Friday, July 30, 2010

Romanic Art (At Chiquinquira Church)

The Romanesque is presented as the first international style of the Middle Ages, from the end of X at the beginning of XIII. It extends the boundaries of the Western Roman Empire. The center is located in Romanesque France. Some of the factors influencing its formation were:

Feudalism: dependency links man to man. The socio-economic organization and politics of Europe. It is characterized by the weakening of the power of kings, from the crisis at the end of the Roman Empire and is aggravated by the expansion of Islam. It is a self-sufficient and rural society. The wealth is in the land owned by nobility and clergy. In the s. XI medieval city appears to be installed in the markets and fairs.

The church, with its enormous material power is the main customer of art. Dictates the themes and artistic interpretation. Monasteries. New religious orders (reforms of the old)

Pilgrimages and Crusades, pilgrimages to holy places (Jerusalem, Rome, Santiago) influence the spread of Romanesque.

The Crusades brought into contact with Eastern Europe (Byzantium and Muslim)

The millennial terror: "Terror 1000 year." atmosphere of fear and anxiety. We developed a pietistic movement thanksgiving. In the art reflects this with the representation of evil animals, the Last Judgement, ...

Some people call it Art...(Graffiti)

Graffiti (singular: graffito; the plural is used as a mass noun) is the name for images or lettering scratched, scrawled, painted or marked in any manner on property. Graffiti is any type of public markings that may appear in the forms of simple written words to elaborate wall paintings. Graffiti has existed since ancient times, with examples dating back to Ancient Greece and the Roman Empire.[1] In modern times, spray paint, normal paint and markers have become the most commonly used materials. In most countries, defacing property with graffiti without the property owner's consent is considered vandalism, which is punishable by law. Sometimes graffiti is employed to communicate social and political messages. To some, it is an art form worthy of display in galleries and exhibitions; to others it is merely vandalism. Graffiti has since evolved into a pop culture existence often related to underground hip hop music and b-boying creating a lifestyle that remains hidden from the general public.[2] Graffiti can be used as a gang signal to mark territory or to serve as an indicator or "tag" for gang-related activity. The controversies that surround graffiti continue to create disagreement amongst city officials/law enforcement and graffitists looking to display their work in public locations. There are many different types and styles of graffiti and it is a rapidly developing artform whose value is highly contested, being reviled by many authorities while also subject to protection, sometimes within the same jurisdiction

Willys Knight

The history of Willys Knight goes back to 1913 when J.N. Willys met up with Charles Y. Knight whilst on a trip to England.  Knight managed to convince him that the sleeve valve engine had some very desirable attributes over the poppet valve motor.  As soon as he reached England, J.N. Willys hired a Knight sleeve valve powered Daimler and covered 4,500 miles of English and Scottish roads in just 15 days - a pretty good test for those days !   In typical Willys fashion, he didn't bother negotiating for a licence to build Knight engines for his own cars, but instead bought the Edwards Motor Co of New York which saved him the trouble as they already had a licence.  Between 1914 and 1933 he was to sell almost half a million of the relatively low priced but high quality sleeve valve Willys Knights.  His love affair with the sleeve valve engine also saw him buy financial control of F.J. Stearns Co of Cleveland, Ohio in 1925.  Stearns automobiles had been using the Knight sleeve valve engine since 1911, but were aimed at the very prestigious and luxury end of the market.  The reason why Willys Overland was the most successful sleeve valve manufacturer lay in the enormous effort spent on redesigning the engine for minimum manufacturing costs.  Although the sleeve valve engine had a number of advantages such as no noisy poppet valves, no valve springs to weaken under load or heat, a hemispherical head and an engine that could actually show measured increases in compression and power due to carbon deposits on the already close fitting sleeves, it was the machining costs of those close tolerances plus the royalty fee to Knight and his partner L.B. Kilbourne that made the poppet valve motor the sales winner.
During the Great Depression, Willys Overland declared bankruptcy and a reorganization plan was implemented to rationalize the line up of models.  This unfortunately spelt the end of Willys Knight and the last sleeve valve car built in America was the 1933 Model 66E Great 6, also known as the Streamline 6 because the windshield was inclined more than the 1932 model.
Believing that the only way to get back precious sales would be in the small low priced area that the Overland 4 and Whippet side valve vehicles had done so well, production was restricted solely to the Whippet replacement - the Willys 77.   True, a companion 6 cylinder model, the Willys 99 was planned, prototyped and even advertised with a choice of poppet or sleeve valve engines, but the tooling was never completed so it never reached production.

