Oh My Goodness, There’s Dust

Once again Paula at Lost In Translation has a worthy challenge for photographers BLACK & WHITE SUNDAY: IMPERFECT

You must have in your archives a photo that you consider imperfect, but you love it anyway, or the photo maybe perfect, but the subject is not? Whichever the case, how do you feel about sharing some imperfection for this challenge?

The photo, from somewhere back in the late ’70, is just what I wanted, a few small problems with the paint. But the print shows show up some imperfections in the darkroom, dust on the negative! I shot this with a Nikormat FTN, probably using Plus-X film, that’s at an ASA (ISO) of 125. With the sunlight of the day that would have been probably around f/8 at 1/125s exposure.

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Still On Tow

From the blog nancy merrill photography comes the following.

I love flying. I love traveling and visit new places, and the fastest and easiest way to get somewhere far away is flying. I’ve flown around the world (almost literally). I’ve been to Korea and Europe, the South Pacific and Great Britain. I’ve flown across the United States multiple times.

The challenge this week is Flying

Not too far off the point, but shipping oneself in a hugh aluminum can doesn’t really count as “flying”. The photo below is the start of a couple hour flight by Karl Striedieck, once he releases the tow-line he and his passenger will stay aloft without the assistance of an engine, soaring like birds. Now that’s really flying. But, no it’s not transportation.

This photo was taken as KS was about 100ft above the ground during a takeoff at the Region IV(n) soaring contest in October 2010.

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Haiku Horizons prompt “link”

Welcome to week 167 of Haiku Horizons! This prompt for this week is “link“. Haiku Horizons will provide a haiku prompt each Sunday. Write a haiku based on the prompt

Walking hand in hand
Smooth ground or on rocky path
Love is a tight bond

sky black to light blue
sun rises over the lake
night followed by day
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A New Day

Heeding Haiku With Chèvrefeuille,
May 3rd 2017 a new day

What a joy it was to read all of your Troiku it seems like you all did like this new creative way of haiku-ing. I am so glad with that.

This week it’s haiku time again and I think I have a nice theme for you this week. This week I love to challenge you to create haiku themed “a new day”

morning alarm sounds
bicycle ready to go
fifty miles by noon

at oh dark hundred
kayaker rises from bed
fog over the lake

yesterday is gone
only the future ahead
time to start now
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It’s Not May Yet, But The Apples Are Here

Cee at Cee’s Photoography daily posts her Flower of the day along with this ‘challenge’ Feel free to add your floral photo to the comments. This way we can all enjoy everyone’s flowers.

Not being a flower person, but liking nature photography I’m always on the lookout for an interesting subject. Yesterday was no exception, but I did take time to look down and wonder what lie beneath the leaves of the Mayapple plants. What a surprise! There are Mayapples, and May doesn’t start till tomorrow. If you’ve taken a walk in the woods those ankle high plants with large 4-9 lobed leaves are Mayapple, you have to get down on your knees to see the flower and the ‘apple’, which is poisonous.

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Empty Space


“I am not even sure how to start this post after so long without posting anything or writing anything..

A lot has happen in the last month or so..

We moved house, the kiddies moved nurseries, I had my first job as a photographer, which I am so grateful for and still can’t believe it happen. We had so much on and to be honest still do, but things are settling into place now and we are now starting to get back to our routine.

So now back to our challenge. I apolosise again for my very long absence and to get back to it I choose the theme ’empty space’. In photography ’empty space’ is referred as ‘negative space’ . Negative space is the area that surrounds the main subject in your photo and occupies most of the photo.”

Lots of “Negative Space”

Empty Space on the river

Just and empty space in a tree trunk

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Where Can I Find A Wheelbarrow

For Sunday Photo Fiction – April 23rd 2017 Each week a photo is used, donated by one of the participants of Sunday Photo Fiction, and the idea is to write a story with the photo as a prompt in around 200 words.

In The Hardware Store

“Yes sir, What can I help you find today?”

The customer answered, “I’m looking for a good wheelbarrow.” as he sized up the youngster trying to help. His thoughts ran like, ‘I don’t even think he looks old enough to shave.’

