Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 166

From the fires of perdition…

Welcome to the 166th round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!

Okay, so I got blown away by the volume of your responses to this week’s theme of Radiant! Your posts were stunning in their creative approaches to the theme and the directions, in which you went to find radiance. All of you did a fantastic job, and it’s clear what level of effort you put into each and every post!! Thank you for a great series of posts that were a pleasure to read.

Please enjoy these links and share you appreciation with each other!

Here is a rather radiant image…

Pyroplasm 3x

This image was an early part of my exploration of abstract techniques, which was started sitting around a campfire with a camera nearby. Using a bit of zoom blur, the intensity of the fire became more primordial in nature.

Please enjoy the following blog posts:

  1. Sarah starts things this week in her post in By Sarah with an incredible radiance that glows in the morning frost; wonderful photo!
  2. Maria brings us two kinds of radiance in another awesome post in Kamerapromenader; both are stunning!
  3. In a very cool post in Syncwithdeep we get to experience the true sense of irony that can lie under a tree…
  4. Irene takes us to a wonderful beach her post in Heaven’s Sunshine, where the radiance shines upon us! Irene brings us a second entry in Heaven’s Sunshine, where the sunrise shines through! In her third entry in Heaven’s Sunshine, we find a radiant flower!
  5. This week’s entry in Une Photo, Un Po√©me shows us what verdant radiance Nicole encountered during a Spring walk; it’s gorgeous!
  6. Kammie shows us some amazing radiance in her post in Nut House Central, with color and shine being featured brightly!
  7. Jackie brings us to radiant heights in her post in Junk Boat Travels, with a stunning view of the Sagrada Familia!
  8. In another great contribution in The Liggett Adventures, we go for a morning walk in Devon to see the sun light our way.
  9. An absolutely gorgeous shot features in theonlyD800inthehameau, as we go for a sunset cruise in Abu Dhabi!
  10. The amazing post in pensivity101 positively radiates, not only with the photo, but even more with the memory that is held for over 35 years!
  11. The radiance in the post in A Day In The Life shines through in each and every gorgeous image!
  12. Prasath shares an incredible amount of brilliance in MyTravelCSP, which radiates to light up the sky!
  13. Eliza features the radiance of poppies in her post in Albatz Adventures with stunning photography!
  14. In another great post in For the Love of …, the question of spiders’ flight is asked along with their radiant webs!
  15. Danny’s post in Danny James Photography features radiance, not only in the sunlight, but also the shining white of the church!
  16. Xenia’s amazing post in WhippetWisdom brings us the galloping of whippets through the radiant landscape!
  17. Na’ama provides us with true radiance in her post in Na’ama Yehuda; the words shine through the page!
  18. With another wonderful post in Don’t Hold Your Breath, we get filled with the radiance of Turkish coffee!
  19. In a brilliant post in Chateaux des Fleurs, we get to experience the radiance of the sky in a truly beautiful set of photos!
  20. Ken found some true radiance at the beach, as we can see in his post in Pictures without Film!
  21. Robert’s photos in Photo Robert Blog dazzles us with their radiance in both a simple and glorious manner!
  22. Ann-Christine shares the most amazing tree in her post in To See a World in a Grain of Sand…; the Sun coming through the frozen branches creates a stunning effect!
  23. In a lovely post in the59club, we find that radiance can be just off the path that we follow!
  24. Jase may be onto something truly brilliant in Proscenium: with enough red, red wine, the entire world radiates!
  25. In a great entry in Willowsoul, we get to see that radiance can be found on land, in the sea and in the air!
  26. With a wonderful contribution in nowathome, we get to experience radiance both in flowers and the wonderful light!
  27. Marie capture a truly radiant image in the New 3Rs: Retire, Recharge, Reconnect; that’s a stunning photo!
  28. Hammad takes us to the clouds in his contribution in the Blog of Hammad Rais, where there’s some true radiance!
  29. Sandy shares a photo that positively radiates in her post in Out of My Write Mind; it’s royalty in black and white!
  30. Teressa has some amazing photos in her post in Another LQQK; those windows are simply gorgeous!
  31. Anjum scores another great post in the blog The Unsaid Words of Untold Stories, where radiance is found with gorgeous photos!
  32. In a wonderful entry in Still Thinking…, Eric brings us a sunset that does make you feel like going out there for a run!
  33. Susan makes me want to get a lens ball, which she used to create the photo in her post in Musin’ with Susan; it’s a beautiful vista!
  34. In a stunning post in Geriatri’x’ Fotogallery, we get a gorgeous treatment of the radiance of a lighthouse!
  35. Brian brings a great variety of radiance in another great post in Bushboy’s World; that bit of lens flare adds to the brilliance!
  36. In another awesome post in sgeoil, the radiance shines through and is paired well with the quote!
  37. Woolly finds radiance in great places in his post in WoollyMuses, of which I find the fog image incredibly compelling!
  38. Sometimes radiance comes right off the stage at you, as we see in a great post in One Letter Up – Diary 2.0, where a star shines brightly!
  39. Deb shares a truly stunning image of a gorgeous flower in her post in Twenty-Four; no doubt that it radiates!
  40. David brings us a gorgeous series of images in his post in David M’s Photoblog, where radiance comes across in every shot!
  41. One of the advantages of running a challenge, such as this, is that I get to travel through these contributions. Donna’s post in Wind Kisses takes us to Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone, which is now on my bucket list!
  42. Amy proves that three cameras are better than one in her post in Photography Journal Blog; each bring their own unique capabilities!
  43. A stunning photo in the post in Land of Images features an absolutely gorgeous flower, which radiates with color!
  44. Olga captured some fantastic brilliance in her images in Stuff and What If…; looking through those leaves is intriguing!
  45. The image in Thief Images Photography Blog just draws the viewer into the brilliant landscape!
  46. Miriam put together another stunning post in Out an’ About! This blog is an amazing read and view, and the message in this post is also uplifting!
  47. Debbie shares a stunning post in Travel with Intent, where we get a gorgeous inside view in the Sagrada Familia!

