Category Archives: Photos

Lichen, Beetle, Stone – Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge – Texture

For this weeks Fun Foto Challenge Cee gives us the topic of ‘Texture’.

So just because I particularly like the textures in this shot taken at Mitchell’s Fold Stone Circle last year. . .

‘Lichen, Beetle, Stone’, Mitchell’s Fold Stone Circle, Shropshire, 2018.Texturebeetle

Ken

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When the snow came – Photo for the Week – 28 – Winter

This weeks PFTW challenge from Bren is – Winter.  So here are two photos from last year when we had a pretty heavy snow fall (for around here).  This is by the time it had started to thaw a bit, the difference between elevation of the two photos is not that great really but enough that the temperature and difference in the depth of the drifts was!

‘When the snow came’, Brynna, 2018.Winter

‘In over my wellies’, Brynna, 2018.Winter2

Ken

Cones for Kings and Queens – Mid-Week Monochrome – MWM -13- Dining

This week Bren challenged us to submit a monochrome image based on the theme of Dining.

Anybody who looks through the archive of photos I have taken, and indeed a look back over some previous blog posts, would think that while on holiday we survive on ice cream, so not to dissuade you from those thoughts.

‘Cones for Kings and Queens’, Dumfries, 2018.DinningIce

Ken

Love at first sight – V.J.’S Weekly Challenge #36: Wild card

Well this week V.J. has challenged us with:

This week, I am giving you a carte blanche…well, sort of… there’s a catch.

Go back over the last week’s worth of posts or so, and notice any words or phrases that repeat themselves. I’m talking adjectives, or verbs, maybe nouns.

Well given that my blog is mainly photographs this is an interesting challenge, in fact challenge and challenged have probably been the most common words used, when it comes to the most common shots they have been landscapes featuring ancient monuments and trees, and recently Long Meg and her daughters have featured a good few times.  Hmm I could challenge myself with attempting to take a challenging shot of Long Meg and her daughters but as I live nearly 300 miles and nearly 6 hours away, this might have to wait for my next visit.  Archives also appears quite frequently and therefore I have chosen to use the first shots I took of Long Meg.  This is a 5 shot stitch taken on the old Minolta dimage z3 and never before edited!

‘Love at first sight’, Long Meg and her daughters, Cumbria, 2011.KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA

Ken

 

Bubbles – Sunday Stills – A #Fresh Look

Teri has challenged us with:

For this week’s Sunday Stills challenge, show us a fresh perspective on something, some fresh food or flowers, even fresh snow! In the middle of February, show us the promise of spring.

So here are a few photos from the archives that I thought I would take a fresh look at editing, all from the old Fuji HS20exr.

The first is Lemonade not quite fresh as it is out of a bottle – but still refreshing!

‘Fresh Lemonade”, 2014.Freshlemonade

The second a close up of those refreshing bubbles, in a different glass.

‘Bubbles’, 2013.Freshlemonade2

And the third, a fresh build up Cuckoo spit,  the blobs of white frothy liquid caused by froghopper nymphs.

‘Fresh spit!’, 2013.Freshspit

And finally a freshly grown Strawberry.

‘Berry there’, 2013.Freshberry

Ken

Contrasting forms – One word Sunday Challenge – Contrast

This week Debbie has challenged us with the following:

Welcome to One word Sunday – over to all of you to join the challenge with your own contrast post.

So I have done a couple of contrast posts recently and wondered what I would have for this one.  But a quick look at the albums made me start thinking about this shot, not just the contrast in the shot, but the contrast between the objects.  I am fairly sure that this juxtaposition of solid versus holed objects would be what Barbara Hepworth wanted us to consider.

I felt the most intense pleasure in piercing the stone in order to make an abstract form and space; quite a different sensation from that of doing it for the purpose of realism. – Barbara Hepworth

‘Contrasting forms’, Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden, St. Ives, 2014.ContrastHepworth

Ken

Raw and Tamed – Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #33 – Nature

This week Patti has posted:

For this week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #33, it’s your chance to showcase Nature–including plants, animals, landscapes–and other features of the physical world–either close to home or far away.  It’s up to you!

So here are two shots for you.

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.  – Albert Einstein

‘Raw stone’, Zennor, 2016.NatureRaw

‘Tamed wood’, Newton House, Llandeillo, 2016.NatureTamed

Nature is not, of course, always benign and beautiful. It can be frightening and terrifying also.
Not too many generations ago, raw nature and wilderness tended to inspire fear and dread in “civilized” people.
They represented Otherness and the Unknown. That which is “wild” is also “bewildering”.
Today, wilderness is usually considered to be something good and in need of preservation.
The beauty and awesomeness of it dominate our attention.
We are attracted by wilderness, the Otherness of it, the sense it is something inevitably outside of us.
Always beyond us, it is what is ultimately real.
We cannot adequately appreciate this aspect of nature if we approach it with any taint of human pretense.
It will elude us if we allow artifacts like clothing to intervene between ourselves and this Other.
To apprehend it, we cannot be naked enough.
In Wildness is the preservation of the world.
-Henry David Thoreau

Ken

Motion Slow – Weekly Photo Challenge – Motion

This week Jenn at ‘Traveling at Wits End’ challenges us to:

Photograph Motion . . .  Photography can uniquely stop time, freezing a fleeting moment that would otherwise pass us by. Photography can also show the passage of time through techniques like long exposure.

Well I was all set to find a picture of a car passing by with motion trails, or maybe one of the cats jumping, however I saw this when looking for another photo, it was unedited and a name for it jumped out.  So I had to use it!

‘Motion Slow’, Bangor, 2014.MotionSlow

Ken