Shiny moment in Chiusdino

Shining light

The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge has the wonderful theme of ooh, Shiny!; of course, this did generate some ideas, but I landed somewhere unexpected….

As I still had my Lightroom catalog from our trip to la Bella Italia open, why not take a browse?  That led me to the little village of Chiusdino, nearby where we stayed in the hamlet of Colordesoli (37 inhabitants).  It was a wonderful stay that allowed us to find the Abbey of San Galgano…

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Abbey of San Galgano

A simple iPhone image, as we were just wandering around on our first day in Tuscany.  The location was simple magic and filled with spiritual energy, that was amplified by the stunning Sun!

Hope you enjoy!

The Ancient Elements – Earth

Mother Earth’s children

The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge has the wonderful theme of Elemental; I’ll be sure to cover all the Ancient Elements of Fire, Water, Earth and Air during this week, as each has presented ample opportunities to me photographically.

In a break from the earlier posts in this series, I am going with a representational image for the Elemental of Earth.  In this image, we look toward the strong connection that humanity has with the earth for its sustenance, materials, living space and many other aspects of our daily lives…

 

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Fields of Tuscany

This image came about from my noticing this particular field, as my wife and I were driving to the town of Pienza in Tuscany.  During the morning there were a number of photographers at this location, so I skipped it, only to find it even more to my liking in the afternoon!

Hope you enjoy!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Alley

Don’t lose your marbles

Welcome to Week 70 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge.

After a week filled with golden tickets from all those wonderful entries, I figured we take a bit more of a pedestrian direction this week.

During our vacation in Italy, the hill towns of Tuscany provided us with much interesting scenery, architecture and some astonishing food!  So, it’s not too surprising that I reminisce this week and draw inspiration from one of these towns.  The word Alley goes back a ways in its derivation from the latin ambulare through the old French aler to the modern usage.  Of course, there is also an alley of a different meaning that has a separate derivation; which one do you choose?

This theme is right up your alley!  Whether your passageway is narrow or lined by trees, I’m looking forward to all the lovely entries!

Pienza provided some wonderful alleys, including one where we found a small restaurant that was simply amazing!  This one spoke to me…

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Alleys abound in Pienza

There is something inviting about these tableaux of old world tradition that just pulls you right in for a saunter and maybe a chat with the neighbors.

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)!!

So, go explore and find those alleys that call out to you!  And, of course, have FUN!

The Ancient Elements – Air

Breezy air currents

The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge has the wonderful theme of Elemental; I’ll be sure to cover all the Ancient Elements of Fire, Water, Earth and Air during this week, as each has presented ample opportunities to me photographically.

Today’s image is another one from my Kryptomorphaics series, which takes an abstract twist to uncover that what lies hidden just beneath the surface of our perception.  It captures the impact of the movement of the Elemental of Air through leaves of a tree in its Autumn livery…

 

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Autumn Winds

This particular image is part of a series that I captured during a visit to the wonderful Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, Massachusetts.  A beautiful Autumn day presented lots of opportunity for the creation of images both abstract and representational.  A slight bit of camera movement during this shot created the additional sense of flow in this shot.

Hope you enjoy!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 69

Golden tones, opportunities and faucets!

Welcome to the 69th round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge! This week gave you a golden opportunity to photograph something shiny and bright!

First of all, let me apologize for not doing a full set of comments in this week’s links; it’s been a rather hectic week at work, as I needed to finish up a proposal over the weekend, so I hope you can forgive me this one time.

Now, your entries have once again been wonderful, ranging from the sublime cat on the faucet (made me smile) to the great skies that you captured and that rather tasty looking beer!  I did stop by each and every one of your entries and enjoyed them!  Thank you for making me smile and giving me the chance to enjoy the golden thread that was woven through your posts!

Here’s a bit more gold, as it comes around every day…

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Smoldering Sunrise

Those of you who have been following this blog for a while, will recognize the yoga tree in her Autumn trim.  The golden sunrise, a harbinger of a great day ahead!

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

Hope that you enjoy each of these entries as much as I did!!

The Ancient Elements – Water

Relaxed, yet with purpose

The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge has the wonderful theme of Elemental; I’ll be sure to cover all the Ancient Elements of Fire, Water, Earth and Air during this week, as each has presented ample opportunities to me photographically.

Today’s element of Water has presented itself in many ways to me over the years; keeping with yesterday’s post of the element of Fire, I’m presenting another abstract image…

 

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Calm Motion

This image flowed forth from my studying this particular patch of rather rapid stream for a time, as I was intrigued by the interplay of water, plants and air getting pulled into a small vertex.  This study resulted in my playing just a bit with my lens’ zoom during this image that captured a bit of motion by extending the shutter time.

Hope you enjoy!

The Ancient Elements – Fire

Fires of creation

The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge has the wonderful theme of Elemental, which immediately made me think of an image that I shot a number of years ago.

This photo not only attempted to capture fire, but also the forces of creation that lie within that fire. This image is titled Pyroplasm 3x.

Pyroplasm 3x

Additionally, this image was my first foray into photographing with a twist, literally, as it was my first attempt at using zoom blur. Mastering this technique allowed me to unlock otherwise hidden forms in a series that I titled Kryptomorphaics.

Hope you enjoy!