Friday Mystery Location – 2019 #025

Water, water everywhere!

Here comes the twenty-fifth mystery location post of this year….

Last week’s offering was correctly identified as the Cliffs of Moher! Well done! For this week, I’m offering you an old travel snap that goes back a ways to 2002… It was interesting to see how much digital photography has progressed since then!

There’s plenty of water here!

Water everywhere!

As this is a rather easy one to identify, I’m curious to see what else you can tell me about this image…

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Glow

Light glows across the ages

Welcome to week 189 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!

Thank you all for the incredible amount of Peace that flowed throughout last week’s posts! This week, I’ve selected another theme that has been inspired by one of the images I captured in Liverpool just over a month ago. While doing some additional editing, I played around with one of the night-time shots to get it to speak a bit more. This led to an image with a rather warm Glow, which is pushed very much by the wonderful street lighting they have around the Albert Docks.

I think that the interesting part of this challenge will be your choice of direction with the theme of Glow…will you opt for the glow of an ember, a firefly, or the glowing praise that is heaped on a great performance? There are many choices, so feel free to push the boundaries and shoot for that glowing review!

This is definitely one theme that has me curious to see what you might create!! Have fun and go wild!

Here’s the image that inspired the theme…

Olden Times Glow…

The Albert Docks are a lovely area to explore during the evening hours with great restaurants and entertainment. A couple of notes about the creation of this image, as it’s a bit non-standard for me; the shot was captured on an iPhone 11 Pro Max using the NeuralCam app. This app is great for night photography, such as this. I then processed the image using Aurora HDR and used a toned down Misty Landscape preset (at 59%), which also added a bit of grain to the clouds. I cleaned that image up in PhotoShop with a bit of sharpening, a little soft light overlay and popped the contrast somewhat. I cropped it to adjust the aspect ratio to get this result.

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)!!

May your creative energy glow and light the path to a wonderful image!

Friday Mystery Location – 2019 #024

It’s a long way down!!

Here comes the twenty-fourth mystery location post of this year….

As it’s been a couple of weeks, since the last post in this series. As I am in the mode of doing a bit of experimentation with Aurora and Luminar 4, I thought it might be interesting to share this image. I expect that the location might be figured out pretty quickly….

The views here are simply stunning!

Amazing views!

The only gotcha is that you don’t want to step too far forward…

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Peace

Give peace a chance!

Welcome to week 188 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!

After some rather Fantastic posts by all of you, I think it’s time to get our feet back on solid ground and imagine something that I think all of us can agree on: Peace! Some days this might feel like an abstract concept, but as we approach the holiday season, I think it’s a good idea to consider what this might look like to all of us around the globe…

The challenge I bring to you is to share posts that evoke the sense of peace for you, in whatever form that might take. I expect that many among us have an idea of how we see peace, so I look forward to all of us sharing what that might be like. Who knows? We may bring just a bit more peace to this planet!

Looking forward to all of your ideas!

Here’s a note of inspiration to the world…

Imagine Peace

The Museum of the City of Liverpool stands imposingly along the Mersey, where it projects this powerful message to the world! I think John Lennon would approve, if he were alive.

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)!!

Peace be with you during your journey of exploration!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Fantasy

Walking through a fantasy land…

Welcome to week 187 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!

After all these wonderful takes on the theme of Slope, I wanted to take the challenge into a completely different direction… This was brought on by my receiving my copy of Luminar 4 and playing around with one of the key features, the AI sky replacement tool. That led me to putting a Fantasy spin on the image I captured while walking the dogs with my sister in the Netherlands.

Your challenge is to use the theme of Fantasy and take it into your choice of creative directions; be it an image of your fantasy location, a fantasy that is in your mind, or whatever speaks fantasy to you! Have fun with this and let your thoughts and lenses go into the land of fantasy!!

I can’t wait to see what you might come up with!

Here’s that surreal walk through the park…

Starry Night in the Park

This small Nature area lies on the northern side of Rotterdam, close to the river Rotte, from where the town received its name. It’s a great location to go for a jog, get a breath of fresh air, or walk the dogs!

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)!!

Fantasy football, move over, fantasy photography is on the rise!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 186

Built against the slope of the hill

Welcome to the 186th round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!

