Tuesday Photo Challenge – Wall

Walls for good…

Welcome to week 168 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!

You brought back plenty of the Outdoors last week, which inspired me to get outdoors with the EOS R and bring back some new material; next week, the camera will go with me to the Czech Republic, so expect more soon! For this week, I grabbed one of the images from this weekend. When I photograph old mill buildings, I enjoy capturing some of the details that show their character. There is nothing more spectacular in these buildings than the Wall, that protects it from the elements across the centuries. Use this theme in the way that sparks your creative juices! There are plenty of Walls to be found!!

I’m curious to see what you will come up with, as I’m confident it will be good! Have fun with this theme!!

Here’s that wall…

Growing a wall…

This shot is from the Hardwick Mill in Gilbertville, MA; the growth caught my eye with the shadows that it was casting and the contrast that was created against the wall.

The full rules of this challenge are in TPC Guidelines, but here’s the tl;dr:

  • 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)!!

Have some fun and remember to not hit your head against the wall!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 167

Getting to the out of doors…

Welcome to the 167th round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!

Your entries on this week’s theme of Outdoors were fantastic! I was blown away by the amazing variety and creative approaches that all of you took to the theme; ranging from playgrounds to waterfalls and everything in between. Clearly, you have been to some fantastic locations and captured them with skill.

Thank you for all of your creative efforts in putting your posts together; I hope you enjoy them as much as I did!

Here we are outdoors…

Out of doors…

From this weekend’s test drive of my new EOS R, the outdoors can feature a point, at which we might be out of doors, as this door fades into the past.

Please enjoy the following blog posts:

  1. Ladyleemanila kicks things off this week with a wonderful set of outdoor shots that really help us appreciate it!
  2. Nicole showcases a stunning field of flaxen her post in Une Photo, Un Poéme; she really captured the glow and beauty of this field!
  3. In another amazing post in Travel with Tech, we get to experience some of the breathtaking scenery of Switzerland!
  4. Shelley saves us on a hot day of outdoors in her post in Quaint Revival, through the application of Bleu Cheese Burgers! Delicious!
  5. In a wonderful post in his blog, Ghost Dog, Benn takes us to some incredible outdoor spots.
  6. Brian probably has some of the best outdoors spots, where he lives, as is evident in Bushboy’s World; I could kick back and sit on that bench for a while!
  7. Na’ama reminds us of some essentials of the outdoors in her post in Na’ama Yehuda; those rocks are definitely key!
  8. In another wonderful post in Take a Walk and Discover…, Michelle reminds us that there is great outdoors in cityscapes!
  9. There’s yet another great post in pensivity101, which shares a lovely set of places that she has visited! Great travel times!
  10. Klara’s post in her blog Sliku svoju ljubim II brings us another great outdoor activity: concerts!!
  11. Irene brings us a wonderful sunrise in her post in Heaven’s Sunshine, as she awaits for the sun to rise in Haleakala National Park. In a second post, Irene takes us to Diamondhead with a great photo in Heaven’s Sunshine.
  12. Debbie brings us numbers in her post in Travel with Intent, which may have some historical significance…
  13. In an inspiring post in For the Love of …, we follow some parts of a big outdoors project: a bridge to cross the Mississippi!
  14. With another great photo in the post in Geriatri’x’ Fotogallery, we go to the delta!
  15. Eliza takes us to the Cliffs of Moher in her post in Albatz Adventures which is a location that I enjoyed as well this year!
  16. Jackie has a rather unique vehicle in her post in Junk Boat Travels, which is Otterly funny!
  17. Sarah brings us an amazing view in her post in By Sarah as Sun and landscape are simply stunning!
  18. David brings us another set of amazing images in his post in David M’s Photoblog; which is the one that you enjoy most?
  19. In a lovely post in Life Amazing, we get to enjoy a great variety of outdoor locations!
  20. In a fantastic entry in Willowsoul, we not only get to see the wonders of the outdoors, but also something that is better to happen indoors…
  21. Xenia’s brings us both great images and poetry in her post in WhippetWisdom; that contrast is just amazing! In a second post, she shares more of the whippet fun in gorgeous landscape in Whippetwisdom!
  22. With another stunning post in Don’t Hold Your Breath, we get a stunning view of the widlife in Priene.
  23. Ken brings us a stunning view in his post in Pictures without Film, as he shares his Solway View!
  24. Another stunning image in this week’s contribution in the gorgeous blog, theonlyD800inthehameau; the moon over Sir Bani Yas island in Abu Dhabi is a winner!
  25. Sandy brings us perpetual motion in her post in Out of My Write Mind; it’s very apt for the Great Sand Dunes!
  26. There are a great number of outdoor moments in the post in A Day In The Life, each of which is special!
  27. With a great vista in UpNorth, Eric takes us for a peaceful afternoon on Grand Lake in Colorado for a bit of kayaking.
  28. Robert takes us outdoors in the city in his post in Photo Robert Blog, showing his great eye for capturing some amazing art.
  29. Cee brings us a wonderful array of the outdoors with the great shots that she shares with us in Cee’s Photography!
  30. Woolly takes us to Botswana in his post in WoollyMuses, where the outdoors is just simply stunning!
  31. Liz goes on a run in her post in OneMillionPhotographs, where she encounters some great decoration!
  32. Andrea combines two themes in one great post in ARHtistic License, as the burning palm tree speaks to her!
  33. The Lamb’s Ear is right there in the post in Land of Images, so there was no need for a long walk to capture this great image!
  34. In very cool post in sgeoil, we get to see the redwing blackbird find its way through the brush and a great quote by Jimmy Carter!
  35. Teressa takes a great approach in her post in Another LQQK, as it’s part of the outdoors that is so enjoyed by kids; in another post in Another LQQK, we get some amazing flowers!
  36. Deb finds a duck in her post in Twenty-Four; it’s a wonderful looking location!
  37. Khürt takes us along the Gorge Trail in Ithaca, NY, in his post in Island in the Net; his capture of the Upper Buttermilk Falls is stunning!
  38. In a wonderful post in Nowathome, Aletta takes us to Namibia for a gorgeous view!
  39. In a great post in Alive and Trekking, we learn about what might be missing in a Dutch upbringing, but the love for the outdoors can be acquired later in life!
  40. Indira brings us some amazing photos in her post in Sharing Thoughts; to me, there’s nothing more stunning than those birds!
  41. Donna’s post in Wind Kisses shares her appreciation for the outdoors both locally and when traveling.
  42. Debbie shares a wonderful post in her blog ForgivingConnects, in which she talks about the importance of pausing when practicing self-forgiveness, and how outdoor runs helped her practice.
  43. Miriam shares highlights of her article on Wandering through Wandi in her post in Out an’ About! The pub definitely looks cozy and the Wandiligong scenery looks stunning!
  44. Hammad shares a wonderful variety of outdoor spots in his post in the Blog of Hammad Rais; which one do you prefer?
  45. There are some great traditions that bring families together, as we can see in another great post in One Letter Up – Diary 2.0!
  46. This week’s entry in Thief Images Photography Blog is brilliant in capturing art appreciation in Sydney’s Hyde Park!

