Tuesday Photo Challenge – Steps

Going for a step or two

Welcome to Week 63 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge.

Last week’s responses were a pure symphony of wonderful images, prose and poetry!  I thoroughly enjoyed the way you embraced the theme and created amazing compositions.

This week, I’m going back to one of my old tricks…  The theme of Steps can be taken in several directions thanks to the English language.  Merriam Webster showed me 11 definitions, some of which were nuances, whereas others have completely separate definitions.  Therefore, it is your choice, whether these steps take you up (or down) or direct your path, or even are performed as part of a ballet!

Have fun with this theme and don’t skimp on creative direction, as I know you won’t!  Uncover some new steps, retrace some old ones or climb up and down, as in an M.C. Escher drawing.

One may wonder where these steps will lead us…

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Where do they lead?

As the observant reader of my blog will surmise, this is yet another image from my Italian vacation.  When we were in Massa Marittima, there were many steep streets followed, steps climbed and descended, as we came across some of the most amazing views at the top of the hill!

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)!!

So, don’t skip a step in your creative process, and step lively to sharing your photography and writing!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 62

Welcome to the 62nd round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!  I have to say that I’m glad that I went with the theme of Music, as your posts were a joy to read!

Many of you took a path that I expected to some degree, and your creativity in how you portrayed what music means to you and the impact that it has on your lives was wonderful to behold.  Some of you presented music and instruments that I didn’t know about, which was fascinating!  One really stood out, as Miriam’s post in Out an’ About even included a recording of her singing a fantastic song!

Thanks to each and every one of you for your great contributions!!

 

Here’s an image from my collection of performers of music…

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GT Nightcrawler

Portrait photography can be a lot of fun, as you get to control everything from the light to the pose.  Despite the desire for control, sometimes, an impromptu portrait, such as the one here is very satisfying.  You catch the subject in their natural element, being themselves; of course, with performers, the latter is not 100% true, as you’re really capturing the persona that they portray on stage.

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

  • By Sarah kicked things off with a lighthearted post that captures something that most, if not all of us, have done: playing air guitar!
  • Nicole’s entry  in Une Photo, un poéme gives us a beautifully photographed and well-written report on a balalaika performance.  Go check it out!
  • pensivity101 tells us about the influence that music has on her life, particularly, playing the piano!
  • Gwen’s post in Field Notes from over the Hill shows off the joy of music in many forms!
  • Xenia gives us a wonderful tanka in whippetwisdom.com and accompanies it with photos of her whippets dancing to Nature’s music.
  • iballrtw shares a great post with some very early sculptures of musicians with unusual instruments.
  • The post shared by theonlyD800inthehameau brings us up close and personal with an absolutely stunning pipe organ!
  • Photo Robert’s Blog shares an amazing set of photographs of instruments and musicians, that you really should go see!
  • Ladyleemanilla shares an amazing array of photos in her entry this week!
  • Candace’s photo of performers in the Paris subway in Netdancer’s Musings is just wonderful!
  • Miriam’s post in her blog Out an’ About is simply magical, as she not only shares her thoughts and photos about music, but she also graces us with a recording of her performing a song that is inspired by a poem written by one of her friends.
  • Raj’s post in his blog XDrive shares a beautiful set of images of his daughter performing an intricate dance, filled with wonderful facial expressions.  Just lovely!!
  • ARHtistic License shows us a wide array of musical instruments and implements; I particularly like the dulcimer!
  • Cee has some great images in her post in Cee’s Photography; I really like the sheet music, which looks truly old!
  • Roaming Urban Gypsy has a wonderful blog with street photography, which is well represented in their entry for this week.
  • Miriam shares photos of some of her performances in Showers of Blessing and tells us about her hero!
  • Stella’s images in Giggles & Tales tell us a story of instruments, the music they bring forth and the places where this music occurs!
  • Bushboy has a wonderful collection of guitars and music in his post in Bushboy’s World, as well as a great work of art!
  • Judith shares her experience of going to the opera in Milan in her post in Nature Knows Best; she was in for a surprise! As a bonus, we get to find out who her favorite violinist is!
  • Peg’s post in The Tempest and The Teapot shows of some great photography skills!
  • Catherine shares the start of her musical instrument collecting addiction with us in her blog images off the path.
  • Marie captured a guitarist in The New 3Rs: Retire, Recharge, Reconnect, all the way in Cordoba, Spain!
  • Leaking Ink introduces us to the Manganiyar Seduction, a group of musicians from Rajasthan, India.
  • Debbie’s post in ForgivingConnects has her singing her joy from the rooftops, as she takes a leap of faith!
  • Lacy’s photos in Adventures of a Busy Mom describe the soundtrack of a busy mom!  I think you can guess whose music takes front stage!
  • Bullyboy’s post in Travel387 combines both the instrument to make music with the inspiration for this music!
  • Ron tells us of his experience with music through excellent photography in Progressing into Solitude.
  • Khürt’s entry for this week’s theme in Island in the Net tells us the story of his journey through music throughout his life; a great read and awesome photos!

