Exhibit Selections – ep. 1

Wisdom across the ages

It took me a bit longer to gather the final list of images for the exhibit that I will be doing at work, but I’m there!  First of all, thank you very much to each of you for your input on the images, as it has been invaluable in helping me decide.

The amount of wall space that I get to use allows for around 10-12 images, plus an extra spot where I will put a larger print.  The bulk of the images will be the Yoga Tree and the one print that is not was requested especially by the folks at work.

Here’s the first of the Yoga Tree images that are included…

The Wise Tree

The Wise Tree stands with grace and wisdom garnered across decades

This image is from November, 2013, before we had any hard frost, as you can tell from the fact that there are still quite a number of leaves that didn’t fall off despite having died; usually a hard overnight frost will cause leaves to loosen to the point where even a slight breeze will send them dwindling to the ground.

On this particular morning, I was really attracted by the cloud pattern that I noticed in the sky, which fueled my decision to go and photograph the Yoga Tree.  When I saw her standing against this sky, in front of the rising Sun, I was reminded how she must have seen and experienced much across the decades, filling her with wisdom to be cherished by all of us.

Hope you enjoy your day!

Technical Details

This image was captured with an iPhone 4S using the standard Camera app.  For printing, I did a bit os sharpening and some tonal adjustment in Photoshop.  The paper that I use for this print has a slight bit of gold flake in it, which further warms the tones of the lower section of the photo.


Tuesday Photo Challenge – Fence

Fence mending

Thanks to everyone who checked out and participated in last week’s challenge of Vegetables.  The turn-out was great and the entries were interesting and innovative!  It’s hard to believe that we’re ready to hit the 10th iteration of this challenge!

This week, I’m turning to something that we see everwhere around the world, which can really tell us something about its purpose: Fence.  Ranging from the proverbial, and sometimes literal, white picket fence to mark our garden boundary to electric fence to keep cattle contained and decorative wrought iron fence around a churchyard.

The choices are many, so I’m counting on you to put together something really creative and pleasing to the eye.  Here’s a simple sample of a fence image from a couple of years ago…

The Lone Fence

What caught my interest with this fence were the texture contrast between snow and fence, as well as the shadows and the fact that it was standing all alone.  For extra credit, can you tell me the function of this fence?

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
  • Have fun creating something new (or sharing something old)!!

I am looking forward to your creative entries this week to see what fences catch your eye!

Technical Details

This image was captured using an iPhone 4S with the standard Camera app.

Food Moment – Deprive or Not?

No deprivation Monday

After a weekend of re-engineering and over-engineering a garage door opener into a space that clearly did not take into account that components fail over time, I’m in the mood for something a bit more whimsical.  But then, the Daily Prompt comes out with a theme of Deprive…

No freaking way, people!  It’s not happening.  So this food image is for those of you who want to let go on a this Monday and dip into a rainbow of snackery, that you know is bad for you!  Please, enjoy irresponsibly!!

Mondays & Mondays

These M&Ms were color-sorted for your entertainment, as I wanted to prove that Skittles might taste the rainbow, but M&Ms represent the rainbow of ultimate American superfood.

M&M’s originated in the United States in 1941, and are now sold in as many as 100 countries. More than 400 million individual M&M’s are produced every day in the United States.  They are produced in different colors, some of which have changed over the years. The candy-coated chocolate concept was inspired by a method used to allow soldiers to carry chocolate without having it melt. The company’s longest-lasting slogan reflects this: “Melts in your mouth, not in your hand.”

Technical Details

This shot was taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mk II using an EF 24-105mm f/4L lens.  Studio was used judiciously to create some specular highlights in the right places.

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 10

Veggies abound!

This week it was all about the veggies!  Yes, vegetables were the theme and we got some interesting posts including finding out who does not like to eat his veggies 🙂

The challenge was to not just present an image of vegetables, but to do something creative, keeping an eye on composition, colors, lines and all the pieces that make for a great photo.  I’m happy to say that the entries were worthy!!


