Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 30

Simple, yet wonderful!

This week’s Tuesday Photo Challenge of Simplify received a fantastic response.  Thank you all for participating and providing stunning posts!!

Simplifying our images and what we view can create some beautifully uncomplicated images, such as this one of the Yoga Tree.

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Sun’s Birth

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

  • Ann’s post in Ann J White is a beautiful capture of leaf and light across a fern.
  • ladyleemanilla‘s post featured a variety of great examples of simple views.
  • Georgie’s post in her blog Third Time Lucky! is full of beautiful images that are both simple and stunning!
  • Xenia’s Whippetwisdom post simply made me smile, as she highlighted the joys of playing ball with her whippets!
  • Leaking Ink ‘s entry this week shows us the simple pleasure of exploring a tree to find a beautiful little treasure: an insect!
  • Miriam’s post in Showers of Blessing has us visiting a crocodile farm in Australia; they look pretty fierce!  She also contributed a second post in Showers of Blessing, which takes us back to her simple wedding on a beach in Maui; it may be simple, but it’s also beautiful and romantic!
  • Miriam’s post in Out an’ About shows us that defrosting a freezer is not a great way to spend a day, and that Harry knows how to relax!
  • Debbie’s post in Forgiving Connects talks about simplifying life and the importance of self-forgiveness.
  • Marie shows a fantastic simple image in her post in The New 3Rs: Retire, Recharge, Reconnect, her blog about what she’s going to do with the rest of her life!

A wonderful array of entries this week!  Thanks to all your contributions, I’m getting ready for tomorrow’s theme…

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 27

It’s been a sweet week!

This week’s theme of Candy was received with an admirable level of sweet-tooth by a number of you!

Staying within our seasonal drive towards kids getting way more candy than they need during any time of the year, it was no surprise that many folks across the entire planet love their sweets.  After all, who can resist some colorful, creative shaped delicacy that you know is not good for your diet?

Interesting enough, while mass quantities of sweets are consumed around this time of year in the United States, it is not the biggest candy day of the year.  That honor belongs to Valentine’s Day!

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The Sweetest Day!

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

  • Ladyleemanilla share a post with delicious candy that she professed to enjoying very much!
  • Emily’s post in her blog, Zombie Flamingoes, combined two components: candy and alcohol!  Yummie!!
  • Joanne’s post in Velissima, a fantastic travel experiences blog, is stunning in both the candy design and the colors, as she shows the candy in Mexico!
  • Marga’s blog, The Photographer Smiled…, focuses on one of my favorite candies: licorice!  I bet you can’t have just one piece!
  • Judith’s shares her love of chocolate in  Nature Knows Best.  I’m confident that she’s not the only one who is a fan!
  • Debbie is getting ready for a big move in her post for Forgiving Connects, and shares her thoughts on the sweetest sweet of them all: Love!

From reading these magnificent posts, I think that there’s many a love of all things sweet among my readers.  I’ll be challenged to find a sweeter topic for next week…

Thanks to everyone for contributing and reading!!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Halloween

Spirit of the Season!

Welcome to episode 26 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!  After a wonderful week of Art photography with awesome posts, as can be seen in the Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 25; if you haven’t seen them yet, please go check them out.

In keeping with the season, as it is getting a little colder in New England and the leaves are turning beautiful colors, this week’s challenge theme is Halloween!

 

Celebrating Halloween in all its forms has become a larger phenomenon over the past couple of decades; it has grown from an opportunity for young children to go from door to door to proclaim ‘trick or treat!’ and get some candy to a not-so-serious excuse adults to throw a party.  From its Celtic origins and integration with Christian beliefs, this holiday has become a lot of fun for many, regardless of its origins; many of us will decorate for the season and even dress up in either an silly or scary costume.

My challenge to you is to share how Halloween, or Dia de las Brujas, is celebrated in your part of the world.  Bring your creative minds to the forefront and share your photos and stories!

Here’s a taste from a decoration in front of our house from about six years ago…

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The Great Pumpkin!

A happy pumpkin and some fog make for an inviting twist to the season.

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 (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)!!

This should be a fun week and we might even learn some new things from each other!

Technical Details

This image was captured with a Canon EOS 1D MkIII using an EF24-105mm f/4L lens.  Exposure settings were at 1/160 second with f/8 and 400 ISO.

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 25

Great art captured beautifully!

Unsurprisingly, there was a fantastic turn-out for this week’s challenge theme: Art!  Many of you found some great art in your travels and documented it in various ways.  It has been a true joy to see all of your great posts!

The challenge was to capture art creatively, which each of the responses to the challenge did in its own unique way.

This image is one that I took during the 2011 edition of the Worcester Art in the Park of a piece by sculptor Antoinette Prien Schultze, titled Temple of the Roses.  I added a bit of artistic license by using a reflector to give the sense of a sun rising behind this wonderful glass and granite sculpture.