If there were the concept of music for my eyes, these posts definitely brought it forth, for which I thank all of you!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Music

A song of photography!

Welcome to Week 62 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge.

Last week’s entries were absolutely spectacular!  I expected to see a great turnout with the theme of Unusual, and you blew my mind with those creative, funny and intriguing entries.  As I was thinking about this week’s theme, I was leaning toward something rather tricky, which I may still use at some time in the future, but decided to expand the reach of the challenge a bit with Music.

Music is all around us and more than just a human form of expression, as Nature is filled with examples of great music from the birds in the trees to the whales in the oceans.  As usual, you can take poetic license into any direction that you desire, so that it can be music to your ears, a great performance or a cacophony of atonal sound!

One way of capturing music for reproduction is shown here…

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The Score

This image is from about 5 years ago, when we were challenged to provide some appropriate wall decor for a music school that was just opening nearby.  Interestingly enough, this is not one of the images that was chosen, even though I thought it to be technically superior to one of my images that was selected.

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)!!

I’m looking forward to a symphony of wondrous entries!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 61

You’re all unusual!!

Welcome to the 61st round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!  In picking the theme of Unusual, I knew that I’d open the doors wide for your creative brains…

It was an absolute joy to read your posts, some of which made me think, chuckle and snort and some of which made me laugh out loud!  Your eye for the unusual was combined with a great view of how to present that unusual in the best light.  Please read each others’ posts and be as amused and tickled as I was!!

Thank you for another great set of entries and all the hard work that you put into your posts!!

Here’s something rather unusual (it’s one of a kind!)…

 

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Graffiti Anatomy

As many of you are aware, I collect unusual, custom toys/collectibles, some of which are rather frightening or disturbing.  This Graffiti Anatomy was a very limited edition cast made by Chris Alexander; what makes each one unique is that the purchaser was allowed to select the color scheme to be used by Chris.

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

  • pensivity101 went full tilt with a series of winners to the caption contest that was implied with the image that I provided; punster indeed!
  • I have to say that the image in Bushboy’s World was one that truly surprised me, although it is clear that Nature has plenty of surprises for us!
  • Ladyleemanilla alwys has a wealth of images to share for these challenges, and this week’s unusual set of contributions were, as always, wonderful!
  • Raj’s images in his blog XDrive provided some unusual images, which, as he said, can only happen in India!
  • Nicole’s post  in Une Photo, un poéme tells us about Bréhat Island off the coast of Brittany, which is rather unusual… go find out why!
  • Charles takes us to the unusual geography of Yellowstone in his post in charlesewaugh!
  • Sliku svoju ljubim II provides us with the most unusual cross between a mustache and a beard!!
  • Gwen of the wonderful blog Field Notes from over the Hill has a bunch of unusual occurrences in her post this week!
  • Stella’s images in Giggles & Tales have some wonderfully odd views; she proves that sometimes the way you look at something can have quite the effect.
  • As Cee is well known for her odd ball challenge, I was not surprised that her entry in Cee’s Photography was truly unusual!
  • Photo Robert’s Blog is filled with amazing photography and his entry in this week’s challenge was quite apt!
  • A Fiery Spirit is a cool blog and what unusual images in the post for this challenge!
  • Candace’s photo series in Netdancer’s Musings .truly has one of the most unusual occurrences that I have ever seen…you’d better go see for yourself!
  • Miriam’s post in Showers of Blessing has wonderful photos of one of the more unusual geese: the Egyptian goose!
  • By Sarah is a beautiful blog and her entry proves that two heads are better than one!
  • Xenia goes wordless in whippetwisdom.com this week; it must have been the stunned silence by Eivor staring at the castle that caused this.
  • Marie found a total screamer in her unusual post in The New 3Rs: Retire, Recharge, Reconnect!
  • What is so unusual about a white horse, you say?  Go to theonlyD800inthehameau, and find out for yourself!
  • Judith has found some really nice fruit in Nature Knows Best; there’s something unusual about it ….
  • Cookies & Moo entertains us with a rather unique view!
  • Let me know, if you can view Miriam’s post in  Out an’ About without laughing!
  • Marga’s post in The Photographer Smiled… may be a bit unusual, unless you cut your apples with scissors every day!
  • Lacy’s photos in Adventures of a Busy Mom capture some rather unique formations, but leave me wondering: how do trees feel about this?
  • Debbie’s post in ForgivingConnects presents a most unusual being: the forgiving person!
  • Bullyboy’s post in Travel387 shows us an image that I find hard to explain, as it presents so much unusualness!
  • Sonya allows us to relate in her post in Middleton Road, as we’re all likely to have found ourselves in that position…
  • Khürt extols the unusual powers of Hüll Melon hop in his post in Island in the Net; Troon Brewing knows just what to do with this hop!

This is another great set of images, posts and participation! Thanks to each of you for taking the time and being creative!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Unusual

You’re so unusual!

Welcome to Week 61 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge.

After another week of amazing entries to last week’s challenge, I thought it might be interesting to return to my old tricks and throw you a bit of a curve ball with this week’s theme.  Your challenge is to come up with an image (or more than one) that captures the theme of Unusual.  I’m confident that your creative eyes and minds observe plenty of scenes during your week that you could consider unusual, so I’m eager to see them in your entries.

