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Everything – A Photo a Week Challenge: Beauty

This week Nancy has challenged us with the topic of ‘Sunshine’, saying:

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO (OR MORE) OF THINGS YOU FIND BEAUTIFUL.

What do I find beautiful, well there is a beauty to be found in nearly all things and I could have chosen a fair few photos that I find beautiful.  Artworks, and buildings, nature and landscapes, monuments and people.  However all of these things stem from nature in the beginning, or a reflection or a juxtaposition to nature.  Therefore I chose this picture.

‘Natures complexity’, 2014.PAWBeauty2

And of course, a on a purely personal note, my wife is of course beautiful to me.

‘The other half’, 2014.The other half

Ken

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Fire in the sky – A Photo a Week Challenge: Fire

This week Nancy has challenged us with the topic of ‘Sunshine’, saying:

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO (OR MORE) OF FIRE

Well I decided to twist the brief a little, as I was looking through the archives for ‘Fire’, I saw this photo, taken while on holiday in Cornwall some years ago.  Well the sun counts as fire does it not?

‘Fire in the sky’, Cornwall, 2007.Fire in the sky

Ken

Italianate, hazy, entrance – A Photo a Week Challenge: Sunshine

This week Nancy has challenged us with the topic of ‘Sunshine’, saying:

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO (OR MORE) OF SUNSHINE

So a few photos where the sunshine could have made, or broke the photos.  Shooting into the sun, sometimes you just have to do it.

‘Italianate’, Dyffryn Gardens, 2016.Italianate

‘Hazy sun’, Dartmoor, 2015.Hazy sun

‘Chun entrance’, Chun castle, 2015.Chun entrance

Ken

Winners line up – A Photo a Week Challenge: Getting Your Ducks in a Row

This week Nancy has challenged us with the topic of ‘Line or Row’, saying:

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO (OR MORE) OF SUBJECTS IN A LINE OR ROW.

Well this photo, left languishing because it had focus issues, had to be the one I used.  Once I had read Nancys title of ‘Getting Your Ducks in a Row’, I knew I must have a photo like this somewhere.  So a photo of the top ten winners of the great Dingle Bal Duck race 2017, I think the winning ducks run right to left in order of crossing the finish line, but I could be wrong!

‘Winners line up’, Dingle Bal, 2017.Winners line up

Ken

Shimmer on the Nith – A Photo a Week Challenge – Shimmer

This week Nancy has challenged us with the topic of ‘Shimmer’, saying:

It is so much fun to play with light, especially natural light. When shooting outdoors, the sun can be your best friend or your worst enemy. . . . SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO (OR MORE) THAT SHIMMER.

Last year we spent a week in Dumfries and Galloway, we stayed in a little house on the banks of the river Nith at Glencaple, it was glorious.  On several of the evenings we got to walk along side the Nith as the sun was setting, this provided some beautiful images for my camera to drink in.  The light was wonderful, and as always I took far to many photos, easily doubling the length of time it would take us to walk from our little house into Glencaple itself.  I have used several photos of the Nith for previous challenges, but it was just too glorious not to use another one, and to have the enjoyment of re-editing it.

I had a hard time deciding between the colour image and the silvery monochrome image for this one, and in the end I thought I may as well use both!

‘Shimmer on the Nith’, Glencaple, 2018.Shimmer on the Nith

‘Silver shimmer on the Nith’, Glencaple, 2018.Silver shimmer on the Nith

Ken

Isthmus – A Photo a Week Challenge – Cityscape/Townscape

This week Nancy has challenged us with the topic of ‘Cityscape/Townscape’, saying:

I love taking photos of cities. It’s a lot of fun to walk around while looking up at tall buildings, trying to figure out the best way to get a really cool picture. For smaller towns and villages, I love finding the town center to get that shot that makes everyone go “Where did you take that?” . . . . Share a photo or two (or more) featuring cities or towns.

Well I just had to choose a photo of what some of you will realise is one of my favorite towns, it of course has to be St. Ives.

‘Isthmus’, St. Ives, 2016.PAWTown

Ken

Living art – A Photo a Week Challenge – Colorful

This week Nancy has challenged us with the topic of ‘Colorful’, saying:

I’ve done several color challenges lately, so this time I decided to go for the whole shebang. I’m looking for the most colorful thing you can find to photograph.

Well the first photo I decided to use was of the hundertwasserhaus in Vienna, a truly stunning piece of architectural art, colourful, enlivening, inspirational.  Living here would certainly colour your life.

‘Living’, hundertwasserhaus, Vienna, 2013.PAWColourful

“Just carrying a ruler with you in your pocket should be forbidden, at least on a moral basis. The ruler is the symbol of the new illiteracy. The ruler is the symptom of the new disease, disintegration of our civilisation.” – Friedensreich Hundertwasser

And of course, as I have previously posted when answering these sort of challenges about colour, one of the most colourful things I can think of is my wife, so the next photo is of her, certainly not following straight lines in this photo.

‘Sprial walking’, High head sculpture valley, Cumbria, 2011.KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA

Ken

Unbroken – A Photo a Week Challenge – Meme-worthy Photos

This week Nancy has challenged us with the topic of ‘Meme-worthy Photos’, saying:

My Facebook feed is always filled with memes. Most use quotes from religious or government leaders. And even though I’ve been know to make a few memes myself, I’m usually more interested in the photo than the words. What made them choose that photo? Did they take the photo themselves or grab it off the internet? I like to use my own photos (saves a lot of heartburn over copyright infringement risks).

So plenty to choose from here in my catalog, but I chose to go with this.

“Unbroken’, Lochar water, Dumfries and Galoway, 2018.PAWBending

So do I go with the inspirational quote, or a funny?  How about –PAWBending2

I would be more than happy to hear your interpretations if you want to leave me a comment.

In nature, nothing is perfect and everything is perfect. Trees can be contorted, bent in weird ways, and they’re still beautiful. – Alice Walker

Ken

Present Photographer – A Photo a Week Challenge – Black & White

This week Nancy has challenged us with the topic of ‘Black and White’.

Well I could probably work back over a number of photos to see what they would look like in a monochromatic format, but when I took this one it was how I imagined it.  A reminder that we are ever present in our photographs, even though we usually attempt to stay invisible.  We are subjective artists simply by our acts of composition and post processing choices we make, is it possible to ever have an objective photograph?  Can we ever create an unbiased photographic image? Should we just point and shoot? and surely them the camera itself becomes a subjective player.  Perhaps a modern objective photograph would just be a series of ones and zeros.

‘Present Photographer’, Castlerigg, Cumbria, 2018.PWCBW

Ken

Petals in Pink – A Photo a Week Challenge – Pink

This week Nancy has challenged us with the topic of ‘Pink’.

So here are a couple of photos, the first of that great pink and white cat ‘Bagpuss’, originally destined to be ginger and white, but we are all so glad he ended up pink.  A very fond childhood memory, rendered here in flower petals by the 1st Bakewell brownies.

‘Saggy old cloth cat’, Bakewell, 2014.Pinkbagpuss.jpg

And the second of a lovely pink lily that grabbed my attention in the garden of the house where we recorded our album for Kantref.

‘Lily Pink’, Hay-on-Wye, 2014.Pinklilly.jpg

I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.  – Audrey Hepburn

Ken