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Two Halves

Photograph of Statue in Vienna

Photograph of Statue in Vienna

White marble statues featuring humans in different poses are a common feature of European architecture. This extends even to the gardens built by royalty. Schönbrunn Palace and its sprawling gardens are a fine example of this style. Hundreds of intricately carved statues and fountains dot the gardens, which are quite extensive.

In this photograph, a contemplative statue almost perfectly divides the photograph into two; one half is the blue sky, while the other half is the green bush.

(Entered in the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenges: “Opposites“, “Half and Half“)

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Meshed Window

Photograph of the Sky through a meshed window

Photograph of the Sky through a meshed window

Wire meshes such as the one in the photograph are commonplace in modern houses. They are the easiest and cheapest way of safeguarding from mosquitoes while simultaneously keeping the air circulating.

Although it may not seem possible, different meshes actually have different designs and arrangements of metal wires. From afar the gaps between the wires all look like perfect squares, but closer inspection reveals that this is not the case. The mesh in this photograph, for example, has a grid-like configuration with the gaps in the shape of trapeziums (in case you don’t know, a trapezium is a quadrilateral with only one pair of parallel sides). The horizontal wires in the picture are parallel to each other, but the vertical ones aren’t. The vertical wires actually turn a little at every intersection with a horizontal wire, giving a zig-zag effect.

Another interesting thing that you may actually have observed yourself is that photographs of fine wire meshes and nets often produce strange patterns when you zoom in or out. These patterns are known as Moire patterns. To see the Moire patterns changing in this photo, click here, then here, and then here. You should notice that the patterns on the mesh change each time. Nothing is being altered about the image: it is the same photograph. The only difference in each case is the image size. Because computer screens are made of pixels, the patterns appear different in different resolutions. If possible, another thing you can try is clicking the same link on two different devices (say a laptop and a smartphone). You should see that the pattern looks different in each case, even though the image is exactly same. You can read more about them here.

(Submitted to the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge: “Grid“)

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Clouds

Picture of Clouds

Picture of Clouds

Fluffy, cottony clouds are the stuff of fairy tales. Together with the bright summer sun and blue sky, they can be quite a sight. Lying under a blue sky in the grass with clouds soaring past overhead is probably one of the best feelings in the world. The summer in India is too hot to enjoy the outdoors fully, but there are a few weeks on either side of the summer in which the weather is almost perfect, and sights like this can be taken in.

(Entered in the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenges: “Seasons” and “Afloat“)