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

  • Marie writes the New 3 R’s: Retire, Recharge, Reconnect, an wonderful blog that is an inspiration to all; her post shows us asparagus in Venice, Italy!
  • Miriam of the Out an’ About blog, showed us the current state of her vegetable garden and some shots preceding the harvest!
  • Steve, who writes Meandering Maverick, clearly eats his veggies under protest and entertained us with his interpretation of how he goes for his recommended daily veggie intake 🙂
  • Debbie, whose blog is Forgiving Journal, showed the connection between touching the soil and forgiveness using a friend’s vegetable garden.
  • Nikki, who writes A Kinder Way, took us into the produce section at her local grocery store to show us her love for veggies.
  • Kim just posted another great shot on his blog Do You See What I See?, highlighting the beauty of vegetables exquisitely!

These were all fantastic entries and I enjoyed reading them very much; hope that you looked at each other’s posts and enjoyed them.

Now to start preparing for Tuesday’s new topic…I’m trying to make up my mind on which one to pick:-)

Sunday Morning – Garagedoor

Door number 1?

It’s amusing that the WordPress Discover Challenge focuses on the story behind a door, as that has been my story this weekend 🙂  One of our garage door openers decided to fail on opening with a horrible ratcheting noise that indicates that the trolley is skipping on the screwdrive system.  Looking for a replacement part resulted in finding that it would have to be ordered directly from the manufacturer, so, as my wife parks her car in that bay, I decided to undertake the replace and upgrade strategy.

As this is not something that I do every day, it does take a little more time to disassemble the old garage door opener system and at this point, I’m pretty close to having the new one in place, which is the job for this morning.  It’s a matter of creating the motor attachment to the ceiling and wiring the controls to get it up and running; 2 hours or so.


This brings me back to this door from a year ago on the side of a barn near the Herring Era Museum in Siglufjörður, Iceland.  Behind this door lies a rich history of people working to achieve their dreams in the rough North Atlantic waters.  Hard dangerous work with lots of interesting stories.

Once I am done with the door, I’ll spend a bit of time on the yard and then it’s on to pulling together the list of images for the exhibit that opens on August 1st.  I will share the final decisions with you, as it will have your input as part of it.

Hopefully that will leave some time for music, because there’s a little blues song that I want to do some more work on… Blue Jeans Blues by ZZ Top:

Have a wonderful Sunday!

Saturday’s Sunrise – pt 6

The day ahead…

It’s a beautiful Saturday morning, which looks to develop into a pretty warm day!  Luckily there’s no shortage of things to do around the house and in the yard, which will be done one at  time!

As I was looking at some of the sunrise images in my collection, I came across this Autumn shot from a couple of years ago, which caught my eye…

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Morning Reflections

The bit of haze across the pond and the serenity of the scene, make this one worthwhile for contemplating the day ahead and all its promises.

Have a wonderful day!

Technical Details

This image was captured with an iPhone 5S using the standard Camera app.

Final Voyage

There’s no escape!

From its launch onward, each boat slowly, inexorably moves toward its final voyage.  With a good crew and maintenance, it can be many years before its lot is sealed and it’s sold for scrap, sunk for reef building or hauled ashore with indignity…

Many a proud vessel ends up on display, where many can admire its rich history of survival on turbulent waters and safeguarding its crew.  Museums tell the tales of these ships and the impact that they had on civilization over the centuries.

Then again, some are discarded without regard for their deep souls…

Bad Parking

This image is from a trip to Nova Scotia, where I found this ramshackle boat lying on the shore.  This really was a nightmare scenario for this poor vessel, which I tried to reflect with the processing of this image.

Hope you enjoy!

Technical Details

This image was captured with a Canon EOS 1D Mk II using an EF 24-105mm f/4L lens.  It was a series of exposures that were combined using Photomatix Pro by HDRsoft.


Inspired by Daily Prompt – Voyage.