Weekly Photo Challenge – Admiration

Indomitable spirit

This week’s Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge is a show and tell about admiration.  My first image in this week’s series is still among my favorites.

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Persistence

This image is of another one of my favorite trees, and immediately got its name: ‘Persistence’.  I was impressed with its enduring spirit, as shown in the windswept stance that has stood the test of the elements and time.

I also admire this same spirit of indomitable fortitude in the people of Japan, particularly in the face of disasters that have befallen them across the ages.  In response to the 2011 tsunami disaster, I used this print to raise funds for the Japanese Red Cross; the mat of the print had the Japanese 不屈 (Fukutsu) stamped on it, which means fortitude, indomitability or persistence.

Hope you enjoy this image!

Technical Details

This image was captured with a Canon EOS 5D Mk II camera with an EF 24-105mm f/4L lens.  It is made up of a series of 5 images that were processed using Photomatix Pro to get the contrast and dynamic range that I was looking to get.

Inspired  by Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge – Admiration.

WPC – Leaf of a Beautiful Color

Looking up to beauty

Wrapping up the week with something along the abstract, yet not so abstract lines with today’s shot…

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Color and Beauty

This was just one of those quick shots, because I noticed that the pattern of leaves was interesting (to me).  When I look at this, it still grabs my attention with the warm tones against a blue sky.

Technical Details

This image was shot with a Canon EOS 5D Mk III using an EF 24-105mm f/4L lens.  Exposure settings were 1/640 second at f/6.3 and 320 ISO.

Inspired  by Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge – Abstract.

Friday Mystery Place – vol 11

Late for lunch!

Dear Reader, last week’s challenge was a bit devilish, but clearly not hard enough, as several of you figured it out; you are impressive!  This week’s location should not be too hard to guess…

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Which lovely place is this?

This location was one that I almost overlooked in my travels, as I had not put it on the itinerary.  As my wife and I were driving to our next stop on our travels, and in truth we were looking for some spot to eat some lunch, I caught this beauty out of the corner of my eye, as it was a bit obscured by foliage.

We figured out where we could find access to the location and had a fun time exploring it; lunch was served late, and delicious!

Where are we?

Thursday’s Dog Stars – vol 12

We are very good!

Dear Reader, this week I decided to go for pure, unadulterated cuteness with these little stars.

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Aren’t we cute?

On this particular day, I was photographing an in-door agility trial in Manchester, New Hampshire, which was a lot of fun.  During this trial, the owners of these lovely Norfolk Terriers approached me to see, if I wouldn’t mind taking some portrait shots of them.  Of course, I couldn’t say no with this pair!

Taking a quick look around the grounds, I found this little area  that would provide a nice backdrop, particularly with the pink flamingoes!

So, what do you think?  Are they too cute for words?

Technical Details

This was a Canon EOS 5D Mk III using an EF 24-105mm f/4L lens and Speedlite 580 EX II flash.  I metered for the background  and adjusted the flash power accordingly, so that I got exposure settings of 1/100 second at f/5 at 200 ISO.

Three Line Tales – Week 13

Civilized conversation

Welcome to Week Thirteen of Three Line Tales.

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Afternoon’s repast,
Shared moments of joy with you.
A warm tea kettle.

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

The TLT rules are simple:

  • Take a look at the photo prompt and write three lines to go with it.
  • Your lines can be poetry, micro-fiction, micro non-fiction or just a really long caption – everything goes as long as it’s three lines long.
  • A link back to this post would be nice (it’ll make me feel obliged to swing by yours to read your three lines, and some of your readers might want to join in, too – the more, the merrier, right?).
  • Tag your post with 3LineTales – it’ll make it easier for others to find it in the Reader.
  • Read other participants’ lines.

Please check Sonya’s post Three Line Tales – Week Thirteen for detailed instructions.

WPC – Representational Abstractism

Stretching our mind’s eye

There’s nothing more likely to find representational concepts in abstract form than the human mind.  The Yoga Tree is a fine example of this!

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A Proper Asana

Yes, in essence, she is a mere tree, whose form has been shaped by years of growth in a climate and environment, for which the current shape was an optimal adaptation.  Being on a farm, she had to deal with growing around a discarded oil tank, which almost certainly contributed to the curvature.

To our human mind, she presents an intriguing shape that we look to interpret; as she presents this shape, we see arms stretching to the sky in a pose that might remind us of a yoga asana: the Yoga Tree is born!

During the Summer, when she is ensconced in a fine set of foliage, there are other shapes to discover.  I’ll be sure to touch upon these in a future post!

My question to you: what did you see first time you laid eyes on this tree?

Technical Details

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

Inspired  by Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge – Abstract.

Wednesday Wonderment – pt 14

Never ceasing, we hope!

This Wednesday, it’s once again time to take a look at the wonders of the world around us. Today’s inspiration is drawn from the current Northern Hemisphere season of Spring: the time of re-birth and regeneration of the massive scale that only Nature can conjure up!

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Regeneration after generation

In early Spring, this tree was just about ready to get its juices flowing again to start the truly amazing process of accelerating its growth processes slowly, but surely.  In another couple of weeks, leaves would start showing, first as little buds, then quickly advertising their green presence to the world and hogging all the sunlight for themselves to provide what we call, appreciatively, shade.

It doesn’t cease to amaze me that trees can play this balancing game in the harsh climate of New England and further north, where they retreat from the onslaught of weather to conserve their energies for the next cycle.

Hug a tree today, and thank it for the breath that it provides!

Technical Details

I captured this image with a Canon EOS 5D Mk II using an EF 24-105mm f/4L lens.  Exposure settings were 1/25 second at f/18 and 160 ISO (leaning against a tree can make even 1/25 second shutter speed very steady).

I did perform a bit of post processing in Photoshop for basic sharpening and minor adjustments.  Additionally, I used Topaz Labs Texture Effects with a mild application of the Bluesy Trees effect to get that feel of images processed in an earlier age.