blogging, Photography

Friendly Friday Challenge – Colour Harmonies

Do you have an eye for colour in your photography?

Using colour helps to create mood and feelings in photographs and may result in a photo that is more pleasing to the eye.

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baklandet buildings

Photographers can create a heightened level of visual interest and enhance photos by seeking out particular colour harmonies in the environment.

Such colour combinations may be

  • analogous
  • complementary
  • monochromatic

Capturing Reds, Yellows and Orange tones is an example of an Analogous colour scheme.

Seeking out or deliberately combining the following colours may complement and enhance each other.

  • Oranges and Blues
  • Reds with Greens
  • Yellows with Purple

Keep in mind the saturation and the value of colours will alter the way they go together.

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A split complementary colour scheme might include shades of Red, Orange and Blueish-green. Josef Alber’s images are an example.

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Using a certain background colour in our photographs can also influence how our subject appears. There is more of an explanation here relating to using colour to enhance food photography.

This week’s prompt for Friendly Friday is for you to find or create

Colour Harmonies

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Create a Friendly Friday Challenge Post

Simply add a pingback and tag ‘Friendly Friday – Colour Harmonies‘ to your own post, then return here, leave a comment below adding your published link, so we can find your post.

If this is your first challenge contribution, there is a full set of instructions on how to join the Friendly Friday Photo Challenge on my blog header.

Everyone is welcome to join in.

I will return in two weeks time with another Friendly Friday post.

Next week, you will be in the able hands of Sandy, my Friendly Friday co-host, who will post the new Friendly Friday prompt.

blogging, Community, Photography

Friendly Friday Photography Challenge

Can you find something in your photographic archives to share in a post?

Every second Friday, I host the Friendly Friday Photo Challenge with a different theme to challenge you.

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Do you spot something around you that fits the weekly theme?

Our imagination is your only limitation.

Weekly Friendly Friday Theme

The Friendly Friday Community is inclusive of diversity. We have participants from many regions and our sense of community grows with each weekly challenge.

Community naturally evolves when a group of people come together to achieve something. And thus, the theme for this week’s photography challenge is:

Working Together

You scratch my back and I’ll return the favour.

With many of us in Lockdown, the theme, “Working Together,” might be more difficult. So ‘Community’ is an alternate theme, you can use or think about.

Do remember this is an opportunity to search your archives for a photograph, and there are no limits as to how you decide to interpret this theme.

The whole world is trying to Work Together to defeat the pandemic, albeit in their own different, or more effective/less effective ways. The ultimate goal is still consistent.

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This Friendly Friday theme is really not that hard – nor is Danish Folk Dancing.

When we can’t be together in a physical sense, there is always the virtual community, here at WordPress, collaborating, commenting, inspiring, posting.

I look forward to seeing what you interpret as your Community Working Together.

How to join the Friendly Friday Photo Challenge

  • Create a Post
  • Tag and Linkback your ‘Working Together’ Post.
  • Add a comment here, so that we all know you have posted as pingback are unreliable.
  • Visit other entrants and join in with our Friendly Friday community.
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Do you need to know more about Friendly Friday? Find it here

Next week, my excellent co-host Sandy will have another great prompt for you, so follow her blog to find it: The Sandy Chronicles.

Photography

Monday Murals

Street Murals – Provocative, Clever, Creative but always interesting.


And another favourite mural here in Melbourne.

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Street art makes the boring neighbourhood scene fun even if a little creepy.

Murals at a fish and chip shop and railway subway

I found Sami’s blog and her Monday Mural linky party via Suvi today – funny how I cyber travelled via Suvi in Finland to find another Australian blogger on the other side of my country.

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Something to Ponder about

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Friendly Friday Photo Challenge – Feelings of Spring

I might live in Australia, where the seasons are upside down, a somewhat moot point if you are Australian, but I am always acutely aware just when Spring has sprung in the Northern hemisphere. That is because the Northern ‘hemispherians,’ often get so excited about the first appearances of spring, their shouts are heard all the way ‘Down Under.’

