Tuesday Photo Challenge – Lights

Lights are everywhere!

Welcome to week 36 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge.  After last week’s very lighthearted topic of Balloons (great suggestion, Debbie!), I knew exactly what I wanted to do for this week.

Of course, the holiday season made it pretty obvious to me that this week’s challenge them has to be Lights.  During this time of year, lights are every where to offset the shortest days of the year and the long nights that come with them.  As we approach the Winter Solstice in the Northern hemisphere, these lights fill us with a sense of joy, as all is clear and all is bright.

Your challenge is to provide some interesting photography of lights in any kind of environment.  Capturing lights can be a challenge, but with a little trial and error, you should be able to get the result that you want to achieve.  An example of experimenting a bit is this long exposure that I took a couple of years ago:

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Nubble at Night

This image of Nubble lighthouse on Cape Neddick, Maine, was taken during the holiday season when the entire complex is lighted beautifully.

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)!!

Have fun going out there (or staying indoors) and finding the light!  I’m looking forward to the great images that you’ll come up with!

Technical Details

This image was captured with a Canon EOS 5D MkIII using an EF 17-40mm f/4L lens.  Exposure settings were at f/18 and 131 seconds with 100 ISO.  This long exposure was done using a timer.

Tuesday Photo Challenge Guidelines

A quick overview

The Tuesday Photo Challenge is a weekly theme-based challenge for photographers of all kinds to share both new and old photography.  Some weeks I might throw in some additional hints or thoughts on how to make the challenge an opportunity to experiment with various photographic techniques.

There’s no requirement to use fancy equipment, as I tend to keep the challenges structured to keep them accessible for all kinds of photography.  Some of my best images have been captured with a smartphone, rather than a professional DSLR, and, I have to admit, that it’s fun to surprise people by revealing that an image is taken with a rather ‘simple’ tool.

For this weekly challenge, the guidelines are the following:

  • Write a post with an image for this week’s topic.  It’s often informative for fellow bloggers and photographers to share some thoughts with any images that you post.
  • 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).  I usually collect the posts on Sunday for posting on my blog on Monday morning.
  • Have fun creating something new (or sharing something old).  This is really the most important guideline, as it’s all about fun!

Also, if you have any thoughts for topics or techniques to be feautred, please share them, as I’m always interested in getting more blogging community involvement; it’s what makes blogging enjoyable.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask them.  Looking foward to seeing you participate!!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round-Up 35

Balloons float away!

Amazing to think that we’re up to the 35th set of wonderful entries to the Tuesday Photo Challenge with this set of posts relating to Balloons.  This week’s topic was suggested by Debbie of the great blog ForgivingConnects (she suggested a couple of other ones too that I’m keeping in reserve); thank you kindly, Debbie for this excellent, lighthearted theme!

Of course, I’d love to hear from more among you with suggestions (I already have this week’s theme planned, but there will be many opportunities for future themes!).  It’s a lot of fun to make this very much a community event, as there are such wonderfully creative people that contribute regularly!

Here’s another view at balloons, which definitely captures the attention of children, as all appear to enjoy the twists and turns that turn this balloon into a cute animal!

 

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A Twist and a Turn!

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

  • Ladyleemanilla shared a series of lovely images with lots of balloons, as well as some balloon tricks; go check out this cool post!
  • Miriam’s post in Showers of Blessing was wonderfully creative in how the balloon came together!
  • Misti’s contribution in Misti Layne showed tenderness in the human connection that is established in her image.
  • Judith’s post in Nature Knows Best was all about the one that got away, almost!  Number 9 tried to float away, but only got as far as the ceiling 🙂

A short, yet very creative list of entries.  I already have my plans together for tomorrow’s theme…

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Balloons

My beautiful balloon!

Welcome to week 35 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge.  Last week’s response to the challenge theme topic of Trunk received a lot of excellent responses with trees leading elephants, but not to be outdone was the steamer trunk!

In the round-up for last week, I mentioned that I’d love to hear suggestions for topics to include in the challenge line-up.  As a result, this week’s theme topic is contributed by Debbie, whose blog ForgivingConnects is always good to read and has lots of excellent advice for good living.  One of Debbie’s topic suggestions was balloons, which certainly is a fun light-hearted topic.

Your challenge is to unleash your creativity on balloons (there are various kinds!) and present something fun with this theme.  Balloons are often seen at celebrations, but also at festivals, where they may gather in quantity.

Here’s a whimsical look at balloons with a bit of an abstract twist to it:

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Flow of Inflationary Color

When I saw the red and white balloons, I knew there was something fun that I could do with it; with a bit of zoom blur to create a sense of motion and flow, this image came about.  Certainly, not too serious, so a bit of pretentiousness in the title just added to the fun!

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)!!

So let’s see, where the balloons might float or will they pop as they rise?  Looking forward to your wonderful ideas!

