Weekly Photo Challenge: Jubilant

Better late than never, but having only just got home I’ve been struggling to get this weeks challenge completed in time, especially as I really wanted to show you some photographs from Lindisfarne, the Holy Island. So a quick compromise. One photograph taken several years back during a photowalk around Liverpool.

Photograph Me

That’s all folks, here’s what other bloggers are saying about this weeks challenge.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Connected

Another busy week, I’m only getting around to writing this post, even although I took the photographs last Saturday……..and there’s the first connection. All of the photographs for today’s post were shot on the same day.

See how easy it is to make a photograph or photographs fit a theme.

The Wedding

Last Saturday I was in Liverpool, just walking the streets, trying to capture some interesting photographs. Street Photography is so different from the landscapes I normally do, but it’s a something that I’m really beginning to enjoy.

After intensively exploring many genres over the last 30 plus years I have, in recent years, focused on Street Photography as an outlet for my photographic energies. Street Photography is somewhat of a misnomer as it can be practised anywhere people are photographed in the environment in which they are found. For some, myself included, being a photographer is as much a state of mind. – Michael Dubiner

I'm Getting Married

A lot of people go with their friends to Lennon’s Pub and the famous Liverpool Cavern Club which is a short walk away from here on the same street. It’s perfect for street photography. Just hang around and people sort of pose for you and best of all most of the time they don’t even register you are there. This lovely young lady was calling her friend to join her, seemed too good an opportunity to miss.

I love photographing people, especially tribal and indigenous people. Before I begin photographing I hang around a while to establish some contact, then work closely to illustrate the connection… – Rosanna Pennella

Here’s another connection. Well two actually. Both photographs are Black and White, one is from a wedding and this lady is on her hen night.

For those of you who don’t know what a “hen night” is here’s an explanation from an American linguist in the UK  who makes some  “Observations on British and American English”.

Mickey and Friend

Busted! She saw me just as I clicked the shutter. It’s not so obvious that I’m taking photographs because I’m shooting from the hip almost. I don’t hold the camera up to my eye or anything like that or press the shutter button. No! My camera is paired to my smart phone via a Wi-Fi link. My smart phone is in my pocket and I use that to fire the shutter on my camera.

The Gallery

I think you’re either going to like or hate the photograph above. I’ll leave you to decide….

Every part of the photographic image carries some information that contributes to its total statement; the viewer’s responsibility is to see, in the most literal way, everything that is there and respond to it. To put it another way, the statement the image makes – not just what it show you, but the mood, moral evaluation and casual connections it suggest – is built up from those details. A proper ‘reading’ of a photograph sees and responds to them consciously. – Howard S. Becker

I’ll leave you with this final photograph. Four young girls out on a shopping trip. Totally unaware that I had just photographed them.


Well that’s it. But I’ll leave you with a question. Is Street Photography an invasion of privacy?

As usual, I’ve included links to other bloggers who are sharing their connections.


52 in 2015 Week 28 High Key

I’ve never been a fan of High Key Photography. To me it just seems over-exposed. But this weeks challenge is High Key so I thought I better give it a proper go.

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One can consider/define the over exposed and under exposed portraits as High Key and Low Key Portraits. – Lakshman Iyer

The first photograph was easy, taken against a grey background of the sky. With a bit of work in Adobe Lightroom I was able to lighten up the background a bit.

Now the next one is completely different. These are flowers growing in my garden. To get the background I stuck a piece of white paper behind the flower before taking the photograph. Nothing fancy, but it works. With the sun almost overhead no shadows to worry about either.

52 in 2015 Week 28 High Key

That’s it for this week. Hope you enjoyed the photographs – Mike

Weekly Photo Challenge: Early Bird

I was looking through my back catalogue today and realised that I have only one or two sunrise photographs but loads of sunsets. That got me to thinking, why? The answer is simple. I don’t do mornings. Or to be more precise I don’t do photography in the mornings. With a sunset it’s predictable. You can see if you are going to get a good one by looking at the sky, seeing the cloud formations and in my case looking at the horizon to see if the sun will be blocked by mist or low-lying cloud out to sea.

You only get one sunrise and one sunset a day, and you only get so many days on the planet. A good photographer does the math and doesn’t waste either. – Galen Rowell

So why don’t I go for the sunrises. Mainly because it’s unpredictable. You don’t know what you are going to get until the sun actually starts to rise. I’d hate to get up at dark o’clock only to find that I can’t see the stars because the sky is totally overcast. If it’s like that I’m not going to see any sunrise that’s for sure.

But just occasionally I have been up early with the camera and managed to capture something….


A good few years back I was staying in the Yanchep National Park, near Two Rocks, Western Australia. Although not quite sunrise it was early in the morning, you can tell by the long shadows of the trees. Beautifully calm and no one about. That’s how I like it for photography. Don’t you?

Anyway my second photograph was also taken in the National Park. I just like the line of boats all tied up waiting for someone to use them.

Blue Boats.jpg

Right, now that the building work is finished and I’ve completed the decoration of the new kitchen and dining room I might be able to spend more time on the blog. I missed last weeks challenge, there was just too much on but thankfully we are almost back to normal. Well not quite. I’ve still both sets of decking to clean and then renew the protective coat. New wooden garden furniture also has to be treated before we can start using it but I’m getting there….

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Serenity

I took this photograph a long time ago, October 1st 2006. I remember it well, sitting on a beach in Florida watching the sun go down. The sky was amazing as Florida sunsets can be and that’s why I have used it as the background for the lonely and deserted Uphill beach in the UK. Yes! It’s a composite image made from two separate photographs.