As usual, you can take poetic license into any direction that your vision desires, as your photography can be as unusual, as you want.  Extra credit for creative captions!

Here’s a rather unusual scene that my wife and I came across in Ostia Antica…

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Where’s my hand?

This statue is of the god Mithras about to kill a bull.  Mithraism was a cult religion during the days of the Roman empire from the 1st – 4th century C.E., which had underground temples called mithraea.  The religion was inspired by Persian worship of the god Mithra; during the heyday of the Roman empire, many foreign religious influences were adopted by Romans in Italy.

The caption is inspired by one of my Facebook friends, who recognized the humor in this scene immediately!

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)!!

I can’t wait to see what kind of unusual entries you’ll serve up this week!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 60

All sorts of weather everywhere!

Welcome to the 60th round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!  I really hope that you had some wonderful weather!

Your posts showed all sorts of variety of weather, all of which was capture creatively and with admirable skill!  There were a number of standouts that really caught my attention, among which there was one that could not be beat: Athena’s fun in the snow!  If you look at it, I suspect you might agree 🙂

Thank you for another great set of entries and all the hard work that you put into your posts!!

Here’s some more weather for your entertainment…

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Heavy Weather

Sometimes, it is completely worth your while to stop during your commute, even when the weather is bad.  This view across the Nashua river valley during a heavy rainstorm was worth such a stop, as the rain let up where I was for about a minute to let me shoot this vista.

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

  • Leaking Ink started of the week’s entries with a gorgeous set of images that speak of good weather ahead!
  • Justine captured some lovely raindrops in Justine Taylor Photography, along with some impressive skies that look very threatening.
  • Une Photo, un poéme shows us images that truly evoke thoughts of wonderful weather that lies in the near future!
  • The true nature of a foggy morning comes to us in theonlyD800inthehameau, with a beautifully executed black and white!
  • Xenia entertains us with two posts; the first, a haibun, in whippetwisdom.com shows us the result of Spring flows: green everywhere!.  The second entry in whippetwisdom.com captures a lovely (harmless) bunny and wonderful weather along with a great tanka!
  • Sliku svoju ljubim II is a wonderful photo blog with lots of interesting photography; Klara’s post has us chilling out in the shade!
  • Marga takes a walk through the city centre in The Photographer Smiled… and finds a wonderful shot of a small rowboat!
  • The wonderful writer in Scroll is also a great photographer, as you can tell from their photos!
  • pensivity101 reminds us of one of the central aspects of the human condition: talking about the weather!
  • Dana’s photo blog, Dana Lane Photography, is worth checking out, including his contribution to our theme this week!
  • Candace’s photo in Netdancer’s Musings tells us a story of rain and how the leaf managed its way through the rain.
  • Emily’s images in Zombie Flamingoes provide us with a then and now comparison between two seasons…
  • Judith evokes a sense of serenity in one shot and a sense of strong winds in the second shot in Nature Knows Best; well done!
  • Marga takes a walk through the city centre in The Photographer Smiled… and finds a wonderful shot of a small rowboat!
  • Gwen’s post in Field Notes from over the Hill has an amazing view from Pike’s Peak and what looks like some approaching weather!
  • Miriam’s post in Showers of Blessing gives a variety of weather moods with some great shots!
  • George’s post in The Alchemist of the Woods put a big smile on my face, as Athena was having an incredible amount of fun in the snow! Go check it out!
  • In Out an’ About, Miriam shares a wonderful array of images of weather and includes a curious onlooker!
  • Bullyboy’s post in Travel387 shares an impressive array of photos of weather, as it can only be in his part of the planet!
  • Sonya’s post in Middleton Road takes us along on her walk, so be sure to wear rain gear!
  • Stella’s post in Giggles & Tales also features an umbrella installation and some additional great images!  I’m curious to find out, if this installation is by the same artist, as the one I captured in Brno.
  • Debbie’s post in ForgivingConnects talks about overcoming fear and reach new heights to find out that the weather is beautiful!

This is another great set of images, posts and participation! Thanks to each of you for taking the time and being creative!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Weather

Saving for a rainy day?

Welcome to Week 60 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge.

After having absolutely perfect weather in Italia, New England has shown its true nature in providing a mixture of rain, unseasonably cold temperatures and the occasional warm day.  This week is no exception thus far!  But, never fear, next Monday the forecast is for 90+ degrees of steamy heat.  Of course, talking about weather is part of the human condition, so I thought we might just make a theme out of the Weather!

In this challenge, feel free to approach it in any way you like, as weather can affect our lives in many ways ranging from a sunny beach to snow skiing.  I’m looking forward to seeing your interpretation of this theme!

Here’s something weather related that I came across last year…

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Rainy day?

This installation of umbrellas was hanging above one of the shopping streets in Brno, Czech Republic.  Brno is a wonderful city with a mixture of old architecture and modern art and great people and delicious food! (and the beer is awesome!)

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)!!

Very much looking forward to all of your great images!  Should be a fun week!