Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 176

Gently flowing over the edge…

Welcome to the 176th round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge! My apologies for being a tad late with this edition; it’s good that I love my job, as it can demand a bit much of my time once in a while!

You really put on a wonderful display of what Fall means to you! Your creative posts ranged from those that made me laugh out loud to those that made me just sit back and appreciate the great colors of the season! There were amazing waterfalls, places where you don’t want to fall, and a fall guy! Thank you for all the thoughtful and wonderful work that you put into all of your posts!

Please tell one another what you like about all these great posts!!

Here’s a waterfall that I enjoyed this past weekend…

Devil’s Hopyard Falls, East Haddam, CT

This waterfall is in Devil’s Hopyard State Park in East Haddam, CT; even though the amount of water flowing on this Sunday was not spectacular, the scenery still stands out, as the water flows across the rock formations.

Please enjoy the following blog posts:

  1. This week’s theme of Fall is started off by Sarah with a gorgeous bit of color in her post in By Sarah!
  2. Debbie showcases one of Iceland’s beautiful waterfalls in her post in Travel with Intent; Irarfoss is stunning!
  3. Shelley is trying to fall back into the work rhythm in her post in Quaint Revival; I’m not sure that it’s working, as relaxation beckons!
  4. Jackie takes a number of interesting approaches to the theme in her post in Junk Boat Travels; I’d watch for coconuts!
  5. I can see why the Ryans like visiting Sheffield Park Gardens in a gorgeous post in RyanPhotography; that’s a stunning photo!
  6. The approach to our theme is a bit playful in another awesome post in theOnlyD800intheHameau; those cataracts are a truly minor fall!
  7. Na’ama goes in the opposite direction in her post in Na’ama Yehuda: the aspiration is not to fall, which I can understand!
  8. Xenia and her wonderful whippets take us into the changing season on the Highlands in her post in Whippetwisdom; such an amazing locale!
  9. That water certainly looks inviting in Chateaux des Fleurs, or do you prefer to lounge among the colorful leaves?
  10. It looks like the harvest is complete and the colors are brightening in Geriatri’x’ Fotogallery‘s post; beautiful photo!
  11. Vibrant colors feature large in a great photo in Granny Shot It, as the autumnal look is amazing!
  12. Ann-Christine finds another wonderful location for her post in To See A World in a Grain of Sand…; the mountain, Kirkjufell, and the Kirkjufellfossar provide a spectacular view!
  13. Mike’s image in his blog, Photography OCD, really gives you the sense of the Fall season, where colorful maize features.
  14. Donna features a gorgeous array of photos that give us a great sense of Autumn in her post in Wind Kisses; Arizona looks amazing!
  15. Jase might have fallen for a rather amazing dress in Proscenium; it also looks very suitable to dress up for fall!
  16. In a lovely post in the blog Beautiful Photographs, Russ spins a couple of approaches to the theme!
  17. This week we get another wonderful post in Don’t Hold Your Breath, as we visit Dawki and the India and Bangladesh border; gorgeous area!
  18. Sirisha shares a wonderful set of images in her blog queennandini; I’m very curious about what might be falling from the helicopter…
  19. This week’s post in the lovely blog Travel with Tech takes us to the gorgeous cities of Prague and Bratislava; the photos are amazing!
  20. Viveka brings us a fantastic set of photos in MyGuiltyPleasures, which play on our theme in various ways; there’s also some wisdom in her post!
  21. Woolly has captured some amazing waterfalls in his post in Woolly Muses; every post of his causes me to add more destinations to my bucket list!!
  22. Sandy expresses my feelings about the Fall season perfectly in her post in Out of My Write Mind; and those colors match the poem to a tee!
  23. Maria focuses on one of the things that we see in the Fall in her post in Kamerapromenader, as the birds are leaving the colder regions to head for warmth…
  24. Elizabatz explores a number of features of the Fall season in her blog Elizabatz Gallery with a wonderful set of images.
  25. Carol showcases some gorgeous photos in her post in Light Words; they really give that autumnal feeling.
  26. In another wonderful post in the blog Kanlaon, we get a sense of what Autumn brings in the Philippines.
  27. Anne is a self-professed HorseAddict, where she posts a gorgeous image of what it is to ride during this season!
  28. The photo in Land of Images made me laugh out loud, and it might just be the most creative take on our theme!
  29. One can always tell a photographer who loves this season, as we can clearly see in A Day in the Life; those photos are just gorgeous!
  30. Tatiana shares several posts with us; first in Travelways we get to see Kakabeka Falls, which look fantastic! A second post in GiftSmart gives us a sense of evening rush hour at the bus stop. Tatiana finishes with another post in GiftSmart that shares lovely images of fall foliage!
  31. Robert shares some gorgeous Fall images from Hamburg in his post in Photo Roberts Blog; I simply love the creative approach that Robert takes in these images, as each of them speaks!
  32. David shares an array of amazing photos of fall color in his post in David M’s Photoblog; those colors are just stunning!
  33. Marie shares the arrival of Fall color in Heidelberg in her post in the New 3Rs: Retire, Recharge, Reconnect; beautiful image!
  34. Amy shares some of the work that she did to put together a great shot of an eagle owl in her post in Photography Journal Blog; both a wonderful photo and interesting read!
  35. Ken’s post in Pictures without Film made me laugh, but then again… people require warnings when they are at Hell’s Mouth!! Go check it out!
  36. Deb takes the prize for animal cuteness in her post in Twenty-Four; meerkats get me every time!
  37. In her final post in the Forgiving Friday series in ForgivingConnects, Debbie shares the impact of a youthful fall on her life story and the intent to move to NYC! Best wishes!!
  38. Cee takes her post in Cee’s Photography into two directions, as she explores both the season and gorgeous waterfalls. Great post!
  39. Hammad shares a wonderful poem and photo in his post in the Blog of Hammad Rais. Might’s Fall is a very apt title!
  40. In Alive and Trekking, we get a gorgeous view of the beach in Iceland, with a twist: the falling rocks and boulders make further passage too dangerous!
  41. The exact time of year might not be right, but the colors definitely are in pensivity101!
  42. Khürt is right that it’s not quite Fall, as he states in his post in Island in the Net; his photo does give the sense of the season and I particularly appreciate Khürt’s use of shadow in this image!
  43. It doesn’t get much more autumnal than Nicole’s photo in another lovely post in Une Photo, Un Poéme; I can see that image hanging on someone’s wall!
  44. In a great post in Thief Images Photography Blog, we get a view of Niagara Falls that combines both Fall and Spring! Great shot!
  45. The leaves are falling in a great post in One Letter Up – Diary 2.0; it’s going to be leaf cleanup time later, but for now, we enjoy the color!
  46. Marie has an incredible backyard view that she shares in Create Space; those colors are just out of this world!
  47. Irene shares a peek at the beginning of Fall colors in her lovely post in Heaven’s Sunshine; the season will be wonderful!

