Tuesday Photo Challenge – Roll

Welcome to week 154 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!

Of course, after a week of Rocking entries, you fully expected that we’d Roll into this week! Yes, I gave into the tempation of using Rock and Roll in consecutive weeks. As Roll can take a number of meanings, you can roll the dice to select the one you want to use. Whether a bread roll, a bed roll, or a ball rolling down the hill, I look forward to see what wonderful ideas come rolling in this week!

Please remember to have some fun with this week’s theme!

When the tide rolls out…

The Tide Rolled Out

As I’ve used this image a number of times for various purposes, my commitment for this week is to shoot something new to roll into this week’s round up… I have some ideas!

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)!!

Go ahead and roll with it, and let the good times roll!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 145

Rising to the occasion!

Welcome to the 145th round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!

Why am I not surprised that the theme of Rose caused the cream of your creativity to rise to the top? This was a big week of contributions with tons of roses and some things that rose to the occasion! The rose sky is alos tryly amazing! Thank you very much for providing me with another week of wonderful reading, which I enjoyed immensely!

I hope that you enjoy all these great posts!

Here’s the view of the Bay of Fundy, before the water rose….

Bay of Fundy

This shot goes way back and is one of my favorite locations in the world: Nova Scotia! Together with its Old World namesake, it makes for great photography.

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

  1. In A Day in the Life, we learn about the rose cultivation by her grandfather with wonderful photography!
  2. With another amazing post in Geriatri’X’ Fotogallery, we find out that a rose is a rose…or is it?
  3. Kammie shares a a variety of roses in her post in Nut House Central; which one of is your favorite?
  4. Shelley’s post in Quaint Revival shows how she rose above her loss of faith in tenants; it’s a post well worth reading!
  5. This week, pensivity101 shares her love of roses and their meaning in her life.
  6. With some stunning photos in Chateaux des Fleurs, we get treated to beautiful roses!
  7. Nicole has another stunning photograph in Une Photo, un Poéme; that white rose is amazing!
  8. With a great photo, as always, we get to see roses, as they age in theonlyD800inthehameau!
  9. In Don’t Hold Your Breath, we learn how the Umiam lake rose into being during the past century.
  10. Xenia takes us along for a walk with Eivor and Pearl in her blog WhippetWisdom, and the trail is wonderful, even after the storm!
  11. Na’ama’s poem in Na’ama Yehuda gives us the sense of what a rose might go through during aging…
  12. In Junk Boat Travels, Jackie provides an interesting collection of roses…had you thought of any of these?
  13. Cee’s photos of roses in her post in Cee’s Photography are absolutely stunning!
  14. Sarah’s photo in her post in By Sarah is another amazing one! That is a gorgeous rose!
  15. Mike truly created a gorgeous capture of a rose in his post in PhotographyOCD! A rose is a rose!
  16. In Bushboys World, Brian shares some amazing roses with us! They are beautiful!
  17. Jase’s post in Proscenium shows us the beautiful rose color of the sky, which is gorgeous!
  18. Irene’s photo in her post in Heaven’s Sunshine has an amazing rose, that looks like butter and is just as silky…
  19. In a wonderful post in La Vie en Rose, we get to enjoy the banks of the Seine with a stunning photo!
  20. Tracy’s blog may be called Reflections of an Untidy Mind, but her photos are very tidy and fantastic!!
  21. In Pictures without Film, Ken takes several approaches to the theme and they are a true joy!
  22. In another inspiring post in Heart to Heart, get to see a stunning rose!
  23. Debbie’s catches the wave in her post in Travel with Intent; that wave rose high and looks like a true work of art!
  24. Penny’s post in Penny Wilson Writes is a double winner with a gorgeous rose and a poem that goes deep!
  25. Yinglan captured something rather special in her post in This is Another Story; beautifully done!
  26. Woolly’s post in Woolly Muses reminds us not just of the beauty of the rose, but also of the importance of certain locations…
  27. Sandy lets us know that everything is rosy in her post in Out of my Write Mind, which applies for everything in her post!
  28. Liz’s contributes four posts this week; the first one in One Million Photographs has plenty of roses! The second in One Million Photographs finds more roses. The third entry in One Million Photographs has even more roses! The fourth entry in One Million Photographs has still more roses at the LA Flower Market!
  29. Maria captures a beautiful set of roses in her post in her blog KameraPromenader; those are gorgeous!
  30. Robert’s photography skill is on display again in his post in Photo Roberts Blog; these roses are amazing!
  31. In a great post in Another LQQK, we are treated to some amazing captures of roses!
  32. The rose in Jordy’s Streamings is an amazing example of photographic skill! The poem is awesome too!
  33. Hadd Hai Yaar brings us a gorgeous pink rose! Very well captured!
  34. Carol’s post in her blog Light Words takes the theme in two directions with a rose in her garden and a Rose who had a birthday!
  35. Another amazing photo is contributed in firehorseworld, with a stunning example of the flower!
  36. This week’s post in One letter UP – diary 2.0 not only has great roses, but also a wonderful memory!
  37. This week’s contribution in A Pause for Nature not only has gorgeous roses, but also tells a heart-touching story!
  38. Another enjoyable post from sgeoil brings us a rose which has a visitor!
  39. Olga plays with imperfection in her post in Stuff, and what if… to great effect!
  40. Ramya’s rose photos in her blog And miles to go before I sleep… are stunning!
  41. Amy shares her joy for the new photography toy that she is playing with in Photography Journal Blog; hipstamatic is fun!
  42. Susan goes with the theme in her Musin’ with Susan post with a rose that has a stunning color palette!
  43. Laura’s post in Finding My Own Way asks the question, if beauty ever dies…I agree with her answer!
  44. Ron’s photo in Progressing into Solitude is a stunner! That frosty rose is just special!!
  45. Khürt went outside to generate another amazing post in his blog Island in the Net; he also shares his best photo of the week in Island in the Net.