There was no shortage of interesting Slope to your posts! I found some truly surprising takes on the theme and, as always, was delighted by the great photography and great poems and tales that were in your posts! I especially learned that cats can be taskmasters, and that slope appears in unusual locales!

It was a lot of fun to view and read all of your posts; thank you for a great set of contributions!

Here is another slope…

Looking over Volterra

In another image from Tuscany, we look over the rooftops of the town of Volterra, as the houses sit on the slope of the hill. The contrast between the old construction and satellite dishes stood out to me, so I decided to leave them in the image as a reminder that technology is everywhere!

Please enjoy the following blog posts:

  1. This week gets kicked off with a wonderful post in The Jesh Studio, which enjoys autumn and brings us a wonderful slope!
  2. Kasauli, Himachal Pradesh, India, is a wonderful location, and Smruti captured it beautifully in F2.8_iso100; go check it out!
  3. Jackie shares a magnificent location in Ireland in her post in Junkboat Travels, which very spot my wife and I happened to visit this year during our vacation!
  4. Maria takes us to the wonderful Faroe Islands in her post in Kamerapromenader; great photo and wonderful location!
  5. TiongHan is accurate that it is difficult to find slopes in the flat lands of the Netherlands; nevertheless his photos in TiongHan’s Blog are stunning!
  6. Tatiana brings us something that surely could only happen in Vegas in her post in Vegas Great Attractions; it looks like a great warm place for a party and some ski slope fun!
  7. Jase shares the sense of footprints in the snow in a wonderful post in Proscenium; you’ve got to check this out!
  8. Maria finds some truly interesting places in her blog Sagittarius Viking; I can imagine that the area is amazing to explore!
  9. Cath captures the slope of the land in a great post in Cath’s Camera; which one of those images is your favorite?
  10. The south of France has some stunning villages, such as Saint Cirq Lapopie near the town of Cahors, featured in theOnlyD800intheHameau! Stunning photo!
  11. Irene has us visiting Indiana Dunes National in her post in Heaven’s Sunshine; definitely a fantastic area to enjoy!
  12. Nicole catches a slope of a different kind, as surf’s up in her amazing photo in her post in Une Photo, Un Poéme; looks like a fantastic day!
  13. Bren has a gorgeous waterfall coming down the slope near Loch Leven in Bren & Ashley Ryan Photography; great location!
  14. David has another amazing photo in his post in David M’s Photoblog: the mist across Colpoy’s Bay is just stunning!
  15. Shelley proves that cats can be real taskmasters in a fantastic post in Quaint Revival; one cannot help but appreciate those cats!
  16. Eivor and Pearl love the gentle hills during their stroll in whippetwisdom; what gorgeous images! Xenia also has a wonderful post in Tranature that brings us to the wonderful slopes of farms!
  17. Diane not only brings us an amazing slope her post in pensivity101, but we also get to see robot mowers performing a ballet!
  18. Shakespeare has found a new home in the Underground in Debbie’s wonderful post in Travel with Intent; a really cool idea!
  19. The ski slope looks like a great place to be in Geriatri’X’ Fotogallery, as we can clearly see!
  20. Marie takes us to the slopes of Zermatt, where we get to see dawn on Christmas morning in The New 3Rs: Retire, Recharge, Reconnect; gorgeous photo!
  21. Eric shows us some of the beautiful sloping trails in Eden Prairie, MN< in From the Lens; looks like a great place to go hiking!
  22. Teressa brings us some math for good measure of the slope images in her post in Another LQQK; Neumann Ranch looks like a great place to visit!
  23. Sandy shares a stunning image of a rocky slope in her post in Out of my Write Mind; the monochrome really makes it effective!
  24. Cee features some beautiful images of slopes in Oregon in Cee’s Photo Challenges; each looks amazing in its own way!
  25. Skye is shown of in the most gorgeous manner in Land of Images, as the rustic beauties are simply amazing!
  26. Nandini shares a great set of slope-themed haikus and great photos in her post in queennandini; awesome rainbows too!
  27. Russell has a fantastic image in Beautiful Photographs, as the horses get to amble along the slopes.
  28. Amy shows us how she edited her photo of the Fontana dell’Acqua Paolo in a great post in Photography Journal Blog; you’ll enjoy the process!
  29. After last week’s snow, we get a lovely fountain in a pond down the slope in a great post in One Letter Up – Diary 2.0; love this post!
  30. Woolly put together a wonderfully appropriate post for this time of year in Woolly Muses: seeing the beauty of the slopes and remembering what took place there in World War I.
  31. The slopes of the hills along the shores of the Danube make a wonderful location for vineyards in Musin’ with Susan! Also, please check out Susan’s week in review in Musin’ with Susan; see which image catches your eye!
  32. Chris explores the natural slopes in architecture in a great post in What’s (in) the Picture? The cross-section of architecture and Nature make an interesting image!
  33. In another lovely post in A Day in the Life, we get to enjoy a wonderful variety of slopes; great photos!