Please let all of these great bloggers know your thoughts about their posts!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Focus

Softly striding across the stream…

Welcome to week 177 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge! I’m still wrapping up the round up and will finish it on Tuesday night, as work is getting in the way…

As you created a wonderful week of Fall-themed contributions, I couldn’t help but wonder where I might direct you next… This week, my inspiration came from one of the images that I captured over the weekend, while visiting my good friend, George, who is an amazing photographer! We often go wandering to see what catches our eye (and lens). From the image in this post, I got the idea to use the theme of Focus, which, to my surprise, didn’t come up as a tag that I used before!

The challenge for you is to take focus into your preferred direction. There are many ways that you can take this: in focus, out of focus, a look of focus on someone’s face, you name it! Let your creative minds wander happily and keep your focus on the theme!

Here’s the image that led to this theme…

Bridge to…

During our wanderings in the Devil’s Hopyard, a lovely park in East Haddam, CT, we came across this lovely little bridge. While George was capturing it from one vantage point, I looked at it through this wonderful tree and thought that it might be interesting to shorten the depth of field and produce this image.

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)!!

Focus on your mission and have fun with the theme!! And on a side note, while writing this post, I was listening to Focus.

World’s Wonders on Wednesday – Iceland #01

The Gods at work…

As this week’s Tuesday Photo Challenge is on the theme of Fall, I thought it might be fitting to visit a waterfall. While going through some of my travel photos, I came across one of these from the amazing country of Iceland.

It took a bit of a clamber to get down to the level, from where I wanted to shoot this amazing set of falls that thunder down a semi-circular ledge; the view was very much worth it…

Waterfall of the Gods

This amazing sight is Goðafoss waterfall, which name translates to Waterfall of the Gods. This sight and sound of this much water flowing over the edge and past one’s feet is truly impressive. This is one of those locations, where I’d love to spend a number of days to get its beauty with various light qualities; the 30 or so minutes that I was there were just too short to do it justice.

Friday Mystery Location – 2019 #016

A setting sun and a lovely view!

Here comes the sixteenth mystery location post of this year….

Last week, the power of Google was demonstrated…and I had hoped that one of you had either made it to Panzano and seen Dario Cecchini’s butcher shop or seen it on the late Anthony Bourdain’s food/travel show, No Reservations.

For this week, there are fewer readable details in this image, as it is a wider view of a lovely town and its harbor. Where in the world do we find ourselves in this image?

A Lovely Harbor

Another shot from a lovely vacation filled with great people, sights and food!

