Tuesday Photo Challenge – Bank

Along the Kharkiv, we walk!

Welcome to week 144 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge.

Last week’s entries were wonderful and filled with breezy creativity! So, after a week of shooting the Breeze, I thought it might be time to go with the flow and walk along the Bank. This week’s theme gives me enough confidence to bank on a wonderful set of creative responses from all of you fantastic contributors!

Yes, you guessed it! This is another theme that can take into numerous directions, all of which should be a lot of fun to explore. I look forward to reading all of your approaches!

Here’s a nice bank to walk alongside…

Walking along the Kharkiv

Last year, I had the pleasure of visiting Kharkiv in the Ukraine, on a work trip. I enjoyed the hospitality of the wonderful people and was impressed by the size and beauty of the city! Well worth a visit!

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, sit down by the bank and let creative ideas flow by!

Friday’s Mystery Slide – 2019 – #1

Where was my father-in-law, back when?

With the new year, I thought it might be interesting to revive something that I did for a while over the past year: the Mystery Slide.

As my father-in-law generously gave me a sizable slide collection from his travels, and even before, I will continue the project of scanning all of them this year. So, you can expect more of these in the future!

Without further ado, here’s the first one for this year…

What is the event depicted here?

This one took me a bit to figure out, even with the advantage of having some idea where my father-in-law traveled.

Where is this location and do you know the event depicted here?

Three Line Tales – Starship

Across the universe

Many thanks to Sonya for Week One Hundred and Fifty-Five of Three Line Tales, part of her awesome blog Only 100 Words!


three line tales, week 155: an old truck in a ghost town

photo by Ian Parker via Unsplash

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Star-filled firmament,
Bringing travelers from afar.
Space-time continuum…

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Thank you to Sonya of Only 100 Words for coming up with Three Line Tales.

You’ll find full guidelines on her TLT page, but here’s the tl;dr:

  • Write three lines inspired by the photo prompt (& give them a title if possible).
  • Link back to this post.
  • Tag your post with 3LineTales (so everyone can find you in the Reader).
  • Read and comment on other TLT participants’ lines.
  • NEW: If you want your post to be included in the round-up, you have until Sunday evening to publish it.
  • Have fun.

Happy three-lining!

Tension between light and dark

Vermeer, Master of Light

Last year I visited the Netherlands to both spend time with my family and get some vacation in as well. As my mother is advancing in age, I try to visit every year, particularly, since travel is getting more difficult for her.

During this visit I wanted to explore a couple of cities that I hadn’t visited for quite a while; one of these was Delft. The city of Delft dates back to the 13th century and has played a significant role in the formation of the Netherlands, as it was used as the de facto capital by William of Orange during the 80-year war to liberate the country from Spain. Another great aspect of Delft is that the center and a lot of points of interest are within walking distance from the central train station.

Another claim to fame of Delft is the painter Johannes Vermeer. As I came across the Vermeer Centre, while in Delft, I was pleasantly surprised by its depth of coverage and wonderful exhibit. This museum is located just off the Market Square and is in a replica of the building that housed the Guild of Saint Luke (a guild for painters that was common across cities in early modern Europe ).

Tension between light and dark

One of the things that always drew me to the painters from the Dutch Golden Age is their use of light and shadow, also known as chiaroscuro. This technique centers on creating a significant contrast between the light and dark areas of a painting. As a result, it creates a dynamic tension between light and dark. This tension brings drama and interest and allows for a voyage of discovery within the image, as our eye is drawn to light first.

The Vermeer Centre’s exhibit last September detailed the different uses of light by Vermeer, as that is a key aspect of his genius. The setups detailed various light sources and how they were used in different paintings by Vermeer. For a photographer, this was a wonderful reminder to use light in all sorts of ways, often rather simple, and generate looks that are nothing short of stunning.

I took the photo in this post at the Vermeer Centre, as I was drawn immediately to the simplicity and power of the still-life that was set up on the basic wooden table. It gives the sense of that age and is simple to replicate in any studio.

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 – Challenge

A challenge to challenge you!

Welcome to Week 138 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!

The holiday season is more than a time of celebration for many; however, for some among us, it can be a difficult time. This thought led me to the theme for this week’s challenge: Challenge. My hope is that this theme will provide you with an interesting Challenge that stretches your creative muscle and gives you a break from the season’s demands to be playful, even whimsical! Please take this theme in whatever direction, with which you feel most connected.

Of course, I expect nothing but amazing posts from all of you, but most of all, I challenge you to find joy and entertainment in this Challenge! I very much look forward to seeing what you create!

Here’s an interpretation to get you going…

This shot was taken atop the north tower of St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna, Austria. The north tower is the shorter of the two towers, standing only 68 meters tall (the south tower is 135 meters tall). With this lock, two lovers made a pact destined to challenge time itself; let’s wish them success!

