Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 187

Dancing through the undergrowth…

Welcome to the 187th round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!

WOW!! I can’t believe that I hadn’t gone down the path of fantasy before, as your responses to this theme have been out of this world! Some of them made me wonder, if you did visit another planet, as the images were that otherworldly! Thank you for making the Fantasy theme into a dream come true with your stunning, creative responses!! I really enjoyed every one of them, which was rather welcome during another business trip.

Thank you again and please let each other know how much you appreciate all of these amazing posts!

Here is a bit more fantasy…

Faerie Loops

This whimsical image came to me during a day of shooting at Tower Hill Botanic Garden, which is nearby my house. In my mind’s eye, I could envision little Faerie Folk playing phantasmal games within the tall grass; if we squint just the right way, we might be able to see them having their fun! As an aside, the loops were not created in post-processing, but rather by using movement during the taking of the shot.

Please enjoy the following blog posts:

  1. Diane starts things this week with a series of fantasies filled with rainbows in her post in pensivity101; lovely, even without unicorns!
  2. Smruti brings us a wonderful bit of fantasy in their post in F2.8_iso100; Tintin seems to enjoy his reading. One amusing coincidence is that I often use a self-portrait I shot, where I am reading a Tintin book!
  3. Nicole features something that many of us enjoy, as it brings a fantasy of colors and shapes in the air: fireworks; the photo in her post in Une Photo, Un Poéme is stunning!
  4. Kammie might be out of her comfort zone in her post in Nut House Central, but it doesn’t show as her image is stunning!
  5. TiongHan has a fantastic fantasy photo in his post in TiongHan’s Blog; it’s an amazing tree and I love the title given by his daughter!
  6. Eivor and Pearl explore a fantasy of immense proportion in a wonderful post in whippetwisdom; the sound of leaves must be inspiring to them!
  7. The still waters of the Charente indeed reflect a deep set of possible fantasies in a great post in theOnlyD800intheHameau! It’s gorgeous there!
  8. Jackie takes us into a land of fantasy in her post in Junkboat Travels, as we go deep into the world of Harry Potter!
  9. Na’ama brings us a lovely fantasy of transformation in Na’ama Yehuda, but will a prince appear in front of her eyes?
  10. Maria showcases a monster of immense proportions in a beautiful photo in her post in Kamerapromenader; or is it?
  11. In a great post in Don’t Hold Your Breath, we find out that, if you select the right line in the sand, your fantasy might just become true…
  12. Ken brings us a truly stunning fantasy location in Pictures without Film; I can envision the druids intoning their mystic message right there!
  13. Bren creates an amazing fantasy landscape using Luminar 4 in Bren & Ashley Ryan Photography; I can see the elves playing there right after we leave!
  14. Tatiana takes us to another awesome location in her post in Vegas Great Attractions; it would be a lot of fun to go ghost hunting in Good Springs!
  15. It’s great to see how minds can come up with a novel approach, as is evident in a great post in The Jesh Studio!
  16. Nandini explores the distance between reality and fantasy in her great post in queennandini; those locations are truly fantasy-inspiring!
  17. Brian brings us a wonderful set of fantasies in Bushboy’s World; I can imagine the fantasies that are inspired by those gorgeous characters!
  18. Russell put together a great post in Beautiful Photographs, as he explores a fantastic conversation between squirrels about their favorite dining locales! In a second post in Beautiful Photographs, he brings fantasy into his image, as the goddess rises!
  19. Jase and I agree that the jolly old elf should wait a bit longer before staring out the window in an awesome post in Proscenium; definitely made me chuckle!
  20. In a true fantasy that might be somewhat disturbing, we encounter the possible new rulers of the world in Willowsoul
  21. Cath presents us with some truly fantastical art in her post in Cath’s Camera; there are some rather unusual objects here…
  22. Ann-Christine shares some amazing fantasies in To See a World in a Grain of Sand…; beautifully photographed!
  23. We experience some wonderful fantasies in a great post in Kanlaon, as they range from the stage to the displays presented to us!
  24. The fantasy comes through with great clarity in a wonderful post in Geriatri’X’ Fotogallery; go check it out!
  25. Sandy takes us down a path that might lead to fantasy in her post in Out of my Write Mind; what a wonderful poem!
  26. Len has an incredible array of fantasy locales in his post in Len Journeys, each of which could be filled with its own stories!
  27. David has a wonderful take on our theme in his post in David M’s Photoblog: there may be Triffids on Colpoy’s Bay!
  28. Debbie brings us that fantastic view that is courtesy of the Northern Lights across Iceland in her post in Travel with Intent; amazing photo!
  29. Hammad really put together a wonderful post in the Blog of Hammad Rais with a stunning image and poem; fantasy might just become true!
  30. Woolly shows that fantasy can be as close as a lamp post with a marvelous image in Woolly Muses; I wonder if there are other lamp posts like that one.
  31. Deb captures a really interesting statue in her post in Twenty Four; I’m not sure who Colonel Kiwi purports to be, but I’d stay clear…
  32. I have to say that Irene’s photos of Indiana Dunes National in her post in Heaven’s Sunshine are just stunning! That looks like just beyond belief to explore!
  33. Skye is just stunning and we get to see another example of that in Land of Images; it is a land filled with fantasy!
  34. All I can say is that you need to go look at the post in One Letter Up – Diary 2.0; the progression of the image is just stunning!
  35. Olga brings us an amazing fantasy tree in her post in Stuff and what if…! The tree is absolutely mesmerizing!
  36. Suzanne takes us along a path of fantasy in her wonderful post in Being in Nature; with that much fantasy, I expect that her novel will be on track again soon!
  37. Susan twirled her way into a floral fantasy with a truly amazing image in her post in Musin’ with Susan! Also, please check out Susan’s week in review in Musin’ with Susan; there are an amazing set of photos throughout the week!
  38. Teressa reminds us that there is a great amount of fantasy to be found in books, particularly those that she features in her post in Another LQQK; great selection! In a second post in Another LQQK, Teressa shows us the amount of fantasy that can be portrayed in Lego!
  39. Marie shares an amazing fantasy holiday light display in Colmar, France, in her post in The New 3Rs: Retire, Recharge, Reconnect; looks like an amazing place to visit!
  40. In a lovely post in A Day in the Life, we get to witness some amazing transformations, as the sky becomes ever more fantastic!
  41. Viveka put together a wonderful fantasy in her post in myguiltypleasures; I can only imagine how amazing that must have been to view in person!