Friday Mystery Location – 2019 #014

Wonderful architecture

Here comes the fourteenth mystery location post of this year….

Last week’s entry in this series was very difficult, so this week should be a bit more straightforward, as the landmark is rather pronounced…

Where is this?

Plenty of mystery here…

There are some advantages to business trips, such as getting great views, such as these!

Taking the EOS R for a test drive

Mostly hits and an HDR miss…

Recently, I spoiled myself with a new Canon EOS R camera and an RF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM zoom lens to go with the new Canon RF series mount; note that the camera came with an adaptor for all the Canon EOS mount lenses that I have, but I did want to make use of the full integration that comes with the new lens series.

You may ask, why I decided to go mirrorless; actually, I had already gone mirrorless for my travel photography with my Fuji X-H1, which is a great camera. There were some minor nuisances in this camera that kept me looking for other possible cameras to fit the niche. The most significant issue that I have with the Fuji is that it is a crop sensor. As a result, it’s ability to shoot real wide angle landscapes is a bit restricted.

Also, I have a significant investment in Canon lenses that I really like… Thus, when Canon released the EOS R last year with its full frame sensor, I was intrigued. However, I’m not exactly an early adopter in cameras, which made me wait until the 1.2.0 firmware release was out and the EOS R had ample field testing under its belt. Also, there was a significant rebate available at this time, which made the purchase more tempting. So, a couple of weeks ago, I pulled the trigger and used my Adorama credit that I had and a great credit deal (6 months with 0% interest) to buy the camera and lens.

View toward Windsor Dam at the Quabbin Reservoir

First observations of this camera is that it fits my hands well, its menus are well laid out in the familiar Canon style. Also, even though there are some changes to the layout of buttons and dials, they are quickly picked up and work well with my shooting style; I tend to shoot in either Aperture Priority or Manual modes, and making adjustments to settings while shooting in these modes is mostly done with 2 dials that are lined up with the index finger and thumb. Common adjustments for me, depending on mode, are aperture, exposure compensation, shutter speed and ISO speed, if light is highly variable.

After making my usual changes to default settings; which took about 10 or so minutes, the EOS R was ready for business. Btw, batteries have the same form factor, although there is an upgraded battery that can be charged by connecting the camera to a USB-C power source (MacBook…).

This weekend was the first real landscape shooting trip, as I hadn’t really caught great light conditions over the past week during the gaps in my schedule.

Ware River in Gilbertville, MA

Part of what I wanted to exercise is the HDR shooting capability of this camera. There are a good variety of options and I have found that Canon did a passable job in its in-camera processing and it still does a reasonable job, even though the processing takes quite a bit of time in the EOS R (I will get exact timing, but it seems like more than 5 seconds, which is slow when you are eager to shoot more). The shot of the Ware River is an in-camera processed HDR shot; it’s okay, but not stellar, as there was a slight breeze and trees get a bit fuzzy.

Hardwick Mill brick detail – Gilbertville, MA

The first image in this post was a quick test shot, which was unremarkable, but certainly workable. The brick detail image is the first of an HDR series, aka the EV 0 image; the raw image was taken through my basic Photoshop process and shows the sharpness of the lens and camera.

Hardwick Mill detail

The second mill image shows that the camera handles the exposure range between the white of the doors and the brick and darker sections pretty well. Both of the last two images were shot at f/5.6 and 400 ISO to get 1/500 s or faster shutter speed.

So far, I’m very happy with the results and I will continue to take this camera on the road for more opportunities (next stop: Brno).

One quick note on HDR; of course, I was looking forward to taking the HDR sequences through some proper processing. Unfortunately, I was thwarted, as Aurora HDR by Skylum does not support the CR3 RAW file format yet. Yes, the format has been out in public since February of 2018 with the release of the EOS M50, but Skylum has not figured out how to make the format work yet. Instead, I tried Photoshop Merge HDR processing, but was less than enchanted by the results, as ghosting is not handled very well. I will look for other options, as I enjoy the freedom of creating something unusual through HDR… Stay tuned!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Road

All who dare to enter…

Welcome to week 164 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!

Your posts on last week’s theme of Ancient were amazing and a lot of fun! As there were some of you who didn’t have anything of sufficient age around, I thought it would be a good idea to come up with a theme that would be close to everyone. At the same time, I wanted something that allows for creativity, so I decided to use Road as a theme. There are many directions, into which you can take the Road, whether they are well-traveled or less taken!

So, tap into your creative juices and ease on down the Road filled with wonder and adventure! Have fun!

Here’s a road to consider…

Less Taken…

This under-utilized road was a side street on one of my previous commutes. After a significant storm it look significantly less passable and made me wonder, if the ‘Do Not Enter’ sign was still needed…

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)!!

Looking forward to seeing all of your roads to the future!