Technical Details

This image was captured with a Canon EOS 5D MkIII using an FE 24-105mm f/4L lens.  Exposure settings were at f/22 and 1/13 second and 200 ISO.  The effect ws created by rotating the lens during the shot, causing a zoom blur.

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round-Up 34

Wonderful trunk lines!

By now, we’re up to the 34th collection of responses to the Tuesday Photo Challenge – Flow!  It’s great to see that all of your entries are still fresh and innovative every week, which is a true inspiration for me.

An idea that I’d like to propose to all of you, is to also ask for topics that you would like to see covered in the on-going series of Tuesday Photo Challenges; if there’s a topic that has you thinking creative thoughts, and you’re itching to use it in your photography, please let me know and I’ll be happy to build a challenge around it.

This week’s contributions included a variety of trunks, both of the moving and stationary kind!  The images were tremendous and you certainly displayed some great creativity.  Thank you all for these great contributions.

Another bit of trunk here, in hiding behind a trunk to make use of backlighting…

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Serene Sunlight

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

  • Ladyleemanilla provided images of two varieties of trunks, which were just beautiful! The baby elephant is simply precious!
  • Charles provided great images highlighting trunk texture in his blog  CharlesEWaugh; definitely go check them out!
  • Judith’s post in Nature Knows Best was filled with elephants (and a couple of trees), which looked just amazing and endearing enough to want to hug them!
  • Emily stood out from the crowd with her post in Zombie Flamingoes, as she provides us with an image of a steamer trunk.
  • Leaking Ink‘s post tells us all about an angry tree with a wonderful poem to match the topic.  Go on over and read it!
  • Xenia’s post in Whippetwisdom combines lovely photos of her whippets among the trunks with a wonderful tanka!
  • Miriam’s ode to a trunk in Out an’ About tells us of her appreciation of the massive redwoods of California, as well as the trees close to her home.

I absolutely love your entries, as they were a lot of fun the peruse!  Now, what can I pull together for the next one?

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Trunk

Trunks are rock solid!

After the great response to last week’s challenge, which showed the state of flux, in which we find ourselves, it seemed appropriate to take a tour of something a bit more permanent this week.

As I wandered about on the farm property where my wife was getting her sheep herding lesson with our youngest Cardigan, I came up with the thought for this week.  The theme for this week is Trunk.  Of course, there is more than one way to use this word, as it can be the trunk of a tree, the trunk of an elephant, a steamer trunk, the trunk of a car (boot in non-American English), a railroad trunk, etc.

Whichever trunk you choose to portray, the challenge is to make something rather special of it.  I went in a very traditional direction in this image…

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Trunk Graveyard

I was struck by the variety of colors, textures and lines, as the light played across these past masters of the woods, which make for a rather spectacular view.

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 the ideas will flow forward, and not be truncated!  Have fun!

Technical Details

This image was captured with a Fujifilm X-T1 using a Fujifilm XF18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 LM OIS WR lens.  Exposure settings were at 1/80 second, f/8 at 640 ISO.

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 33

Freely flowing brilliance!

What an amazing set of responses to this week’s Tuesday Photo Challenge – Flow!  Of course, that is just what I expected from this erudite, creative crowd!

The contributions ranged from cascades to hulahoops and oneness, all brought together with the concept of flow.  Clearly, your creativity knows no bounds, as it flows freely from your minds!  Well done!

Here’s a different bit of flow across the sky that reaches out above us…

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Sunrise Streaks

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

  • Charles was first to post for the second week in a row in his excellent blog  CharlesEWaugh with awesome photography of the Mendenhall Glacier in Alaska.
  • Ladyleemanilla was not far behind with her poem and photo that went with the flow!
  • Xenia’s brought us a haibun in her post in Whippetwisdom where her lovely whippets flowed across the beach.
  • Michelle’s post in Southern By Design brings us Rainer Maria Rilke and lovely beach photographs.
  • Emily can’t let go of Summer in her post in Zombie Flamingoes, finding flow in her photos of the beach and its surroundings.
  • Marie’s post in The New 3Rs: Retire, Recharge, Reconnect takes us to a cascading fountain outside the Nixon Library in Yorba Linda.
  • Leaking Ink provide us with a cat’s view of going with the flow, as only a true feline lover could do…
  • Debbie’s shares with us how she is learning to go with the flow of oneness in a great post in Forgiving Connects.
  • Miriam’s post in Out an’ About is just overflowing with flow!  I’m surprised that nobody was washed away by the stream hanging from the willow 🙂
  • Bikurgurl joined the party with the flow of a hulahoop!  She’s hooping it up!
  • Scott’s post in Scott’s Place came from South America, where at least one of the coconuts was extremely fresh, as it had sprouted!
  • In Nature Knows Best, Judith shares the cascades of Chatsworth House in Derbyshire with us.  Simply gorgeous!

I absolutely love your entries, as they were a lot of fun the peruse!  Now, what can I pull together for the next one?