A Touch of Blue

A simple touch…

There are many paths to a photo, some of which may rankle the ‘purist’ photographer in us. Early on, I was very much a purist in that I wanted to minimize the amount of post-processing. However, with the arrival of HDR processing, I expanded my range of experimentation and found it interesting to see how I could express more of a vision in my photography, rather than a representation of what I saw through the lens.

HDR can be very tricky and create some very cool results. Sometimes, I like to take a simpler approach…

Blue Canoe in the Assabet

This was a rather dreary day with sleet coming down lightly; the pale blue of the canoe stood out in the otherwise muted landscape.

The colors in the photo were already fairly muted, but not enough to get the mood that I wanted to communicate in this image. A simple desaturation of the image and some additional saturation of the blue color of the canoe created the sense of dying color in a winter landscape that I wanted to achieve.

What types of processing do you like to do in your images?

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Surface

The power of the river

Welcome to week 148 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge.

Thanks to everyone for the great contributions on last week’s theme; you managed to run with Crawl without any problem! For this week, I thought it might be fun to go with a theme that allows you to go to any level that you like: Surface! It’s up to your creative minds to document the surface, or see what surfaces or go below the surface to uncover what lies beneath. Of course, your surfaces can be of any topology that you choose!

Have some fun with this one and don’t hesitate to poke the surface and see what you stir up! I’m looking forward to your creative endeavors!

Here’s a surface with a slight ripple…

Liquid Power

This image came from a leisurely exploratory drive along the Connecticut river; as I drove North into Vermont, I thought it would be a good change of pace to drive South through New Hampshire. That’s where I found this hydro power plant in Bellows Falls, VT.

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)!!

Enjoy your week and I can’t wait to see what floats to the surface in your creative endeavors!

Friday Mystery Slide – 2019 #05

It looks warm here!

Here comes a fifth mystery slide post of this year….

This week’s entry comes from the boxes of slides that I received from my father-in-law. For full disclosure…I’m not 100% sure where the mystery location is, but I think that I know it… Based on the slide, I think the image was captured in the early 1960s.

There’s a nice view with a bay not too far away…

Box E – Image 124…where are we?

It appears to me that there are some old fortifications in this image. Where do you think this might be?

Finding Plockton

Mediterranean Scotland?

Traveling is a lot of fun, as it allows for exploration and meeting people with unique stories and backgrounds. When visiting Scotland in 2013, one of my favorite places was the Isle of Skye, which is drop-gorgeous and truly photogenic. On Skye, we stayed at a great Bed and Breakfast, where we felt truly welcome.

Upon departure from Skye toward Inverness, one of the recommendations was to take a slight detour just over the bridge. This detour led us here…

Idyllic Plockton

Plockton is situated in such a way that it’s protected from most of the effects of the climate that gives the Highlands its rugged look. The town gives one the feeling of being transported to a Mediterranean village!

The harbor is wonderful to see…

The houses along the harbor are lovely to behold and make for some great lines…

When in Scotland…go visit Plockton!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Cold and Warm

Warm and cold, enjoy them both!

Welcome to Week 140 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge! First of all, for those of you who celebrate: Merry Christmas!

In the northern hemisphere the season has brought in some of the cold that we might expect, and, sometimes, even welcome. In the southern hemisphere, Summer heat will be on its way to make the beaches even more welcome. This made me think of this week’s theme: Cold and Warm. The challenge is to combine both elements in your photography, poetry or prose. As usual, you have plenty of artistic license to take this theme into the direction of your choosing, as long as you have fun with it!

I’m sure that you’ll warm up to this week’s challenge and not leave me in the cold here in New England! I’m very much looking forward to your creativity!

Here’s a taste of warm and cold…

Winter’s Warming

This scene struck me, as the February morning was rather cold, but the Sun’s light had a warmth to it that changed the entire feel. It almost made me feel, as if I was looking at a Winter landscape through a window, while having a hot cocoa!

