Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 39

A blazing set of entries!

While the chill may be continuing off an on in New England, I was not surprised that this past week’s Tuesday Photo Challenge Theme of Fire lit up the responses!!  Our weather may be all over the place, but the level of creativity in your entries into this challenge has been steady and very high!  Thanks to all for participating and making this so much fun for me.

I strongly encourage all of you to check out each of the posts, as you’ll be both entertained and educated, while enjoying the lovely creative thoughts that are in the responses!

Here’s another little bit of fire to warm your hearts…

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Chestnuts Roasting

I captured this rather wintry scene with classic tones (actually, they were roasting marshmallows 🙂 ) during our visit to Tower Hill Botanic Gardens in Boylston, Massachusetts this past December.

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

  • Candace was first this week with her post in Netdancer’s Musings and Photography; she brought us a very happy occasion that has to do with making wishes.
  • ladyleemanila was not far behind, as she shared a wonderful variety of images inspired by fire in her post (it even included toes…).
  • Charles’ post in his blog charlesewaugh provided us with a truly gorgeous capture of fire!
  • Mini On Tour is a wonderful blog about the travels and travails of a Mini Mayfair; the TPC post with a wonderful photo of a fireplace left me longing for some port!
  •  Leaking Ink is just an amazing blog with great photography and interesting information; this week’s entry touches on Pongal, a Tamil harvest festival.
  • Progressing Into Solitude‘s entry is all about fire and lost control; the images are wonderful!
  • Miriam’s post in The Showers of Blessing puts us in front of the fireplace ready to enjoy the warmth and comfort of a relaxing evening!
  • Stella second entry in the challenge with a post in her blog Giggles & Tales brings us both great architecture and a beautiful capture of the essence of fire.
  • Susan’s blog Musin’ with Susan has lots of great photography, and her entry into this week’s challenge stands out!
  • Judith’s post in her blog, Nature Knows Best, captures some rather imaginative aspects of fire… you should check it out!
  • Emily’s post in her blog, Zombie Flamingoes, brings back memories of cozy fires from the past in a creative set of images.
  • In her post in The New 3Rs: Retire, Recharge, Reconnect Marie brings us an fantastic view of a great window of a cathedral that is highlighted by one of our favorite fires, the Sun!
  • Miriam’s entry in her excellent blog, Out an’ About, brings us a Fiery Ambience in all manner of images ranging from sunset to steam trains!
  • …and Debbie created another wonderful post in ForgivingConnects about her burning desire; you’ll like it!
  • …also, Khürt’s post in Island in the Net has a stunning image that is very appropriate for the theme!

Thanks to each of you for your participating in this week’s challenge.  I’ve enjoyed each and every one of your posts and appreciate the time you have taken in putting them together.  Now to decide on the next challenge!

Afterthought: looking at the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge of Ambience, I think this image fits rather nicely (as do many of yours!!)

Playing with Fire

Fueling the imagination

As Fire is the theme for this week’s Tuesday Photo Challenge, I started taking a look through some of my images for what I might use in respinse to this particular theme.

While I’ll hold back the shot that I have in mind for this week’s round up, here are some of the ones that I came across.

I look forward to see what other entries come up over the weekend…

Have a wonderful weekend!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Fire

Do you have a burning desire?

Welcome to Week 39 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge.  First of all, a great, big thank you to all of you wonderful participants who made week 39 the biggest and best week yet!  Clearly, the theme of Cold grabbed each of you in one way or another and tickled some creative instinct to produce such wonderful entries!

Of course, the logical progression in themes after all this cold work would be to opt for hot, but that might just be a little too straightforward for this creative crowd!  So, this week’s challenge is Fire!  Keeping in mind that this doesn’t have to be physical fire, but could be allegorical or cleverly imagined in any of many ways, go out and create something novel.