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Temple of the Roses by Antoinette Prien Schultze

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

  • ladileemanilla clearly enjoys photographing art in many locations, as her post showed a plethora of great examples.
  • bikergurl, whose blog is a wonderful read, found a treasure within the treasure that is the art!
  • Emily’s post in her blog Zombie Flamingoes, captures art being created… we’ll have to come back for the final result!
  • Brenda’s blog, a meditative journey with saldage, featured an amazing photo that truly captured the art in a very artistic manner!
  • Charles’ post in charlesewaugh beautifully captured a tender work of art with heart.
  • Candace writes the blog Netdancer’s Musings, in which she wrote a post about artists copying famous art in the Louvre.
  • Judith provided a post in Nature Knows Best, which bridges the topics of last week and this week, as the art consisted of a mural depicting the shadows thrown by a couple dining.
  • Xenia’s post in whippetwisdom recognized the art that is Nature; beautifully!
  • Michelle’s post in her blog, Southern By Design, provided an amazing capture of a pumpkin ice cream!
  • Miriam’s post in Out an’ About about the Artist Within is a wonderful exploration of the capability that resides within all of us to create art!

 

I found this week’s group of posts outstanding with plenty for me to enjoy and I’m sure you’ll enjoy it too!

And yes, I have a plan for tomorrow’s topic!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 23

Bounty of impact!

The theme of Human Impact brought out some fantastic images, which is what I have come to enjoy from the wonderful folks who frequent this blog.  And this week, I was definitely very impressed by the quality of the posts.

The range went from impact on our environment to the lovely way that we can decorate and the positive impact that us humans can have.  Quite the variety!!

Here’s one of the impacts that I have experienced in my travels…

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Lonely Couch

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

  • ladileemanilla jumped on this challenge very quickly with a great post that offered a large variety of images.
  • Charles’ post in the CharlesEWaugh blog focused on the impact of electric power on our landscape.
  • Marga who writes The Photographer Smiled… took a slightly different approach in showing a farmer’s impact.
  • Miriam’s post in Out an’ About has delightful images of her towns Wattle Festival;  you know you’re curious to find out what that’s about!

I hope that I got everyone’s posts!  These were both surprising and wonderful to behold.

Now to think of something new for tomorrow from lovely Brno.

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Human Impact

Show us the human story…

Welcome to episode 23 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!  Last week’s theme of Path invited some beautiful images and wonderful outlook on the road ahead (or less taken).  As you can well imagine, I had a bit of a challenge to follow up this theme, as a lot of the images that I examined had to do with making progress, climbing and the like.

Then I came upon the image here, which reminded me of something completely different, and, possibly, something that may stir up some emotions one way or another.  The theme that I’d like you to use in this week’s challenge is Human Impact.  I’m going to leave a lot of the interpretation up to you, as this impact can be either positive or negative (or neutral).

What I’d like you to do in addressing this challenge, is to elicit an emotion from the viewer.  When you look through your viewfinder or at your LCD panel, while composing the shot, think about how what you see will be perceived by others; what can you change in your composition to heighten the impact?

I came upon this former railroad bridge while walking down a rail trail with my wife and one of our dogs.  The graffiti struck me, because of its clash with the environment, but also because of what it did to this very rusty, out of place bridge.  It really asks the question whether it made the scene better or worse…

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For better or worse…

Now, I’m a fan of really good urban art, which graffiti can truly be.  Some of my friends are graffiti artists, who create fantastic work.  It’s not for everyone, which most art isn’t, but has a definite aesthetic that can stimulate the mind.  What do you think?

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 (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)!!

Let’s find out what human impact strikes us and how it can stimulate our minds!  Have fun!

Technical Details

This image was captured with a Canon EOS 5D MkIII using an EF 24-105mm f/4 lens.  The exposure settings were bracketed around 1/60 second, at f/9 and 400 ISO.  I then used Photomatix Pro to create this rather grungy look for this bridge.

Tuesday Photo Challenge – The Path

Which path will you choose?

Welcome to episode 22 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!  After a most unusual week of the best of weird, whacky and, generally, out of place scenes that were photographed in fantastic ways, it’s time to try something else a bit different.

After last week’s theme, I figured that we take a bit more of a philosophical bent for this week.  I’d like you to photograph whichever path(s) appeal to you.  In the theme of path, I’d like you to think about where the path might lead you; is this a place that you want to get to, or is it one that you want to avoid?  Is this a path that everyone is going to take, or is it just your path?

The path in this photo is still one of my favorites, as I love the forest, and Baxter State Forest is among the best places to be.

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The Path

Notice how this path leads us into the forest, where mossy ground is inviting for us to take a nap, or just rest and look at the clouds pass overhead.

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)!!

Let’s share these paths with one another and see where they lead us…

Technical Details

This image was captured with a Canon EOS 1D MkII using an EF 24-105mm f/4 lens.  The exposure settings were 1/100 second, at f/10 and 400 ISO.