Welcome to week 148 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge.
Thanks to everyone for the great contributions on last week’s theme; you managed to run with Crawl without any problem! For this week, I thought it might be fun to go with a theme that allows you to go to any level that you like: Surface! It’s up to your creative minds to document the surface, or see what surfaces or go below the surface to uncover what lies beneath. Of course, your surfaces can be of any topology that you choose!
Have some fun with this one and don’t hesitate to poke the surface and see what you stir up! I’m looking forward to your creative endeavors!
Here’s a surface with a slight ripple…
This image came from a leisurely exploratory drive along the Connecticut river; as I drove North into Vermont, I thought it would be a good change of pace to drive South through New Hampshire. That’s where I found this hydro power plant in Bellows Falls, VT.
The full rules of this challenge are in TPC Guidelines, but here’s the tl;dr:
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)!!
Enjoy your week and I can’t wait to see what floats to the surface in your creative endeavors!
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.
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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106 thoughts on “Tuesday Photo Challenge – Surface”
I was inspired by your photo Frank and then suddenly this photo said pick me for the photo challenge.
Fantastic choice, Brian!
Thanks Frank 🙂
One that just had to be captured 🙂
So many colors to see in this photo, and again, great leading lines, too! Thanks for the chance to play along again! Happy Tuesday to you!
Wonderful post, Shelley!! Have a wonderful week!
Thank you, Frank – same to you!
A beautiful image Frank and a lovely prompt! I’m linking yesterday’s post where the images feature a comfy surface for Eivor and Pearl to relax on and a wooden surface to display the story of a huge international rescue operation: https://whippetwisdom.com/2019/02/18/helping-the-hounds-of-macau/
Great post, Xenia; Eivor and Pearl really do look comfortable, lounging!
Thank you Frank! 🙂
Oh I see, a water reservoir. Won’t touch this surface for fear of electrical power 😳
Love the photo of the ripples on the water’s surface, Frank …
Sharing my interpretation:
Wonderful approach to go below the surface!!
🙂 Ya know me, I take things a bit south of the ordinary. 🙂
Fantastic shot Frank. More boating pictures from me this week
That’s one time when you don’t want to go below the surface! Lovely post!
Hello again Frank, here’s a different take on surface from our nature blog: https://tranature.com/2019/02/19/haiku-lands-of-dream/
That’s a wonderful post, Xenia! What kind of seals were in there?
Thank you Frank, they are harbour seals, often called common seals, and grey seals. The grey seals are slightly bigger and have a longer nose 🙂
Thank you, Xenia! They are so cute!
I was trying to think of something lurking beneath the surface but couldn’t come up with anything.
With a full moon, you never know what lurks beneath the surface!
A seasonal prompt as well!
That looks fantastic!
Here’s my contribution, Frank. Thank you for the inspiration. 🙂 https://pennywilsonwrites.com/2019/02/19/surface/
That’s another wonderful poem!
Thank yo0u, Frank! ❤
Loved your shot. Here’s mine – https://myheart2heart.blog/2019/02/20/of-shadows-n-surfaces/
Thank you 😊
Nice challenge. I’m happy you aren’t showing one of those impossible-to-reproduce glassy smooth surfaces. I like the ripples.
Thank you! Yes, there’s some character to the ripples.
That is a great post and lovely alternate trip.
Hi Frank. I’m sure you have just begun to scratch the surface on entries for this challenge!
Here is mine: https://outofmywritemind.com/2019/02/20/skimming-the-surface/
That is a fantastic post, Sandy! I think you are right 🙂
Many thanks, Frank.
My response for this week’s challenge is :
Thank you so much for appreciating! 😊
Hi Frank. Here’s mine. https://odaciuk.wordpress.com/2019/02/21/textured-surface/
Love the texture of that surface!
Trees are amazing with their textures. Thanks, Frank. 🙂
Here is a link to some of the surfaces of my raku pottery vases I have photographed here:
I am not much of a photographer, but these pictures are my best attempts.
Those are simply fantastic! Your pottery is lovely!!
Thank you for your kind words!
Frank, I really like your photo this week. It’s so relaxing.
Here is my entry. I hope you enjoy it.
Thank you, Cee! You picked some great surfaces for your post!
Here is my “Surface” photo. I am new to your blog! I did not follow the rules. Will try better next time. https://wordpress.com/post/snailsearch.wordpress.com/3212
Hi Carol, the link made it show up without any issue. Your tag looks fine, so I’m not sure why the WordPress reader didn’t pick it up. The mystery!
Great post and welcome to our weekly fun!
I read the directions on a tag. I tried to do it. But when I reviewed my post, I did not see the tag to your site. I am sorry
hi frank, great and interesting picture for the week theme, here is my contribution to the challenge theme, https://wp.me/p2AvI7-32a.
Thank you, Robert! Love the reflection that you captured!
That’s my kind of surface, Frank.
Great post and image! Thank you for participating!
great prompt, Frank. and it’s not every day that I see a hydro power plant. here is my contribution:
Thank you, Klara! Lovely surface on the turtle!
Now I’m hungry for some pie!