Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 62

Welcome to the 62nd round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!  I have to say that I’m glad that I went with the theme of Music, as your posts were a joy to read!

Many of you took a path that I expected to some degree, and your creativity in how you portrayed what music means to you and the impact that it has on your lives was wonderful to behold.  Some of you presented music and instruments that I didn’t know about, which was fascinating!  One really stood out, as Miriam’s post in Out an’ About even included a recording of her singing a fantastic song!

Thanks to each and every one of you for your great contributions!!

 

Here’s an image from my collection of performers of music…

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GT Nightcrawler

Portrait photography can be a lot of fun, as you get to control everything from the light to the pose.  Despite the desire for control, sometimes, an impromptu portrait, such as the one here is very satisfying.  You catch the subject in their natural element, being themselves; of course, with performers, the latter is not 100% true, as you’re really capturing the persona that they portray on stage.

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

  • By Sarah kicked things off with a lighthearted post that captures something that most, if not all of us, have done: playing air guitar!
  • Nicole’s entry  in Une Photo, un poéme gives us a beautifully photographed and well-written report on a balalaika performance.  Go check it out!
  • pensivity101 tells us about the influence that music has on her life, particularly, playing the piano!
  • Gwen’s post in Field Notes from over the Hill shows off the joy of music in many forms!
  • Xenia gives us a wonderful tanka in whippetwisdom.com and accompanies it with photos of her whippets dancing to Nature’s music.
  • iballrtw shares a great post with some very early sculptures of musicians with unusual instruments.
  • The post shared by theonlyD800inthehameau brings us up close and personal with an absolutely stunning pipe organ!
  • Photo Robert’s Blog shares an amazing set of photographs of instruments and musicians, that you really should go see!
  • Ladyleemanilla shares an amazing array of photos in her entry this week!
  • Candace’s photo of performers in the Paris subway in Netdancer’s Musings is just wonderful!
  • Miriam’s post in her blog Out an’ About is simply magical, as she not only shares her thoughts and photos about music, but she also graces us with a recording of her performing a song that is inspired by a poem written by one of her friends.
  • Raj’s post in his blog XDrive shares a beautiful set of images of his daughter performing an intricate dance, filled with wonderful facial expressions.  Just lovely!!
  • ARHtistic License shows us a wide array of musical instruments and implements; I particularly like the dulcimer!
  • Cee has some great images in her post in Cee’s Photography; I really like the sheet music, which looks truly old!
  • Roaming Urban Gypsy has a wonderful blog with street photography, which is well represented in their entry for this week.
  • Miriam shares photos of some of her performances in Showers of Blessing and tells us about her hero!
  • Stella’s images in Giggles & Tales tell us a story of instruments, the music they bring forth and the places where this music occurs!
  • Bushboy has a wonderful collection of guitars and music in his post in Bushboy’s World, as well as a great work of art!
  • Judith shares her experience of going to the opera in Milan in her post in Nature Knows Best; she was in for a surprise! As a bonus, we get to find out who her favorite violinist is!
  • Peg’s post in The Tempest and The Teapot shows of some great photography skills!
  • Catherine shares the start of her musical instrument collecting addiction with us in her blog images off the path.
  • Marie captured a guitarist in The New 3Rs: Retire, Recharge, Reconnect, all the way in Cordoba, Spain!
  • Leaking Ink introduces us to the Manganiyar Seduction, a group of musicians from Rajasthan, India.
  • Debbie’s post in ForgivingConnects has her singing her joy from the rooftops, as she takes a leap of faith!
  • Lacy’s photos in Adventures of a Busy Mom describe the soundtrack of a busy mom!  I think you can guess whose music takes front stage!
  • Bullyboy’s post in Travel387 combines both the instrument to make music with the inspiration for this music!
  • Ron tells us of his experience with music through excellent photography in Progressing into Solitude.
  • Khürt’s entry for this week’s theme in Island in the Net tells us the story of his journey through music throughout his life; a great read and awesome photos!

If there were the concept of music for my eyes, these posts definitely brought it forth, for which I thank all of you!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Music

A song of photography!

Welcome to Week 62 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge.

Last week’s entries were absolutely spectacular!  I expected to see a great turnout with the theme of Unusual, and you blew my mind with those creative, funny and intriguing entries.  As I was thinking about this week’s theme, I was leaning toward something rather tricky, which I may still use at some time in the future, but decided to expand the reach of the challenge a bit with Music.

