Tuesday Photo Challenge – Shadow

Shadows of your mind

Welcome to episode 24 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!  After some really cool responses to last week’s challenge of Human Impact, I thought it would be good to do something completely different.

Shadow is a key attribute of good photos, as it helps paint the scene and set the mood, even more than light will at times.  For good photography, it is important to pay attention to shadows and notice how they help compose the image that we really want to show to the viewer.  An excellent article that goes into how shadow can be used to work the various aspects of a photo is http://www.picturecorrect.com/tips/tips-for-using-shadows-in-photography/

So, my challenge to you is to become more aware of shadows; this doesn’t mean that you have to go all serious and deep, as a photo that uses shadow can be playful…

Telling Time

Walking around in Brno, I noticed the shadow cast by this spout and found it somewhat amusing; then I mused… can we use it to tell the time?

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 (note: pingbacks may not appear immediately, as my site is set up to require approval for linking to it; helps against previous bad experiences with spamming)
  • Have fun creating something new (or sharing something old)!!

Let’s see what lurks in the shadows!  I’m looking forward to your creations!

Technical Details

This image was captured with a Fuji X-T1 using a Fujifilm 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 XF R LM OIS WR lens.  Exposure settings were f/10 at 1/250 second and 400 ISO.

Brno – Day 2

Various Views of Brno

Before I get locked inside all day, starting tomorrow, for meetings, I spent a bit more recovery time outside today to get a sense of the layout of Brno and snap a couple more photos.

All were shot with my brand new Fuji X-T1 with its Fuji 18-135mm wonderful lens.


Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 23

Bounty of impact!

The theme of Human Impact brought out some fantastic images, which is what I have come to enjoy from the wonderful folks who frequent this blog.  And this week, I was definitely very impressed by the quality of the posts.

The range went from impact on our environment to the lovely way that we can decorate and the positive impact that us humans can have.  Quite the variety!!

Here’s one of the impacts that I have experienced in my travels…

Lonely Couch

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

  • ladileemanilla jumped on this challenge very quickly with a great post that offered a large variety of images.
  • Charles’ post in the CharlesEWaugh blog focused on the impact of electric power on our landscape.
  • Marga who writes The Photographer Smiled… took a slightly different approach in showing a farmer’s impact.
  • Miriam’s post in Out an’ About has delightful images of her towns Wattle Festival;  you know you’re curious to find out what that’s about!

I hope that I got everyone’s posts!  These were both surprising and wonderful to behold.

Now to think of something new for tomorrow from lovely Brno.

Brno – day 1

A quick photo tour of Brno

As I was having a hard time staying awake at 2 in the afternoon, I took a quick shower and went for a walk to first hit an ATM (money in pocket is useful), that spoke more than just Czech, and then just wander and see what I ran into.  I didn’t get lost completely, and found some interesting items.

Here are a couple that have not been edited yet…

All were shot with my brand new Fuji X-T1 with its Fuji 18-135mm wonderful lens.

Saturday Travels

On the road again

In about an hour, I will start my journey from my doorstep to the city of Brno, Czech Republic.  Expect a couple of travel photographs, as I will be giving my new Fuji X-T1 a workout, whenever I get the chance (it is a work trip).

Brno is a gorgeous town with some great medieval structures, so I expect to get one or two chances to capture something special.  The weather forecast is good and I have about a day to myself!

Here’s one that I captured yesterday with this little camera.

Tranquil Day

This is at the head of a local reservoir.  This little building always reminded me of the game Myst.

Friday Mystery Place – vol. 32

Arching the centuries

Last week’s Friday Mystery Place was identified with unerring accuracy by judithreid (go check out her blog!), who recognized the edifice in the image as the Victor Emmanuel II monument in Rome.

The official name of the monument is the Altare del Patria, Altar of the Fatherland.  It houses the Museum of Italian Unification and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.  It’s construction was rather controversial, as it put a huge white edifice in the middle of a medieval area of Rome.  Additionally, its size and overly ostentatious architecture make it a bit of an anachronism in the Eternal City.

How about another slide from 1960…

A Lovely Arch

Clearly, this is not the Arc de Triomphe; which arch do you think this might be?

Technical Details

The slide, from which this scan came, was processed in August of 1960; it was shot on Kodak Ektachrome slide file.  Despite its age, the typical Ektachrome pinkish cast (due to cyan dye fading over time) is rather minimal