Willys Knight models can get a bit confusing, but the following information extracted from the W.O.K.R. Roster (with permission) can help with identification.  The Nominal Prices column gives open car prices till 1926, then closed cars.  Serial Numbers prefixed with a C indicate Canadian origin.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

At Sunset, the Adventure Begin

Sometimes when the day ends too many activities culminating with, however in the underwater world, when night comes, with it also comes the opportunity to discover a different world with different animals and of course with much activity. View some fish during the day asleep, now hidden to avoid being eaten by predators, others during the day seemed inert, are now preparing to go their territory in search of food.

In any case, the end of the day for some, for others just beginning the adventure.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Los Delincuentes

Since the discovery, HDR photography, I always went for taking pictures urban structures, landscapes, but I never dared to do it with people this, because when processed, I too seemed to rattle the face and inmperfecciones, as well as if I wanted to do several expositions, ran the risk that the person went wrong move and the picture. But this time, has dared me to, I leave this picture is one of several to take to a local rock group called "criminals" and I am satisfied with the results, and wanted to share with you

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Sunset at Chichiriviche de la Costa

For a break from the beach weekend near Caracas but without crowds, consider Chichiriviche Coast. It is in a bay with clean and smooth waves, tourism services (lodging options, restaurants, diving and sale / lease of equipment, and walking tours and boat for something else).

Like most isolated coastal villages, has a beach party with tourist developments and is more in where are the family houses, the square with its church, a traditional house converted into a clinic near the school &

From the road, just before arriving, due to the height of the road cut into the mountainside, is a beautiful view of the bay with fishing boats and the beach surrounded by vacation homes and a Posadita, simple restaurants and other tourism services.

It is important to know that almost any service on the beach is open on weekdays. When I visited, in full school holiday, ever waited for a Thursday was almost all closed! I prefer to visit tourist sites during the week and out of peak season, to avoid queues strong, many visitors, all occupied housing and higher prices.

However, many people treat their "tourist" as a hobby, working on weekends or superhigh seasons as they have another job during the week or the excuse of "no movement during the week." If no services, how they expect people will go to your destination? If service, quality and innovations that give tourists a reason to go, they'll have customers!

SLEEP AND EAT The best alternative is Hotel-Restaurant El Montero (I recommend rsvnes.: 0212-311.1751, 0412-964.1200), the first property located in the village. Because of its location, is quiet and within the complex have everything you need to stay, relax (and lower prices to other sites that have half of the services or the environment!), And is open every day with the personalized by the owners, Bruno and Lisbeth Sponsel, who live there.

It occupies a large plot at various levels (means that there are stairs everywhere, not suitable for people with problems in handling these constraints), with beautiful gardens, restaurant and pool within a walled complex plus a private parking in front.

The lodge has 16 comfortable rooms (including two new satellite TV / individual decoders. They have asked the connection for more than six quarters, with the expectation of having it as of 26.08.2009).

Also, features a spacious cabin for 5 persons (one very large apartment with two single beds, table and chairs separate from the kitchen by a bar room, a separate room with double bed and individual, and a terrace with barbecue). All with bath / hot water, air, ceiling fan, terrace or balcony. Behind the restaurant / tavern and a separate social hall with TVsatelital is the pool.

When I visited the site on 7/30/1909, had just installed the shower doors, a power plant and point of sale debit card. It is the national headquarters for the training of PADI diving instructors. In fact, they added a room (for 30 to air bath) to have a space more suitable as a "classroom" for these courses (also rented for meetings and events). You can arrange tours, diving and snorkeling.

The basic plan for rooms include breakfast and dinner (choose what you want from the restaurant menu, except lobster) to 170 F Bs normal, with satellite TV Bs F 190 per person. The price of the cabin (Bs F 400) is for accommodation, but can arrange optional meal plans.

The restaurant / tavern is open to the public from noon) is the best in town, with a broad menu and food very tasty. Options include fresh fish grilled with German-style fried potatoes and salad - F 42 B, chicken breast with lemon or mustard with its surroundings - Bs F 32, F-Bs sauteed prawns 57, whole lobster (selected by customer of a tank where they live) - Bs F 150 a kilo, and are famous for their homemade desserts such as ice cream (banana, orange, brownie & Bs F 15 for 3 servings) and lemon pie - F B 10.