Music is all around us and more than just a human form of expression, as Nature is filled with examples of great music from the birds in the trees to the whales in the oceans.  As usual, you can take poetic license into any direction that you desire, so that it can be music to your ears, a great performance or a cacophony of atonal sound!

One way of capturing music for reproduction is shown here…

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The Score

This image is from about 5 years ago, when we were challenged to provide some appropriate wall decor for a music school that was just opening nearby.  Interestingly enough, this is not one of the images that was chosen, even though I thought it to be technically superior to one of my images that was selected.

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 a symphony of wondrous entries!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Unusual

You’re so unusual!

Welcome to Week 61 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge.

After another week of amazing entries to last week’s challenge, I thought it might be interesting to return to my old tricks and throw you a bit of a curve ball with this week’s theme.  Your challenge is to come up with an image (or more than one) that captures the theme of Unusual.  I’m confident that your creative eyes and minds observe plenty of scenes during your week that you could consider unusual, so I’m eager to see them in your entries.

As usual, you can take poetic license into any direction that your vision desires, as your photography can be as unusual, as you want.  Extra credit for creative captions!

Here’s a rather unusual scene that my wife and I came across in Ostia Antica…

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Where’s my hand?

This statue is of the god Mithras about to kill a bull.  Mithraism was a cult religion during the days of the Roman empire from the 1st – 4th century C.E., which had underground temples called mithraea.  The religion was inspired by Persian worship of the god Mithra; during the heyday of the Roman empire, many foreign religious influences were adopted by Romans in Italy.

The caption is inspired by one of my Facebook friends, who recognized the humor in this scene immediately!

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 can’t wait to see what kind of unusual entries you’ll serve up this week!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 60

All sorts of weather everywhere!

Welcome to the 60th round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!  I really hope that you had some wonderful weather!

Your posts showed all sorts of variety of weather, all of which was capture creatively and with admirable skill!  There were a number of standouts that really caught my attention, among which there was one that could not be beat: Athena’s fun in the snow!  If you look at it, I suspect you might agree 🙂

Thank you for another great set of entries and all the hard work that you put into your posts!!

Here’s some more weather for your entertainment…

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Heavy Weather

Sometimes, it is completely worth your while to stop during your commute, even when the weather is bad.  This view across the Nashua river valley during a heavy rainstorm was worth such a stop, as the rain let up where I was for about a minute to let me shoot this vista.

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

  • Leaking Ink started of the week’s entries with a gorgeous set of images that speak of good weather ahead!
  • Justine captured some lovely raindrops in Justine Taylor Photography, along with some impressive skies that look very threatening.
  • Une Photo, un poéme shows us images that truly evoke thoughts of wonderful weather that lies in the near future!
  • The true nature of a foggy morning comes to us in theonlyD800inthehameau, with a beautifully executed black and white!
  • Xenia entertains us with two posts; the first, a haibun, in whippetwisdom.com shows us the result of Spring flows: green everywhere!.  The second entry in whippetwisdom.com captures a lovely (harmless) bunny and wonderful weather along with a great tanka!
  • Sliku svoju ljubim II is a wonderful photo blog with lots of interesting photography; Klara’s post has us chilling out in the shade!
  • Marga takes a walk through the city centre in The Photographer Smiled… and finds a wonderful shot of a small rowboat!
  • The wonderful writer in Scroll is also a great photographer, as you can tell from their photos!
  • pensivity101 reminds us of one of the central aspects of the human condition: talking about the weather!
  • Dana’s photo blog, Dana Lane Photography, is worth checking out, including his contribution to our theme this week!
  • Candace’s photo in Netdancer’s Musings tells us a story of rain and how the leaf managed its way through the rain.
  • Emily’s images in Zombie Flamingoes provide us with a then and now comparison between two seasons…
  • Judith evokes a sense of serenity in one shot and a sense of strong winds in the second shot in Nature Knows Best; well done!
  • Marga takes a walk through the city centre in The Photographer Smiled… and finds a wonderful shot of a small rowboat!
  • Gwen’s post in Field Notes from over the Hill has an amazing view from Pike’s Peak and what looks like some approaching weather!
  • Miriam’s post in Showers of Blessing gives a variety of weather moods with some great shots!
  • George’s post in The Alchemist of the Woods put a big smile on my face, as Athena was having an incredible amount of fun in the snow! Go check it out!
  • In Out an’ About, Miriam shares a wonderful array of images of weather and includes a curious onlooker!
  • Bullyboy’s post in Travel387 shares an impressive array of photos of weather, as it can only be in his part of the planet!
  • Sonya’s post in Middleton Road takes us along on her walk, so be sure to wear rain gear!
  • Stella’s post in Giggles & Tales also features an umbrella installation and some additional great images!  I’m curious to find out, if this installation is by the same artist, as the one I captured in Brno.
  • Debbie’s post in ForgivingConnects talks about overcoming fear and reach new heights to find out that the weather is beautiful!

