Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 19

Light guided missives!

This week showcased a wonderful variety of light coming into play throughout this creative set of images.  I was blown away by the level of participation and cannot say enough about the quality of your posts!

In your exploration of the way light can be captured in your images, you showed a variety of light sources, ranging from the Sun to fire and candles, and treated each with the creativity that guided your eyes.  The images ranged across topics, but I’m sure you’ll agree after checking them all out that there were some real stunning images this week!  Well done!!

A little bit of bokeh at work through foliage in this image…

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Verdant Shades

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

  • Out an’ About, written by Miriam, focused on the light provided by fire and the special meaning that fire has for us humans.
  • The Girl That Dreams Awake provided a gorgeous capture of votive candles.  Plus, she drew in another participant!  You pulled in Julie Powell – Photographer & Graphic Artist, who shared a great image of creating light in the woods.
  • LadyLeeManilla shows us a wonderful captures of light ranging from torch dancing to gentle lights in the skyline.
  • Michelle of Southern By Design provided a fantastic image of light filtering through a beautiful tree.
  • Emily’s Zombie Flamingos featured a trail of light scattering of the water; gorgeous!
  • Nature Knows Best, created by Judith, really caught my eye with a stunning composition of light reflecting of the water!
  • Sunshine’s Daily Blabber shared a wonderful sunrise with amazing colors!
  • Sayanthi was very playful in Close to You, contributing several images with different aspects of light.
  • Marga is a new participant with her post in The Photographer Smiled, where she captured light in a stunning manner.
  • Sonya’s Middleton Road contrasted a reflection in a puddle with light and shadows, most creative!
  • Steve, of Steve Newcomb Photography, shot a variety of light situations, taking us on a light trip!
  • Debbie, in Forgiving Journal, took a bit of poetic license by capturing kids’ Post-It notes as points of light.  All is forgiven 🙂
  • Nikki’s  A Kinder Way provides us with a range of light in some gorgeous photos!
  • A special mention this week to the lovely blog Grow Cook Eat Enjoy, whose author found our challenge.  Their entry was focused on vegetables, one of our earlier challenges, which all need light!  Welcome to the challenge!!

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!

Now to switch my mind to the next challenge.  And, no, it’s not dark 🙂

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Light

Scatter and collect the light…

Welcome to the 19th episode in the on-going saga of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!  Last week’s roll-up of all the curves showcased some amazing photography, and was a tribute to all the creativity that runs rampant in you wonderful readers!

This week I wanted something a little different from what we’ve done before, in how we deal with a quintessential component of photography: Light.

As you well know, there is no image for us to capture without light, unless we’re looking to present a pure black canvas.  We use light, and shadow, to compose a scene for the viewer, and often fall into a familiar pattern, where we avoid bright spots of light falling onto our film, be it digital or analog.  What I’m asking you to do this week, is that you use light to create bright elements, such as specular highlights or small reflective spots, in your composition to add to the quality of the image.

You’ll notice that these spots will draw the attention of the viewer to those areas of the image; you’ll want to use the spots to lead the viewer’s eye to your subject.  Too large a bright spot will not allow the eye to escape from the area and be led.  Be cautious and don’t overdo it, but also don’t be bashful!

Here’s an image that I captured at Tower Hill Botanic Garden.

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Path of Light

This image has a bit of a different look, as I used a zone-plate lens, which causes subtle diffraction patterns, thus providing a very soft focus and dream-like quality.

Go play with light, find some reflections, bright little spots filtering through leaves, or whatever catches your eye, and, most of all, have 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
  • Have fun creating something new (or sharing something old)!!

I expect this challenge to provide some interesting imagery, as light is essential to our existence!

Technical Details

This image was captured with a Canon 5D MkIII using a Lensbaby zone-plate lens.  This lens has a fixed f-stop of f/19 and was used at 1/160 second and 400 ISO.

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 18

Beautiful curves everywhere!

 

After last week’s colorful round up, this week gets twisted with an extravaganza of curvature found throughout Nature and the human-constructed world around us.  This week’s theme of Curves made for simply gorgeous photography.

As you explored curves throughout, you shared a wealth of views of the world around us.  There were gorgeous Nature shots and amazing structures that you found.  I was astounded by the variety and beauty that you put on display this week!  Thanks to all who participated!!

After the curves of the Yoga Tree variety, here are some curves that us humans use all the time (until we go completely paperless 🙂 )

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Just Paperclips…

A product shot from a number of years ago, that has curves in all the right places.

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

  • Sayanthi, whose wonderful blog is Close to You, showed off curves in Nature in simply gorgeous images; go check them out!
  • Charles’ blog CharlesEWaugh provided a great view of curves within curves (within curves?) of a beautiful flower.
  • LadyLeeManilla is a blog with fantastic photography!  You owe it to yourself to check it out.
  • Emily’s, in her blog Zombie Flamingos, showed curvature ranging from a bowl to a cat’s nail (that could be ouch!).
  • Debbie, whose blog is Forgiving Journal, talked about the curves that life may throw us and how they relate to those she found during a walk.
  • Steve, in his blog Steve Newcomb Photography, showed various curvature on a cactus that is rumored to taste like bubble gum; I’m not sure that tried it himself 🙂
  • Nikki showed off a fantastic leaf in her blog,  A Kinder Way, from what may just be her favorite tree.
  • Judith writes Nature Knows Best, where she threw us some curves from mother Nature… beware of the spider!!

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!

I have a topic of pulchritude in mind for the next challenge…

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Curves

Curved with beauty!

