Photobombed by a seagull

This detail of a water feature in Sydney could stand on its own as an abstract or geometric image, but the curious seagull brings life to it (quite literally).

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Breathe

This week, Frank has gone with the theme of ‘Breathe’ for his Tuesday Photo Challenge at Dutch Goes The Photo!

That’s not as straightforward as it might seem at first – or at least I didn’t find it so easy. I have plenty of images that portray something or somebody in the act of breathing, but it tends to be a background activity; breathing itself  is very rarely the point of the picture.

However, applying a bit of lateral thinking….this is what happens when you (or, in this case, a grandson) breathes on a thin membrane of soap stretched on a hoop.

And since Frank was inspired to produce this prompt by a Pink Floyd song, doesn’t that bubble remind you a little of an early Floyd lightshow? (A: Yes.)

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Breathe

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Shape

I was intrigued by the unusual shapes of this piece of sculpture that I saw, rather improbably, in the Tapestry Museum in Aubusson.

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Shape

The staircase

While visiting the restored medieval abbey of Noirlac last year, I was struck by this almost abstract composition of a curving staircase and austere stone walls. Another homage to M C Escher and suitable for Cee’s Black & White subject of ‘Walls’ this week.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Walls

Weekly Photo Challenge: Weathered

The passage of millenia has weathered the sandstone of the ancient city of Petra into some fascinating shapes and colours, including this example.

Is it just me, or is that the head of a dinosaur about to graze on that bush?

Weekly Photo Challenge: Weathered

The Weir

A different angle on the River Vienne as it flows over the weir in the middle of the town of Chabanais.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Water

Weekly Photo Challenge: Experimental

It was during my ten years in Abu Dhabi that I bought my first DSLR, reigniting my interest in ‘serious’ photography. I spent part of one evening with my new camera sitting on its tripod on the balcony of our apartment doing an exercise recommended by the teacher of one of the weekend courses I took.

The idea was to use a long exposure (eight seconds in this case), during which a zoom lens should be rotated (as smoothly as possible) to give this abstract effect:

Weekly Photo Challenge: Experimental