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

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 185

A precarious perch!

Welcome to the 185th round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge! First of all, my apologies for the delayed posting of this round up; I’ll do better for the current one!

There was plenty of creativity on display in your responses to the theme of Steep! There were some rather dizzying heights and the steepest of stairs to climb, as well as a couple of drinks that were appropriately steeped. It was an absolute pleasure to read each and every one of your posts!!

Thank you for all the creative energy that you put into these posts!!

Here is a rather steep perch…

Nesting on the Cliffs

These seagulls are nesting on the cliffs of the Isle of Staffa, off the coast of Mull; this uninhabited island is well-known for its large numbers of puffins. So I came armed with a stunning 400mm diffractive optics lens to explore the island and find absolutely zero puffins! There were plenty of seagulls, which were so easy to approach that I had to back up with this lens, so that they could fit in the frame of the picture…

Please enjoy the following blog posts:

  1. Ed was first out of the blocks this week with some great steep photos in his post in In My Mind’s Eye. Great stair climbing exercise there!
  2. Diane shows us that steep can be experienced from a boat in her post in pensivity101, as the other end of the lock is a lot higher up!
  3. With a couple of beautiful photos in TiongHan’s Blog we get a real appreciation of how steep things can be! That art installation is amazing!
  4. Nicole takes us into the Peak District in England with a gorgeous photo in her post in Une Photo, Un Poéme; Mam Tor is an inviting hike!
  5. Bren’s view of the Jurassic Coast in Bren & Ashley Ryan Photography shows an amazing set of cliffs!
  6. Jackie had to do some serious climbing to visit the temple at Wat Hanchey in Cambodia! You can see in Junkboat Travels how steep it was!
  7. Eivor and Pearl are certainly not daunted by the steep hills that we get to enjoy in whippetwisdom; lovely photography and haibun!
  8. Russell found multiple uses for our theme in Beautiful Photographs, as the price of the steep steeple was rather steep; poor protestants!
  9. The lovely town of Sarlat has some incredibly steep roofs, as we can see with a gorgeous photo in theOnlyD800intheHameau!
  10. As we can see in the wonderful photo in Geriatri’X’ Fotogallery, those cliffs are rather steep!
  11. Hohenzollern Castle in Germany is an amazing location, and the photo in F2.8_iso100 highlights its beauty very well!
  12. Cee’s photos in her post in Cee’s Photo Challenges definitely show off some steep locales; in particular, Mount Hood looks rather imposing down the road!
  13. The stairs in the photo in Na’ama Yehuda‘s post might be too steep to stand, but they do provide an opportunity for one of life’s little victories!
  14. Tatiana’s post in her blog Travelways takes us to Acapulco to a site that I visited many years ago: la Quebrada is well-known for its cliff divers, which is not something for the inexperienced! In her post in Vegas Great Attractions, Tatiana touts the benefits of jumping… I’m sure it is a thrill, but I’m not convinced to go out and do it! Would you?
  15. Maria takes us to a gorgeous area in her blog Sagittarius Viking; her photos of Sitegraves Pass make me want to visit it!
  16. Rupali gives us an amazing view of Bergen in the post in Mazeepuran; the climb up Stoltzekleiven must have been arduous, but worth it!
  17. Kammie brings us some great steep locations in her photos in Nut House Central; some of these look like they would be fun to climb!
  18. Cath works hard to overcome her fear of stairs, as we can see from her victory photos in Cath’s Camera; those are amazing locations, after which she has a well-deserved cup of tea…
  19. Jase takes an interesting approach to our theme in a cool post in Proscenium; you’ve got to build it up to make it steep!
  20. Ramya shares the view at the end of a tiring trek in And Miles to Go Before I Sleep…; the view is stunning!
