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A-Z Challenge: P

I’m taking a different tack this time.  The actual letter will be found somewhere in the photo, part of the design and composition itself, not within any printed words that may also be found in the photo.

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  Frizztext’s A-Z challenge

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Peak Performance

Perched  on top of a ridge of rock in the Aude Department of Languedoc-Roussillon in southern France, on the edge of the Pyrenees, sits the Cathar castle of Peyrepertuse.

The castle is one of the “Five Sons of Carcassonne” along with the castles QuéribusPuilaurensTermes, and Aguilar, all situated atop ‘unassailable’ rocky peaks.” – Wikipedia  

The Cathars were a religious group, persecuted for their beliefs, who retreated to these strongholds but were unable to withstand the siege laid by their persecutors and were, essentially, wiped out. 

cathar castle Languedoc Roussillon

Atop Jungfrau on the Aletsch Glacier in Switzerland sits the Sphinx astronomical observatory – one of the highest observatories in the word at 11, 716 feet.

Jungfrau The Sphinx observatory

Atop Aiguille du Midi in the French Alps there is a cable car station, barely discernible from our hotel window in Les Houches.

Aiguille du Midi French Alps Chamonix Aiguille du Midi French Alps ChamonixThe weekly photo challenge is: On Top

 

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A-Z Challenge: O

I’m taking a different tack this time.  The actual letter will be found somewhere in the photo, part of the design and composition itself, not within any printed words that may also be found in the photo.

 

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Travel Theme Challenge

Travel Theme Clean

When I was in the Falkland Islands I remarked (more than once) on the sky.  It somehow seemed higher, brighter, and more expansive.  I took over a hundred pictures of that sky. Perhaps I should be embarrassed to say that ;)     The Falklands are about 800 miles north of the northern tip of Antarctica and I wondered if there was an effect of light bouncing off the Antarctic snow and ice. Or perhaps there is less pollution to cloud the air way down there where the South Atlantic begins to mix with the Southern Ocean.   Whatever the cause, the overall effect was light and clean and fresh.

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Monumental Windows

I recently did a post on monuments  so I was looking for something other than actual monuments or statues and thought of these images of monumental windows.

windows on the Griboyedova canal

Along the Griboyedova Canal in St. Petersburg

 

window Nyhavn Copenhagen

Nyhavn in Copenhagen

Soldiers outside the windows of Storkyrkan in Stockholm

Soldiers outside the windows of Storkyrkan in Stockholm

The weekly photo challenge is: Monument - show us your take on a monument (broadly defined) — anything can be monumental as long as it’s imbued with a shared sense of importance.

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Photo Editing: Patterns of light

I was working on these already when I saw “Patterns” was Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge prompt.  So I played some more.  I had a night photo of distant city lights and from it created these images of light patterns.  All of these images are from one original photo, which I included at the end of this post. I’d love to hear what you think and which you like best, if any at all ;)  I used Photoscape, Photoshop Elements 8, Paint, and Sagelight to achieve the effects.  Click on any photo for a closer look.

digital art abstract patterns of light

digital art abstract patterns of light

digital art abstract patterns of light

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A-Z Challenge: N

I’m taking a different tack this time.  The actual letter will be found somewhere in the photo, part of the design and composition itself, not within any printed words that may also be found in the photo.

gate in Chile

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Visual Quotations 51: Threshold

“Never have I found the limits of the photographic potential.  Every horizon, upon being reached, reveals another beckoning in the distance.  Always, I am on the threshold.” -

W. Eugene Smith

709 SL frame

Weekly photo challenge is: Threshold

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Photo Editing: Raising the dead

Shooting into the sun or under heavily overcast skies no longer has to result in dark, featureless or lifeless images.  Click on any photo for a larger view.

Black Mountain view Wales

Black Mountain view Wales (16)

Black Mountain view Wales

Black Mountain view Wales

Black Mountain view WalesBlack Mountain view WalesThis is a view of where I was shooting that day – the Black Mountain area in Brecon Beacons National Park in Wales

Black Mountain view Wales

 All editing done in Sagelight

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A-Z Challenge: M

I’m taking a different tack this time.  The actual letter will be found somewhere in the photo, part of the design and composition itself, not within any printed words that may also be found in the photo.

 

  Frizztext’s A-Z challenge

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Focus on Texture

Looking for inspiration again, I turned to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge with the topic of texture.  Now with a focus for my play, I began experimenting with the goal of not just highlighting texture but also trying to create an interesting and balanced composition. Click on any photo for a larger view.

 This first one I had the most fun with and I was pleased with the abstract result, so I framed it ;)

abstract texture digital artThis is the original photo …

old stone wall of building

Then some aging window frames, from the same building, which happens to be just down the road from me …

old window frame peeling paint

old window frame peeling paintAnd a tree from our yard – for this one I purposely skewed the lighting using the slider controls in Sagelight to get something I liked …

bark texture

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Visual Quotations 50: Awakening

“This surprised me because it made me realize that what I sought was not outside myself.  It was within me, already there, waiting.  Awakening was really the act of remembering myself … ” – Sue Monk Kidd, The Dance of the Dissident Daughter

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Ese’s Shoot and Quote is: Awakening

 

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Monumental Post

Ailsa’s travel theme this week is: Statue.

 This statue of the Portuguese explorer,  Ferdinand Magellan stands in Plaza B. Munoz Gamero in Punta Arenas, Chile.   His expedition in the early 1500s was the first to sail from the Atlantic  into the Pacific, culminating in the first circumnavigation of the earth.

statue of magellan

 This detail from the statue shows a burnished toe, rubbed by many visitors, presumably to bring luck, or perhaps to ensure they will one day return.

detail of statue of magellan

 

On San Cristobal some 300 m above Santiago, this 14 m statue of the Virgin, Virgen de la Inmaculada Concepcion, rises like an ethereal vision. Continue reading

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