Please let all of these great bloggers know your thoughts about their posts!

Taking the EOS R for a test drive

Mostly hits and an HDR miss…

Recently, I spoiled myself with a new Canon EOS R camera and an RF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM zoom lens to go with the new Canon RF series mount; note that the camera came with an adaptor for all the Canon EOS mount lenses that I have, but I did want to make use of the full integration that comes with the new lens series.

You may ask, why I decided to go mirrorless; actually, I had already gone mirrorless for my travel photography with my Fuji X-H1, which is a great camera. There were some minor nuisances in this camera that kept me looking for other possible cameras to fit the niche. The most significant issue that I have with the Fuji is that it is a crop sensor. As a result, it’s ability to shoot real wide angle landscapes is a bit restricted.

Also, I have a significant investment in Canon lenses that I really like… Thus, when Canon released the EOS R last year with its full frame sensor, I was intrigued. However, I’m not exactly an early adopter in cameras, which made me wait until the 1.2.0 firmware release was out and the EOS R had ample field testing under its belt. Also, there was a significant rebate available at this time, which made the purchase more tempting. So, a couple of weeks ago, I pulled the trigger and used my Adorama credit that I had and a great credit deal (6 months with 0% interest) to buy the camera and lens.

View toward Windsor Dam at the Quabbin Reservoir

First observations of this camera is that it fits my hands well, its menus are well laid out in the familiar Canon style. Also, even though there are some changes to the layout of buttons and dials, they are quickly picked up and work well with my shooting style; I tend to shoot in either Aperture Priority or Manual modes, and making adjustments to settings while shooting in these modes is mostly done with 2 dials that are lined up with the index finger and thumb. Common adjustments for me, depending on mode, are aperture, exposure compensation, shutter speed and ISO speed, if light is highly variable.

After making my usual changes to default settings; which took about 10 or so minutes, the EOS R was ready for business. Btw, batteries have the same form factor, although there is an upgraded battery that can be charged by connecting the camera to a USB-C power source (MacBook…).

This weekend was the first real landscape shooting trip, as I hadn’t really caught great light conditions over the past week during the gaps in my schedule.