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

When you’re not happy with a photo…

If at first you don’t like it…

I expect that I am pretty much like most people, when it comes to photography:

  • Not every shot is perfect, and I can always find some flaw with it!
  • What I have in mind for a shot doesn’t always show up in my camera…
  • My best shot is the one that got away!

If this sounds familiar, this post is for you!

The date is July 6, 2007. My wife and I are in Nova Scotia, where she’s competing in an international agility trial with our Cardigan Welsh Corgis. I drop her off in the mornings, after which I go exploring with my FJ Cruiser for things to see, experience and photograph.  In the latter parts of the morning, I arrive in the little town of Digby and decide to stretch my legs and see what I can find.

At the end of Water Street, I see that the tide is out, so I clamber down to the beach and see the fog hanging over the bay.

Underwhelming Vista

Trust me, when I tell you that is was an awe inspiring view! I was happy that I caught the Bay of Fundy at low tide, as the dock shows the high water mark pretty well!  Was I impressed with my work? Not really… This image wound up being one among many taken in Nova Scotia, most of which were more exciting than this one.

This photo remained in the dustbin of my storage until almost 7 years after I took it.  In 2014, I was perusing some of my past photos, as I was reorganizing my storage, and I chanced upon this photo.  By that time, I had done quite a bit of work creating HDR images and really wished that I’d taken a set of exposures instead of a single shot when I looked at this file.

With 5 exposures or even 3, I knew that I could make something out of this scene.  But, what if…  HDRsoft’s Photomatix Pro has the ability to generate a 1-shot HDR image, which I really hadn’t attempted before.  On a lark, I decided to try it on this image.

Bay of Fundy

After the 1-shot processing, I used the tone mapping capabilities of Photomatix Pro to create the slightly more dramatic image that you see here.  Of course, looking at it now, I see many flaws with the processing, which makes me want to redo the process and create something even better.

If I can restrain myself from doing just that, I might get to some of my many travel photos from various years, as I’m at least 7 years behind schedule!

The moral of this story is to give your throwaway images another look and think what possibilities exist…

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 128

Superduper, awesome big!

Welcome to the 128th round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!  For the geeks among you: Round Up 0x80 or 0b10000000.

You really did Go Big in all your posts this week with lots of supersized items, many of which were captured with a sense of humor!  Your creativity showed through with the variety of your interpretations, as some were small, but dreamt big, while others were just insanely large!!

Thank you for producing all this pleasure to read and peruse!  It was a lot of fun!

Here’s something else that is really big…

Bay of Fundy at Low Tide

The Bay of Fundy is known for its gargantuan tidal variations, as you can see in this image taken at low tide.  The tides vary as much as 15m (50′) and create some truly amazing effects, such as reversing rapids and rivers changing flow direction.

