Tuesday Photo Challenge – Balloons

My beautiful balloon!

Welcome to week 35 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge.  Last week’s response to the challenge theme topic of Trunk received a lot of excellent responses with trees leading elephants, but not to be outdone was the steamer trunk!

In the round-up for last week, I mentioned that I’d love to hear suggestions for topics to include in the challenge line-up.  As a result, this week’s theme topic is contributed by Debbie, whose blog ForgivingConnects is always good to read and has lots of excellent advice for good living.  One of Debbie’s topic suggestions was balloons, which certainly is a fun light-hearted topic.

Your challenge is to unleash your creativity on balloons (there are various kinds!) and present something fun with this theme.  Balloons are often seen at celebrations, but also at festivals, where they may gather in quantity.

Here’s a whimsical look at balloons with a bit of an abstract twist to it:

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Flow of Inflationary Color

When I saw the red and white balloons, I knew there was something fun that I could do with it; with a bit of zoom blur to create a sense of motion and flow, this image came about.  Certainly, not too serious, so a bit of pretentiousness in the title just added to the 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 (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)!!

So let’s see, where the balloons might float or will they pop as they rise?  Looking forward to your wonderful ideas!

Technical Details

This image was captured with a Canon EOS 5D MkIII using an FE 24-105mm f/4L lens.  Exposure settings were at f/22 and 1/13 second and 200 ISO.  The effect ws created by rotating the lens during the shot, causing a zoom blur.

Author: jansenphoto

A Fresh Perspective Photography is more than just a vehicle for capturing the world around me; it provides me with a palette and a set of brushes, with which I paint not only what I see, but also look to express the emotions that are evoked by the scene in front of me in that moment. Growing up in the Netherlands exposed me to a wide cross-section of visual arts that laid the foundation of my photographic view of all that surrounds me. Early influences were the Dutch Masters of the 17th century, to whom I was introduced by my grandfather during museum explorations; favorites among them are the scenes of quotidian life depicted by Jan Steen and Frans Hals and the vivid landscapes of Jacob van Ruisdael. My classical high school education was supplemented by the Boijmans Van Beuningen museum, where I spent many a lunch hour exploring its great collection. Here I was introduced to surrealism with a particular love for the approach taken by Salvador Dali; Dali also rekindled my appreciation for the work of Hieronymus Bosch, who often showed the folly of us mortals. Universal Connections My approach to any photographic subject is to look for understanding first; in this I look to establish either a connection between the viewer and the subject or capture the connection of the subject with its surroundings. The captured image then aims to portray this connection from a perspective that is part of my personal interpretation. This interpretation is often a form of externalized introspection, which may alternately display the connection of isolated beings and items with their environment or highlight the whimsy of the profound world, in which we find ourselves. The universe is full of connections, many of which are waiting to be discovered; part of my journey as a photographer is to document these connections. Any assignment, be it an event, a product shoot or a portrait session is always approached through communication with the client; this is where the first connection is established. Ideas are exchanged and a collaborative plan of action forms, ultimately resulting in a set of images that aim to exceed the expectations of each client. And, lest we forget, it is important to have fun while practicing the serious business of photography!

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