Weekly Photo Challenge: Rare

My bags are packed, batteries charged, I’ve got spare memory cards and the kit is all cleaned and ready to go. Done the online check-in, printed my boarding pass, I never trust those ones they send to your mobile. What happens if you have a problem with your phone? I’m a dinosaur, give me a hard copy any day.  I’m off on my holidays tomorrow with hopefully lots of photo opportunities as we travel through Germany and the Netherlands for a week. But before I go I was giving some thought to this weeks challenge and the more I thought about it the more I thought “all of my photographs are rare”

Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still. – Dorothea Lange

How true that is. Every time I press the shutter, no matter how many times I photograph the same subject, something will have changed. I will have moved, even if it’s just a little bit, or a cloud might change shape slightly, or move across the sky, tumbling water never takes the same shape, so in a way it’s not the same photograph. I’m sure sometime in the past I’ve argued this point before on a weekly challenge post.

This photograph was taken a good few years back on Talacre Beach. I was there to photograph the lighthouse as the sun was setting. I’d timed my visit to coincide with an incoming tide and this family of four decide to step in front of the camera. At the time I was annoyed but I did manage to catch several silhouette shots.

Weekly Photo Challenge Family

As a back story. They missed moving their car off the beach car-park which closes at nine and it looked like they were going to be stuck until the morning. Fortunately, they were able to contact the Security Company who were willing to come and open the gates. Lucky them.

Another silhouette and another rare one. It’s me, on the beach at Weston-super-Mare. A self-portrait, nonetheless, there’s not too many of them around, thank goodness. I prefer to be behind the camera.

Weekly Photo Challenge - Selfie

Lastly, my one and only photograph of a hovering Kestrel. I was standing on the cliffs and the Kestrel was searching for something at the base. It meant it was almost level with me and I was able to get this one and only shot before it moved position


Right that’s it. I won’t be here for next weeks challenge or to reply to your comments. I will get round to them when I get back though – Mike

I nearly forgot to mention, I’ve been asked to give a talk on some of the abandoned buildings I have photographed on my travels through Snowdonia and North Wales. So when I come back of my holiday I’m going to be super-busy as I’ve got about ten days to prepare. That’s going to be fun and I’m looking forward to it. Well, I am at the moment…..

Anyway – here’s what 10 other bloggers are saying about this weeks challenge.

Japanese Lantern Lighting – From Hiding to Blogging
Wednesday Lensday- Rare Vintage – Aloada Bobbins
a night of rare decision for a dog- Dronesville’s adventure#3 – a nerd’s confession- when-iam-68
LPS 1921 – By the Wayside
Picture Worthy Aug 21, 2016 – [Sunday] WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge- Rare
Typing through time – Our World In Photographs
Sea Play Photography Photo Challenge- Rare
The Land Slide Photography Food
WY Pictures Photography Blog Red Jellyfish In Blue Water
Weekly Photo Challenge- Rare – My Dog Ate a Lightbulb

7 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Rare

  1. Lovely shots. have a safe and happy journey Mike! I’m sure you’ll have lots of pictures to share from this trip!


  2. Mike I thought that you had left already (As, of last week’s post). Anyhow, I imagine that you are in Germany by now and getting lots of photos.

    The Kestrel is just about the best plc. of that bird that I’ve seen. It’s a beautiful bird. We have kestrels in the states but ours is a bit different.


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