Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 31

Late, but continuing!

First of all, my apologies for posting this week’s round up late; but it has been crazy busy, including some great fun for a good cause over the weekend.

My slacking on posting this round up certainly didn’t affect any of you, as there were a plethora of responses to this week’s challenge of Continuation.  Taking a look at all of them, it is interesting to see the variety of approaches to this topic and all the great images and poems!

Here’s a continuation of another sort, as the road may go in and out of view, but it moves forward to help guide us along our path of on-going exploration.

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Iceland Vista

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

  • Leaking Ink ‘s post provides us with both a great image from the highlands of Malaysia, but also a poem that ties in with the theme!
  • Miriam’s entry in her blog Showers of Blessing shows us the continuity of the ocean and its waves.
  • Marga’s post in the photographer smiled… shows us the irrepressible continuity of the river that flows by her hometown.
  • Xenia’s Whippetwisdom post not only includes a whipper and a lovely haibun about her subject of the moon; perigee makes us grow closer to our nearest neighbor.
  • Michelle shared a beautiful image in her blog Southern by Design, showing the edge between light and dark and accompanies it with text you have to read!
  • Emily’s post in Zombie Flamingoes shows us four different images relating to the theme, each of which is beautiful!
  • Marie’s post in The New 3Rs: Retire, Recharge, Reconnect expresses continuation with great beauty and style!
  • Miriam’s post in Out an’ About talks about her chase for the full moon and expresses how this moon left her recharged through some awesome images!
  • Nature Knows Best, as Judith postulates in her blog, and she is so right!  You better go and check what she did in this week’s post!
  • Ann’s provides us with a  poem, which is beautifully illustrated in photography in her entry in Ann J White.
  • Debbie’s post in Forgiving Connects combines wonderful images with her story of continuation, as life meanders through space and time.

Another fantastic set of entries!  A little later today, you’ll see my post with this week’s theme.

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Continuation

We shall persevere!

Welcome to episode 31 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!  After a week of simplifying our photography, which saw wonderful, stunning images, I think it is time to take a different look at life for this week’s challenge.

A lot of things have changed over the past week in the world, as we know it.  Despite all this change, the planet continues to rotate and day follows night.  With that in mind, this week’s challenge is to capture Continuation.  This can be expressed in many ways, so I want to encourage you to use your imagination to find what speaks to you of continuation, the process of moving forward toward a future that may be uncertain.

Here is an example of how this might be expressed…

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The Line.

The juxtaposition between the vibrant color on the right and the washed aspect of the left, leads us to wonder whether this line will lead us to the promised future or is simply a road to nowhere.

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)!!

This might be a bit more serious than the past couple of weeks, but I’m confident that your creative minds will be fertile ground for germinating magnificent images.  I can’t wait to see what this will be!

Technical Details

This image was captured with an iPhone 5S using the standard Camera app and some adjustments using the Instagram app.

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 30

Simple, yet wonderful!

This week’s Tuesday Photo Challenge of Simplify received a fantastic response.  Thank you all for participating and providing stunning posts!!

Simplifying our images and what we view can create some beautifully uncomplicated images, such as this one of the Yoga Tree.

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Sun’s Birth

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

  • Ann’s post in Ann J White is a beautiful capture of leaf and light across a fern.
  • ladyleemanilla‘s post featured a variety of great examples of simple views.
  • Georgie’s post in her blog Third Time Lucky! is full of beautiful images that are both simple and stunning!
  • Xenia’s Whippetwisdom post simply made me smile, as she highlighted the joys of playing ball with her whippets!
  • Leaking Ink ‘s entry this week shows us the simple pleasure of exploring a tree to find a beautiful little treasure: an insect!
  • Miriam’s post in Showers of Blessing has us visiting a crocodile farm in Australia; they look pretty fierce!  She also contributed a second post in Showers of Blessing, which takes us back to her simple wedding on a beach in Maui; it may be simple, but it’s also beautiful and romantic!
  • Miriam’s post in Out an’ About shows us that defrosting a freezer is not a great way to spend a day, and that Harry knows how to relax!
  • Debbie’s post in Forgiving Connects talks about simplifying life and the importance of self-forgiveness.
  • Marie shows a fantastic simple image in her post in The New 3Rs: Retire, Recharge, Reconnect, her blog about what she’s going to do with the rest of her life!

A wonderful array of entries this week!  Thanks to all your contributions, I’m getting ready for tomorrow’s theme…

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Simplify

Simple choices

Welcome to episode 30 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!  The entries from this past week are still buzzing in my mind with so much great photography and creativity.  After focusing on Color Contrast, I thought it might be interesting to go in a radically different direction for this week with the theme of Simplify.

In a lot of our photography, we try to capture something that we find interesting, which often has complexity, as we try to tell a story.  This week, I’d like for you to go in the opposite direction by photographing something uncomplicated and simple.  Look around in your daily travels and keep an eye open for a straightforward subject that you will make interesting through your vision; capture it with composition in mind and the story that you are telling with minimal subject(s).

As an example, here is a leaf that caught my attention this past Sunday, so I spent a little time protecting it from the wind, so that I could catch it with a little less breeze.  What stood out for me were the way the light fell on this leaf and painted a picture with shadows.

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Fallen Leaf

Sometimes, simplicity works rather well, as even this basic leaf has lots of little details; also, the leaves of grass play along too…

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)!!

I’m sure that all of your creative minds will wrap themselves around this week’s challenge and produce some cool images!  Have fun and start sharing!

