Tuesday Photo Challenge – Bird

If a seagull is all that I’m given…

Welcome to Week 79 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge.

It’s good to be (almost) caught up with everything and that I had the time to enjoy your entries for last week’s theme of Sand; they were a pleasure to read!

As I was looking through some of my images to come up with an idea for this week, I came across one that made me chuckle, so I jumped on it!  In this rather simple image, the seagull stands proud with that kind of look that seagulls seem to have perfected over the years.  Therefore, I’m throwing you the theme of Bird!

That doesn’t mean that you have to go find the most exotic bird in the world to get a great image; you could find those everyday birds that are often a nuisance in the park and put them in the spotlight, or you could focus on what many birds do well: fly like a bird! I’m sure that your fertile minds will come up with some rather interesting images!!

So, have fun and shoot some birds (with your camera, of course)!

Here’s that rather put off seagull…

Seagull of Staffa

For this image, I want to share a couple of tidbits; the reason that my wife and I took a boat trip to Staffa was that she would really like to see puffins; allegedly, they nest on Staffa in significant quantities!  Excited with the opportunity to photograph some puffins, I went out to rent a reasonably priced 100-400mm lens to take along on the trip.  When I went to pick up the lens, the one that I was to get had not yet been returned by the previous renter. After explaining my plans, they agreed to rent me a Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS USM lens for the same price (a really good deal, as that lens cost appr. $5000 more).

So, my wife and I get on the boat to Staffa, and I’m the envy of every photographer, as they are greatly impressed by my lens.  After arriving on Staffa, we go exploring in all of the areas, where puffins are rumored to be, only to find not a single puffin on the island! Plenty of seagulls, though!  As I had been carrying the rather heavy lens all the way over here, I decided that I might as well work with what I am given; I actually had to back up to get the entire seagull in the frame, as a 400mm lens has a fairly narrow field of view.  I should say that I was very impressed with the performance of the lens, as the optics were the best that I ever used.

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 you find in your sandbox, belt-sander or hourglass…

Also, an appropriate image for the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge theme of Scale.

Wobbly Walk across the Ness

A gentle walk!

The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge has the theme of Pedestrian.  A rather quotidian topic that we can treat thusly!

Yes, it is a very pedestrian response, but this foot bridge in Inverness, Scotland, came to mind.  This bridge has some rather interesting features!  It is a truly lovely walk across the river Ness, which gets a bit more adventurous, as you depart from either shore.  This bridge has quite a bit of wobble and flex to it, which makes it feel somewhat like one of those old fashioned ravine crossing bridges!

Cross at your own risk…

Caution: bridge may wobble!

How many of you have crossed wobbly bridges?

Oban, Scotland

A great place to visit!

When my wife, Kris, and I travelled around Scotland in 2013, one of our targets was the Isle of Mull; this is a wonderful island that also allowed us to see the uninhabited Staffa island with hopes to see puffins (no luck, but that’s another story).  To get to Mull, we chose to take the ferry from Oban.

We arrived in Oban during the latter part of the afternoon, got settled in a B&B and went for a bit of exploring around the harbor area.  As we walked up an appetite, we decided to visit one of the local pubs, the Harbour Inn, which is on the landward side of the Columba Hotel.  Our Chicken Tikka Masala was one of the best pub versions of this ubiquitous dish that we found, and I had my first introduction to the local dram: Oban 14.  If you like a good Scotch whisky, you cannot go wrong with the Oban 14, which has been part of my steady stock in my liquor cabinet ever since.

Oban, as seen from the ferry

The view you see here is taken from the ferry on our way to Mull, looking back to the town and its distinctive features, such as McCraig’s Folly, the coliseum-like structure atop the hill.

If you get the chance, visit Oban and enjoy a dram!

Thorny Beauty!

Tough as beauty!

The WordPress Daily Prompt has the theme of Thorny.  One idea sprung to mind immediately when I saw this one: the Scottish beauty of gorse!

Gorse is ubiquitous across the highlands and isles, where it adorns many hills with a lush coat of yellow that looks so beautiful from a distance.  It is a pioneer that knows how to protect itself with thorny spikes that are strong and almost an inch long; any encounter with this defense mechanism is sure to leave an impression that is not soon forgotten.

Here’s a quick shot that shows both the beauty and the beast….

Prickly Scottish Beauty

This was captured on the lovely isle of Mull, where it abounded.  Where you get a dense conglomeration of gorse brushes, there is no passing without strong protection.

Have a wonderful day!

Ever-growing Light

Bright spots on the Lump!

With a Daily Prompt theme of Crescendo, I thought it might be interesting to share something that is a bit of an experiment.

Quite often, I will experiment with something that goes against the accepted practices of photography; we have heard a number of them about composition, light, rule of thirds, etc.  The standard approach of keeping the Sun behind you, when shooting, is eschewed by me, as there are so many interesting things to discover by varying one’s technique a bit.

In this particular moment, I noticed that the Sun was playing rather nicely through the trees, creating some rather interesting patterns on the green.  A bit of lens flare was the risk, as you can see, but it made for a bit of an unusual view.

Tripping the Light Fantastic

I captured this near a village green in Portree on Skye, which location is called ‘The Lump’.  I captured this as an HDR sequence using my Canon EOS 5D Mk III camera with an EF 17-40mm f/4L lens.

Curious to hear what you think about this little folly!

Skye – Island of Many Textures – pt. 2

Multi-textural beauty

Inspired by the WordPress Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge theme of Texture, as Skye is all about textures, I thought I’d share another one of my recent edits.

This is looking across the Quiraing range…

Textures of the Quiraing

I’d welcome your thoughts on the direction that this image might go.

Have a wonderful day!

Skye – an island of many textures

Rugged, yet approachable

As I was noodling around for a couple of minutes with some of my images from our vacation to Scotland, which was 4 years ago, I struggled a bit with deciding on the treatment that I wanted to give a particular image.  I’m still not certain yet, but U was amused when I looked at the WordPress Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge theme of Texture, as this image is all about texture.

I’m still not convinced that I have found the right solution, but will share my work in progress with you.

Skye’s Rugged Textures

I’d welcome your thoughts on the direction that this image might go.

Have a wonderful day!