This time of year, my inbox gets spammed with messages of glee and endless photos from the North, of the first snowdrops buds, or blades of greenery that poke their head through the final remnants of snow.

Sunflowers epitomize the essence of feelings of Spring.

I can’t say I blame them for having this Spring zeal, as I suspect they are glad to feel some warmth, while I am glad to have a break from the relentless heat. I thought we might celebrate the onset of Spring by making it this week’s Friendly Friday prompt. If you live in the Southern hemisphere, where Spring blurs into Summer, and thence into Autumn, you may have other photos to choose from that make for a different interpretation of the theme. It is entirely up to you.

Create a post sharing your interpretation of this week’s Friendly Friday prompt

Feelings of Spring

Instructions:

  • Write and publish a post, tagging the post ‘Friendly Friday’, and adding a url link back to this Friendly Friday post.
  • Include the Friendly Friday logo, if you wish.
  • Post a link to your Feelings of Spring post in the comments here, so we can find you.
  • Please note there are no deadlines for participating. New prompts each week.
  • Browse the other participants’ posts using the links in the comments section, to see how they’ve interpreted the weekly prompt. It can be quite interesting.

Find more Instructions on joining in with Friendly Friday here

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Friendly Friday Photography challenge is alternately hosted each Friday by
Something to Ponder About  

and

The Snow Melts Somewhere

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Something Fun to Ponder About this Friday!

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Friendly Friday Photo Challenge – Turning Point

Which way?

Have you ever experienced a ‘Sliding Door’ moment? Those moments when you made a choice in life, that led to significant changes for you?

They are those moments in life, when you realize it was a Turning Point,  which meant that your journey would have looked quite different if you had chosen something else?

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Contemplating the Choices

We make decisions; we take a variety of paths, at times choosing to be adventurous, spontaneous or at other times, quite conservative.

Later, we reflect on those decisions.

Some of us discover the path we’ve chosen to be too arduous, the scenery too different, that we decided to turn back or even turn away.

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Crossroads

On other occasions, taking that wrong ‘turn’ might have led us to incredible discoveries and serendipitous good fortune. Life is often surprising.

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To go or to stay?

The prompt for this week’s Friendly Friday Photography Challenge is:

  “Turning Point.”  

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Create a post sharing your interpretation of the weekly prompt.

It might be a photo of a sign, a threshold, a place to contemplate, or a crossroad; something that represents a Turning Point for you.

Write as much or as little as you like to accompany the photo/s.

Instructions:

  • Leave your response in the comments section, with a link to
    your Turning Point post, so we can find you.
  • Add a tag, or link back to the Friendly Friday prompt
  • Include the Friendly Friday logo if you wish
  • Please note there are no deadlines for participating
  • Do browse the other participants’ posts to see how they’ve interpreted the weekly prompt. It can be quite interesting.

More Instructions on joining in with Friendly Friday

Friendly Friday Photography challenge is alternately hosted each Friday by
Something to Ponder About  

and

The Snow Melts Somewhere

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I am looking forward to seeing your Turning Points.

Happy Friday!

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Friendly Friday – Contrasts

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Earlier this week, I wrote about the Contrasts that I found on a recent trip to Japan.
This week on Friendly Friday Photography Challenge, I am asking you to create a post on “contrasts.

A Contrast of colour

Contrasts might not simply be a contrasting subject as in the photo of Nidaros Cathedral above. You could choose to edit and post the same photo, with the second being an edited version with more or less contrast? I added more contrast to the photo on the right below, and I think it creates a slightly different feel. Moodier, darker I think.

Contrasts of Size or Attribute

You might also consider contrast of size or some other characteristic. It would be hard to find a larger contrast in terms of size differential, than the small Trolls, of Trollstigen, (rock piles), against the backdrop of the larger (mountain), trolls, and the Green Valley, far below.