This is another great set of images, posts and participation! Thanks to each of you for taking the time and being creative!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 59

Definitely old and fantastic!

Welcome to the 59th round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!

You put together an impressive set of posts on the theme of Old!  Many of you were influenced by some of my recent posts from my trip to Italy and shared amazing images from your travels and interaction with ancient structures and sites.  There were also some very interesting photos of old cars ranging from the pristine restorations to seemingly dropped from the air amidst the bamboo on Hawaii.  Then, of course, there is the wonderful photo of Mum!  I just loved that post!

Thank you for another great set of entries and all the hard work that you put into your posts!!

Here’s another image that takes me back to olden times…

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View across Ostia Antica

The excavations at Ostia Antica are stunning and provided me with a true sense of how people lived and interacted during those times, as we wandered through various neighborhoods and learned about what was done in each of them.

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

  • Starting this week’s entries, theonlyD800inthehameau brings us to excavations in Argentomagus in Central France to find a funerary stone with a beanie!
  • Not to be outdone, ladyleemanilla finds an impressive line up of sights from around the world that are perfect for the theme.
  • The Photo Junkie gives us a great view of the Forum in Rome; great images that show sights that are still fresh in my mind!
  • Stella’s post in Giggles & Tales takes us to a wonderful variety of locales with great images!
  • Bullyboy’s post in Travel387 has coverage of old from several eras, some of which are relatively modern.
  • Xenia’s back with both great images in whippetwisdom.com and a very well written tanka!
  • An important location for pilgrims is featured in iballrtw‘s post, which features the Dhamekh Stupa in Sarnath, alleged to be the site of the Buddha’s first teaching.
  • Justine compares the old and the new in her post in Justine Taylor Photography, where the old has a definite charm about it.
  • pensivity101 evokes tenderness with a photo of someone older than them: mum!  Wonderful post!
  • Une Photo, un poéme goes truly old in their coverage of the Dinosaur Museum in Belgium; yes, that dinosaur is not only old, but also fantastic!
  • Candace’s entry in Netdancer’s Musings connects the old with the current, as she came across an active archeological dig in Athens.
  • Judith uncovers a treasure while working her way through a cluttered garage in Nature Knows Best; a fantastic find!
  • Adventures of a Busy Mom goes trekking through the bamboo on Hawaii and uncovers an unusual find…
  • Marga shares a beautiful capture of the site of the Nasrid Palace in Granada, Spain, in her post in The Photographer Smiled…
  • Cee’s post in Cee’s Photography captures some fantastic classic cars, which truly show off their owners love for them!
  • Gwen’s post in Field Notes from over the Hill has a great photo of what looks to be a rather ancient vehicle!
  • Cookies & Moo is a great blog with a rather appropriate entry of her first car: a 1963 Chevy Corvair!
  • Raj’s post in Xdrive shows of both a wonderful temple and a magnificent tomb!  Amazing shots!
  • Debbie’s post in ForgivingConnects shares wisdom for the ages in the creation of a safe space!
  • Ron’s post in Progressing Into Solitude shares some great images of truly vintage automobiles!
  • Debbie’s post in her blog, Travel with Intent, brings us close to the Yeralti Hamam in Sheki, Azerbaijan; a magnificent structure!
  • George’s post in The Alchemist of the Woods is the second part of adventures in Greensboro, NC; nice single track!!
  • Khürt’s post in Island in the Net takes us back to Asbury Park, to the old Paramount Theatre and Convention Hall complex that was built in the 1920s!

This is another great set of images, posts and participation! Thanks to each of you for taking the time and being creative!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 52

Much was broken, but all’s well!

Welcome to the 52nd round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!  The variety of your responses to this week’s theme of Broken was quite surprising, as you found some directions that I hadn’t considered!  Certainly made my week to read all these great posts!