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)!!

Stay warm and come in out of the cold, or vice versa!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 130

Deep reflections!

Welcome to the 130th round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!

You didn’t need much encouragement from me to reflect upon this week’s theme of Reflection, as your posts are not only amazing, but also numerous!!  Many of you took the theme into several directions within a single post, which shows both creativity and makes for a really fun read!  As you can imagine, there were more than a few smiles on my face while reading all your great posts!

Hope that you enjoy each other’s work and thank you for all the effort you put into your posts!!

Something to reflect about that which is reflected…

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Timeline Non Sequitur

When I chanced up on this scene in Holyoke, MA, I was struck, not only by the reflection of the mills in the power canal, but more by the collection of odds and ends that line the shore, or fly across the image…

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

  1. The week’s entries are started by Hammad’s post in the Blog of Hammad Rais, where he captures a wonderful reflection in Dubai!
  2. Kammie shares some lovely reflections in the Nut House, which is a wonderful blog to follow!
  3. This week’s entry in Heart to Heart‘s blog focuses on human chemistry, reflecting on the bond between Ma and Pa.
  4. Brian reflects in multiple fashions in his excellent post in Bushboy’s World, and I agree that the landing spot might not be ideal…
  5. Charles’ photo in charlesewaugh is simply fantastic, as it captures the scene in all its aspects and draws the viewer in!
  6. This week’s photos in the wonderful post in Chateaux des Fleurs are for the birds… of course, this is just what we hope to see!
  7. Jackie certainly found lots of places around the world that reflect, as we can see from her post in Junkboat Travels; those are some cool spots!
  8. We are treated to a wonderful set of reflections in pensivity101‘s post, and then get a second post from her in pensivity101, which mirrors in multiple ways!
  9. Yet another stunning photo in the entry in theOnlyD800intheHameau; the town is lovely, and exceedingly well represented!
  10. Yinglan’s post in This is Another Story is filled with magnificent reflections that are just great to look at!
  11. Ulli’s post in the blog Banactee brings us wonderful photos, capturing both art and Nature in their reflections!
  12. This week’s post in One letter UP – diary 2.0 strikes pure gold, which is what I see when I look at the great photo!
  13. The Roaming Urban Gypsy takes us on a tour through the city, where we discover myriad wonderful, interesting reflections!
  14. Xenia’s post in whippetwisdom brings us reflections in multiple ways with a lovely post!  In a second post in Tranature, we encounter a redshank, which appears deep in thought…
  15. The reflection in Na’ama Yehuda‘s post is definitely ducky!  Her poem is simply fantastic!
  16. Irene’s photo in her blog Heaven’s Sunshine provides a wonderful reflection that invites reflection.
  17. This week’s entry in A Day in the Life is captivating, as the heron appears to be posing for this photo!
  18. In a lovely post in Sgeoil, we experience the quiet reflection of the moon, upon which the haiku reflects…
  19. The wonderful photo in this week’s entry in Geriatri’X’ Fotogallery is rather intriguing, as it reflects many parts of the scene!
  20. With great photos we get to experience various reflections in mytravelcsp, which is a great blog.
  21. Marie states in her post in her blog, the New 3Rs: Retire, Recharge, Reconnect, that she’s not a fan of Gehry’s architecture, but she captures it beautifully!
  22. Stella knows how to capture with a sense of humor, as we can see in her post in Giggles & Tales, which features and interesting restaurant name!
  23. In a really interesting trek, in Go Outside Today Todd takes us to a number of locations that stand out, one of which appears to be a diner for alligators…
  24. In Don’t Hold Your Breath, we are introduced to the Meenakshi temple in Madurai, which looks stunning! Go check out this post!
  25. In a cool post in Numeric Citizen, we find out that they wanted to make it great…the photo certainly was made great!
  26. Susan wishes us a good morning in her post in Musin’ with Susan, as we get her reflection in a faucet!