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The bare rocks against the valley below; the small Trolls against the large cairns.

Sometimes it is old versus new that provides the strongest contrasting photos.

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Whatever the contrast, it is really up to you.

Join in and share your photos here on Friendly Friday. Instructions below.

Friendly Friday Photo Challenge is alternately hosted at The Snow Melts Somewhere and Something to Ponder About, each Friday.

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Instructions on Joining Friendly Friday Photography Challenge

Just like the former WordPress Photo Challenge, we’ll post a prompt each Friday and invite you to create a ‘Friendly Friday,‘ post using one or more photos that relate to the weekly prompt. Everyone is welcome to participate. Beginning or Advanced.

Write as little, or as much, as you like to accompany the photo/s. That part is up to you!

Add a ‘Friendly Friday‘ tag and create a link (or ping) back, so that others can visit you.

Once you hit publish, come back to this post again and leave a comment making sure you include a link to your Friendly Friday post.  Find further instructions here.

Here’s how to create a pingback if you are not sure of how to do it.

There will be another Friendly Friday topic posted over at TheSnowMeltsSomewhere, next Friday. I will be hosting again, in 2 weeks time, here at Something to Ponder About.

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Looking forward to seeing what you come up with –

Amanda


Community, Environment

Monday Mystery Photo – Last time Canary Islands

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Where do think this structure is located?

Every second Monday, I post a new photo of a ‘mystery’ location, and sometimes a mystery object.  I invite you to leave a comment if you think you know the location, or what the mystery object might be.

If you guess correctly, I will link back to your blog in the follow-up post, when the answer is revealed.  N.B. Comments will be released on alternate Mondays (Australian E.S.T.), so as not to spoil the fun for late-comers to this post.

Contribution and guest posts of Monday mystery photos are very welcome. You can send me the photograph by email. My addy can be found by clicking on my profile.

Many thanks to Banactee for submitting the above photograph.

Previous Monday Mystery Photograph

 

The photo from Banectee depicted the ancient petroglyphs from the Fajana cemetery on the island of La Palma, Spain in the Canarian Archipelago, thought to be etched by the Indigenous people of the Canary Islands.

“Today, archaeological and ethnographic studies have led most scholars to accept the view that the pre -colonial population of the Canaries shared common origins with North African Berber tribes from the Atlas Mountains region who began to arrive in the Canaries by sea around 1000 BCE or earlier.” Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canary_Islands_in_pre-colonial_times

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Monday Mystery Photo – Something to Ponder About on Mondays

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Travel theme: Paths

Walking is something most of us do, and we take it for granted. Our feet take us along paths of life, paths of careers, family and nature.

Come walking with me along my the paths of my travels in this fascinating planet:

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Kicking the leaves in country Denmark

Paths can take you to new discoveries, and invite you to experience a sensory adventure. They instill a feeling of anticipation, or mystery, of what lies beyond.

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Boardwalk in Australia

A path might lead to a place where each of us will imagine something different, based on on own microcosmic experiences.

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Pandanas Palms shelter the stairs to the Beaches of the Sunshine Coast

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A stairway to where?

As a child, I was completely fascinated with spiral staircases. Not often seen in Australia, they are subject to strict building regulations but regulations have no impact on a child’s imagination.

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Path to the Magical Blue Lagoon in Iceland

This was a path I will never forget – a special memory for me and my daughter. A wintry swim in the geothermal waters.

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You never know how you might meet on the path in Austria

Site of the ancient fortress
A path to Else’s house and Viking history in Norway

Do you have a favourite walking path? Is it near of far from home?

Others share their path at Where’s My Backpack.

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Forces of Nature

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Snapper Rocks, Coolangatta, Australia

 

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Forces of Nature.”

In Australia, a country aged by the wind, sun and sea, we see many examples of nature’s work and Forces of Nature.

