Tuesday Photo Challenge – Trash

Showing another side of trash!

In this, the 15th edition of the Tuesday Photo Challenge, I challenge you to look for subject matter that you might ignore most of the time, as it’s not the most glamorous of material to photograph: Trash aka Rubbish, Refuge or the Detritus of Civilization!

The challenge that I pose to you is to depict the trash in a way that brings interest to the photo.  Use composition, color, humor or any other technique that makes it likely that someone else will look at the image you created and have some type of emotional response, be it a pensive moment or a chuckle.

There are lots of times when we look at some item that has been thrown away carelessly and we shake our head with a certain amount of ennui; see, if you can take that moment and turn it into something creative.

Such as what happened to me, as I almost drove by this scene, where someone had dumped their couch about 50 yards from the Town of Shirley dumping station.  After an initial head shake, I decided that the color composition was too precious not to capture it; the bright red of the couch against the deep greens worked rather nicely.

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Lonely Couch

So, let’s see, if you can dazzle your followers with some inspiring trashy pictures!  Of course, you’re going to succeed and show a side of trash that makes us all think and/or smile!

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)!!

This should be a fun challenge with lots of interesting images, and make you look at the world around you with a slightly different eye 🙂

Technical Details

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

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 14

Orange beauty abounded!

After taking a day off from blogging this past Sunday, I figured that it’s time to start Monday of with Round Up #14 of the TPC.  It was great to see the level of participation this past week, particularly given that it’s Summer in the Northern Hemisphere and vacation time for lots of folks!

As I mentioned in the challenge, the color Orange has incredible variety and its position in the spectrum between red and yellow gives it lots of room for expression depending on the particular mixture.  More yellowish orange can often give the sense of a more subdued color, whereas the reddish orange hues tend to be very rich and bold (my truck’s color is the latter 🙂 ).

The entries were all stunning and showed a great variety of oranges (including oranges, the fruit).  I know that some of you discovered the complexity of the color orange and hope that it drew you in to examine other colors in a similar fashion!

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Autumn Winds

This image is a somewhat abstract approach to capturing the movement of Autumn in the yellow and orange hues of this tree.

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

  • Emily’s exploration of a variety of orange hues in Zombie Flamingos showed the way in a great fashion for those who dared follow!  Orange-brown is a great cat color!
  • Ladyleemanilla posted with an incredible array of orange photography, ranging from fruits to drink and safety vests to a line that I think is on the equator based on the cities that marked on it.
  • Irene is a photographer who writes the Heaven’s Sunshine blog showed us some fiery orange in her photo of a zinnia.
  • Kim hit the orange on the head (bad pun is mine) in his blog Do You See What I See?; if you’re curious about the pun, I suggest you look to Kim’s blog to find out why 🙂
  • Amy, whose awesome blog is titled Bedlam and Daisies, tempts us with a mimosa…  I’m still thirsty after seeing it!
  • Mick, from Lincoln, England, writes the gorgeous blog My Garden Bio-Diversity, and he shared a fantastic post with us this week!
  • Sonya, in her blog Middleton Road, was kind enough to post a beautiful floral shot rather than a Dutch football jersey!
  • Miriam, of the Out an’ About blog, has orange in many locales ranging from the dirt to rocks and the good times around a campfire!
  • Nikki’s post in her blog, A Kinder Way, was filled with mug shots!
  • Steve’s new blog Steve Newcomb Photography, used this week’s challenge as his first blog post!  Time for all of us to follow Steve’s new blog and check out his take on orange from the silly to the gorgeous!
  • Debbie, whose blog is Forgiving Journal, found her way home on the orange line, which led her all the way to Home Sweet Home to touch orange again
  • Last, but not least, Marie, in The New 3 Rs: Retire, Recharge, Reconnect, connects us to the earth in the orange she captured!

I am truly honored by the number of great posts that were in this week’s response to the challenge.  I appreciate each of you taking the time to play along!

