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.

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 21

You’re so unusual!

Of course, when you receive a challenge that asks you to photograph the Unusual, I can expect to see some really cool photographs that highlight oddities and the unexpected. The amusement factor was extremely high with some of these image, so you’ll want to check out everyone’s contributions to this week’s challenge.

Each of you found some really interesting out of place scenes, a number of which definitely made me laugh!!  Everyone excelled at finding interesting material for this challenge.  I think that some fun was had this week!

A number of years back , I chanced upon this little scene in Holyoke, Massachusetts.  It had a couple of surprises…

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Non Sequitur

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

  • LadyLeeManilla jumped on this challenge with some fantastic surprises ranging from bats growing on trees to a sleeping pilot in the cockpit.
  • Charles’ blog CharlesEWaugh has great reads and views and his post for this challenge had some very unusual trees…
  • Judith’s post in Nature Knows Best has a rather strange combination of birds!
  • Miriam’s post in Out an’ About, definitely made me laugh, from huge prawns to silly forced perspectives!
  • Debbie, in Forgiving Journal, showed some scenes where something didn’t fit in; can you find what doesn’t fit?
  • Steve’s Steve Newcomb Photography post gave us a perfect view of a shovel, on a roof!!

I hope that I got everyone’s posts! Go check out each other’s posts and enjoy the wonderful range of expressions that we find!

Who can guess what the next challenge will be?

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 20

Fruits of your labor

With a challenge that has as many opportunities of subjects as this week’s theme of fruit, I expected to see quite a bit of variety; I was not disappointed, as your selection went across the globe for your fruits!

Of course, I was not surprised by the quality of all the work presented here.  It’s heartwarming to see the effort that you put into this challenge, and it brings a smile to my face to see all of your creativity at work.

As I mentioned in the challenge post that tomatoes are a fruit, here’s a bowl of fruit…

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Delicious tomatoes!

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

  • Michelle of Southern By Design photographed an apple tree with great beauty!
  • James, whose blog is James McEwan, shared a wonderful image of Rowan berries.
  • Emily’s Zombie Flamingos showcased some beauteous tomatoes with wondrous variety!
  • LadyLeeManilla posted a great variety of fruits, that you just have to go check out.
  • Sonya’s Middleton Road captured a sculpture, titled Fruits of the Garden, that stands by the waterfront in Wellington.
  • Judith’s post in Nature Knows Best showed off a stunning array of fruits closing with an elephant to look like it’s made up of fruit!
  • Steve’s Steve Newcomb Photography featured his favorite fruit, grapes, in a series of gorgeous images!
  • Nikki’s blog  A Kinder Way gave an excellent twist to this week’s topic by providing us with a beer and a slice of lime!  Great combination!
  • Debbie, in Forgiving Journal, shared the fruits of her labor, which includes a wonderful tomato!

I hope that I got everyone’s posts! Go check out each other’s posts and enjoy the wonderful range of expressions that we find!

Who can guess what the next challenge will be?

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 19

Light guided missives!

This week showcased a wonderful variety of light coming into play throughout this creative set of images.  I was blown away by the level of participation and cannot say enough about the quality of your posts!

In your exploration of the way light can be captured in your images, you showed a variety of light sources, ranging from the Sun to fire and candles, and treated each with the creativity that guided your eyes.  The images ranged across topics, but I’m sure you’ll agree after checking them all out that there were some real stunning images this week!  Well done!!

A little bit of bokeh at work through foliage in this image…

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Verdant Shades

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

  • Out an’ About, written by Miriam, focused on the light provided by fire and the special meaning that fire has for us humans.
  • The Girl That Dreams Awake provided a gorgeous capture of votive candles.  Plus, she drew in another participant!  You pulled in Julie Powell – Photographer & Graphic Artist, who shared a great image of creating light in the woods.
  • LadyLeeManilla shows us a wonderful captures of light ranging from torch dancing to gentle lights in the skyline.
  • Michelle of Southern By Design provided a fantastic image of light filtering through a beautiful tree.
  • Emily’s Zombie Flamingos featured a trail of light scattering of the water; gorgeous!
  • Nature Knows Best, created by Judith, really caught my eye with a stunning composition of light reflecting of the water!
  • Sunshine’s Daily Blabber shared a wonderful sunrise with amazing colors!
  • Sayanthi was very playful in Close to You, contributing several images with different aspects of light.
  • Marga is a new participant with her post in The Photographer Smiled, where she captured light in a stunning manner.
  • Sonya’s Middleton Road contrasted a reflection in a puddle with light and shadows, most creative!
  • Steve, of Steve Newcomb Photography, shot a variety of light situations, taking us on a light trip!
  • Debbie, in Forgiving Journal, took a bit of poetic license by capturing kids’ Post-It notes as points of light.  All is forgiven 🙂
  • Nikki’s  A Kinder Way provides us with a range of light in some gorgeous photos!
  • A special mention this week to the lovely blog Grow Cook Eat Enjoy, whose author found our challenge.  Their entry was focused on vegetables, one of our earlier challenges, which all need light!  Welcome to the challenge!!