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

  1. In Don’t Hold Your Breath, we not only go big, but we also go fish!  Of course, we all know the story of that really big fish…
  2. With a fantastic photo in Land of Images takes us to one of my favorite locations in Scotland: Skye! An amazing big vista!
  3. Shelley goes really big in Quaint Revival, as she reaches for the sky in her post with wonderful images and text!
  4. Nicole found a wonderful example of a supersized world in her photo in Une Photo, Un Poéme, as she caught a crown princess!
  5. We get a super view of the moon in pensivity101‘s blog post, as she captured a super moon and its effect on the tides.
  6. Petra goes super tall in her post in Photoworld vol. 3, which is achieved with an incredibly impressive wind turbine of 170m!
  7. Xenia’s post in whippetwisdom treats us to the big skies and golden hills with winding paths, along which Eivor and Pearl love to walk.  In a second post in Tranature, we see how big those cygnets have grown with a wonderful haiku!
  8. Ramya’s post in her lovely blog And Miles to go before I sleep… takes us to Bhuleshwar Temple and examines its beauty and size!
  9. Stella shares some really big human creations in Giggles & Tales, which range from the Martin Luther King memorial in Washington, D.C., to the Sacre Coeur in Paris.
  10. In a lovely post in mytravelcsp we get treated to some of the biggest, which include the Burj Khalifa and the Grand Canyon!
  11. A truly interesting photo in Chateaux des Fleurs provides us with a rather oversized mask that makes me wonder how big the wearer would be.
  12. In another great post in her blog Heaven’s Sunshine, Irene takes us into the desert for a look at the big background!
  13. In VegasGreatAttractions we get introduced to a Guinness Book of World Records certified biggest: the Bellagio Chocolate Fountain!
  14. Kammie’s post in The Nut House has some interesting big items, each of which may just put a smile on your face!
  15. The Buddha in Na’ama Yehuda‘s post is truly as big as the sky, and her poem lets you know more about this wonder!
  16. In Q’s Place, we end up in London and find a rather big clock, and an even bigger ferris wheel!
  17. Jason is spot on in his post in Proscenium, as that is all bark and no bite! I’m trying to figure out how they got it inside the house!
  18. Marie takes us to a place I want to visit in her post in the New 3Rs: Retire, Recharge, Reconnect: Karnak is truly magnificent!!
  19. The entrance is sure grand and big in theOnlyD800intheHameau‘s post! I’d love to see what the interior looks like!
  20. With hands like that, boccia becomes interesting, as you see in Geriatri’X’ Fotogallery, which is a bit of an odd ball!
  21. Deb’s photo in Twenty Four captures an epic wave, which I’m sure requires an epic surfer!
  22. In a beautifully photographed post in Out of my Write Mind, Sandy brings us a set of natural yardstick to measure big!
  23. Cee finds some interesting big items in her post in Cee’s Photography; which one do you like best?
  24. This week’s post in One letter UP – diary 2.0 focuses on something that you’d prefer not to see big…
  25. Maria finds a spot in her post in KameraPromenader that looks like a great diving off point…too high for me!
  26. Susan takes us to Strassbourg in her post in Musin’ with Susan, and she’s right that it dwarfs the city around it!
  27. In a lovely post in Heart to Heart, we find a fantastic Buddha at Thimpu, which is truly big!
  28. Debbie’s humor comes through loud and clear in Travel with Intent, as she’s capture an enlarging recipe that can save you from kidnap!
  29. Brian’s photos not only capture the big, but also present humor, as we can see in Bushboy’s World; now to get on that motorcycle!!
  30. In Life Amazing there are not not only some fatanstically big landmarks, but also has something that is just too large for one’s wrist!
  31. Hammad’s post in the Blog of Hammad Rais might not feature the biggest item, but it can dream!
  32. The post in Junkboat Travels finds something junky that is unbelievably big! Who drank that soda?
  33. Olga can’t be outdone on Earth in her choice of big in her post in Stuff and what if…; the Pacific Ocean!
  34. Sonia’s post in Sonia’s Musings takes us to Athirapally falls, which are not only stunning, but also bring back memories!
  35. A wonderful post in Photography Journal Blog features one of the the places that I’d like to visit: the Alhambra!
  36. Maria takes us to stunning location in CitySonnet, where birds rule and use up every inch of space and then some!
  37. Stunning architecture is supersized in Hadd Hai Yaar‘s post, which also has this rather interesting robot…
  38. In a fantastic post in A Pause for Nature, we meet up with a big lady who welcomes your tired, your poor, your huddled masses to breathe free!
  39. In Pragun’s Panchtattwa, we find that a bangle that might just be a little large to put on one’s wrist….
  40. In Pictures without Film, we find a post that introduces us to the Drumtroddan Stones, which are definitely too big to lift!
  41. In a great post in This is Another Story, Yinglan takes us to Nature for some rather big features!
  42. Tatiana captures some supersized boats in her post in TravelArtPix, as the are in port in Cozumel!  In a second post in TravelArtPix by Eduardo José Accorinti, we get treated to Patagonian raspberries!
  43. In sgeoil‘s post, we are treated to a beautifully shot photograph that features the big sky that looms!
  44. In a really cool post in A Day in the Life, we are introduced to a cousin, who is a bit taller…
  45. Khürt finds the big M in his photo in Island in the Net, as the teams have left the field and only Khürt (and the janitors) remain!
  46. Ju-Lyn’s post in All Things Bright and Beautiful shows some lily pads that look big enough for me to take a nap on!
  47. Miriam takes us Out an’ About to the Portland Dunes and the coastal area, as we learn about driving in the dunes (tall pole with flag required). A great travel post that makes me want to visit!
  48. In a wonderful post in A Thousand Miles, Ilka comes across a bug of significant size (huge, she says) in the forest…what do you think about it?
  49. In Woolly Muses‘s post, we get to see a rather large pumpkin in Hobbiton…it makes me wonder, if big is smaller there! That soda will quench a lot of thirsts, though!
  50. And, in Trash Panda Steph‘s post, we go to the hills, really big hills that look truly stunning!!