I’m germinating an idea for this week’s edition…  It will be there in the morning 🙂

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 13

Patterns were everywhere!

We’re wrapping up the first 3 months of the Tuesday Photo Challenge with a fantastic turn out for the theme of Patterns.  Throwing out the challenge for all of you to let your brains do the thing that they do best, which is to use patterns to kep us going in our daily lives.

There were some fantastic patterns that were uncovered by these great participants.  So let your brains do their work and find another pattern in this image…and then go check out the list of amazing posts and let them know what you think!!

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Dandelions

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

  • The first entry was from MyFavouriite, a new blogger who found a really cool pattern in curry leaves.
  • Marisa, The Girl That Dreams Awake, showed off a fantastic pattern in the bark of a mystery tree; do you know what tree this is?
  • Kim  provided a another great post on his blog Do You See What I See?; patterns of all kinds pop up in the great photos that he shares with us.
  • Miriam of the Out an’ About blog, showed patterns of all varieties in the images that she posted!
  • Debbie, whose blog is Forgiving Journal, wrote a great post about how patterns affect us.
  • Another new entry came from Emily, who writes Zombie Flamingos (great title), with  the patterns in her life (love that cat!).
  • Another great new participant is Ladyleemanilla, who showed the patterns in Him Indoors’ projcet to build a model of the HMS Victory.
  • Marie, whose great blog is The New 3 Rs: Retire, Recharge, Reconnect, showed us patterns in architecture (you’ll want to see this one!).
  • Nikki’s post in her blog, A Kinder Way, went to the fence, her fence, to find some interesting patters and wrote a great post with it!
  • Steve’s post in Meandering Maverick showed some of the differences and similarities between man-made and natural patterns!

Another fantastic week with amazing posts.  I’m very much looking forward to what next week brings!

I’m pretty much set for tomorrow’s edition, which will send you off into another direction of fun!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Patterns

What pattern do you see?

In this 13th (lucky 13!) episode of the Tuesday Photo Challenge, I’d like you to explore a direction that we haven’t taken thus far: in your photos highlight Patterns that you find in the world around you.

Everywhere we go, our brains find patterns in what we see, which allows us to be the highly functional human beings that we are on a daily basis!  If we didn’t recognize patterns, but, rather, everything were new to us every day and every moment, we would be in a permanent state of confusion.  Of course, I’d like you to take it a step further than mere quotidian observation…  my challenge to you is to present the rest of us with patterns that we might not notice, if we walked by the scene.

When you keep in mind that photography is not only influenced by what you show, but very much by what you do not show in your image, I’m confident that you can come up with some patterns that we might not place right away.

As a little bit of inspiration to get you on your path to pattern fun, I’d like to share this image from February of 2009…

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Beachscape

As my wife and I were walking along the beach, these ripples caught my eye, as their pattern was more akin to sea serpents working their way back to the water than your everyday beach view.  If you allow your eyes to travel upward from the bottom of the image, you might notice that near the top, the pattern breaks up, as if the serpents are going under water.

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 with a Canon EOS 1D Mk II with an EF 24-105mm f/5L lens.  Exposure settings were 1/50 second, f/20 at 400 ISO..

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 12

Simply a fantastic week!

The 12th week of the challenge saw a fantastic turnout with wonderful posts and very colorful images!  I kind of figured that the them of Colorful would strike a very summery chord with lots of folks (including those in the Southern hemisphere 🙂 ).

Here’s another bit of something colorful from a couple of years ago that I shot with a zone-plate lens.  (If there’s interest, I’ll be happy to do a post about zone-plate lens photography).  This is a Black-Eyed Susan during the height of Summer.

