Tag Archives: Friendly Friday Photo Challenge

Ready for yuletide – Friendly Friday Photography Challenge – Christmas Preparations

This week the Friendly Friday photography challenge  asks:

Is it beginning to look a lot like Christmas in your place?

And indeed it is, this morning we put the ‘fake’ tree up, the ‘real’ tree will go up in the living room tomorrow:


And of course we have had this years advent calendar for a few days, we do not have children so this may seem a little strange, we now have 2 Playmobil advent calendars, we have also already added in 2 extra none ‘calendar figures:


And while we are dressing the tree it has become tradition to have a mince pie, drink some ginger wine, and listen to this:


I put this on a CD as a present for my wife some years ago now, as our tape was wearing thin and had been repaired at least twice.

The Ginger wine will actually have to wait until tomorrows tree dressing as today’s effort started at just after 10 in the morning!


Futuristic – Friendly Friday Photography Challenge – Future

This week the friendly Friday photography challenge  sees us saying goodbye to Snow as a host, it has been fun finding photos for your prompts.

This week, let’s look towards the future in my final prompt. The theme for Friendly Friday is Future. I hope you make it a bright one!

How do you photograph the future?

‘Futuristic’, Eden project, 2017.


Arches – Friendly Friday Photography Challenge – Construction

This week the friendly Friday photography challenge  has Manja as a guest host again, and is:

Welcome and a most Friendly Friday to you all. Today I stand in for Amanda again as the host of our beloved challenge. The theme she emailed me is not surprising, considering that she has just built a house: construction.

So one of my favourite elements of Construction and architecture, arches.

‘Arches’, Fountains abbey, 2019.


Early 90’s Folk – Friendly Friday Photography Challenge – Secrets

This week the friendly Friday photography challenge is:

…Well, secrets as the theme for Friendly Friday sounds a bit dramatic, what I really had in mind was that I would like you to reveal something about yourself.

Something personal or something that you haven’t told us yet.

Well I have shared a lot on here about my different passions, music, ancient monuments, sewing, dancing, photography, artwork, cats, walking, to name a few, and a look back through my blogs would certainly reveal quite a bit about me.  What secrets have I not told you?  That I am willing to tell!

We here is a photo of me taken by a friend in the early 90’s, when I used to play Bass guitar in a 7 piece folk rock band, that may well be the secret I have not told you – or perhaps there are other stories to be told about this photo!  But perhaps they are secrets I am unwilling to tell, or stories I would rather you make up!

Early 90’s Folk.

Gatehouse- Friendly Friday Photography Challenge – Photo Edits

This week the friendly Friday photography challenge is:

This week on Friendly Friday your topic is ‘photo edits’. . . Join in the fun, this week, on Friendly Friday. You are limited only by your imagination

We most of you probably realise that the photos that reach here never do so without some form of editing, I shoot primarily RAW files, but occasionally jpeg for certain situations where I want the camera to do the editing.

Therefore every photo is edited to some degree, but I see this as akin to stepping into the darkroom to develop the film, and photo!  It is just these days I have far more control and if more than simple ‘development’ is required, it is now far easier an quicker.

So choosing a recent photo here is the undeveloped RAW photo:

‘Out of the camera’, Dunster Castle, 2019.
Out of the camera

Here is a basic edit, something like what would have come out of the camera if I had shot in jpeg.

‘Basic edit’, Dunster Castle, 2019.
Basic edit

And then below a bare minimum of how I would edit, cropped, straightened, and a small amount of processing. This would be the least work a photo would have before it reached the blog or my photo albums.

‘Minimum’, Dunster Castle, 2019.

If I liked the photo it would end up with a little more tinkering. A new sky maybe, some of the saturation taken out, a little more texture.

‘Tinkering’, Dunster Castle, 2019.

But then of course if I go this far why stop! A little glow, some post Bi-filtering, and overlay, get rid of the figure in the archway.

‘Further’, Dunster Castle, 2019.Further

Maybe even pop it on the study wall to look at!

Or maybe have a further tinker and even use it for another blog post – so here is one – Altered way


Hundertwasser balconies – Friendly Friday Photography Challenge – Balconies and Alternative Version

I missed last Friday as I was away having fun, so this week a double post.

When I was researching the topic for this week’s Friendly Friday Photo Challenge, I realized that all my relevant photos were located in Europe. Except for one! I hope that you can show me some more balconies, or patios, or verandahs from all over the world.

So after a search through the archives for some Balconies:

‘Hundertwasser balconies’, Vienna, 2013.
Hundertwasser balconies

It’s not necessarily a better version of things, just a different one, composed of the choices we didn’t make. And there are so many new choices we make every moment, starting right now.

Let’s have fun with this train of thought and explore it for this week’s Friendly Friday Photo Challenge, themed Alternative Version.

So an alternative take on the original photo from which the above was a crop:

‘Hundertwasser balconies 2’, Vienna, 2013.
Hundertwasser balconies


Anglepoise – Friendly Friday Photography Challenge – Electric

This Friday we are challenged with:

The atmosphere is ‘electric’ here at Friendly Friday, as I wait for your submissions to the theme this week…

One of those photos I have no idea why I took!  I was probably settling down to sleep and just liked the image.

‘Anglepoise’, 2013.Anglepoise


Antidote – Friendly Friday Photography Challenge – Blue

This Friday we are challenged with:

Interpret the word, ‘Blue,’ however you like and make a Friendly Friday post.

It is fair to say that I have had one of ‘those’ years! It has been hard, but there have been a lot of positives to come out of the struggles.  I have spent a lot of time feeling blue, however a trip here, both to the place in question and to blog, is always a pick me up!

‘Antidote’, Carbis bay, 2019.Antidote


Ignored beauty – Friendly Friday Photography Challenge – Ignored

This Friday we are challenged with:

For this week’s Friendly Friday photo challenge, let’s hero something that has been ignored, overlooked, discarded.

This farm has steadily been falling into disrepair over the years that I have been visiting the Men-an-tol in Cornwall, to me it is a gem of a building, and it is sad to see it abandoned.

‘Ignored beauty’, near the Men-an-tol, Cornwall, 2019.Ignored beauty