To kick off your creative processes on this one, here’s something a bit abstract that may just bring forth the fires of creation in a galaxy far away…

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Pyroplasm 3x

This image came from my being somewhat bored around a campfire and wanting to do something a little different in my photography.  I messed around a bit with timing and zoom blur to create this shot and kicked off my first abstract image, which led to many more over the years.

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)!!

This challenge shouild keep you warm, and very much fired up!  If you decide to play with fire, please be careful; take it from a former firefighter, fire is risky!  Oh yes, please have fun!

Technical Details

This image was captured with a Canon EOS 1D MkIII using an EF 24-105 f/4L lens.  Exposure settings were at f/16 and 1/3 second with 100 ISO.  A twist of the barrel with a steady hand produced the streaking effect.

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 38

Cool photos and text!

It’s still pretty chilly here in New England, and we even received some nice fresh snow to brighten up the landscape.  Despite the chill, the participation in this week’s Tuesday Photo Challenge theme of Cold has been phenomenally hot!

There was a great mix of both new and long-time participants, and each of you provided your own very cool interpretation of the theme, ranging from icy leaves to glaciers and cold sand!

Here’s a little touch of Winter from a couple of years ago on a rather cold day…

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Blue Canoe

I drove by this scene on my commute on a sleety day, as I caught view of the canoe out of the corner of my eye; the splash of color in an otherwise drab landscape stood out.

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

  • ladyleemanila was first out of the blocks this week with lots of great images; go check them out!
  • Xenia first post in her blog whippetwisdom.com came with a haiku and 2 great photos of her whippets enjoying the snow; her second post in whippetwisdom.com included a tanka and her whippets running through snow!  They definitely enjoy themselves.
  • Progressing Into Solitude shared a wonderful post with amazing images, each of which is chilling to say the very least!
  • Stella made her first contribution to the challenge with a great wintry scene in her blog Giggles & Tales, which is a fun blog to read every day!
  • Unexpected in Common Hours is a great blog and her photos made me feel that the birds were better equipped for the cold than I am.
  • Emily’s post in her blog, Zombie Flamingoes captured some nice icicles on a rather frosty water art installation.
  • Candy’s entry in her blog, Netdancer’s Musings and Photography, shows us her beautiful lilacs during a very cold Spring morning; I hope those lilacs did okay.
  • Miriam’s post in her great blog The Showers of Blessing takes us to Alaska for some great photos of a glacier and ice in the bay!
  • The New 3Rs: Retire, Recharge, Reconnect is a wonderful blog, in which Marie posted an image of people staying warm on a cold night; I want one of those pretzels!
  • Leaking Ink brings us something that many of us (in colder climates) have encountered on a chilly morning…go check it out!
  • Judith ran into a problem with her heating that made her experience cold in a wau we don’t like; she still found time to post a great photo in Nature Knows Best; hope the heat is fixed.
  • Debbie’s shares with us the cold sand in her post in Forgiving Connects; the sand may be cold, but it looks like her path is filled with warmth.
  • Steve jumped into the challenge with the results of an ice storm in his photo in Steve Newcomb Photography.  A wonderful shot!
  • Latebreaking entries:
  • …and Nikki posted a rather cool shot in her blog Flying through Water, where she captured wintry mix in a leaf.
  • …and Khürt added a well chilled shot in his blog Island in the Net, where he found inspiration in mead…go check it out!

Thanks to each of you for your participating in this week’s challenge.  I really appreciate the wonderful posts that you have put together and the creativity that you have put into each of them!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Cold

Baby, it’s cold outside!

Welcome to Week 38 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge.  This first TPC of 2017 is something appropriate for the season that we’re currently experiencing in the Northeast of the United States, as temperatures have started dropping for the onslaught of the lovely time of year that we call Winter.

The theme for this week’s Tuesday Photo Challenge is Cold!  Of course, cold is a relative concept, and it doesn’t require that you’re in a colder climate to capture it…  Use your imagination and let it roam free with the excitement of the new year to interpret your view of cold.

