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Weekly Photo Challenge: Look Up

Late again! I had every intention of getting this weeks challenge in early but with No 1 son home at the moment my time has been taken up with going out with him on various photography trips. We don’t get to see him that often, as he lives on the other side of the world so it’s nice to catch up and indulge in a practice we both share. Anyway better late than never for Looking Up. This week I’ve got a stone pillar from Wells cathedral in Somerset. These massive stone columns support the roof of the cathedral.

Stone Pillar

Fuji Finepix S9600 15sec at f22, ISO 100

Next, it’s the Breitling Wing Walkers. Those daring young ladies who strap themselves to an aircraft and are thrown about the sky as those aircraft perform a series of aerobatic moves. I wonder if they have anything to eat before performing.


Samsung GX10, Sigma 150-500mm F5-6.3 APO DG, 1/1000 sec at f8, ISO 400

Finally, three massive cranes from Clydeport, Greenock in Scotland. These cranes are used at the container and cruise terminal.

Sky Cranes

Pentax K30, SMC Pentax-DA 18-55mm 1:3.5-5.6 AL, 1.3 sec at f11, ISO 100

Well that’s it for this week. Next week I’m at the Mach Loop for a few days so hopefully I will be able to get some photographs of military aircraft flying low through the valleys, here in North Wales.

As usual, here what other bloggers have said about this weeks challenge;

Look Up Chattanooga – xtracheeseplease
Look Up #Photography Day220 – Shantanu Chandra Photography
Leanne Murphy Eucalypts near Beechworth
Indira’s Blog Weekly Photo Challenge- Look Up
Petra Omoregie Caroline Look up
handbagladyblog Day 10 of my 30 Day Challenge
A Texan’s View of Upstate New York New York Sunsets
Photographs by Timothy S. Allen Weekly Photo Challenge – Looking Up
Danny’s Photographs Look Up In San Francisco
Simple seagull – Kee Wynne Photography

Weekly Photo Challenge: State of Mind

I’m off to Berlin, Monday. For my American readers that’s Berlin, Europe not one of the many Berlins that happen to be in the USA. Just for added interest I’m now starting with a cold. I can feel the early stages coming on. Just what I really want. Which brings me to my state of mind. At the moment I’m not exactly in the mood to consider going out at night to photograph magnificent structures like the Brandenburg Gate.

Brandenburg Gate

No, maybe I’ll just stick to Street Photography this trip.

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 practiced 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

But there again, when there are other magnificent monuments in the city, it would be too good an opportunity to miss. Look at the Soviet War Memorial in the Tiergarten which I photographed just before sunset. That setting sun really highlights the gold lettering

Soviet War Memorial

And what about the area around the Europa Centre, with the ruins of the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, which was destroyed in 1943, and new modern church right beside it.

Europa Centre

Right, that’s it for this week. I’ve just found out that my ultra-modern hotel does not offer free Wi-Fi. Would you believe it in this day and age? So it looks like I might be dark until the end of this week. Roaming costs in Europe are still horribly expensive, especially for data.

Here’s what other bloggers are saying about this weeks challenge;

Mainline_Matter Matchless State Of Mind
Inspired And When The Fog Lifted…
Carto’s Logbook State Of Mind — Boy & Girl
Julia’s Odyssey State of Mind – WPC
Lonely Travelog State of Mind
Julie Powell – Photographer & Graphic Artist WPC – State of Mind
Maria Jansson Photography State Of Mind
Laidig’s Broadway Waste of Mind-
Half a photograph Cheery

Weekly Photo Challenge: Treat

A treat for me is to be out with the camera taking photographs, especially if I’m in the National Park. But this week in a change I’m going to show some food. Different I know, especially as I very rarely photograph food.

We eat good food to keep our bodies healthy. I digest good photos as my visual nutrition. If I go too long without looking at good work, I feel starved. – Matt Hevezi

In my opinion it’s there to be eaten. not photographed. Besides if your messing with a camera the food is getting cold or it’s melting.

Meat and Two Veg

But I once attended a catering competition where fancy small nibbles, doubling as a main meal were laid out for photographing. What’s wrong with this? There’s not enough.

Have you ever gone to a restaurant where they serve minuscule sized treats and then expect you to pay a fortune for it?

I have and I came away disappointed. Had to stop off for a curry on the way home. anyway I digress.

