Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 80

The sky was not the limit!

Welcome to the 80th round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!  This week saw many of you looking up to the sky where you found lots of inspiration!

The variety of images underscores the creativity of each and every one of you!  You shared some stunning images, each with their own special aspects, and I was truly stunned by a number of your photos, which captured the theme in all its power!

Thank you all for great posts that gave me lots of pleasure in reading them!

Sometimes the sky can present some wondrous patterns…

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Sunrise Streaks

This Yoga Tree image was taken on one of those wonderful early Winter mornings, when the air is crisp and the rising Sun holds the promise of a perfect day.  The variation of air speeds in different layers in the atmosphere created some interesting cloud formations, making for a shot that contains both beauty and form.

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

    • Sarah kicked us off with lovely brooding skies over Auckland in By Sarah; she also create a second post with a beautifully reflected sky in By Sarah, which has a great set of leading lines in the image!
    • Ed presents a variety of skies in his post in In my Mind’s Eye, one of which has an awesome over-sized golfball!
    • Xenia also brings us a pair of posts; the first in whippetwisdom brings us wonderful vistas that include Lock Linnhe, a tanka and whippets!  The second entry in whippetwisdom is in the Nevis range and has a great haiku!
    • ladyleemanilla has viewed the sky from lots of angles and with lots of interesting scenes; her range of images are fantastic!
    • Maria’s entry in citySonnet has stunning views of the sky with lots of intriguing cloud formations!
    • Poetry in Pictures brings us very cool skies, including one that contains last week’s theme: a bird!
    • Gwenny’s sky photos in Field Notes from Over the Hill have amazing views, including a couple of arcs!
    • This week, pensivity101 shares fantastic skies from sunrise to sunset!
    • In Folly’s Photoworld vol. 2, Petra brings us some rather gray skies, which are lightened up by a new dog!  Petra also has a project in another blog, where she has photographed the sky every day since April 2012: Petra’s Himmelsbilder; you’ll want to check this out!!!
    • Stella’s selection of skies in Giggles & Tales are stunning!  I particularly love the reflection; which one of her photos is your favorite?
    • This week, theonlyD800inthehameau has a beautifully photographed Sun silhoetting trees in the Sir Bani Yas game reserve in Abu Dhabi!
    • In Arizona Mary Photos, we’re treated to a great array of cloud-filled skies with interesting shapes!
    • In his blog Swaash, Swathi brings us wonderful skies from his visit to his grand ma’s house, which he clearly enjoyed very much!
    • Cee presents us with gorgeous skies in her entry in her awesome blog, Cee’s Photography!
    • Frank’s post in Poetry, Short Prose and Walking has a stunning combination of wondrous poem and great vistas in his photography!
    • In Chateaux des Fleurs we get a view of the Brooklyn Bridge with a great sky, which would definitely increase its sale price!
    • Candace photographs the United States flag against a beautiful sky in her post in Netdancer’s Musings; great post!
    • Robert’s photo in Photo Robert’s Blog is a fantastic shot of the sky reflected in a puddle on the street!
    • In Magic and Beauty we are treated to some interesting urban vistas with cool skies!
    • Miriam brings us skies and views from Oregon and California in a great post the Shower of Blessing.
    • Debbie’s photos in this week’s entry in her blog Travel with Intent come from a visit to Sapa in northern Vietnam; what a gorgeous area!
    • In the abstractlives‘ blog entry, we get to see some rather cool skies in various locations!
    • This week’s entry in Roaming Urban Gypsy takes us to the park for some fantastic skylines!
    • This week Land of Images brings us a sky from one of my favorite islands: Skye!
    • Sunshine’s Snapshots shares some big puffy clouds on a beautiful day in Cohoes!
    • Nicole’s entry in her blog, Doar Nicole, has great photographs, with the reflection of the sky in a street puddle making me say WOW!
    • This week, Susan’s post in Musin’ with Susan goes back to the Solar Eclipse with a perfect capture!
    • This week in Linda’s Cr8tions 365, we get to see a cloud that is lit by the setting Sun in stunning fashion!
    • Another gorgeous sunset is on display in layue’s everyday photo blog, where the beach provides a perfect location!
    • Bushboy shows us some soaring clouds in his post in Bushboy’s World, which have an added feature: an eagle!
    • Klara gives us a great post in Sliku svoju ljubim II, with a bright sunny day, trees and people enjoying their time outdoors!
    • Andrea’s post in ARHtistic license takes us over the canal!
    • In Urban Liaisons we get to reach for the sky!  At least, the rusty tower gets to reach for us!
    • Bullyboy shows us the color of a wonderful variety of skies in Travel387; then he adds a second entry in Travel387 with silhouettes and skylines!
    • Ron went multi-challenge in his fantastic post in Progressing into Solitude with a really cool set of images!
    • Debbie’s post in ForgivingConnects tells us about opening up ourselves to forgiveness, as we’d open ourselves to the sky!  Beautifully written!
    • In the Blog of Hammad Rais, the stairs reach up to the sky, but not far enough to find some cool breezes!
    • Lisa’s post in A Day In The Life celebrates the various moods that are brought by the sky in a series of beautiful photos!
    • In Bajezen, we get treated to another beautiful variety of skies!
    • Miriam had a wonderful time camping on the banks of the Campaspie river, as you can see in Out an’ About, where the skies were magical!
    • Khürt created another fantastic post in Island in the Net, where he shows a fantastic blood red sky!
    • Ron captured some rather cool skies in his blog, Locating Frankenstein’s Brain, which is an awesome blog!

Hope that you enjoy these posts!

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!

20 thoughts on “Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 80”

  1. What a beautiful pose your yoga tree has. Lots of wonderful posts here Frank. I blogged and posted in real time on Sat night but perhaps my ping back didn’t work.

  2. Your yoga tree photo was incredible!!!! I would love to use it as a prompt for some poetry!!! As always, loved the round up. Such amazing images from all contributors. Thanks for all your work 👍🏻😃

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