Tuesday Photo Challenge – Light

Scatter and collect the light…

Welcome to the 19th episode in the on-going saga of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!  Last week’s roll-up of all the curves showcased some amazing photography, and was a tribute to all the creativity that runs rampant in you wonderful readers!

This week I wanted something a little different from what we’ve done before, in how we deal with a quintessential component of photography: Light.

As you well know, there is no image for us to capture without light, unless we’re looking to present a pure black canvas.  We use light, and shadow, to compose a scene for the viewer, and often fall into a familiar pattern, where we avoid bright spots of light falling onto our film, be it digital or analog.  What I’m asking you to do this week, is that you use light to create bright elements, such as specular highlights or small reflective spots, in your composition to add to the quality of the image.

You’ll notice that these spots will draw the attention of the viewer to those areas of the image; you’ll want to use the spots to lead the viewer’s eye to your subject.  Too large a bright spot will not allow the eye to escape from the area and be led.  Be cautious and don’t overdo it, but also don’t be bashful!

Here’s an image that I captured at Tower Hill Botanic Garden.

Path of Light

This image has a bit of a different look, as I used a zone-plate lens, which causes subtle diffraction patterns, thus providing a very soft focus and dream-like quality.

Go play with light, find some reflections, bright little spots filtering through leaves, or whatever catches your eye, and, most of all, have fun!!!

For those who’d like to participate in this weekly challenge, the rules are the following:

  • Write a post with an image for this week’s topic
  • Please tag your post with fpj-photo-challenge (if you’re not sure about how tags work, please check out this WordPress article about tagging posts)
  • Create a pingback link to this post, so that I can create a post showing all of the submissions over the week
  • Have fun creating something new (or sharing something old)!!

I expect this challenge to provide some interesting imagery, as light is essential to our existence!

Technical Details

This image was captured with a Canon 5D MkIII using a Lensbaby zone-plate lens.  This lens has a fixed f-stop of f/19 and was used at 1/160 second and 400 ISO.

Vegetable Garden

Feast of famine?

It can be a real pleasure to reap the benefits from one’s own vegetable garden.  Getting that part of the garden to produce reliably is sometimes a bit of a struggle, as we have to wage war with bugs, blights and any animals in the neighborhood that think our potential crop is there for their enjoyment:-)

When things go right, we’re justifiably proud.  When they don’t we can learn to appreciate a bit more how difficult farming really is.

Bowl of goodness

Do you have any vegetable garden stories that you’d like to share?  What have been your battles and victories?

Technical Details

This photo was taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mk II using an EF 24-105mm f/4L lens.  Studio lights were used so that exposure settings were 1/100 second at f/6.3 at 100 ISO.

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 18

Beautiful curves everywhere!


After last week’s colorful round up, this week gets twisted with an extravaganza of curvature found throughout Nature and the human-constructed world around us.  This week’s theme of Curves made for simply gorgeous photography.

As you explored curves throughout, you shared a wealth of views of the world around us.  There were gorgeous Nature shots and amazing structures that you found.  I was astounded by the variety and beauty that you put on display this week!  Thanks to all who participated!!

After the curves of the Yoga Tree variety, here are some curves that us humans use all the time (until we go completely paperless:-) )

Just Paperclips…

A product shot from a number of years ago, that has curves in all the right places.

The following were this week’s participants in the challenge with links to their posts:

  • Sayanthi, whose wonderful blog is Close to You, showed off curves in Nature in simply gorgeous images; go check them out!
  • Charles’ blog CharlesEWaugh provided a great view of curves within curves (within curves?) of a beautiful flower.
  • LadyLeeManilla is a blog with fantastic photography!  You owe it to yourself to check it out.
  • Emily’s, in her blog Zombie Flamingos, showed curvature ranging from a bowl to a cat’s nail (that could be ouch!).
  • Debbie, whose blog is Forgiving Journal, talked about the curves that life may throw us and how they relate to those she found during a walk.
  • Steve, in his blog Steve Newcomb Photography, showed various curvature on a cactus that is rumored to taste like bubble gum; I’m not sure that tried it himself:-)
  • Nikki showed off a fantastic leaf in her blog,  A Kinder Way, from what may just be her favorite tree.
  • Judith writes Nature Knows Best, where she threw us some curves from mother Nature… beware of the spider!!

I hope that I got everyone’s posts! Go check out each other’s posts and enjoy the wonderful range of expressions that we find!

I have a topic of pulchritude in mind for the next challenge…

Assyrian Trees in Maine

Trees across the ages

It’s interesting to see that plant species can travel around the world and keep their name across many cultures and languages.  Today’s tree is one of those interesting species: Sumac.

In Assyrian the name of the tree is ܣܘܼܡܵܩܵܐ (pronounced Sumaq), Arabic سماق (summaq), Latin sumach, French sumac.  The original meaning of the name is simple: red.

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Sumac in Summer

During a nice day in southern Maine, we walked along the coast, and as I looked up to the perfect Summer sky, I noticed the almost subtropical tableau that was above my head.

In all this wonderful day was truly enjoyable.

Technical Details

This image was captured with an iPhone 6S using the standard Camera app.

Friday Mystery Place – vol 27

A large statue…

I thought that last week’s Friday Mystery Place would be pretty tricky to figure out, so I was pleasantly surprised when Petraisgone figured it out with relative ease!  You should go check out her blog, in which she describes her travels (a lot of them in the Netherlands and surrounding countries) and includes lots of photography to really make you feel like you’re there.

Her correct answer is that this is the Doelenpoort (aka St. Joris Poort) in Leiden in the Netherlands.  It is the entrance to the Doelen, which were the practice field for the town militia.  This gate was erected in 1645.

Now for this week’s mystery location…

Where do we find this statue?

This rather imposing statue stands in a park, which is located in…

I’m curious to find who can identify this gate without resorting to a Google image search:-)

Technical Details

This image was captured with a Canon EOS 5D Mk II and an EF 24-105mm f/4L lens.  The exposure settings were at 1/125 seconds at f/8 and 320 ISO.

Three Line Tales – Ragnarök

Final battle

Welcome to Week Twenty-Nine of Three Line Tales.

three line tales, week 29 – purple lightning
photo by Breno Machado 


Battling clouds, lightning,
Hjaðningavíg’s fate they drew.
Ragnarök ensues.


Thank you to Sonya of Only 100 Words for coming up with Three Line Tales.

You’ll find full guidelines on the TLT page

  • Write three lines inspired by the photo prompt (& give them a title if possible).
  • Link back to this post.
  • Tag your post with 3LineTales (so everyone can find you in the Reader).
  • Read and comment on other TLT participants’ lines.
  • NEW: If you want your post to be included in the round-up, you have until Sunday evening to publish it.
  • Have fun.

Happy three-lining!

A Haunting

She walks the attic

When I saw today’s WordPress Daily Prompt of Ghost, the first thing that came to mind is that the expectation is probably for folks to write about a ghost or their imaginings of a spectral apparition of sorts…  A quick look through some of the posts shows that to be the case.

So rather than writing about a ghost, I’ll share the image of a ghost wandering through an old Mill building in Clinton, Massachusetts…

A Haunting

This building has a rich history, filled with hard work under difficult conditions, in which accidents were not altogether rare.  It would appear that one of the workers during those times has not found true rest yet, as she continues to traverse the attic in the mill…

Technical Details

This image was captured with a Canon EOS 1D MkIII using an EF 24-105mm f/4L lens.  Exposure settings were 15 seconds at f/16 and 100 ISO.