Technical Details

This image was captured with my Fujifilm X-T1 using a Fujifilm XF18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 LM OIS WR lens.  Exposure settings were at 1/150 second, f/8 at 400 ISO.

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 29

Color the world!

This week’s Tuesday Photo Challenge of Color Contrast received a fantastic response.  Thank you all for participating and providing such amazing posts!!

The usage of color contrast has been beautifully executed by all the great respondents to this week’s challenge.  It is truly magnificent to see how much color variety and contrast exists in Nature and the world that we have created.

One of the advantages of living in New England is that we often get beautiful colors during the Autumn season, which provides a bit of color contrast/

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The Weather is Perfect!

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

  • Georgie’s post in her blog Third Time Lucky! shows us some gorgeous colors across the spectrum.
  • Michelle’s post in Southern by Design reminds us that Green Means Go!, using contrast between human-made and natural colors.
  • Xenia’s Whippetwisdom shows explorations with her wonderful Whippets, which lead her to enough beautiful Nature that she provide even a second entry in this week’s challenge: Whippetwisdom!
  • Marga writes The photographer smiled, in which she expertly used contrasting colors of two chairs to create a wonderful composition!
  • Ann’s post in Ann J White shows us beautiful colors and their contrast at the edge between sea and sky, as well as sea and land.
  • Charles’ entry in charlesewaugh provides a view of the Blue Star Spring in Yellowstone; it’s stunning!
  • Miriam’s contribution in Shower of Blessing provides us a wondrous view of a beach on Maui, which really tells me to go visit it!
  • Leaking Ink is a gorgeous blog, and this week’s entry takes us to Masai Mara in Kenya with great photos.
  • Judith’s post in  Nature Knows Best has an elegant simplicity to it, which really draws the viewer in wonderfully!
  • Miriam’s fantastic blog, Out an’ About, contributes a post that shows us the great colors of Australia; makes me want to travel!

I think that we can all agree that these are truly great posts!  Thanks to all your contributions, I’m getting ready for tomorrow’s theme…

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Color Contrast

Coloring your world!

Welcome to episode 29 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!  Seeing all the great entries to last week’s theme of Nature’s Beauty gave me the idea to take a look at what makes nature photography stand out, particularly color photography: Color Contrast.

A lot of what makes for a good photograph, especially when Nature is the subject, is derived from the work of Ansel Adams.  In his writings about photography, Adams talks about the zone system as a means for correlating what the photographer visualizes and the final print product.  A key aspect is the amount of contrast that exists between parts of the image.  While the system was developed for black and white photography, its principles can be applied to color photography.

In color photography, we have the additional luxury of using color to create additional contrast between the various components of the image.  This week’s challenge is to use color contrast in your photos to its best advantage.  These can be complementary colors, or subtle tonal gradations; I’ll leave the choices to you…

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Reaching for the Sky

This image is from a recent trip to the Iceland where I had the opportunity explore the geothermal area in Hverir; this area has steam vents, hot water welling up from the ground and generally a great look to it.  In this shot I wanted to use the coloring of the ground and contrast it against the blue sky; additional the blue of the sky is reflected in the hot water run-off to create additional interest.

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)!!

I’m counting on all of you to come up with some really cool choices; keep in mind that color is everywhere and not just in Nature!  Have fun and start sharing!

Technical Details

This image was captured with a Canon EOS 5D MkIII using an EF24-105mm f/4L lens. Exposure settings were at 1/400 second with f/11 and 200 ISO.

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round-Up 28

Nature’s beauty and bounty!

The response to the past week’s theme of Nature’s Beauty was even better than the one we had for Candy!  Just goes to show that many of you have a sweet-tooth, but even more appreciate the lasting beauty that Nature provides for us.

This week’s prompt has received the largest number of responses to date, for which I am grateful to all of you.  Your posts to this challenge showcase some truly stunning photography!

A bit less showy than the Bird of Paradise flower, the simple Tulip is nonetheless beautiful!

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Simple Beauty

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

  • Michelle’s post in Southern by Design highlights the beauty of the Hibiscus with great aplomb!
  • Xenia writes Whippetwisdom, a wonderful blog chronicling the beauty she encounters with her dogs; she found so much beauty in Nature this week that she posted a second entry on Whippetwisdom!
  • Micks Blog is full of stunning photography, and his photo of the Robber Fly that he shared for this challenge is simply outstanding!
  • Miriam’s post in Shower of Blessing shows us a bubbling cauldron of hot springs in Yellowstone; it’s just lovely!
  • Natalia’s post in Caboosemama Little Pleasures has a great photo of a snail making a meal of a Hibiscus; yummy!
  • The entry from Leaking Ink, a beautiful blog, shows us a gorgeous Hanging Lobster Claw.
  • Ladyleemanilla stuns us with an array of Nature photography that is wondrous to behold!
  • Marie’s post in The New 3 Rs: Retire, Recharge, Reconnect shows us edible beauty in Zucchini flowers.
  • Miriam’s entry from Out an’ About shows us Nature across the seasons with beautiful images.
  • Judith’s post in  Nature Knows Best has some beautiful photos of the area, in which she lives, including an irresistible cat!
  • Debbie posted about her visit with her family in her blog Forgiving Connects, and shared Nature’s Beauty with us!

Thanks to each of you for wonderful contributions to this week’s theme.  You definitely have me charged up for creating something new tomorrow!!