhere around Telašcia Nature Park
  • Mornington, Co Meath
  • Rowing Boats on the Banks of the Boyne, Co Meath

Wonderlust 2018

I’m very happy with the result – onto the next challenge!

#CountyKerry #SkelligMichael #NotGoodWithHeights #Croatia #CountyMeath #RiverBoyne

[April 2018]