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)!!

Have a wonderful week!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 131

Filled with surprises!

Welcome to the 131st round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!

It no Surprise that you came up with lots of creative post on this week’s theme!  There were quite a number of entries that surprised me and made me laugh!  You’ve taken a wonderful view on the theme and created amazing posts that really cheered me up this week, when a bit of levity was necessary.  Thank you for that and the great entries that you shared with everyone!

Please enjoy these posts and see which ones surprise you the most!

Sometimes a surprise can be something rather simple…

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The Kitchen Sink

There was a lot of amazing landscape to behold on the Isle of Skye, but nothing was as surprising as finding a kitchen sink in the middle of a field, as you’re walking toward an ancient ruin.  This field just needed a bathtub and toilet to have complete plumbing!

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

  1. This week is kicked off with a great entry in Heart to Heart‘s blog, which has the ultimate photobomb!
  2. With another great photo in theOnlyD800intheHameau we visit the town of Perigueux, where there will be a real surprise, if you take a step out of the door!
  3. This week’s post by Shelley in her blog, Quaint Revival, demonstrates that Nature can produce some interesting surprises.
  4. While she may not like surprises, we are regaled with some wonderful ones in pensivity101‘s post, of which I like the coral wedding surprise the best!
  5. The poem created in the blog, Syncwithdeep, is rather intriguing and has a surprise!
  6. In A Pause for Nature, there’s an interesting surprise that occured in the garden… do you see what it is?
  7. Xenia’s post in whippetwisdom celebrates a new horizon with the view of autumn’s beauty.  In a second post in Tranature, the gulls are hunting and looking very much in their element!  Xenia shared a third post in whippetwisdom, which celebrates the moon!
  8. Tatiana brings us quite a collection of posts for this week’s theme.  Her blog, Travelways, features the craters of the moon; a second post in Travelways takes us to Mt. Rushmore; a third post in Travelways goes to Baja California.  Her final post is in Vegas Great Attractions, where she features the Heart Attack Grill, a rather interesting place!
  9. The reflection in Na’ama Yehuda‘s post is quite surprising, as it appears to check its appearance before venturing out in the day!
  10. Susan catches someone by surprise in her post in Musin’ with Susan, as it’s that kind of birthday party!
  11. This week is surprising in To See a World in a Grain of Sand…, where Ann-Christine has some unusual items…
  12. In Proscenium we get surprised by the parking job that is documented there; or is it mooring?
  13. In a post in her blog, For the Love of, Anita details the curious case of the returning box…
  14. In Don’t Hold Your Breath, we learn about the tragic happenings in the town of Dhanushkodi…it’s a surprising tale!
  15. Kammie has a surprising companion in the Nut House, who would have made my day as well!
  16. Petra shares some stunning skies with us in Photoworld vol.3, which might color her surprised 🙂
  17. Stella was very surprised to find one of her favorite food staples in New York, as we find out in Giggles & Tales; which food do you think it is?
  18. Deb definitely put a smile on my face with her post in Twenty Four, which has something rather surprising in it…
  19. Sandy’s photo in her post in Out of my Write Mind contains a really interesting surprise…what do you think of it?
  20. What is so surprising about the photo presented by Land of Images is the time of year…
  21. This week’s post in One letter UP – diary 2.0 strikes fear in the heart of any sibling, who might be on the receiving end!
  22. There are some stunning photos in Anita’s post in Make Life Beautiful, one of which surprised me quite a bit!
  23. Not all surprises are pleasant, as we can see in Woolly Muses‘s post; I hope that the second location was much better!
  24. That’s a really interesting photo that is featured in mytravelcsp, and I see several surprising things…what do you see?
  25. Ulli’s post in the blog Banactee takes us to Portugal for some rather lovely surprises, although one leaves me feeling like a fish out of water!
  26. Olga came upon a rather unusual entry in a car show, as you can see in her post in Stuff and what if…; it might not be a good vehicle, in which to catch a ride…
  27. Debbie was surprised by a really interesting discovery in Madrid, as you can read in Travel with Intent; it left her high and happy!
  28. From Jordy’s Streamings we get to visit a house that’s welcoming for Halloween, which may make it just a bit scary…
  29. Debbie is getting ready for a group and shares her experience with a house meeting in ForgivingConnects; her post tells us eloquently of the importance of allowing ourselves to be open and forgiving of ourselves.
  30. Maria has a stunning photo in her contribution to the theme in her wonderful blog, KameraPromenader; it’s a rather surprising look!
  31. In a rather amusing post in Sgeoil, we get the opportunity to read our future in beer foam!
  32. This week’s entry in A Day in the Life takes us into a house; this house appears to have some squatters in it…go check it out!
  33. Ilka’s post is made possible by a surprising drop in temperaturel in A Thousand Miles, she takes this surprise to become a gorgeous photo!

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