Category Archives: Challenges, competitions and photo themes

St Michael’s Mount – Weekly Photo Challenge: Peek

This weeks challenge asks:

This week, share a peek of something — a photo that reveals just enough of your subject to get us interested. A tantalizing detail. An unusual perspective. Compel us to click through to your post to find out more!

So here is a peek at St Michael’s Mount from Marazion, at low tide, taken after we had walked back over the causeway.

StMichaels

This mysterious building invites you to sail or walk across to investigate, and if you do you are greeted with a marvelous building.

StMichaels 2.jpg

Both shots taken on our recent trip to Cornwall in September, and just a sneak peek at those to be posted in the future.

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Coins and Riggs – Weekly Photo Challenge: Scale

This weeks challenge asks:

Photography, and any visual art, is all about perspective. Where and how you place other objects in the frame can completely change how another part of the picture looks. In drawing, placing an object farther down on the page and making it larger gives the appearance that it’s close; conversely, a smaller object towards the top of the frame seems farther away.

For this week’s challenge, make use of sizing, placement, and scale in your photos.

I have chosen two photos from the set I am editing from our trip to the Lake district in May.  The first is of a Coin stump, a money tree, a wishing tree located on the road that leads to Stock Ghyll Force in Ambleside.

CoinsClick photo for larger image.

And the second is of Castlerigg stone circle – a 5 photo panoramic shot.

CastleriggClick photo for larger image.

Eden, Curves, Lines, Angles. – Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Lines and Angles

A week ago today we were on holiday in Cornwall, and just about to embark on our first visit to the Eden project, surprising that we have never been given the amount of times we visit Cornwall.

Anyway we had a fabulous time, and I think this 5 photo stitch, fits the bill nicely for Cee’s brief of Lines and Angles.

Eden1Click for larger image

Windows, flowers, birds – Weekly Photo Challenge: Windows

This weeks challenge asks:

Your inspiration this week is windows. Use a window to frame your shot. Show us what you see out the window from the place where you usually blog, use a window to give structure to your photo, or make a window itself your subject.

To get more creative, use the glass in a window to add texture to your photo. And if you feel like being metaphorical, go for it! Share an image focused on someone’s eyes (the windows to the soul, dont’cha know), or of a landscape or piece of art that’s like a window to another world for you.

Well I’m editing photos from this years visit to the lake district at the moment, and I noticed this one, a window within a window, and some pretty flowers to go with it.  Obviously not a place I blog from, however I do tend to use a photo from whatever the current set of photos I am working on is to blog.  And in this case the window may be the subject, but it also frames the inner shot.

Windows

This was taken at Blackwell the arts and crafts house, well worth a visit.

 

Almost candid photographer – Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Candid

This week Cee asked:

“This week the topic is Candid Shots(human or animal). I want to see photographs  unposed people, family, friends, pets, animals in the wild.   I’m looking forward to what you all decide to post. ”

So here is an ‘almost’ Candid shot of Karen at Birkrigg stone circle in the Lake district, almost because I know she was aware I was taking shots around her.

Candid

 

Painting stones – Weekly Photo Challenge: Waiting

This weeks challenge asks: “For this challenge, show us what waiting looks like to you. There are so many angles and interpretations — we look forward to seeing yours!”

When on holiday we like to visit ancient sites – In fact we are attempting to fit in 50 stone circles before Karen’s 50th Birthday.  So when we are at a circle Karen likes to record the occasion, a few photos, some sketching, painting, and a little writing.

This leaves me with a little time ‘waiting’, I take photos, sit and think, and sometimes snooze.  Karen has a series of photos entitled ‘Ken asleep at ancient sites’.

So here is a photo taken while i was ‘Waiting’ at Birkrigg stone circle earlier this year when we visited the Lake District.

Birkrigg

 

Townend out of the shadows – Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Shadows

Cee asked:

“This week the topic is Shadows.  Let’s see what is hiding within the shadows.  Shadows in black and white can be so dramatic.  I’m looking forward to what you all decide to post.  I just want you to have some fun with your photography.”

So I am just embarking on editing the photos from our trip to the Lake District in May this year, and yes I admit I took rather a few photos, so I thought I would take a look through them to see what I could come up with for this challenge.

I found a few that would have worked, items in shadow, or the play of dappled sunlight on ancient stones or water.  However I rather liked this one, a shot of the national trust property ‘Townend’ at Troutbeck.  Shot from out of the shadows, so I’ve not really shown you what was in the shadows, as that was me, but the shot still had enough shadow in it for me to think it fit the bill.

Its a 4 photo stitch shown below in a much reduced size – but still around 1000×3000 if you click on it.

Townend

 

 

Lilly – Weekly Photo Challenge: Structure.

This weeks Challenge asks us that:

“Today, take a moment to notice the structure of everyday things around you. Note the lines, freckles, and tiny hairs on your arm, and imagine the biological blueprint that created them. See the bricks of a building, and realize that they were individually placed there by another person. Then, share with us a photo of the structure of something wonderful. We’re eager to see details through your lens.”

So I could have used one of the many architectural shots I have awaiting processing, but instead I chose to use this picture of a Lilly.  Showing the structure of its petals and the graceful thrust of its stamen.  The photo was taken within the structure of Keld chapel a lovely little C16th chapel in the Lake district.

Lilly

Remember that the most beautiful things in the world are the most useless; peacocks and lilies for instance.

John Ruskin

Stokesay – Weekly Photo Challenge: Corner.

This weeks Challenge asks us:

“What kinds of images and emotions do corners evoke in you? In this week’s challenge, share a photo that plays on any of the word’s many meanings. Show your favorite street corner, or a cozy nook in your home where you feel truly at peace. Focus on a person or place that’s recently gone through a transformation — “turned a corner,” as we often say. Or stick to geometry and highlight the angularity of a favorite landscape or object.”

And so predictably I have opted to stick with the angularity of a favorite landscape or object.

So here is a 4 image stitch taken in April of Stokesay Castle.

Stokesay

Shiny waters – Weekly Photo Challenge: Ooh, Shiny!

This weeks Challenge asks us:

“What about you: what is guaranteed to distract you? What is your “Ooh, shiny!”?”

So I would have to say, Landscapes or Ancient sites are probably my “Ooh, shiny!” that guarantees a moment of, “hold on, I just need to take another photo.”

So here is a shot taken earlier in the year at Tintagel, Cornwall.

Watershine