Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 23

Bounty of impact!

The theme of Human Impact brought out some fantastic images, which is what I have come to enjoy from the wonderful folks who frequent this blog.  And this week, I was definitely very impressed by the quality of the posts.

The range went from impact on our environment to the lovely way that we can decorate and the positive impact that us humans can have.  Quite the variety!!

Here’s one of the impacts that I have experienced in my travels…

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Lonely Couch

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

  • ladileemanilla jumped on this challenge very quickly with a great post that offered a large variety of images.
  • Charles’ post in the CharlesEWaugh blog focused on the impact of electric power on our landscape.
  • Marga who writes The Photographer Smiled… took a slightly different approach in showing a farmer’s impact.
  • Miriam’s post in Out an’ About has delightful images of her towns Wattle Festival;  you know you’re curious to find out what that’s about!

I hope that I got everyone’s posts!  These were both surprising and wonderful to behold.

Now to think of something new for tomorrow from lovely Brno.

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 – Round Up 22

Paths are wonderful!

With a philosophically oriented theme, such as Path, it is not surprising that even some of the literal interpretations provided food for deeper thought!  The responses showed both some great photography and interesting interpretations of this week’s theme.

The addition of poems and great quotes made this week’s collection of responses an absolute pleasure for me to look over.  I would encourage everyone to follow the links and discover the paths that abound!

In a slightly more ethereal approach to the concept of path, I present you with one of my abstract works, Transitions, which leads us along the eternal path…

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Transitions

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

  • Michelle’s post in Southern by Design shows us a wonderful photo of the path and recognizes the beauty in the journey, which is worth remembering.
  • iballrtw‘s post remembered a visit to Shimla in India with both its path and flowers; another location to add to my wishlist!
  • Judith’s post in Nature Knows Best provides some amazing paths, but I’m not sure why the sheep used them to get to her cabbage…
  • James’ post in James McEwan used the image as the inspiration for a fantastic poem titled ‘The Spirits in the Forest’.
  • Kim’s blog Do You See What I See? is full of interesting visual stimuli, and his post in response to the challenge is among the finest of them!
  • Xenia’s post in WhippetWisdom.com focuses on the companions on her path; her choice of companions is excellent!
  • Debbie, in Forgiving Journal, focused on paving our path with Love, which definitely is a great way to enjoy our path to happiness!

I hope that I got everyone’s posts!  These were definitely very impressive, both in their beauty and wisdom.

Now to think of something new for tomorrow…

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 – Unusual

She’s so unusual

Welcome to episode 21 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!  As we jus thad another great week of contributions, I thought it might be time for another curve ball with this week’s theme.

I’d like to challenge you to produce photos with the following theme: Unusual!  Capture something or someone, clearly at odds with its environment or looks rather strange all by its lone self.  This challenge is very much about observing your environment, and noticing what is out of place, which is a great exercise for the mind.

This also will give you an opportunity to hone your photography skills, because you’ll have the opportunity to capture the reason for why your subject is at odds with the world around it.

As an example of what I’m looking for, here’s a little vista that I uncovered when looking to photograph a beautiful sunset during a trip to Chincoteague…

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Unusual Vista.

You can see what I was thinking, as seeing the dumpster and port-a-potty right on this beautiful beach made me chuckle; it gave me something to contrast the beauty of what Nature presented against what humanity contributed.

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 have every confidence that each of you will be able to highlight the unusual in the world!  This should be a lot of fun to see all the results of your creative endeavors!!

Technical Details

This image was captured with a Canon 5D MkII using an EF 24-105mm f/4 lens.  The exposure settings were 1/160 second, at f/8 and 400 ISO.

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?