Ware River in Gilbertville, MA

Part of what I wanted to exercise is the HDR shooting capability of this camera. There are a good variety of options and I have found that Canon did a passable job in its in-camera processing and it still does a reasonable job, even though the processing takes quite a bit of time in the EOS R (I will get exact timing, but it seems like more than 5 seconds, which is slow when you are eager to shoot more). The shot of the Ware River is an in-camera processed HDR shot; it’s okay, but not stellar, as there was a slight breeze and trees get a bit fuzzy.

Hardwick Mill brick detail – Gilbertville, MA

The first image in this post was a quick test shot, which was unremarkable, but certainly workable. The brick detail image is the first of an HDR series, aka the EV 0 image; the raw image was taken through my basic Photoshop process and shows the sharpness of the lens and camera.

Hardwick Mill detail

The second mill image shows that the camera handles the exposure range between the white of the doors and the brick and darker sections pretty well. Both of the last two images were shot at f/5.6 and 400 ISO to get 1/500 s or faster shutter speed.

So far, I’m very happy with the results and I will continue to take this camera on the road for more opportunities (next stop: Brno).

One quick note on HDR; of course, I was looking forward to taking the HDR sequences through some proper processing. Unfortunately, I was thwarted, as Aurora HDR by Skylum does not support the CR3 RAW file format yet. Yes, the format has been out in public since February of 2018 with the release of the EOS M50, but Skylum has not figured out how to make the format work yet. Instead, I tried Photoshop Merge HDR processing, but was less than enchanted by the results, as ghosting is not handled very well. I will look for other options, as I enjoy the freedom of creating something unusual through HDR… Stay tuned!

Friday Mystery Location – 2019 #013

Round and fitting in the hills

Here comes the thirteenth mystery location post of this year….

This is another photo from my travels. It underscores the fact that it’s good to not always plan your route, as serendipity can help find interesting locations, such as the one in today’s post. In addition to this location, the end of the day brought us to another stunning vista that I found out about in a chat with a local here.

Where is this?

From antiquity…

As this structure is fairly unique, I think keen observers have a good chance at this location.

Three Line Tales – 4th of July

If you build a wall…

Many thanks to Sonya for Week One Hundred and Seventy-Nine of Three Line Tales, part of her awesome blog Only 100 Words!

three line tales, week 179: a castle in a lake
photo by Richard Clark via Unsplash

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Battlements, Towers,
Defense against invaders…
Independence Day?

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

You’ll find full guidelines on her TLT page, but here’s the tl;dr:

  • 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!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Outdoors

Flowing water in the great outdoors!

Welcome to week 167 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!

After another fantastic week of your contributions, I thought that we should take a little of last week’s radiance and take it Outdoors! There’s so much to discover outdoors and it is just on the other side of our front door (or back door, if you leave in that direction). So I hope that all of you go into the Outdoors and bring a little bit of it back in your cameras!

I’ve got a feeling that we’re going to see an incredible array of images on this topic and I’m eager to see your creative contributions!

Here’s a bit of that outdoors from Ireland…

Torc Waterfall

There’s still a ton of images to process from our vacation in Ireland, but the weather has been pretty nice, which finds me outdoors… The Torc Waterfall in Killarney was a great sight and I’ll bring more of Ireland during this weekend!

The full rules of this challenge are in TPC Guidelines, but here’s the tl;dr:

  • 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)!!

Wishing you a wonderful week of weather in the outdoors!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 166

From the fires of perdition…

Welcome to the 166th round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!

Okay, so I got blown away by the volume of your responses to this week’s theme of Radiant! Your posts were stunning in their creative approaches to the theme and the directions, in which you went to find radiance. All of you did a fantastic job, and it’s clear what level of effort you put into each and every post!! Thank you for a great series of posts that were a pleasure to read.

Please enjoy these links and share you appreciation with each other!

Here is a rather radiant image…

Pyroplasm 3x

This image was an early part of my exploration of abstract techniques, which was started sitting around a campfire with a camera nearby. Using a bit of zoom blur, the intensity of the fire became more primordial in nature.

Please enjoy the following blog posts:

  1. Sarah starts things this week in her post in By Sarah with an incredible radiance that glows in the morning frost; wonderful photo!
  2. Maria brings us two kinds of radiance in another awesome post in Kamerapromenader; both are stunning!
  3. In a very cool post in Syncwithdeep we get to experience the true sense of irony that can lie under a tree…
  4. Irene takes us to a wonderful beach her post in Heaven’s Sunshine, where the radiance shines upon us! Irene brings us a second entry in Heaven’s Sunshine, where the sunrise shines through! In her third entry in Heaven’s Sunshine, we find a radiant flower!
  5. This week’s entry in Une Photo, Un Poéme shows us what verdant radiance Nicole encountered during a Spring walk; it’s gorgeous!
  6. Kammie shows us some amazing radiance in her post in Nut House Central, with color and shine being featured brightly!
  7. Jackie brings us to radiant heights in her post in Junk Boat Travels, with a stunning view of the Sagrada Familia!
  8. In another great contribution in The Liggett Adventures, we go for a morning walk in Devon to see the sun light our way.
  9. An absolutely gorgeous shot features in theonlyD800inthehameau, as we go for a sunset cruise in Abu Dhabi!
  10. The amazing post in pensivity101 positively radiates, not only with the photo, but even more with the memory that is held for over 35 years!
  11. The radiance in the post in A Day In The Life shines through in each and every gorgeous image!
  12. Prasath shares an incredible amount of brilliance in MyTravelCSP, which radiates to light up the sky!
  13. Eliza features the radiance of poppies in her post in Albatz Adventures with stunning photography!
  14. In another great post in For the Love of …, the question of spiders’ flight is asked along with their radiant webs!
  15. Danny’s post in Danny James Photography features radiance, not only in the sunlight, but also the shining white of the church!
  16. Xenia’s amazing post in WhippetWisdom brings us the galloping of whippets through the radiant landscape!
  17. Na’ama provides us with true radiance in her post in Na’ama Yehuda; the words shine through the page!
  18. With another wonderful post in Don’t Hold Your Breath, we get filled with the radiance of Turkish coffee!
  19. In a brilliant post in Chateaux des Fleurs, we get to experience the radiance of the sky in a truly beautiful set of photos!
  20. Ken found some true radiance at the beach, as we can see in his post in Pictures without Film!
  21. Robert’s photos in Photo Robert Blog dazzles us with their radiance in both a simple and glorious manner!
  22. Ann-Christine shares the most amazing tree in her post in To See a World in a Grain of Sand…; the Sun coming through the frozen branches creates a stunning effect!
  23. In a lovely post in the59club, we find that radiance can be just off the path that we follow!
  24. Jase may be onto something truly brilliant in Proscenium: with enough red, red wine, the entire world radiates!
  25. In a great entry in Willowsoul, we get to see that radiance can be found on land, in the sea and in the air!
  26. With a wonderful contribution in nowathome, we get to experience radiance both in flowers and the wonderful light!
  27. Marie capture a truly radiant image in the New 3Rs: Retire, Recharge, Reconnect; that’s a stunning photo!
  28. Hammad takes us to the clouds in his contribution in the Blog of Hammad Rais, where there’s some true radiance!
  29. Sandy shares a photo that positively radiates in her post in Out of My Write Mind; it’s royalty in black and white!
  30. Teressa has some amazing photos in her post in Another LQQK; those windows are simply gorgeous!
  31. Anjum scores another great post in the blog The Unsaid Words of Untold Stories, where radiance is found with gorgeous photos!
  32. In a wonderful entry in Still Thinking…, Eric brings us a sunset that does make you feel like going out there for a run!
  33. Susan makes me want to get a lens ball, which she used to create the photo in her post in Musin’ with Susan; it’s a beautiful vista!
  34. In a stunning post in Geriatri’x’ Fotogallery, we get a gorgeous treatment of the radiance of a lighthouse!
  35. Brian brings a great variety of radiance in another great post in Bushboy’s World; that bit of lens flare adds to the brilliance!
  36. In another awesome post in sgeoil, the radiance shines through and is paired well with the quote!
  37. Woolly finds radiance in great places in his post in WoollyMuses, of which I find the fog image incredibly compelling!
  38. Sometimes radiance comes right off the stage at you, as we see in a great post in One Letter Up – Diary 2.0, where a star shines brightly!
  39. Deb shares a truly stunning image of a gorgeous flower in her post in Twenty-Four; no doubt that it radiates!
  40. David brings us a gorgeous series of images in his post in David M’s Photoblog, where radiance comes across in every shot!
  41. One of the advantages of running a challenge, such as this, is that I get to travel through these contributions. Donna’s post in Wind Kisses takes us to Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone, which is now on my bucket list!
  42. Amy proves that three cameras are better than one in her post in Photography Journal Blog; each bring their own unique capabilities!
  43. A stunning photo in the post in Land of Images features an absolutely gorgeous flower, which radiates with color!
  44. Olga captured some fantastic brilliance in her images in Stuff and What If…; looking through those leaves is intriguing!
  45. The image in Thief Images Photography Blog just draws the viewer into the brilliant landscape!
  46. Miriam put together another stunning post in Out an’ About! This blog is an amazing read and view, and the message in this post is also uplifting!
  47. Debbie shares a stunning post in Travel with Intent, where we get a gorgeous inside view in the Sagrada Familia!

Please let all of these great bloggers know your thoughts about their posts!