Ice Cream Medley

Now these might look nice and they probably taste great but c’mon give me something I can get my teeth into.

Photography and tasty food are same. When a Master Chef can explain all ingredients in a proportionate measured level while making a dish, my mom makes it more better with approximate handful guess of ingredients at home. While learning photography, learn all the rules but according to ur creativity one can break with lot of inputs on ur own when u r in the field.. Tasty food & a good photograph matters. – Lakshman Iyer

My final photograph is absolutely beautiful. I wish I had the skill to create something like this.


I mean, how beautiful is that?

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Grid

I was thinking about this weeks challenge, deciding whether or not to show the photographs in Black and White or Colour. Why the big think? All of my photographs this week are of buildings. Specifically building in Hong Kong and I did think B+W might be better to show them

Hong Kong Buildings

In the end I decide to settle for colour…did I do right?

Now the theme is grid and as you can see I have loosely interpreted that them. I suppose in the photograph above there is a sort of grid on the windows of the building to the left. The one below does have much more of a grid on some of the buildings. I particularly like the building with the portholes. What about you?

Hong Kong High Rise

Now this is definitely a grid – in both buildings it’s evident so success I have managed to make the challenge.

Hong Kong Angles

I hope you enjoyed the photographs this week  – Mike

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Door

This weeks challenge photographs have a bit of a medieval theme. They are all from old churches or castles that I’ve ben fortunate enough to visit over the years.

St.Margaret’s Church, Bodelwyddan, more commonly know as “The Marble Church” can be seen for many miles in the Vale of Clwyd, Denbighshire, due to it’s tall spire (202 feet – 62 metres). I first saw it whilst travelling along the A55 on my way to the ferry port at Holyhead heading for Ireland. Today I live about 8 miles (13km) from the church so it’s always a good photo opportunity. This side door is always closed but it is quite ornate and although not really medieval  it looks it, what with the figureheads and the metal work on the doors._G101626.jpg

Wells cathedral in Somerset was begun about 1175, that’s about 840 years ago. Down in the crypt I found this magnificent old door. It looks old, just look at the construction and the lock. Is it medieval? Who knows? I’d like to think so, but you can never be sure because the Victorians carried out a lot of renovation work to our cathedrals and churches.Ornate Door

Caernarfon Castle in Wales is certainly medieval. From sometime in the 11th century until about 1283 there was a motte-and-bailey castle built by the Normans, but it was replaced by the stone castle that stands today.

In 1282 relationships between England and Wales deteriorated and war broke out in March of that year. Edward the first, king of England marched through North Wales, capturing castles along the way, finally establishing his own at Conwy. The last castle captured by Edward was Dolbadarn in May 1283. Shortly after this Edward began constructing impressive stone castles at Harlech, and Caernarfon. Along with other castles that Edward constructed these helped establish English rule over the Welsh. Once again, I’m not sure about the door. It looks old but I don’t think it’s the original.

Caernarfon Castle

A photographer went to a socialite party in New York. As he entered the front door, the host said ‘I love your pictures – they’re wonderful; you must have a fantastic camera.’ He said nothing until dinner was finished, then: ‘That was a wonderful dinner; you must have a terrific stove.’ – Sam Haskins

Secret Garden

Just thought I’d lighten it up a bit. I’ve always loved that joke. It sort of sums up some people’s attitude to photography.

Anyway, in the photograph above is another door, well sort of. The door is actually gone, instead it’s been replaced by bricks. I wonder what’s behind….and why use that particular pattern?

A lot of my early work, especially the reflections, was about what I call the surrealism of everyday life…picking out the strangeness in the world we live in. Those doors are doors that could lead you to other worlds, or what is behind what is in front of you. – Stephanie Torbert

Most cathedrals and church that I have visited seem to have alternate doors. They’re never open, rubbish piles up and quite often the entrance is overgrown, especially in the smaller churches who don’t maintain the graveyards. This door is located at the  side of the cathedral and is very simple compared to the main entrance.

Side Door

Now my next door is another one of those that has been going some time but I’m sure not as far back as 1300. Saint Hilary’s Church, originally named the Garrison Chapel, was built to serve as the towns chapel. All that survives is the tower, standing on a green just below Denbigh Castle,

Tower Door

That’s it for this weeks challenge…here’s what others are saying about the challenge.