Welcome to the 18th edition of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!  It was a lot of fun to see all the different views of blue in last week’s challenge, which showcased the creativity of all who participated!  Great job!

As you would expect, this week will be a completely unrelated theme, even though it may be a bit predictable.  As my exhibit went live yesterday, and it has nine different views of the Yoga Tree on display, I thought it might be interesting to do something related to that wonderful tree.  What makes her so expressive as a subject and able to be so interesting are her Curves.

Therefore, your challenge this week is to identify curves in the world around you and capture what they express.  I’m leaving this entirely up to your creative minds, as any kind of curves will do with the pressure on you to capture something of great interest!  Can’t wait to see what you will come up with!!

As a nugget of inspiration, I’m including one of the images from the exhibit…

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Sunrise Streaks

Have fun and find curves, whether they be in nature or human made!  And, if you feel like it, please include in your post what aspect of the curves drew you to capture them.

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 expect this challenge to provide some interesting imagery, as this is a color that is kind of important to our home world!

Technical Details

This image was captured with an iPhone 5S using the standard Camera app.

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 17

Blue with great clues!

This week’s Tuesday Photo Challenge definitely saw an explosion of fantastic blue-themed images from many of you!  It was also wonderful to see a significant number of first-time participation, letting me know that Blue is a great color!

What caught my eye in looking at the variety of photography that was showcased this week, is that the blues ranged from extremely intense to muted and very understated.  A truly beautiful range of expressions of a single color!

For your entertainment, another of my varied blue images..

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Geothermal Pool

From my short trip to Iceland, the lighter blues of the geothermal pool made for an almost subtropical feel in this image at the arctic circle.

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

  • Marisa, The Girl That Dreams Awake provided beautiful blues ranging from sky to door.
  • Georgie, whose blog Third Time Lucky! is a lot of fun to read, showed off some of the gorgeous blue of Greece and the sea!
  • Snips & Snaps from a Southampton Old Lady featured a fantastic array of blue wood from the English coast.
  • Emily’s, in her blog Zombie Flamingos took us on a morning walk to discover some blue hues.
  • Sunshine, in the Daily Blabber, showed us a beautiful Japanese Magnolia against a blue sky!
  • James, of the James McEwan blog, where fiction illuminates truth, combined a poem with a lovely photo for this challenge.
  • Mack, in the really beautiful blog mackmarie, showed us the beautiful Bora Bora blues in her post about her honeymoon location.
  • Judith in her blog Nature Knows Best enriched us with both natural and human-manufactured blues of note!
  • Debbie, whose blog is Forgiving Journal, found the sacred space of forgiveness in her post!
  • Steve, in his blog Steve Newcomb Photography, found some excellent blue signage and a beautiful stratocaster!
  • Nikki, not to be outdone in  A Kinder Way, showed us the blue of relaxation through a wonderful riesling!

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!

I have somewhat of a twisted (appropriately) topic in mind for the next challenge…

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Blue

Blue can feel good!

Welcome to the 17th edition of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!  Last week’s topic of close-up photography produced some wonderful results ranging from Nature to man-made across the spectrum of subjects.

For this week’s challenge, I’d like you to explore a color: Blue.   As we’ve seen with other colors there is a range of expression throughout the varying hues of blue that we encounter.  My suggestion is that you take a look around you and identify which shades of blue speak most to you and explore these through your photography, so that you can learn more about them and share that learning with the rest of us.

This example shows various blue shades throughout one image, which may give you an idea about what these shades mean to you…

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Blue Pond

So, be a blue explorer and find your favorites of this color!  And remember to have 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
  • Have fun creating something new (or sharing something old)!!

I expect this challenge to provide some interesting imagery, as this is a color that is kind of important to our home world!

Technical Details

This image was captured with a Canon EOS 5D MkII using an EF 24-105mm f/4L lens.  Exposure settings were at 1/100 second, f/11 and 400 ISO.

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 16

Up close and personal!

This week’s Tuesday Photo Challenge appears to have brought out a lot of fun images, as all of you looked up close and found some interesting images to create!  Looking at the world in this way enabled you to share some very different

The close-ups in this past week’s posts were fantastic with some truly outstanding perspectives on the world around us.  Each of you did an amazing job, keeping your eyes peeled for those great opportunities!

Here’s another close up from my product photography collection…

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Just Paperclips…

Tricky lighting made these simple paperclips look a little different and maybe a bit more interesting than the way we think about them every day.

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

  • Emily’s, in her blog Zombie Flamingos brought forth texture and beauty with her close-ups.
  • Marie, in The New 3 Rs: Retire, Recharge, Reconnect, showed details on a railing connection that were very interesting to behold!
  • Myfavouriite showed us that a keyhole can look very different up close!
  • Kim provided some great close-ups in his blog Do You See What I See?; although I have to admit that I’m not sure what the last image is…
  • Judith writes a blog titled Nature Knows Best, in which she showed the beauty of impatiens up close and personal.
  • Steve’s new blog Steve Newcomb Photography, examined a grapevine up close and personal; very cool!!
  • Debbie, whose blog is Forgiving Journal, found the sacred space of forgiveness in her post!
  • Nikki’s post in her blog, A Kinder Way, provided an interesting array of close-up shots ranging from a nose (dog) to Harry Potter!
  • Miriam, who you know from the great blog Out an’ About, wrote about a too-close incident and showed photos of animals up close and snuggly!

I hope that I got everyone’s posts!  They were definitely a very cool set of images with lots of variety and perspective.

I have a colorful topic in mind for this week….