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Zone Plate Yellow

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

  • On The Girl That Dreams Awake, Marisa presented a very colorful and tasty shot of candy to start things off!
  • Nadia’s entry this week on Becoming Roots provided some fantastic colors in nature that were very enjoyable.
  • Kim  provided a great post on his blog Do You See What I See?; Sydney lit up with lots of color, particularly the Opera House, looked amazing and other-worldy.
  • Sunshine, who writes the Daily Blabber, provided some gorgeous, colorful sunrise images.
  • Miriam of the Out an’ About blog, captured the variety of color that are part of the earth, sky and sea; just beautiful!
  • Brigid’s post on Watching the Daisies showed us how colorful a person she is… no spoiler, so go take a look.
  • Steve’s post in Meandering Maverick provided photos that ranged from nature to candy; quite tasty!
  • Debbie, whose blog is Forgiving Journal, wrote a lovely post about seeing the beauty right in front of her with great images.
  • Nikki’s post in her blog, A Kinder Way, was fantastic in her getting very creative to provide a colorful palette…

Another fantastic week with amazing posts.  I’m very much looking forward to what next week brings!

Now to start preparing for Tuesday’s new topic… Let’s see, if I can up with something inspiring.

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Colorful

Color your life!

Welcome to the 12th occasion of the Tuesday Photo Challenge; a couple of weeks and we’ll be up and running for 3 months, thanks to all these wonderful entries and great participation!!  Thank you all for this!

A radical departure from the past couple of weeks, which may be what you expect at this point, as we’ll be looking for images that are by their very nature: Colorful!  What I hope you’ll do, is to jam as much color into your images, as you can get, with an eye toward having colors that work together.  This is a great opportunity to be on the lookout for color in your daily lives; you may be surprised by the amount of color that is everywhere!

I hope that this is one that each of you wants to grab onto and run with!  For a bit of inspiration, here’s a shot from 11 years ago of one of those spinning wind catchers that are always popular…

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Colors of the Wind

I was actually photographing an agility trial in upstate New York that day and had noticed this colorful spinner.  So between sets of dogs running, I played with this, waiting for just the right amount of wind.

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 with a Canon EOS 1D Mk II with an EF 70-200mm f/2.8L lens and 1.4x Extender.  Exposure settings were 1/25 second, f/20 at 100 ISO; at 280mm this was a handheld exposure, which worked with a bit of steady hand.

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 11

Fencing at its best!

Great to see that this week’s topic didn’t have too many people sitting on the fence (there was an exception 🙂 ).  The usage of the theme of fences was definitely creative and showed some very interesting views!  Thanks to all of you who participated and provided encouragement!

The fence that I showed in this image, is used to drive sheep around, or, if there’s a second one, to drive the sheep between during herding tests.  Sheep herding is an interesting sport, as it is all about utilizing the dog’s instincts to project power and control the sheep.

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The Lone Fence

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

  • Miriam of the Out an’ About blog, started us with a wonderful silhouette sitting on a fence, and showed some great fence images!
  • Debbie, whose blog is Forgiving Journal, wrote a wonderful post about getting off the fence.
  • Kim brought a variety of great fence images on his blog Do You See What I See?; the multiple uses of a fence between sea gulls, humans and ants were quite entertaining!
  • A new participant this week came from the Daily Blabber, which is a great photography blog!  Her photo made me want to be on that beach!
  • Nadia’s entry this week on Becoming Roots showed us a gorgeous Winter landscape with a fence laden with snow.
  • Brigid’s post on Watching the Daisies provided thoughts on pastures and gorgeous landscapes with fences.
  • Sonya, who writes Middleton Road, posted a stunning image of fencing with a mailbox and pasture.
  • Marie writes the New 3 R’s: Retire, Recharge, Reconnect, and posted a great image of a toque macaque who prefers not to be fenced in.
  • Steve’s post in Meandering Maverick provided a study of chainlink fence with various views and configurations including curvature.
  • Nikki’s blog is A Kinder Way, in which she created a wonderful post about the fence she likes best…no spoiler alert, so go check it out!

The turn-out this week was excellent and I was veryimpressed with the quality of all the entries!  It was a lot of fun to read and view each of your creations.

Now to start preparing for Tuesday’s new topic… Let’s see, if I can up with something inspiring.