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

Where has the water gone?

Goodnight moon!

Today’s WordPress Daily Post Prompt of Missing was a bit of a head scratcher for me, as nothing came to mind immediately.  But then, as I was perusing additional images to add to my Etsy store, I saw this image that I titled ‘Bay of Fundy at Low Tide‘.

Something is missing in this image…

Bay of Fundy at Low Tide

The tides of the Bay of Fundy are the stuff of legend, so when I came upon this scene in the little town of Digsby, Nova Scotia, I immediately recognized the opportunity in front of me.

Final Voyage

There’s no escape!

From its launch onward, each boat slowly, inexorably moves toward its final voyage.  With a good crew and maintenance, it can be many years before its lot is sealed and it’s sold for scrap, sunk for reef building or hauled ashore with indignity…

Many a proud vessel ends up on display, where many can admire its rich history of survival on turbulent waters and safeguarding its crew.  Museums tell the tales of these ships and the impact that they had on civilization over the centuries.

Then again, some are discarded without regard for their deep souls…

Bad Parking

This image is from a trip to Nova Scotia, where I found this ramshackle boat lying on the shore.  This really was a nightmare scenario for this poor vessel, which I tried to reflect with the processing of this image.

Hope you enjoy!

Technical Details

This image was captured with a Canon EOS 1D Mk II using an EF 24-105mm f/4L lens.  It was a series of exposures that were combined using Photomatix Pro by HDRsoft.


Inspired by Daily Prompt – Voyage.

Friday Travel – vol 16

Fishing village of yore

Today, I thought I’d share a couple of travel photos from a trip to Nova Scotia about 10 years ago.  In particular, there’s a great little town called Peggy’s Cove, just a little south of Halifax that I want to share with you.

Lighthouse at Peggy’s Cove, N.S.

The classic red-and-white lighthouse is still operated by the Canadian Coast Guard, and is situated on an extensive granite outcrop at Peggy’s Point, immediately south of the village and its cove. This lighthouse is one of the most-photographed structures in Atlantic Canada and one of the most recognizable lighthouses in the world.

Visitors may explore the granite outcrop on Peggy’s Point around the lighthouse; despite numerous signs warning of unpredictable surf (including one on a bronze plaque on the lighthouse itself), several visitors each year are swept off the rocks by waves, sometimes drowning.

The first lighthouse at Peggy’s Cove was built in 1868 and was a wooden house with a beacon on the roof. At sundown the keeper lit a kerosene oil lamp magnified by a catoptric reflector (a silver-plated mirror) creating the red beacon light marking the eastern entrance to St. Margarets Bay. That lighthouse was replaced by the current structure, an octagonal lighthouse which was built in 1914. It is made of reinforced concrete but retains the eight-sided shape of earlier generations of wooden light towers. It stands almost 15 meters (49 ft) high. The old wooden lighthouse became the keeper’s dwelling and remained near to the current lighthouse until it was damaged by Hurricane Edna in 1954 and was removed. The lighthouse was automated in 1958. Since then, the red light was changed to white light, then to a green light in the late 1970s. Finally to conform to world standards the light was changed to red in 2007.