“Sure enough, Here’s a beauty.” The salesman replied, sounding more like a used car salesman. “First, you have your choice of 32 colors, made of lightweight, but extra strong space-age plastic. It’s even got hydraulic hand brakes and a safety feature so it won’t get away from you going downhill. What’s you think, what color do you want?”

“Well, sonny,” the customer replied, “What I’m looking for is what my dad, and grand-dad had before that, one made of wood. They had good features, like removable sides so I could carry long tree limbs if needed, or use as a sort-of workbench out in the field. I don’t need or want a wash-tub on wheels. Now let’s go look at them.”

“I don’t think anyone make them anymore, probably you’ll have to build your own, we do have wheels and handles.”

“Good, where are they. Building one will be lots more satisfying.” replied the customer with a smile.

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It’s Not Thomas The Train

This week BLACK & WHITE SUNDAY‘s challenge is AFTER AND BEFORE Y1-04
On Sundays I normally publish a photo challenge in black and white that I call Black & White Sunday. I usually come up with a fresh theme for it, but once a month I publish a recurrent (monthly) theme: after and before where you are supposed to show the same photo, regardless of the subject, in both monochrome and colour.

This is a way of encouraging you not only to set your camera to black and white setting, but to shoot in colour and to convert it into black and white in post processing. Hopefully you will enjoy this exercise in seeing and editing. After all it is all about fun. Have a beautiful day!

It’s The Thomas Viaduct

So again I headed back through some of my older photos, to an even older subject, The Thomas Viaduct It was commissioned by the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad (B&O); built between July 4, 1833, and July 4, 1835; and named for Philip E. Thomas, the company’s first president. For more information on the bridge read this. It still stands today and carries one of the main lines of the CSX between Baltimore, Md. and Washington, D.C. It is in a small community of Relay, Md. a community that gets its name from its location as the site where relays of horses were changed on route to Ellicott City, Md. The first terminus of the B&O. In all the bridge has 8 Arches and spans more than 500 feet across the Potapsco River valley.

As the camera first saw it

And in Monochrome

It was a sunny but cold day in march a few years ago, with a little snow left on the ground.

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Up and Down

This week’s challenge from Paula at BLACK & WHITE SUNDAY is STEPS AND STAIRS This is a week of easy, straightforward challenges; at least I like to think that they are. You are supposed to post a photo (or more) of steps/stairs before next Sunday. Wishing you all a great week ahead!

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Grandfather Dropped In

For months the woodworker spent most of the time in his workshop building a Grandfather clock. He made the case from the rarest hardwoods he could find. Everyday woods like Mahogany or Cherry just wouldn’t do, he found rarer species like Bubinga, Ebony, and Rosewood.

He wanted to keep the clock movements clean, so he only ordered it when he started to put the final coats of varnish on the woodwork. And so the magic day came when the actual clock would be delivered. His anticipation level was at a high, while he polished the last coat of finish. Lunch was really not on his mind, but his wife made him take a few minutes to eat, “It’ll be here soon, so just relax and wait.”

He’d looked out the front door every time he heard a truck within a block of the house, but still nothing for him. It was mid-afternoon when a strange sound was getting louder and louder, definitely not a truck, more like a small motorcycle.

Then it appeared, a large quad-copter, a drone with a box slung under the body. It hovered a couple hunderd feet over his front yard, then the thing let the box just drop to the ground. It bounded a few times before coming to rest, the box was in shambles.

As the woodworker opened the box he let out a string of expletives that would make a sailor blush. The clock that should have fit into his masterpiece was nothing but a pile of gears, most of them bent beyond repair. And the delivery drone was beating a hasty retreat.

Each week a photo is used, donated by one of the participants of Sunday Photo Fiction, and the idea is to write a story with the photo as a prompt in around 200 words.

This week’s photo is Photo © Jade M Wong Thanks Jade.

Yes it’s a bit longer but I was just too verbose and had a hard time keeping it as short as I did. Sorry.

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