#WordlessWednesday – 06/03/2019

‘Unknown stories’ – Relatives from a bygone era set off on a car journey. WW060319#WordlessWednesday.

Human nature – Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge – Patterns

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

It seems to be human nature to see patterns everywhere, and we go out of our way to create them, often shaping nature’s sometimes chaotic patterns into our own regimented patterns, so that they fit withing the synaptic patterns we wish to see.

So here are a few patterns made by human hands, and the patterns I see when I look at them.

‘Stokesay window’, Stokesay Castle, 2017.CFFCPattern

‘Window to oblivion’, Stokesay Castle, 2017.CFFCPattern2

‘Timber roof’, Stokesay Castle, 2017.

‘Unmade roof’, Stokesay Castle, 2017.CFFCPattern4

And given I have looked at patterns in architecture, I could not resist a quote from an architect –

Anytime I see an unusual combination of colors or patterns or texture, I buy it. – Peter Marino

My textile cupboard will affirm the above quote!

Ken

Colour in the round – Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round

Well this week Frank challenges us with the topic ‘Round’:

Well I just had to use a photo of one of the many stone circles we have visited, I hope I can get away with this for ’round’, as most stone circles are slightly flattened on one side, or ovaloid. This is not by accident but appears to be planned by those megalithic designers.

‘Colour in the round’, Sunkenkirk/Swinside stone circle, Cumbria, 2018.TPCRound

“Still round the corner there may wait, A new road or a secret gate.” – J. R. R. Tolkien

Ken

Buds – K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge – A hint of Spring.

Each week, K’lee and Dale offer us  prompts for you to consider as the latest challenge.  This week it is:

A hint of Spring

So here is my offering, I did consider using a small metal spring, but then opted for this picture, with just a little touch of cosmic dusting.

‘Buds at Stokesay’, Stokesay castle, 2017.KDSpring2

Ken

Pictures without film – V.J.’S Weekly Challenge #38: What’s in a name?

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

As I type up each week’s summary, creating links to various blogs, I am struck by how different blog names are, and compelled to ask: what’s in a name? Specifically, your blog name.

So what is in the name: ‘Pictures without film – Using photos to capture life – Ken Humphreys Photography’

Well I started this blog about four and a half years ago.  I had just bought a new camera, a sony a6000.  At in its very basic sense, this blog speaks for the fact that I was using a digital camera and not a film camera.  I had owned digital cameras before, however this was to be my first interchangeable lens digital, and a mirrorless to boot! While I had owned SLRs I have sort of skipped DSLRs in favor of the CSC.  And so this blog was to chart some of my progress.

The blog became a place to post pictures, the occasional quote, and my photographic observations, I generally save other rantings for different social media platforms.  Over the years it has also become a place to make friends and find community, digital community that unseen bond that the modern person now shares with people thousands of miles away, who they are never physically likely to meet, but we feel we are in someway sharing part of the path our lives with.  To not so ancient humans this would have seemed strange, a magical undefinable realm, a place to which we journey without ever actually visiting.  Of course our communities of shared interests have always existed, but never have they been so visible, so tangible, and so perhaps it is magical in its own way.

Of course I mainly blog here by posting my answers to the various challenges that some of you host.  I use these to hone my photographic skills, when I am out taking pictures and at home in the digital darkroom.

The subtitle is an important part of my blog title – ‘Using photos to capture life’,  Or more specifically my life.  My photos are, as so many peoples are a visual diary of what I have done, where I have been.  Taking, editing and blogging with just a few of these, allows me to share a little of my ‘captured life’ with you.  Of course this is the way I see the world, and not the way you see it, it is not about changing your perspective merely allowing you an insight into the ‘other’, which in this case happens to be me, though the interface of my photos, provided to you not on paper with chemical fixing agents, but though a stream of ones and zeros!

So what is in a name?  It is about using my camera to capture the world around me in all of its beautiful and marvelous shapes, recording a small part of my life through a subjective lens, and it is about me sharing this perspective of the world with you.

And given that this blog is generally about photos, I better finish with a subjective view of the author of this post, a photo taken specifically for this blog, which I used as an avatar when the blog was created.

‘Photographer’, 2014.VJName

Ken

 

Skull canvas – One word Sunday Challenge – Skull

This week Debbie has challenged us with the following:

Welcome to One Word Sunday, and over to all of you to join the challenge with your own skull post.

So I read this while I was away at the weekend, and knew I just had to take a photo of this skull which hangs on my study wall when I got home.  The feathers are a bit tatty now perhaps I should replace them, but I did make this with the help of nature and a sheep skull over 20 years ago.

‘Totem’, 2019.OWSSkull

‘Skull in green and blue’, 2019.OWSSkull2

Ken

Portreath: but not as we know it! – Friday Foto Fun – Ocean Views

For this weeks Friday Foto Fun we are asked to:

Post a photo or get creative about seaside scenes … try some humour!

This 5 photo stitch immediately came to mind,  we were having a trip to Portreath, a reminder of memories of holidays long gone for my wife, her brother and mother, and we would be meeting one of here cousins there.  It was early in the morning and we expected to find the beach quiet, and that we would be able to take a stroll along the sand.  Instead we found a RNLI sports event going on and had to be content to take our view of the ocean from the cafe!

‘Portreath: but not as we know it!’, Portreath, Cornwall, 2017.FFOcean

Ken

Spiral up – Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #35: Architecture

This week Amy challenges us with:

I’m looking forward to seeing your photos and stories of architecture.

On the very few times we have visited countries outside of our own, and indeed even between different counties in the UK, I am always impressed by the difference in different architectural vernacular, and therefore end up taking oh so many photos.  So choosing for this was quite hard.

So here are a few pictures of the Church of Our Saviour in Copenhagen, a lovely piece of architecture.  Unfortunately we did not get to climb the 400 steps to the top, as the queues to climb the tower were truly massive, and given our time was limited we went to explore other areas.

LAPCArchitecture1

LAPCArchitecture2

LAPCArchitecture3

Ken

Orange crushed – Weekly Prompts – Orange

This weekend GC and SueW have chosen ‘Orange’ as the theme for their challenge.

“Orange is the color of the sun. It is vital and a good color generally, indicating thoughtfulness and consideration of others.”  Those are the thoughts of Edgar Cayce who was an American clairvoyant.

You do not need to be a seer to appreciate the fact that the color orange is a dynamic tint and that when you are surrounded by this life enhancing shade you begin to feel better about yourself and the world around you.

This is the color that my partner Susan and myself have decided to emphasize for the month of March. This is an almost impossible shade to not run into in your everyday life.

With this thought in mind we encourage you to offer us your own photographic interpretation of this warm dynamic color. —  gc

So what to choose?

The first a very orange weed, made slightly more orange for this challenge.

‘Orange weed’, Brynna, 2014.WPOrange

And for my second choice, we had woken up in the middle of the night, and gone up to the common to look at the night sky.  We found mostly mist and light pollution.

‘Orange pollution’, Brynna common, 2015.WPOrange2b

Ken

Using photos to capture life – Ken Humphreys Photography