  21. There are some great steep areas in New Jersey, as we see in the post in A Day in the Life; the Palisades look amazing!
  22. We get to have the fun in funicular in My Camera and I…, as we visit the Peak Tram in Hong Kong!
  23. Eric takes us to a location that cannot be denied steepness in From the Lens; the Grand Canyon certainly qualifies!
  24. Ann-Christine presents another amazing photo in her post in To See a World in a Grain of Sand…; the location intrigues me, as that type of rock formation is unusual!
  25. Alice shares some rather steep views in her post in the 59 Club; the ascent appears nearly as harrowing as the potential descent!
  26. I’ll admit that in her post in Travel with Intent, Debbie takes steep to another level…that’s a scary place to work!
  27. Sandy makes us wonder, if we are so inclined, in her post in Out of my Write Mind; the ascent might be wonderful, even though it will be arduous!
  28. Maria reminds me of one of the reasons that I want to go back to Iceland in her post in Kamerapromenader; the Nature is simply breathtaking!
  29. David presents an incredible view of Bickerton Hill in Cheshire in his post in David M’s Photoblog: the colors in this image are stunning!
  30. In a gorgeous post in Wanderlust and Wonderment, we get to visit to amazing sites: Bryce Canyon and Masada; a world apart, both are imposing.
  31. Chris’ post in What’s (in) the Picture? takes us inside a wonderful bit of architecture and an interesting museum!
  32. Aletta takes us to a wonderful location in her post in Now at Home, as we get a great view of a gannett colony in a special location in New Zealand.
  33. Irene looks down a rather steep drop toward the coastline in a wonderful photo in her post in Heaven’s Sunshine; the variety of blue of the water is eye-catching!
  34. Deb showcases another amazing photo in Twenty-Four; the surf beating against the steep rock is stunning!
  35. Teressa certainly visits some gorgeous locations, as we can see in her post in Another LQQK; Gibbons Falls in Yellowstone should be on anyone’s must see locales list!
  36. It’s good to bring your wife with you on the trail, as we find out in Fleeting Muse; on that steep trail, she was a true lifesaver!
  37. Nandini wrote some wonderful ‘steep’ haikus for her post in queennandini; and those climbs are rather steep as well!
  38. The steps of Montmartre are rather steep, as Susan shows in her post in Musin’ with Susan! Also, please check out Susan’s week in review in Musin’ with Susan; the colors on that hummingbird are truly iridescent!
  39. In a truly interesting post in Sweet Aroma, Oneta shares the wisdom of a child, as the impact of steepness is pondered.
  40. With another set of stunning photos, Robert brings us some rather steep angles in Photo Roberts Blog!
  41. Amy takes us to the top of St. Albans Cathedral in Photography Journal Blog, where she details both the event and her treatment of the image.
  42. Jez looks up in the world, as he finds a wonderful variety of steep views in his post in Jez Braithwaite: this goes to show that there’s more than one way to look at things!
  43. The gorgeous photo in the post in Land of Images brings us to the steep-le of St. Walburge’s Church in Preston; looks stunning!
  44. In this week’s entry in sgeoil we are inspired by John Keats to climb with him the steep, Nature’s Observatory; great photo as well!
  45. Woolly brings us a feature of cows that I had not considered in Woolly Muses: on steep terrain, such as in Switzerland, they have shorter front legs! You’ll want to check this out!
  46. Oh noooo! There’s no doubting that the snow is too steep for some in a wonderful post in One Letter Up – Diary 2.0; awesome post!
  47. Elizabatz tours the world for amazing, steep locales in her post in Albatz Travel Adventures. There’s one location that I have visited among them; which ones have you seen?
  48. Marie put in the effort along a long climb in Genoa to get the great view we see in The New 3Rs: Retire, Recharge, Reconnect; the way down was much easier!
  49. Khürt brings us the favorite drink of a civilized world with a stunning photo in Island in the Net; it is well-steeped and beautifully photographed!

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