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Stone pixie – A Photo a Week Challenge: Smile.

This week Nancy has challenged us with the following:

Smile

Given the group shot I used as my final photo for last week was taken by my wife and had me in it, this week I decided I would use a photo of my wife.  Smiling as we had reached our destination of the Maen Mawr at the Cerrig Duon stone circle.

‘Stone pixie’, Cerrig Duon stone circle, 2019.Stone pixie

Ken

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How time flies – A Photo a Week Challenge: Nostalgia.

This week Nancy has challenged us with the following:

Nostalgia

Sifting through old photos makes me nostalgic, this weekend it was a friends 40th Birthday party, 10 years ago we had all been to the Outer Hebrides when he was 30 – how time flies!

‘Callanish’, Outer Hebrides, 2009.Callanish

‘Stones’, Outer Hebrides, 2009.Stones

‘Catalogue pose’, Outer Hebrides, 2009.Catalogue pose

‘Determined to Party’, Outer Hebrides, 2009.Determined to Party

Thanks to my wife for the last photo, as I am in it 🙂 and she is not 😦

Ken

Red rose and raindrops – A Photo a Week Challenge: Raindrops.

This week Nancy has challenged us with the following:

With the rain yesterday, I had fun capturing the raindrops on my tulips. Rain can be tricky to photograph, but raindrops on objects are a lot of fun. The give things a fresh feeling.

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO (OR MORE) FEATURING RAINDROPS.

It had just been raining, it rained nearly every day during our visit to Dartmoor that year.

‘Red rose and raindrops’, Buckfast Abbey, 2015.Red rose and raindrops

Ken

Big Stone – A Photo a Week Challenge: Three of a Kind

This week Nancy has challenged us with the following:

Last week I asked you to obey the rule of threes. This week, I want you to take three photos of the same subject, but from different angles or distances or whatever. This will give you the chance to look at your subject in a lot of different ways. This is the only rule, so have fun.

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE THREE DIFFERENT PHOTOS OF THE SAME SUBJECT.

This week we went in search of the stone circle that wound become the 50th stone circle in a series of 50 that we were attempting to visit before my wife’s 50th birthday which is in June.  This was ‘Cerrig Duon’ stone circle in the upper reaches of the Tawe Valley.  As an aside this means I have also visited 50 stone circles :).  Right next to the circle is a standing stone ‘Maen mawr’ (Big Stone), so here are 3 different views of that, two from different sides of the megalith, and one from a distance.

‘Holding’, Maen mawr, 2019.Holding

‘Shooting’, Maen mawr, 2019.Shooting

‘Distance’, Maen mawr, 2019.PWC3c

So what next, well we should easily fit in another 10 new circles before we are 60! So we might need more of a challenge than that.

Ken

To the left – A Photo a Week Challenge: The Rule of Thirds

This week Nancy has challenged us with the topic of ‘The Rule of Thirds’, saying:

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO (OR MORE) USING THE RULE OF THIRDS.

One of the first rules a photographer or artist learns, or have I always known it, along with the golden spiral, for some of us it is instinctual, for others composition is worked at.  On good days I fall into the first category, on other days the second.  This almost breaks the rules, but not quite, still I like it, and for some reason I find the emphasis on the left hand third more aesthetically pleasing, does anyone have the opposite opinion? 

‘To the left’, Fyne court, 2014.PAW3Ken

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

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