  27. Robert delights us with yet another stunning photo in Photo Roberts Blog, where the slightly non-linear nature of the reflection provides a truly interesting visual!
  28. Ramya’s photo of the reflected jasmine flowers in And Miles to go before I Sleep… is truly fantastic!
  29. Marga delights me with a photo from the city of my birth in her post in The Photographer Roamed the Streets…, which you should check out!
  30. Deb shares a mysterious image in her post in Twenty Four, which makes one wonder what the original artist looked to create with their depiction…
  31. Sandy’s photo in her post in Out of my Write Mind is wonderful view of the river and the colors that line it!  Read the poem too!
  32. Most photographers can relate with Woolly’s lament in Woolly Muses‘s post, as a dead battery can disarm most cameras with great ease…
  33. Maria shares a couple of amazing photos in her post in KameraPromenader, of which the drop of water is probably my favorite!
  34. Olga reflects upon autumn’s transitory nature in her post in Stuff and what if…, and her photo is spectacular!
  35. Cee provides us with a lovely set of reflections in Cee’s Photography, which is an amazing photography blog!
  36. There is something rather special about Touring with Kids, which is evident again in this week’s entry…very zen!
  37. Another amazing post in Photography Journal Blog brings us a uniquely English view of Cambridge!
  38. Debbie shares some stunning photos of horses in Travel with Intent, as they appear to wander very contentedly!
  39. After returning from an amazing journey, Debbie writes another wonderful post in ForgivingConnects, where she shares the importance of accepting oneself, illustrated by her experiences. A great read!
  40. With another stunning photo in Land of Images we get a glorious view of Freeport Harbour.
  41. Durham’s cathedral is captured in all its beauty in Lin’s Doodles‘ post; it’s a lovely location!
  42. With wonderful photos in To See a World in a Grain of Sand…, Ann-Christine shares irresistible reflections!
  43. Tatiana brings us some awesome reflections in Las Vegas in Vegas Great Attractions, and also takes us to Flaming Gorge in TravelWays, where the landscape is stunning!
  44. In another great post in Middleton Road, Sonya gives us a wonderful view of Hyde Park on a Saturday morning.
  45. In a lovely post in XingfuMama, we get a collection of awesome reflections from Shougang!
  46. Mostly Monochrome is a stunning photography blog, and the view of the Thames a good distance from London underscores the quality of this blog!
  47. Miriam reflects on upcoming surgery on her hand in Out an’ About, and shares some lovely reflections with us!  All the best!!
  48. From Jordy’s Streamings we get deep reflections upon the mysterious sculpture that stands reflected in the water in Winchester Cathedral…
  49. Ju-Lyn posted a wonderful reflection in All Things Bright and Beautiful!  The soundtrack to go with it is great as well!
  50. Ilka’s post on reflections in A Thousand Miles takes us into the wonderful world of meditation, and provides a gorgeous photo for our focus!
  51. In A Pause for Nature we are treated to reflections that one might find all around us; the discovery comes from looking!

I hope that you enjoy these posts and let the authors know!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Row

All the pretty things in a row!

Welcome to Week 121 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!  After another week of wonderful responses from all of you to the theme of Field, my challenge was to select another new theme.

As the quantify of these challenges grows, it becomes ever harder to come up with unique themes that fit with my idea of providing multiple directions for responses to the challenge.  This week’s theme of Row has a number of possibilities, as it can denote a line of people or items, a street, propelling a boat with oar(s), a quarrel, and I’m sure there are others that haven’t come to my mind yet.

Open your creative minds to row through the waters of ideas!  I’m excited to see what fantastic posts you’ll generate in response to this week’s theme!

Here are a bunch of posts, standing in a row…

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Beached Order

This image is from near the end of a day of photography on snow-covered beaches.  It was a very cold day, which produced many memorable photos, as the combination of snow and deserted beaches is not something that is very common, even in New England.

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)!!

I’m looking forward to seeing what winds up filling your posts!