Vacation abstracts and simplicities

This article, vacation abstracts and simplicities, is the final instalment in my Cuba 2016 series of articles. The subject matter may seem a bit strange to some readers, and if it is…well at least you were given some advance notice!

When I’m out with my camera I’m often drawn to unusual shapes, and sometimes I tend to see everyday items a bit differently. This was the case when I was on holiday in Cuba.

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Nikon 1 V2 + 1 Nikon 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 @ 74mm, efov 200mm, f/6.3, 1/1250, ISO-160
Nikon 1 V2 + 1 Nikon 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 @ 74mm, efov 200mm, f/6.3, 1/1250, ISO-160

When I’m in this particular frame of mind I tend to look at the world with a ‘less is more’ type of orientation…like the geometric curves in the pool image above, rather than seeing the entire pool.

Nikon 1 V2 + 1 Nikon 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 @ 41mm, efov 111mm, f/6.3, 1/1250, ISO-160
Nikon 1 V2 + 1 Nikon 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 @ 41mm, efov 111mm, f/6.3, 1/1250, ISO-160

Or noticing the elegance of form of a pool railing rather than its everyday functionality.

Nikon 1 V2 + 1 Nikon 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 @ 25mm, efov 68mm, f/5.3, 1/100, ISO-200
Nikon 1 V2 + 1 Nikon 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 @ 25mm, efov 68mm, f/5.3, 1/100, ISO-200

Experiencing the intricate craftsmanship demonstrated in the woven back of a pub chair.

Nikon 1 V2 + 1 Nikon 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 @ 83mm, efov 224mm, f/5.6, 1/320, ISO-800
Nikon 1 V2 + 1 Nikon 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 @ 83mm, efov 224mm, f/5.6, 1/320, ISO-800

Or the vibrancy and simple power projected from the striping of a pool lounge.

Nikon 1 V2 + 1 Nikon 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 @ 110mm, efov 297mm, f/5.6, -1.0 step, 1/320, ISO-160
Nikon 1 V2 + 1 Nikon 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 @ 110mm, efov 297mm, f/5.6, -1.0 step, 1/320, ISO-160

Imagining brain patterns in coral stones.

Nikon 1 V2 + 1 Nikon 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 @ 30mm, efov 81mm, f/5.6, 1/640, ISO-160
Nikon 1 V2 + 1 Nikon 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 @ 30mm, efov 81mm, f/5.6, 1/640, ISO-160

Or transitions in pavement as tectonic plates shifting the earth’s crust.

Nikon 1 V2 + 1 Nikon 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 @ 37mm, efov 100mm, f/5, 1/320, ISO-160
Nikon 1 V2 + 1 Nikon 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 @ 37mm, efov 100mm, f/5, 1/320, ISO-160

The beauty of traditional art forms as a reminder to respect the culture of others and their history.

Nikon 1 V2 + 1 Nikon CX 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 300mm, efov 810mm, f/5.6, 1/1000, ISO-1250
Nikon 1 V2 + 1 Nikon CX 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 300mm, efov 810mm, f/5.6, 1/1000, ISO-1250

The lonesomeness of a single wine glass left out overnight on a vacationer’s patio ledge.

Nikon 1 V2 + 1 Nikon CX 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 241mm, efov 649mm, f/5, 1/250, ISO-400
Nikon 1 V2 + 1 Nikon CX 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 241mm, efov 649mm, f/5, 1/250, ISO-400

Or the singularity of purpose of a beer tap.

Nikon 1 V2 + 1 Nikon 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 @ 62mm, efov 166mm, f/5, 1/2500, ISO-160
Nikon 1 V2 + 1 Nikon 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 @ 62mm, efov 166mm, f/5, 1/2500, ISO-160

The curved steps leading to an outdoor spa, captured at right angles to disorientate.

Nikon 1 V2 + 1 Nikon 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 @ 110mm, efov 297mm, f/5.6, 1/320, ISO-160
Nikon 1 V2 + 1 Nikon 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 @ 110mm, efov 297mm, f/5.6, 1/320, ISO-160

The spindles of a gazebo, taken from an angle to compress the spaces between them…perhaps acting an analogy for the entrapment many people feel in their everyday lives.

Hmmm….maybe I needed a longer vacation!

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4 thoughts on “Vacation abstracts and simplicities”

  1. “Or transitions in pavement as Teutonic plates shifting the earth’s crust.” – Teutonic would be German plates (I think my grandma has some), tectonic plates are the sub-surface plates we move on (REALLY slowly)

    I’m sorry, I’m teasing you about the slip.

    1. Hi Sean,

      Thanks for catching my slip-up! I do appreciate it when readers catch these kinds of things for me – I’ve fixed it in the article. Even though English is my only language I still struggle with it from time to time!

      Tom

  2. Neat German plates Tom (: Or are they miniature tectonic plates?

    I need to work on my abstract photography, finding the beauty and appeal in everyday objects. I’m not as familiar with long lenses for walkabout, so that’s a good place to start!

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