I am drawn to the sea, as most of us are, who cling to the more hospitable coastal regions of Australia for hearth and home.

The limestone structures that survive, here on Australia’s southern coastline, defy wind, rain, tempest and frothing sea and are an example of natural endurance against the continual pounding of the ocean and are geologically, if not also aesthetically, interesting.

The Arch, Great Ocean Road, Australia

Gog and Magog, Great Ocean Road, Australia
Gog and Magog, Great Ocean Road, Australia

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London Bridge – that fell down stranding tourists

Captured on a very basic Auto focus camera, with the exception of the first photograph, taken with a Nexus 4 and edited with Picasa.

The forces of nature – Something to Ponder About

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Weekly Photo Challenges – Scale

Scale

without it, one can feel small and insignificant against the enormity of the world

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and nature’s gargantuan creatures

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Now that’s a mouth!!!

No one sees me……

 Scale

When I was small, I wasn’t very tall!

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Sometimes it was as if I wasn’t there at all….

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 Even Wombats dwarfed me….and My Mum….

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But that was before….

and I am still growing

Now, I am seen!

Weekly Photo Challenge – Scale

Something to Ponder About

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Daily Post Photography Challenge – Minimalist

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Minimalist – Norway

Daily Post – Almost monochromatic, showing texture, colour or telling a story

ålesund and another also telling  a different story

Akerhus Norway
Akerhus Norway

Three photos from Norway – East and West

Telling a story in photographs

Join in here

More Entries with different stories:

http://lagottocattleya.wordpress.com/2014/11/07/wordpress-weekly-photo-challenge-minimalist/

 http://woollymuses.wordpress.com/2014/11/08/weekly-photo-challenge-minimalist/

http://ambitiousdrifter.com/2014/11/07/minimal-decor-maximum-cool/

http://esengasvoice.wordpress.com/2014/11/07/weekly-photo-challenge-minimalist/

http://shotwithmyphone.com/2014/11/07/weekly-photo-challenge-minimalistminimalist/

http://maraeastern.com/2014/11/07/weekly-photo-challenge-minimalist/

http://artkorppi.com/

Something to Ponder About

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Daily Post Weekly Photography Challenge – Dreamy

My interpretations of “Dreamy”:

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Daily Post Weekly Photography Challenge – Dreamy

and some other dreamy photos from my files:

Troll Ladder Romsdal, Norway

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Join in here

More entries worth pondering about:

http://marantophotography.wordpress.com/Weekly Photo Challenge widget by CardinalGuzman.wordpress.com

http://lagottocattleya.wordpress.com/

http://lynneayersbeyondthebrush.wordpress.com/

http://nowathome.wordpress.com/

http://ledrakenoir.wordpress.com/

http://artkorppi.com/

http://chrisbreebaart.wordpress.com/

http://winedrinkingmummy.wordpress.com/

http://woollymuses.wordpress.com/

http://travel-stained.com/

http://marantophotography.wordpress.com/

http://barbarapyett.wordpress.com/

http://beccagivens.files.wordpress.com/2014/03/logo-wordpress-20143.jpg?w=640

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Snappy H’appy Photo Challenge Week 2 – HDR and Saturation

HDR – filter. Do you use it?

Employing it with some photos in my library did not work. Subjects looked over bleached, or suddenly developed a halo, however it did successfully bring out the features that were normally darkened. The image I have chosen, came alive with the HDR effect in Picasa, even if it wasn’t an entirely natural effect.  I felt like the snow was suddenly within my reach.

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Photo 1: Without HDR filter

 

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Picture 2 – With HDR Filter in Picasa

It certainly brings out the features that I wanted in the photograph. I am quite happy with this although,  I did have to find try a few before I reached this point.

Thanks for the challenge, from weliveinaflat and Meghan from Firebonnet.

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HDR filter

In another photo that I almost used, the mountains were better defined, with the HDR filter, but it wasn’t the best photo choice.

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Some photo effects to ponder about