Weekly Photo Challenge - Serenity

In the original image the sun was setting but the sky never really coloured up with those lovely red, oranges, yellows and purples that can really make a great sunset photograph. One good thing, I had metered the scene and set the camera to give me a silhouette against the setting sun, which never really happened.

During the winter this particular beach is very peaceful and quiet when we lived in North Somerset it was one of our favourite dog walks and that’s why I have chosen it for the Weekly Photo Challenge.

Composite portraits are absolute quackery! What next, composite landscapes? – Anonymous – The Photographic News, London 1888

The Free Dictionary describes a Composite Photograph as a photograph formed by superimposing two or more separate photographs. It’s nothing new as you can see from the enclosed quote which appeared in the Photographic News almost one hundred and thirty years ago. Indeed search for Composite Photographs and I’m sure you’ll search engine will return loads of hits, especially for Composite Tutorials.

But my question is: Photograph or Image? I have my own particular view on this and I’d like hear yours.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Shadowed

Boot Sector Not Found”. That terrible moment when you realise that the whizzy whizzy thing with the flashing lights sitting in the corner has just become an expensive brick. Now it’s been a while since I got my hands dirty in the innards of a computer but it looks like I have no choice here.

 Achtung! Alles Lookenspeepers

Das computermachine ist nicht fuer gefingerpoken und mitten grabbe. Ist easy schnappen der springen werk,blowenfusen und poppencorken mit spitzensparken. Ist nicht fuer gewerken bei das dumpkopfen. Das rubbernecken sichtseeren keepen das cotten-pickenen hans in das pockets muss; relaxen und watchen das blinkenlichten.

Michael J. Preston recites the gem as being posted above photocopiers in offices as a warning not to mess with the machine in the first print reference from 1974. The sign is also reported to have been seen on an electron microscope at the Cavendish Laboratory in the 1950s. Source Wikipedia

What has this got to do with Shadowed, the subject for this weeks Weekly Photo Challenge? Absolutely nothing. Just thought I’d let you know what I’ve been up to this week…and yes I have fixed the problem.


On Saturday I was in Liverpool for a photowalk around the city. That’s me right in the bottom centre of the photograph. Why Black and White? I’ve been experimenting recently with his medium and I quite like it.

All amateurs…think they have to have the sun at their backs. You’ll find this is wrong: If you get the sun to one side and catch the shadows, you get a ‘Rembrandt-lighted’ picture with good contrasts. – Frank Jay Haynes

Fortunately, in the late afternoon as the sun was starting to set it was in the right position to my side, casting these really long shadows. Choosing Black an White instead o colour has emphasised the shadows more.

As always, your comments are appreciated and I try to answer everyone with twenty four hours. It doesn’t always happen in that time but I will respond to all comments good or bad.

Weekly Photo Challenge – Object

…with most of my photographs, the subject appears as a found object, something discovered, not arranged by me. I usually have an immediate recognition of the potential image, and I have found that too much concern about matters such as conventional composition may take the edge off the first inclusive reaction. – Ansel Adams

Weekly Photo Challenge: Object

How I wish I could have said that about this photograph. I found the tool further down the hill lying abandoned in a ditch. I wanted to use the rocks in the foreground but thought there was something missing. So I moved the tool. What do you think? Does it add anything to the photograph?

Whether you agree or disagree that the tool adds something to the photograph also consider the ethical standpoint.

If I move something into or out of the scene I am about to photograph is it ethical? Granted it may make the photograph aesthetically pleasing but is it really a true representation of that time and place.

the camera machine cannot evade the objects which are in front of it. No more can the photographer. He can choose these objects, arrange and exclude, before exposure, but not afterwards… Your photography is a record of your living, for any one who really sees. – Paul Strand

Nowadays with digital cameras it is easy to capture a photograph and later manipulate it, in Photoshop or similar, to add or remove elements. Is that any different from me doing the same prior to pressing the shutter.

Retouching had become controversial ever since Franz Hanfstaengl of Munich showed at the 1855 Exposition Universelle in Paris a retouched negative with a print made from it before and after retouching. It was, Nadar recollected, the beginning of a new era in photography. – Beaumont Newhall

If you shoot in RAW it is inevitable that you will carry out some alterations to your photograph. Maybe boost the colour or sharpening? What about exposure, highlights, shadows? All are candidates for adjustment, in some way. But is it any less ethical than adding or removing something from your photograph?

Now you might say that a colour adjustment was fine and well within the bounds of ethical practice. But colours can be changed in software like Topaz Restyle so as to render the new photograph quite unlike the original. The content will be the same but the context will not. For example, you can make a photograph look like it was taken at sunset when in reality it was midday when the shutter button was pressed.

In the end ethical policies may be down to where the photograph is used. The fashion industry and the editors of fashion magazines may think it is permissible to alter photographs used in magazines,  but news editors more often than not would deem it unacceptable for anything to be changed from the original scene, including colours.

How did you answer at the beginning of this post? Did you think it was OK for me to add the tool into the scene prior to pressing the shutter button?

Consider this. Nowadays many media outlets rely on us, the public, to become journalists and help them capture the news. How often have you seen appeals for photographs on your local TV station, or in our case SKY News, when some big news event has happened? Or what about the Weather Man, sorry Person. They’re always asking for sunset/sunrise photographs to use as backdrops. Could I in all honesty send in my photograph knowing it had been altered?



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