Here’s an image from almost 10 years ago that gives an idea of how cold it can be in this area…

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Connecticut River Flow

This capture from January of 2007 came from a little expedition to the town of Deep River, Connecticut, where I went to give a presentation on action photography to the local camera club.  As I arrived early in the afternoon, I decided to do a little sightseeing and found this lovely view of the Connecticut river.

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)!!

Have fun going out there (or staying indoors) to capture cold (just don’t catch a cold!) in your style!

Technical Details

This image was captured with a Canon EOS 1D MkII using an EF 70-200 f/2.8L lens.  Exposure settings were at f/7.1 and 1/200 second with 250 ISO.  Just fast enough so that I wouldn’t add shake to the lens from the outside temperature.

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 37

In with the New!

Happy New Year to all of you!  May 2017 be wonderful for you; I hope that you have your goals set for this year and that you will be successful in attaining them.  In this New Year, we’re kicking it off with the 37th collection Tuesday Photo Challenge entries for this week’s theme of New Year.

The contributions for this week’s theme were nothing short of amazing, as all of you are clearly looking forward to 2017 and all the new that lies ahead.  With all this great participation, you can be sure that there will be plenty more Tuesday Photo Challenges ahead for this year.

Here’s another bit of reflection on the New Year from me, as the year starts brightly akin to the day depicted in this image.

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A Brand New Day

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

  • Charles was first to contributed with his post in CharlesEWaugh that looked at the old year we were closing out with a magnificent sunset; Charles also posted a second entry in CharlesEWaugh with a lovely sunrise to ring in the New Year!
  • Candy’s post in her blog, Netdancer’s Musings and Photography, provides a beautiful image that asks us to consider whether or not we’re starting with a clean slate.
  • Emily shares her wishes for the New Year in her blog, Zombie Flamingoes; I will tell you that bacon is part of them, but you’ll have to go look for the rest of them.
  • Judith lets us in on the things she values most about the New Year in her post in Nature Knows Best; new stationery is one of them.
  • Bikurgurl shares hew New Year’s Eve plans with us, which appear to include the force, but probably not in a way you expect!
  • Leaking Ink presents us a view of renewal that is a key part of the New Year, as we’re looking to explore the new.
  • Debbie’s post in Forgiving Connects talks of her dreams for the New Year and the wonder that they might bring.
  • …and Marie of The New 3Rs: Retire, Recharge, Reconnect is telling us to keep the eye on the ball in 2017 with a rather cool photo.
  • …also, Miriam’s post in her wonderful blog The Showers of Blessing rings in the New Year in style!

Clearly, all of you have a positive direction for this year, and I wish all of you and yours a happy, healthy and prosperous year filled with wonder!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – New Year

What’s your outlook?

Welcome to Week 37 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge.  The final TPC of 2016.  After last week’s wonderful response for the theme of Lights, I figured that there might be a very opportune challenge theme to follow the brightness of Lights…

Yes, I could have gone to the dark side, which would not exactly make me a Rogue One (bad pun, but hard to resist 🙂 ), but with the short days and long nights in the Northern Hemisphere, there’s enough darkness already.  Therefore, this week’s challenge of New Year, which I would encourage you to take into any direction that you might like.

Your direction can be a representation of what you hope and expect to see in the New Year, or how you plan to celebrate the New Year, what you’d like to eat on New Year’s Eve…  You get the idea, be creative and don’t hold back.  As bit of inspiration, I’m taking a darker direction, as it crossed my view, as I was looking for some images (I promise that the round-up image will be happier!):

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The Corporate Deathdealer

This creation by Dave Webb, whose works are very imaginative, is from his Corporate series.  I photographed it several years ago to show off the cool characteristics of this sculpture.  Plus it was a great exercise in studio lighting to get the deep black backdrop.  And yes, it does make me think of 2017…

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)!!

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 24-105mm f/4L lens.  Exposure settings were at f/8 and 1/100 second with 100 ISO.  Studio lights were used to get the amount of light just right.