Tuesday Photo Challenge – Heat

Hot days provide hot images!

Welcome to Week 116 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!  The round up from last week’s challenge is queued up for publication later today.  There were some amazing colors in those posts!

After a week of color, I’m going for something that is rather topical for this week in New England: Heat! It has been hot and humid here for the past four days and it’s not about to let up.  As I have been preparing for a 5K race (race is a relative concept) for today, I’m very familiar with my body’s reaction to these temperatures in the mid-90s (33-35C during this period).

When you think of Heat, what comes to mind?  What images do you see and how would you portray it?  I’m looking forward to seeing your interpretation of Heat, and, as usual, take it in any direction that you may like!  Let your creative ideas flow freely!

Here’s a bit of the warmth for inspiration…

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Pyroplasm 3x

This image came about from a bit of experimentation with my zoom lens, while sitting around a campfire; I had taken some interesting burning wood details shots and decided to try out a zoom blur (I found that there was a name for this technique after taking this set of shots).

The full rules of this challenge are in TPC Guidelines, but here’s the tl;dr:

  • 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)!!

I’m looking forward to seeing what might ring true in your posts!

Heavy Glow

Through the fog of time

The WordPress Daily Prompt provides the theme of Encrusted, which is a rather interesting theme to find.

Not surprisingly, my first thoughts went to those famous jewel-encrusted crowns and swords of the fantasies of the Middle Ages.  This brought me on the path that I usually take, when looking at thematic images: go for a browse through my somewhat extensive image library.

This search led me to encounter the image that I feature here…

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Heavy Glow

Of course, you are right to question what this has to do with the theme!  When I think of jewel-encrusted objects, I see the light that creates specular highlights across the various gems, creating a sea of beauty!  This image immediately connected me to that across the fog of time….

Have a wonderful day!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Circle

Coming full cycle

Welcome to Week 91 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge.  After the wonderful response to last week’s theme of Recycle, I thought it might be difficult to come up with another challenge that might interest you…

Then it struck me that I might be on a roll, as cycle’s word origin comes from the Greek word that also means wheel; and the shape of a wheel is a Circle!  So it was pretty easy to find this week’s theme.  In the true nature of this challenge, I fully expect you to take the word circle in any of its various meanings; Merriam-Webster showed 9 different definitions for just the noun [there are 4 more for the transitive and intransitive verb].

Have some fun with this, as you circle the Sun with your circle of friends!  I’m very much looking forward to seeing what might come forth from your minds!

Here are some circles, not all perfect…

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Soft Circles among Leaves

As the light played across the leaves, while shooting at Tower Hill Botanic Garden, I felt inspired to play around a bit and generate something a bit more abstract.  Slightly out of focus at f/4, I shot a series of 3 images that I later processed with Photomatix Pro.  While this is not your standard HDR image, I used the processing to extend the range a bit and create a softer palette of colors.

The full rules of this challenge are in TPC Guidelines, but here’s the tl;dr:

  • 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)!!

I’m looking forward to your recycled and recycling thoughts and creative output!

Temporary passage

Passsages of time

The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge has the theme of Temporary.  As I extemporize about this topic, there is at least one more post that I want to share with you.

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, All is temporary, the nature of our existence underscores the very concept of our time being short.  During this time, we get the opportunity to make the most of our lives in how we interact with people and how we appreciate the people that we’re lucky enough to meet.

Today’s photo highlights the very temporary nature of our existence, as I created it on the night that a very dear aunt of mine passed away.  As I went through shooting this image, I felt that there was a transition taking place, of which I learned the following morning, as she lived in the Netherlands.  Connections can be very strong, such that they cause vibrations across an ocean…

Transitions are something that we all will encounter..

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Transitions

This image was created using a long exposure, while rotating the camera and adding some zoom blur through lens rotation.  It still speaks to me today.

Hope you have a wonderful day!

Heavy Glow in a Leaf Bokeh

Bokeh play out of focus

The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge has the theme of Glow.  Definitely a natural fit for quite a bit of my photography, as I enjoy backlit images…

Today, my good friend and amazing photographer George and I went for a stroll in Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge in Harvard, Massachusetts.  As many of you might know, this area is one that I come back to frequently, as there is always some source of inspiration for my photography.  Of course, today was no exception!

Despite it being October 22, the weather was just perfect with a warm 72F (22C) temperature; you won’t hear me complain about this weather other than that it feels odd to have weather this warm this far into October.  As a result of the weather, trees have been slow to change their colors, which has allowed me to capture a mixture of color.

There were lots of great shots that I’ll share with you; for today, I share this little artistic number…

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Heavy Glow

Heavy glow within the leaves that float in the remainder of flooded landscape.

Have a wonderful day!

The Ancient Elements – Air

Breezy air currents

The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge has the wonderful theme of Elemental; I’ll be sure to cover all the Ancient Elements of Fire, Water, Earth and Air during this week, as each has presented ample opportunities to me photographically.

Today’s image is another one from my Kryptomorphaics series, which takes an abstract twist to uncover that what lies hidden just beneath the surface of our perception.  It captures the impact of the movement of the Elemental of Air through leaves of a tree in its Autumn livery…

 

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Autumn Winds

This particular image is part of a series that I captured during a visit to the wonderful Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, Massachusetts.  A beautiful Autumn day presented lots of opportunity for the creation of images both abstract and representational.  A slight bit of camera movement during this shot created the additional sense of flow in this shot.

Hope you enjoy!

The Ancient Elements – Water

Relaxed, yet with purpose

The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge has the wonderful theme of Elemental; I’ll be sure to cover all the Ancient Elements of Fire, Water, Earth and Air during this week, as each has presented ample opportunities to me photographically.

Today’s element of Water has presented itself in many ways to me over the years; keeping with yesterday’s post of the element of Fire, I’m presenting another abstract image…

 

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Calm Motion

This image flowed forth from my studying this particular patch of rather rapid stream for a time, as I was intrigued by the interplay of water, plants and air getting pulled into a small vertex.  This study resulted in my playing just a bit with my lens’ zoom during this image that captured a bit of motion by extending the shutter time.

Hope you enjoy!