I expected that most of you would find broken objects that are still beautiful despite their dilapidation, but I was truly astounded by some of the angles that you found that were not only creative, but also very insightful!  Some of you found the seashore, whereas others looked into urban landscapes, and much of Nature was included.  Thanks to all of you for making this week a wonderful one again!

This was another of my images that came to mind, when I thought of this week’s theme…

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Connecticut River Flow

This is among my older images that came from my wandering around on the banks of the Connecticut River in the town of Deep River; I had arrived very early (with the intent to wander) for a presentation that I had prepared for a Camera Club in Deep River, and I very much enjoyed exploring the Winter landscape that was full of stunning vignettes.

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

  • Ru’s Rue explores the tendency of the human mind to find beauty in what is broken; a very interesting view!
  • Ladyleemanilla brings variety with her post, as she ranges her images from broken things to breakfast and her mom’s broken arm.
  • iBallRTW brings the Shwemawdaw Pagoda to us, which has been broken in earthquakes numerous times, but thrives with a graceful connection to its past!
  • Pensivity101‘s shares a great poem about the will’s resistance to breaking despite intense pressure.
  • Cee’s post in Cee’s Photography brings us in touch with a broken teacup…
  • Ron’s post in his blog Progressing into Solitude shares a great view of rust, as he captured the broken hinge.
  • Charles’ image in charlesewaugh gives us a stunning view of trees on a hill, broken as if they were match sticks.
  • Candace provides us with a wonderful photo of broken pottery in Greece in her post in Netdancer’s Musings.
  • Leola’s post in her blog Spiritually and Emotionally Connected shares a wonderful image of Sea Glass and poem to go with the image.
  • that little voice brings forth an amazing post on the so-called terra-cotta army, which was discovered in China and is one of the sights on my bucket list.
  • Leaking Ink has a stunning wood-carved objet d’art that awaits restoration and is in need of a gong, or should it be a mirror?
  • Broken pieces of a textured sea are found in Whistle while you wait during her travels on the beach.
  • Miriam’s post in the Showers of Blessing takes us for a trip to the Florida keys to find the broken highway.
  • Susan take a different approach in Musin’ with Susan as she shares a ‘broken’ image with us that is quite interesting!
  • Debbie’s post is in her series of Forgiving Fridays in her wonderful blog ForgivingConnects.  In this post, she not only shares a great old photo of her, but also talks about the importance of forgiving in broken relationships.
  • Steve’s post in a Bum without a Beach shows a great photo of a repurposed, broken bicycle and a great sentiments about humans!
  • The Alchemist of the Woods is a fantastic blog that many of you will enjoy!  The first contribution this week is about the power of the beaver’s teeth, and the second entry in The Alchemist of the Woods gives a bike tire view with surprise!  Go check it out!
  • Sonya shares a great photo in Middleton Road, which brings us face to face with the decay of yesteryear’s mill building.
  • Khürt’s post in his outstanding blog Island in the Net details how he broke himself in search of the perfect image this past weekend.  Heal soon, Khürt!

This is another great set of images, posts and participation!  Thanks to each of you for taking the time and being creative!  Tomorrow, we’re starting on the first anniversary post!  I’ll have to come up with something special….

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Broken

Not a brokend record, but…

Welcome to Week 52 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge. Last week’s theme of Morning provided the impetus for lots of creative contributions, ranging from bacon and sunrises to morning face!  This week’s challenge will complete the first year of the Tuesday Photo Challenge, which means that starting next week, I’ll have to beware of the sophomore jinx!  We’ll figure some way to keep it fresh 🙂

How do I follow up last week’s theme?  Piece of cake!  After all, “Morning has broken” is how the song goes, so this week, I’m going with Broken.  Of course, broken can be interpreted in various ways, ranging from breaking a fast to breaking an egg (for breakfast…) to a bond or a wheel.  There are lots of directions, in which you can take this, so let your imagination run free and express yourselves with creativity!

Feel free to explore this theme through whichever interesting passages your mind takes you; have fun with the theme and go nuts!

Here’s an image of something that is broken…

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Broken Wheel

This is among my oldies, which I captured at a farm where my wife was checking out a herding trial.  It appeared in the corner of my eye and just begged to be photographed.

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)!!

Very much looking forward to all of your great images!  Should be a fun week!