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

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Heat

Hot days provide hot images!

Welcome to Week 116 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge! ¬†The round up from last week’s challenge is queued up for publication later today. ¬†There were some amazing colors in those posts!

After a week of color, I’m going for something that is rather topical for this week in New England: Heat! It has been hot and humid here for the past four days and it’s not about to let up. ¬†As I have been preparing for a 5K race (race is a relative concept) for today, I’m very familiar with my body’s reaction to these temperatures in the mid-90s (33-35C during this period).

When you think of Heat, what comes to mind? ¬†What images do you see and how would you portray it? ¬†I’m looking forward to seeing your interpretation of Heat, and, as usual, take it in any direction that you may like! ¬†Let your creative ideas flow freely!

Here’s a bit of the warmth for inspiration…

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Pyroplasm 3x

This image came about from a bit of experimentation with my zoom lens, while sitting around a campfire; I had taken some interesting burning wood details shots and decided to try out a zoom blur (I found that there was a name for this technique after taking this set of shots).

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‚Äôs topic
  • Please tag your post with fpj-photo-challenge (if you‚Äôre 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 seeing what might ring true in your posts!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Heat

Fire burn…

Welcome to Week 106 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge.¬† As I’m traveling at the moment, it will take me a bit of time to get caught up on the round up for last week’s TPC; my apologies for the delay, as sometimes work gets in the way of life.

As I’m currently in Brno, a wonderful city in the Czech Republic, I’m experiencing rather different weather from the chilly New England Spring weather that I left; it’s rather warm here!¬† It’s wonderful to enjoy these temperatures, although my body considers it a shock.¬† Which gets me to this week’s theme of Heat!

For this challenge, there are a number of directions that you may want to explore from the very primal heat of fire to the effect of lazy on a hot, sunny day.¬† I’m looking forward to seeing what creative approaches you will take this week.

Here is a rather primal source of heat…

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Wood’s Energy

This shot came about sitting around a campfire and experimenting with camera settings to catch the feel of crackling wood and the energy of the fire’s flow.

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‚Äôs topic
  • Please tag your post with fpj-photo-challenge (if you‚Äôre 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)!!

Stay warm, but don’t get too close to the heat source, as you know what happened to Icarus!

Repost – Abstract Photography – Ep. 2

Playing with fire

This is the second in a series of three reposts of blog posts that I wrote during February, 2016, about process and techniques that I use in creating abstract images.

Looking into the fire on a summer night
Playing with Fire

In yesterday’s post, I touched on some of my motivations that have driven me to start experimenting with my photography: looking to differentiate my photography and provide a creative outlet. ¬†In another post, I will explore these more deeply, as there are several other aspects that have led me to evolve a deeper connection to these images.

As a number of photographers have asked me how these images are created, this post will describe some of the techniques that I use.  This is by no means an exhaustive treatise on experimental photography, but rather is intended to lay bare some of my basic approaches to a style of photography that has allowed me to reveal some new imagery.  If I inspire some people to go out there and play with their cameras and lenses to produce some images that they had not thought about previously, my goal will have been met!

The Equipment – it is pretty basic, but not to be overlooked: a single lens reflex camera with a zoom lens. ¬†There are no special requirements of the camera other than that it can be put into a manual mode; most any DSLR will be ideal for experimenting, as you get the opportunity to get a feel for the results on your camera’s LCD panel. ¬†As for the lens: a zoom lens with a reasonable medium range of focal lengths works well. ¬†Most often, I use a 24-105mm lens for most shots (on a full frame sensor camera). ¬†I have tried out some different zoom lenses, such as a 17-40mm and 70-200m, but have not been as pleased with those results.

Explosion of fire
Pyrexplosive

The Process Рin the age of achieving a specific image look in post-processing, we are going back to the days of doing everything in-camera.  And, no, we are not going to use some fancy setting of the camera or a high-end software component within the camera.  We are going to do the entire capture the old-fashioned way: manually.

