Day 10 photo: guitars and other assorted guitar like instruments hanging in a music shop.
Interesting guitar related facts (source – the internet):
The ancestors of the modern guitar can be traced back to the stringed instruments played across Central Asia and India, in ancient times.
The oldest iconographic representation of the guitar is a 3,000 year old carving of a Hittite or ancient Anatolian bard playing the instrument.
The modern guitar is believed to have descended from the cithara brought to Hispania by the Romans, in 40 AD.
The various references to the guitar in ancient times included guitarra, gitarre, guitare, qitara, cithara, kithara and sihtar.
Traditionally, guitars were constructed with combinations of various woods. The strings were made of animal gut.
The musical instrument has a mention in records maintained by the Moors, Viking incursions and in traditional Norse carvings.
Les Paul had a car accident in 1948 and asked the doctor to set his arm permanently in a guitar-playing position.
The highest price paid for an electric guitar at auction, was $959,500 at Christie’s in July 2004 for Eric Clapton’s ‘Blackie’ Stratocaster. The previous record was for Grateful Dead’s Jerry Garcia’s custom-made ‘Tiger’ ($957,500 in 2002).
The smallest guitar in the world is 10 micrometres long with strings 50 nanometres (100 atoms) wide.
The Fender factory makes around 90,000 strings per day. This is over 20,000 miles a year, enough to circle the world. They also make around 950 guitar necks a day!
Franz Schubert composed his music on a guitar hung from a hook over his bed, as he couldn’t afford a piano. Berlioz also did his composing on a guitar!
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Inside the Orussey market
Earlier in the year we passed through the region of Kampot and the fields were quite brown and dry. This time however when we visited Kampot and Kep the fields had crops of rice growing everywhere. With the onset of the rainy season, the landscape is once again a lush green colour, dotted with banana trees, houses on stilts and farmers working in the fields.
In Cambodia, rice cultivation occupies some 2 million ha – or 90% of the total agricultural area – and is the major source of farm income. In 2003, rice production was estimated at 4.3 million tonnes, with yields averaging slightly more than 2 tonnes/ha. In 1995, the government reported self-sufficiency in rice production and exported small amounts. (Source: http://www.fao.org/rice2004/en/p14.htm)
The city is quite beautiful at night with all the different coloured lights. Reminds me of the Snow Patrol song – ‘Take back the city’.
Anyway, here are some shots from a short trip out in the city at night time. Again using longer exposure times to capture the image as it was quite dark.
First tests of daylight long exposure photography. Capturing the movement of the clouds in the sky.
Chinese New Year, Lunar New Year, or Spring Festival is the most important of the traditional Chinese holidays. It is commonly called “Lunar New Year”, because it is based on the lunisolar Chinese calendar. (Source: Wikipedia)
Here are some photos from the festivities in Melbourne.