View of the Cove

The first recorded name of the cove was Eastern Point Harbour or Pegg’s Harbour in 1766. The village is likely named after Saint Margaret’s Bay (Peggy being the nickname for Margaret), which Samuel de Champlain named after his mother Marguerite.  There has been much folklore created to explain the name. One story suggests the village may have been named after the wife of an early settler. The popular legend claims that the name came from the sole survivor of a shipwreck at Halibut Rock near the cove. Artist and resident William deGarthe said she was a young woman while others claim she was a little girl too young to remember her name and the family who adopted her called her Peggy.  The young shipwreck survivor married a resident of the cove in 1800 and became known as “Peggy of the Cove” attracting visitors from around the bay who eventually named the village, Peggy’s Cove, after her nickname.

Fishing Boats

The village was formally founded in 1811 when the Province of Nova Scotia issued a land grant of more than 800 acres (320 ha) to six families of German descent. The settlers relied on fishing as the mainstay of their economy but also farmed where the soil was fertile. They used surrounding lands to pasture cattle. In the early 1900s the population peaked at about 300. The community supported a schoolhouse, church, general store, lobster cannery and boats of all sizes that were nestled in the Cove.

Many artists and photographers flocked to Peggy’s Cove. As roads improved, the number of tourists increased. Today the population is smaller but Peggy’s Cove remains an active fishing village and a favorite tourist destination.

Hope you enjoyed this little visit to Peggy’s Cove.

Technical Details

All images were captured with a Canon EOS 1D Mk II using an EF 24-105mm f/4 lens.

Weekly Photo Challenge – Earth

Sitting on the dock of the bay

The theme for the WordPress Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge is Earth, asking us to share our vision of this magnificent planet, on which we reside.  I think there may be one or two items that I can come up with.

Bay of Fundy Tide Out

The first of the highly impressive features of our home planet is the variety of tidal movement that exists around the Earth.  Nowhere is this more noticeable than in the Bay of Fundy, as seen here from Digby.

The Bay of Fundy is known for having the highest tidal range in the world. Rivaled by Ungava Bay in northern Quebec, King Sound in Western Australia, Gulf of Khambhat in India, and the Severn Estuary in the UK, it has one of the highest vertical tidal ranges in the world. The Guinness Book of World Records (1975) declared that Burntcoat Head, Nova Scotia has the highest tides in the world:

“The Natural World, Greatest Tides: The greatest tides in the world occur in the Bay of Fundy…. Burntcoat Head in the Minas Basin, Nova Scotia, has the greatest mean spring range with 14.5 metres (47.5 feet) and an extreme range of 16.3 metres (53.5 feet).”

Portions of the Bay of Fundy, Shepody Bay and Minas Basin, form one of six Canadian sites in the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network, and is classified as a Hemispheric site.  It is administered by the provinces of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, and the Canadian Wildlife Service, and is managed in conjunction with Ducks Unlimited Canada and the Nature Conservancy of Canada.

Technical Details

This shot was taken with a Canon EOS 1D Mk III using an EF 24-105mm f/4 lens.  Exposure settings were 1/30 second, f/16 at 400 ISO.  This image was not 100% to my liking originally, until I reprocessed it using Photomatix Pro to get the result you see here.

Hope you enjoy this post inspired by the Daily Post WPC – Earth

Wednesday Wonderment – pt 9

The tide is out

My apologies for having been a bit sporadic in my posts over the past couple of days, as I was on the road for a new job.  This Wednesday, we’re back to one of the regular features.

Bay of Fundy


Natural forces can come together to create some amazing effects, which is what happens with the tidal forces in the Bay of Fundy.  The difference between high and low tide can average as much as 14.5 meters (47.5 feet) in locations.  As you can see from this image taken at low tide, the high water line on the wooden dock is well above these little boats that have settled in the sand.

This shot was taken in 2007 in the town of Digby (if memory serves me), Nova Scotia.  Nova Scotia is a province that is just filled with natural wonder, where I certainly hope to get back at some point for some additional photography.

Technical Details

This shot was taken with a Canon EOS 1D Mk III using an EF 24-105mm f/4L lens.  Exposure settings were 1/125 second at f/11 at 640 ISO.  This is a shot that never really did much for me, until I decided to use Photomatix Pro and give it a bit of single-shot HDR treatment to get the clouds more dramatic and a couple of other minor enhancements.


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