I hope that I got everyone’s posts! Go check out each other’s posts and enjoy the wonderful range of expressions that we find!

Now to switch my mind to the next challenge.  And, no, it’s not dark 🙂

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Light

Scatter and collect the light…

Welcome to the 19th episode in the on-going saga of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!  Last week’s roll-up of all the curves showcased some amazing photography, and was a tribute to all the creativity that runs rampant in you wonderful readers!

This week I wanted something a little different from what we’ve done before, in how we deal with a quintessential component of photography: Light.

As you well know, there is no image for us to capture without light, unless we’re looking to present a pure black canvas.  We use light, and shadow, to compose a scene for the viewer, and often fall into a familiar pattern, where we avoid bright spots of light falling onto our film, be it digital or analog.  What I’m asking you to do this week, is that you use light to create bright elements, such as specular highlights or small reflective spots, in your composition to add to the quality of the image.

You’ll notice that these spots will draw the attention of the viewer to those areas of the image; you’ll want to use the spots to lead the viewer’s eye to your subject.  Too large a bright spot will not allow the eye to escape from the area and be led.  Be cautious and don’t overdo it, but also don’t be bashful!

Here’s an image that I captured at Tower Hill Botanic Garden.

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Path of Light

This image has a bit of a different look, as I used a zone-plate lens, which causes subtle diffraction patterns, thus providing a very soft focus and dream-like quality.

Go play with light, find some reflections, bright little spots filtering through leaves, or whatever catches your eye, and, most of all, have fun!!!

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 expect this challenge to provide some interesting imagery, as light is essential to our existence!

Technical Details

This image was captured with a Canon 5D MkIII using a Lensbaby zone-plate lens.  This lens has a fixed f-stop of f/19 and was used at 1/160 second and 400 ISO.

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 18

Beautiful curves everywhere!

 

After last week’s colorful round up, this week gets twisted with an extravaganza of curvature found throughout Nature and the human-constructed world around us.  This week’s theme of Curves made for simply gorgeous photography.

As you explored curves throughout, you shared a wealth of views of the world around us.  There were gorgeous Nature shots and amazing structures that you found.  I was astounded by the variety and beauty that you put on display this week!  Thanks to all who participated!!

After the curves of the Yoga Tree variety, here are some curves that us humans use all the time (until we go completely paperless 🙂 )

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Just Paperclips…

A product shot from a number of years ago, that has curves in all the right places.

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

  • Sayanthi, whose wonderful blog is Close to You, showed off curves in Nature in simply gorgeous images; go check them out!
  • Charles’ blog CharlesEWaugh provided a great view of curves within curves (within curves?) of a beautiful flower.
  • LadyLeeManilla is a blog with fantastic photography!  You owe it to yourself to check it out.
  • Emily’s, in her blog Zombie Flamingos, showed curvature ranging from a bowl to a cat’s nail (that could be ouch!).
  • Debbie, whose blog is Forgiving Journal, talked about the curves that life may throw us and how they relate to those she found during a walk.
  • Steve, in his blog Steve Newcomb Photography, showed various curvature on a cactus that is rumored to taste like bubble gum; I’m not sure that tried it himself 🙂
  • Nikki showed off a fantastic leaf in her blog,  A Kinder Way, from what may just be her favorite tree.
  • Judith writes Nature Knows Best, where she threw us some curves from mother Nature… beware of the spider!!

I hope that I got everyone’s posts! Go check out each other’s posts and enjoy the wonderful range of expressions that we find!

I have a topic of pulchritude in mind for the next challenge…