Tuesday Photo Challenge: Trip

Frank wanted an image on the theme of ‘trip’  for this week’s Tuesday Photo Challenge. As he noted, this is open to various interpretations, although not not all of them are photogenic (and/or legal).

Geographically, the longest trip I’ve ever taken  – apart from the time I measured my length on an unforgiving pavement in Confolens while in search of doors to photograph – is to Australia, over Christmas and New Year, quite a few years ago now.

Even though I’d been to Sydney on business a few times previously, this was the first time I was able to take a more considered view of my exotic surroundings. Imagine going all that way and then also having the opportunity to take a further trip on one of these fancy-looking boats moored in Sydney Harbour.

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Trip

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Rain

Answering Frank’s call for posts on the theme of ‘Rain’ for this week was a bit of a challenge. I’m something of a fair-weather photographer, so if it does happen to be raining then the chances are that I’ll be inside and not out getting wet and taking pictures.

Here’s an acceptable compromise, though. I captured this image in the Hunter Valley wine-growing region of Australia a few years ago. It wasn’t actually raining at the time, but it was just about to.

And how.

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Rain

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Exotic

This fearsome creature greets visitors to the Australian Reptile Park, near Sydney. I don’t think I’d care to meet anything more exotic, thank you very much.

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Exotic

Weekly Photo Challenge: Layered

This brightly painted mooring post was spotted in one of the many inlets of Sydney Harbour.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Layered

Tuesdays of Texture: Wheelhub

This well-weathered cartwheel was spotted in the grounds of a hotel in the wine country of New South Wales:

Tuesdays of Texture

Composition: The Outtakes

We’re having what the French call a pause pour reflexion in Cee’s Compose Yourself Photo Challenge this time around. A time to think about the ground we’ve covered already and also an opportunity to show some images that didn’t quite make the cut for posting under the various topics that we’ve dealt with in the past months. Here’s a selection of mine:

Perspective

Now, what is this a picture of? Is it the building on the right (the apartment block in Abu Dhabi where we lived for ten years)? Or is it the glass-plated building on the left? Or perhaps it’s the reflection of the former in the latter?

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Diagonal Lines

I used an image of two giraffes in my first posting on the topic of diagonal lines, but I could equally have used this profile of a horse – one of many in the fields around here.

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Now two images that cover more than one aspect of the various topics we’ve looked at so far:

Leading Lines & Analogous Colours

A hillside vineyard near the village of Ay, in the Champagne region  shows blue and green together, as well as leading lines

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Geometry and Contrasting Colours

Orange and blue dominate this image of a seal at Taronga Zoo in Sydney. Obviously the balanced ball is one geometric shape but the curve of the seal’s body is like an arc of a circle.

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Geometry

For the latest step in Cee’s Compose Yourself Challenge we are asked to consider the geometrical shapes within our images. Unusually, I had no problem finding potential candidates for inclusion in this selection. Quite the reverse, in fact, which is why, as an extra challenge, I confined myself to photographs that I took in Australia – mostly in and around Sydney – a few years ago.

This first image – of an upturned boat on the beach at Watson’s Bay, across the harbour from the city – contains multiple geometric shapes, in terms of both subject and composition:

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Below are pairs of images featuring the most common geometric shapes. Hover over any picture for a (slightly) fuller comment.

Circles

Triangles

Rectangles

Cee’s Compose Yourself Challenge: Geometry