Please let all of these great bloggers know your thoughts about their posts!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Fantasy

Walking through a fantasy land…

Welcome to week 187 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!

After all these wonderful takes on the theme of Slope, I wanted to take the challenge into a completely different direction… This was brought on by my receiving my copy of Luminar 4 and playing around with one of the key features, the AI sky replacement tool. That led me to putting a Fantasy spin on the image I captured while walking the dogs with my sister in the Netherlands.

Your challenge is to use the theme of Fantasy and take it into your choice of creative directions; be it an image of your fantasy location, a fantasy that is in your mind, or whatever speaks fantasy to you! Have fun with this and let your thoughts and lenses go into the land of fantasy!!

I can’t wait to see what you might come up with!

Here’s that surreal walk through the park…

Starry Night in the Park

This small Nature area lies on the northern side of Rotterdam, close to the river Rotte, from where the town received its name. It’s a great location to go for a jog, get a breath of fresh air, or walk the dogs!

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)!!

Fantasy football, move over, fantasy photography is on the rise!

Three Line Tales – Fairy Tale

What is real?

Many thanks to Sonya for Week One Hundred and Seventy-Eight of Three Line Tales, part of her awesome blog Only 100 Words!

inflatable flamingo and unicorn on a white sand beach
photo by Kong Jun via Unsplash


Chasing Unicorns,
In flamingo disguises.
Dreams, reality, mix…


Thank you to Sonya of Only 100 Words for coming up with Three Line Tales.

You’ll find full guidelines on her TLT page, but here’s the tl;dr:

  • Write three lines inspired by the photo prompt (& give them a title if possible).
  • Link back to this post.
  • Tag your post with 3LineTales (so everyone can find you in the Reader).
  • Read and comment on other TLT participants’ lines.
  • NEW: If you want your post to be included in the round-up, you have until Sunday evening to publish it.
  • Have fun.

Happy three-lining!

Out of Chaos grows Order

Running of the Whimsies

The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge challenges us to embrace disorder and its creative power with the theme of Chaos.  The concept of Chaos is very old, as it was the starting point for creation in Greek mythology, albeit personified enough to have children in Gaia, Tartarus and Eros.

For me, Chaos is a great starting point, from which to create or recognize that, which was created, but hidden by a maelstrom of randomness.

Field Whimsies

This image shows us a significant amount of chaos, but we rapidly detect a pattern; from this we discern that there is a migration in progress.  The Whimsies are racing for their lives; from what they run, we cannot tell yet, but it is likely to be a significant threat.

Faerie Loops

Dancing through the tall grasses

Faerie Loops

Faerie Loops is a rather whimsical image that allows the concept of faerie folk to dance through our heads! This was inspired by the color of the light and the way it played across the grassy area.

This image is presented here, as an illustration of one of the many ways that abstraction can be achieved through in-camera techniques.  I look forward to hearing your thoughts and ideas about this image!

All who wander…

While lost, something new is found


Urban exploration aka urbex has become immensely popular over the past decade to the point that it is mainstream photography.  When increases in processor power made HDR processing available to every photographer, dilapidated buildings could be made to look interesting in completely new ways.

Of course, I have been guilty of a little exploration myself, as I love wandering through old, abandoned sites and checking for some unique vista that speaks to me.  When moving through a building, I let my mind wander and lose itself within the possibilities of transformation through fantasy.

Part of my process relies on visualization of the alternate spin that I can put on the image, so that viewers can feel themselves transported into an alternate reality.  Allowing my imagination to roam free across the landscape of my mind is an enjoyable, stimulating aspect of photography, which is very much enabled by HDR processing, about which I will write more in a future post.

The site of this image was the farm for a state hospital; the structure has been razed since I captured this image.  On the day that I captured this image, the outside light was extremely bright and harsh, giving enough light to get the great definition in the floor and walls.

We’re looking past the animal stalls toward an open door, a possible exit from the dark, stark area, where we find ourselves.  Is it a safe exit, or will it lead into a dimensional trap/

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