Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 97

Shapely results!

Welcome to the 97th round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!  This week’s theme found many of you shaping up for some great posts all about Shape!

I wasn’t surprised by the good variety of approaches in this week’s entries, as I’ve come to expect it from all of you, but I was definitely stunned by the amazing quality and care that you took in putting these great posts together.  It was a lot of fun to read all of your posts!

Here’s another shape….

Among the Leaves

As you probably know, I enjoy the shapes that we find in Nature; when I saw the possibility of using the leaf’s shadow in an interesting way, I got down flat on the ground to get this perspective, as shapes, shadows and colors play together.

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

  • This week was kicked off by Land of Images, who has their head in the clouds, where wonderful shapes are to be found!
  • In Geriatri’X’ Fotogallery we get to see the magnificent shape that is brought to us by the fuchsia!
  • This week, pensivity101 reveals that she likes to watch the clouds with her husband, particularly, as some of the fine motoring shapes of the past have disappeared!
  • Xenia’s first entry in whippetwisdom tells us of the shape of quietude, which may exist with whippets, but certainly not with corgis (unless they are sleeping)!  Her second post in whippetwisdom provides some great shapes on the beach!
  • The wonderful entry from Cee’s Photography shows us that benches can come in all sorts of delightful shapes!
  • By Sarah demonstrates that when you’re walking through Nu’uanu Pali Lookout, you can stumble across the best shapes! But is that shape better than what you find in her second post in By Sarah, which will steal your heart!
  • Judy may have gotten carried away in sharing shapes in her blog, lifelessons; but who can blame her?  Which one is your favorite shape?
  • Liz Charnes‘ blog is filled with stunning photography, and her entry for this week’s theme is no exception!  So, go check it out!
  • Miriam’s post in Shower of Blessings extols the benefits of being in good shape!  I agree, as she got to see some spectacular sights!
  • Margo certainly found a great shape in her post in That Little Voice, which is of global proportions!
  • Chateaux des Fleurs always comes up with gorgeous photos for their posts, and the shapes in this week’s image are stunning!
  • This week’s contribution in theonlyD800inthehameau shows us a rather unusual shape…what do you make of it?
  • I always expect some interesting shots from Ostendnomadography, and they are very interesting indeed!
  • Nicole’s post in Une Photo, Un Poéme shows off her photographic skill and eye for finding a truly interesting view of the world; be sure to check it out!
  • Brian went to Nature for some great shapes in his post in Bushboy’s World; Nature does provide some great looks!
  • Carol’s post in The Apples in my Orchard shows that she has stars in her eyes!  They are very clever, so go check out her wonderful blog!
  • With another wonderful post, Fleeting Muse takes us on a viewing tour of flowers, all beautiful, and a detour to El Capitan!
  • ladyleemanilla certainly found lots of interesting shapes in her entry for this week’s theme; she also shared some music with us!
  • In this week’s entry from ForgivingConnects, Debbie shows us that we can always improve our shape, be it physical, emotional, metaphysical, etc., as long as we allow ourselves to do so!
  • I have to express that I am very impressed with this week’s entry from Susan in Musin’ with Susan!  This seemingly straightforward photo is very challenging to get this perfect!
  • Robert’s photos are always amazing, and in this week’s entry in Photo Robert’s Blog we get to enjoy some great art!
  • …and last, but not least, a great entry from Hyper Child Chill Mom! Fantastic photo!

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

Out of the Shadows

Does evil lurk?

In photography, shadows are some of the most interesting features, as without them most definition is lost and drama is greatly reduced.  So when I saw the WordPress Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge of Shadow, you can imagine that I might get a little excited 🙂

In most of my photography, you’ll see that I tend to shy away from the standard approach of keeping the sun in your back and you’ll be safe…  As a matter of fact, I love shooting into the sun and adjusting exposure to get the subject in there just right.

This image is one where I had the luxury of getting multiple shadow sources to work for me and a bit of assistance from years of water nourishing plant life…

Out of the Shadows

Some may find this image a tad disturbing, as vacuous eyes look out toward the viewer, not revealing intent of any kind.  She really is a beautiful water feature at Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, Massachusetts.

How do you use shadows in your photography?

Technical Details

This  image was taken with a Canon EOS 5D MkII using an EF 24-105mm f/4L lens.  Exposure settings were at 1/50 second at f/13 and 200 ISO.

Tuesday Challenge – Round Up 24

Cast a shadow…

This week’s theme was rather down to earth and, nonetheless, critical to good photography: Shadow!


The approach to the theme was varied in that both personal and other shadows were captured in the images, some of which were asked about their lurking behavior.  The view of the shadows was very personal and looked at multiple interpretations.  There was even an art installation that asked the audience to contribute their shadows to the overall effect!

This little image was one that I did years ago for an conceptual photography class.  It is inspired by a sketch by Piet Mondriaan of trees along a road.


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

  • ladileemanilla was very quick to respond to the challenge and provided some wonderful photos highlighting shadows.
  • Nadia’s post in Becoming Roots featured a haiku, in addition to great photos!
  • Kim’s blog, Do You See What I See??, provided a report on an art installation, where shadows were a key component.
  • Judith provided a post in Nature Knows Best, that shows that great minds can think alike, as her photography took some of the same approaches that I had in my image.
  • Michelle writes an awesome blog, Southern By Design, in which she posted about seagulls and the shadows they cast and experience.
  • Miriam’s post in Out an’ About ask us to consider what lurks in the shadows that she documents…  Who knows what it might be!

This was a wonderful group of posts that I really enjoyed perusing.  Highly recommended to all!

Now to think of something new for tomorrow from lovely Brno.

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Shadow

Shadows of your mind

Welcome to episode 24 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!  After some really cool responses to last week’s challenge of Human Impact, I thought it would be good to do something completely different.

Shadow is a key attribute of good photos, as it helps paint the scene and set the mood, even more than light will at times.  For good photography, it is important to pay attention to shadows and notice how they help compose the image that we really want to show to the viewer.  An excellent article that goes into how shadow can be used to work the various aspects of a photo is http://www.picturecorrect.com/tips/tips-for-using-shadows-in-photography/

So, my challenge to you is to become more aware of shadows; this doesn’t mean that you have to go all serious and deep, as a photo that uses shadow can be playful…

Telling Time

Walking around in Brno, I noticed the shadow cast by this spout and found it somewhat amusing; then I mused… can we use it to tell the time?

For those who’d like to participate in this weekly challenge, the rules are the following:

  • 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)!!

Let’s see what lurks in the shadows!  I’m looking forward to your creations!

Technical Details

This image was captured with a Fuji X-T1 using a Fujifilm 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 XF R LM OIS WR lens.  Exposure settings were f/10 at 1/250 second and 400 ISO.

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