First: set your camera to manual mode.  It is possible to create the image in another mode, but I have found it easier to work this in manual mode, as shutter speed is eliminated as a variable; in all honesty, I have not tried any captures with shutter priority mode, as I want to make sure that I know what my aperture is beforehand.

Second: take a test shot to get a feel for your composition.  The test shot should be taken at one end of the zoom range you are planning to use or the other; more about zoom range in a bit.  This shot is to get a feel for how you may want the dominant elements in your image to look, as in the example sequence here: Playing with Fire shows the test shot, which led to Pyrexplosive as the final product; note that the wood in the fire remained in the same location in the second shot.  As one gets more adept at visualizing the desired shot ahead of time, it may be possible to skip this step.

Flowing fire through the night
Pyroplasm 3

Third: decide on the effect that you want to portray in the image and how much you want to emphasize the effect.  In early attempts, it may be best to try a couple of different effects, in order to get a better feeling for how each looks.  I categorize the effects in the following manner:

  • Zooming from tight to wide – this creates a look as in the above image Pyrexplosive. ¬†Smearing of light in a radially outward direction; note that light trumps dark, so that the light overlays any dark while going outward.
  • Zooming from wide to tight – this does the inverse of the above method and causes more light to be brought to the center of the image. ¬†The radial smearing is similar with the key differentiator being the concentration of light.
  • Camera rotation around fixed axis – this can be achieve on a tripod (or with steady hand) and causes circular light patterns, such as in the image Portal in the previous blog post.
  • Camera movement – movement of the camera can be done in several ways. ¬†Either treat your camera as a videocamera and write with the points of light that you see or use linear or non-linear motion to create patterns, banding, etc. ¬†An example of the former can be seen in the image Connections in the previous post.
  • Combination – any of the above. ¬†Your imagination is your only limitation in what you create here. ¬†Pyroplasm 4 is an example of a zoom/rotation combination (mostly zoom with a little rotation).
With each of the above effects, one of the key decisions is how much and how long to expose and use effects.  The images in this blog post range in exposure times from 0.5 second (Playing with Fire) to 8 seconds (Pyroplasm 3), with varying degrees of movement.

Flowing fire through the night
Pyroplasm 4

Fourth: experiment, experiment, experiment!  I simply cannot overstate the importance of experimentation in your endeavors and pushing the envelope of experimentation as you become more comfortable with controlling the effects.  With enough trial and error, you learn to control the image and ultimately will achieve the images that you visualize.

Yes, there is more to this… ¬†As with most of our photographic exploits, there is more than just great technical execution to create an image that speaks to you and, possibly, others. ¬†My first forays into this area of photography were driven by an innate desire to experiment with my lens and camera and to see what would come out of it. ¬†This helped me work on my technique, so that I have developed a feel for how fast and how much I want to zoom in or out or rotate or move the camera.

As I learned technique, I started exploring emotional content of the image and started pre-visualizing scenes or items in front of me, and how I could morph them into a completely different scene.  These explorations have led to my acquiring a sense of deeper content, which may be hidden when viewed from the surface, but is looking for a means of materialization through the morphing process.

In a sequel to this blog post, we will explore the process further and look at what is brought to the surface.  That post will be published some next Tuesday.

I hope you enjoyed this post and will be back for more.  Of course, if you have any questions, please feel free to ask.

The Ancient Elements – Fire

Fires of creation

The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge has the wonderful theme of Elemental, which immediately made me think of an image that I shot a number of years ago.

This photo not only attempted to capture fire, but also the forces of creation that lie within that fire. This image is titled Pyroplasm 3x.

Pyroplasm 3x

Additionally, this image was my first foray into photographing with a twist, literally, as it was my first attempt at using zoom blur. Mastering this technique allowed me to unlock otherwise hidden forms in a series that I titled Kryptomorphaics.

Hope you enjoy!

 

Fry (or Fried)

Fry or Fried! Both!

The WordPress Daily Prompt is often a source of inspiration and sometimes amusement, which is the case in today’s prompt of Fry. ¬†Of course, the lovable character from Futurama comes to mind immediately, but from there my brain split its paths in two directions:

  • What we use to fry
  • What tastes good fried

The latter options response could very well be: everything! ¬†We all know that things taste better fried ūüôā

Visually, two images jumped to the foreground for me:

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Wood’s Energy

and

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Time for a Fair!

Hope you enjoyed this little diversion and have a wonderful day!

Warped Wednesday – pt. 8

Playing with fire

After a rather busy travel week, Warped Wednesday is back! This time, I like to spend a little time playing with fire.

Of course, the first caveat is to never play with fire, don’t try this at home, etc. ¬†Playing with photographing fire is a lot of fun and can produce lots of different results, such as these…

This sequence was done sitting around a campfire and progresses from basic shooting to radical zoom blur and controlled zoom blur.  Experimentation was my guide in these shots and enabled me to find a completely new path in photography.

Have you ever experimented with photographing fire?