Posada La Quilla (for rsvnes.: 0212-312.1234, 0212-945.0541) is in the second row of houses (entrance next to the GN) from the beach with a passage between the houses that allows direct access to the sea. It has no name outside, but it is unmistakable, all the walls are decorated with palm trees and fish designs in relief in stone.

It has beautiful gardens, various social parlors (one with satellite TV), a dining hut type and 9 comfortable rooms (with bath / hot water, air 8) including one suite (king bed and hammock in one part and another section individual duplexes, small refrigerator, satellite TV), a family unit for six, and are building more than three quarters.

Aimed at divers, they provide part of the space to store equipment outside showers to wash off the sand. It's a family atmosphere where the owners live on site. Optional excursions can be arranged. The plan includes (set menu) breakfast and one main meal (lunch or dinner at customer's choice) to Bs F 180 p / p.

Posada-Restaurant La Playa (for rsvnes: 0212-258.3314), 40 m from the beach out to the right of the GN, opens Friday at 4:00 pm to Sunday at 11:00 p.m. Currently operated by the same people in Scuba Tec (see below) and they give preference to customers of the courses, if available, offer lodging to the general public. There are 14 single rooms on two floors above the restaurant (with bath / cold water, central air) and a balcony to the front on the first floor with deck (Bs F 160 pp with breakfast and dinner). One problem is its location identified by locals as the "hot corner" where, at night, is the meeting place for drinking and listening to music at full volume.

DIVING New and better stocked in the village is Suba Tec Dive Center (0212-395.3300; www.scubatec.com.ve) Helios Olombrada with headquarters in his shop in Caracas (0212-942.1980). Open weekends. It is a diving center where PADI 5 Star IDC offers its clients a space for your diving, the rental service air tanks, nitrox mixes technical dives, diving equipment, guide service and boat rides. There are from diving Discovery Diving "for people without experience who want to try the wonder of the underwater world (with chat, equipment, practice in shallow water and immersion in water of about 12 m on the reef on the east side of the bay - Bs F 380) to a range of courses and dives for people already certified.

OTHER OPTIONS On the coast, 20 minutes in a 4x4 or boat, you can get to a bay of stones Petaquire Cave (known as The Rock of flask) to one side. Inside the cave you can hear the loud sound of the waves will come and sometimes cover their mouths. On the same site, if you follow up the river that flows past come to a cave full of bats twice. Following a 20-minute journey from the village to supply water for the population, the San Mateo, is a natural slide of stone with a hole at the bottom. The owners of the Montero can tell the visitors how to get there and also arranged with trusted guides for tours and transfers by boat.

Casa Colonial

Venezuelan colonial architecture is built from the sixteenth century when Venezuela is becoming dependent colony of the Spanish Empire until 1810, when it begins the process of independence of Venezuela.

The architecture of this period is characterized by its understated modesty. The explanation lies in the socioeconomic conditions of the country. Venezuela did not offer the settlers then saved by the immense wealth of nature to later times.

A seemingly little rich province could not afford to build expensive buildings in imitation of the great viceroys that existed in the colonial era and society did not provide a picture not as prosperous as other Latin American countries.

The simplification of the technical problems, the renunciation of most of the decorative and fanciful variegated baroquisms ostentatious, the inability to use expensive materials and the consequent lack of craftsmen, helped establish a modest but definite appearance of colonial architecture Venezuela.

Friday, July 23, 2010

The window

Some places go unnoticed, some just see them but do not stop to see the details, I spent hundreds of times in this place and it's just that since I've sharpened pictures, and interested me to see the details and look for shadows and objects with great texture, I hope this is your pleasure

who is behind this door?

In my tour of the Museum of Transportation Caracas, I saw an abandoned railroad cars that caught my attention, my first thought was to open this door, but I stopped and asked ... who may be behind this door? preferably only take the picture from the outside:)

Iglesia de San Constantino y Santa Elena (Caracas)

Church of St. Constantine and St. Helena, located in Caracas. It was donated by the Orthodox Church in Venezuela and the Government of Romania to the Orthodox community reside in the capital of Venezuela. The land for the building was sold by the municipality. There are only 15 places of worship of its kind in the world and only two are outside Romania. It was built by craftsmen from the province of Maramunes, Transylvania, was assembled without nails or metal objects in its structure and is adorned with the neo-Byzantine religious paintings. The bell tower rises over 30 meters. All the pieces of wood to the roofs and walls, brought from Romania, according to sacred traditions to avoid similarities with the hardware and martyrdom of crucifixion.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Arco de la Federación @ Night

Arc of the Federation in the Night, Caracas, Venezuela

Nikon D2Xs, Nikon 12-24 mm @ 15mm, f/3.5, 9 Exposures

Monday, July 19, 2010

Calvary Church

Calvary Church, erected to a high hill near the government palace in Caracas City

NIKON D2Xs, Nikon 12-24 mm @ 18mm, F/10, 9 Exposures

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Marina de Caraballeda

La Marina de Carabalelda, Navy is in the Caribbean (Venezuela). Its users will benefit from its wide range of services. .

The various sporting activities that take place in the marina facilities are available to their customers. Well connected, not only accessible by sea but is close to the nearest airport.

Arco de la Federación

The Arc of the Federation is a monument of the city Caracas, Venezuela situated in the Parque El Calvario in the center-west of the capital.

It was inaugurated by President Joaquin Crespo on 28 October 1895 in commemoration of the Venezuelan Federal War between 1859 and 1863. The architect Juan Hurtado Manrique was responsible for designing the Arc of the Federation with Alejandro Chataing. Its last restoration took place in 2010 as part of improvements to the Parque El Calvario.

Iglesia El Calvario

Ezequiel Zamora Park also known as Parque El Calvario and El Calvario is a public space in Caracas, Venezuela situated in the central town of the city west of the Redevelopment El Silencio, between parishes Cathedral and San Juan del Municipio Libertador. It has an area of 17 hectares that occupy green areas, landscaping, monuments and squares.

Its construction was ordered by President Antonio Guzmán Blanco about French landscape to create a botanical garden and walk on the hill of El Calvario, the work was opened in 1883 under the name of Paseo Guzmán Blanco. The gardens were deployed in large terraces and were performed by Luciano and Eleazar Urdaneta Urdaneta, the tour also had a chapel and a statue of Guzman Blanco, popularly known as "the manganzón" which was shot down after he left power.

In 1884 the government assumes Joaquín Crespo, who is committed to certain extensions to the seaside, besides the change of name to Paseo Independencia. So in 1885 included another temple, the chapel of Our Lady of Lourdes, Gothic architectural style. Then other Venezuelan presidents were interested in expanding the park in 1895 opened the Arc of the Federation, in commemoration of the Federal War. Those involved in the work were made by Alejandro Chataing and Evaristo Padilla. In 1898 he built the monument to Christopher Columbus, in addition to the statue also incorporated stairs bleachers calls Columbus, now known as the steps of El Calvario

In the Parque El Calvario are busts and statues of Christopher Columbus, Diego de Losada, José Francisco Bermúdez, Simón Rodríguez, Teresa Carreno, Simón Bolívar, Agustín Codazzi, among others. Inside the park there are four seats, Simón Bolívar, Agustín Codazzi, The Gazebo and The Parnassus.

In the 1940s the Museum was inaugurated in Caracas Ornithology in the northern part of the park

In 1993 he was declared Historical Patrimony, Artistic, Architectural and Environmental. In mid-2003 an unprecedented event occurred in the political history of Venezuela, where more than half of the members of the National Assembly of Venezuela (all ruling bloc) decide to sit outside the Federal Legislative Palace and do in El Calvario.

In 2009 the Municipality of Libertador announces comprehensive rehabilitation plan of the park El Calvario, which ended after a year, the plan included the restoration of all landscaping, park furniture, construction of a library, but also removed the statue of Christopher Columbus and the original lamps in the park, despite being protected by the Cultural Heritage Institute on page 112 of the Heritage catalog Libertador municipality. Also changed the original key of the Arc of the Federation had been the target since its opening to a light purple color .

On February 20, 2010 by order of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez decided to rename the park space Ezequiel Zamora, after the Federal War leader.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

My friend the Flamingo

This wonderful Flamingo, with its many colors and position of character, is in Caricuao Zoo, Caracas, Venezuela. After several hours of failed attempts to get a good photo, this appeared to eat Flamingo serca a stream where I was, seemed as if he had come alone to pose and be known with its beautiful colors and elegant posture ...

Now it's my friend the Flamingo:)

Sunday, July 11, 2010

airplane propeller

Since I started with photography, 3 months ago and thanks to professional photographers as Matiash, Scott, Trey Ratcliff, Jacques, Henry Stradford and others ... I have taken particular interest in HDR Photography, since then, and thanks to them I learned a lot about this wonderful technique and I still have much to learn. Here is my humble contribution.
Hope you Like it, any comments is welcome