Learning a New Skill — Lens Artists Challenge #125

Hi all 😃 My entry for this weeks challenge, set by Tina: You Pick It.

This was inspired by Lisa Coleman’s latest Bird Weekly — Photo Challenge: Birds in Colour & Mono. In the second picture of her post, there is a slider bar which can be dragged back & forth to change the colour & grey scale aspects of the picture. I was very taken with this but, had no idea how it was done. I decided, for my entry, to use columns to put the colour & the black & white images side by side, but wordpress went into a huff & wouldn’t play along 😩 I ended up doing the images in a stacked format as that was all that was working. Below is an example.

Bushboy to the rescue. Brian, in the comments suggested that I edited the post using the compare function in the block editor.

So here is the newly edited post, using a newly learnt skill, inspired by Lisa & pointed in the right direction by Brian 😃 WordPress is a wonderful place 😊

Muscovy Duck in Palacerigg Country Park

Drake Mallard Duck in Palacerigg Country Park

Magpie in Bellahouston Park

Ravens in Cumbernauld House Park

Briefly Symmetrical — Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #116

Hi all 😃 My entry for this weeks challenge, set by Patti: Symmetry.

My first few pic & the header image inspired the title; looking at a chess set ready for a game, the two sides are symmetrical, until the game begins & the symmetry is broken.

Chess set ready for a game
Chess set ready for a game

The board, as well, is symmetrical when viewed on the diagonal axis.

Dice sat a certain way are symmetrical on two faces.

In architecture.

Charles Rennie Mackintosh uses symmetry extensively in the interior of House for an Art Lover.

Vertical & spherical symmetry in Kibble Palace.

Some horizontal symmetry.

…and finally, a bit of floral symmetry from an Iris & some orchids.

Lens-Artists Phot Challenge #114

Hi all 😃 My entry for this weeks LAPC set by Amy.

I’d not come across the concept of negative space, but have a apparently been using it in some of my photography all along.

In Amy’s second pic, she shows a brilliant example of using a wide aperture to blur the background & create negative space around the subject; a technique I am a fan of.

These raindrops (I had to get some in somewhere 😂) on a web were shot against the sky to create an impression of them almost floating in space.

I like to use nagative space to surround monuments & memorials to heighten their impact.

These are soem more instances where I have used negative space to highlight the subject.

Getting close to the action — Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #113

Hi all 😃 My entry for this weeks LAPC: Labour of Love, set by Rusha.

With the recent pandemic curtailing travel, I’ve started to take a closer look at things & fallen down the rabbit hole of macro photography. Sometimes it’s just everyday objects that I believe deserve a closer look at the detail. Other times, it’s in response to a challenge, where a closer look can be a different interpretation.

The lengths I go to; who said yoga mats were just for yoga 😂

This new-found enjoyment of macro photography has led to what some may call an obsession, but I like to think of it as a labour of love — raindrops. I’m always looking out the kitchen window at the grass in the back, waiting for the sun to come out after a rain shower, looking for that telltale sparkle. I love the infinite variety in shape & size, different types of rain bring different effects; some magnify the texture of the plant they are on, some act as miniature lensballs & others just glisten in the sun.

I am ever on the hunt for that elusive, crystal clear image!

…and finally, the perfect rainy accompaniment by ELO.

Thanks for stopping by & have a great week 😃

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #112 — Pick a Word…

Hi all 😃 My entry for this weeks LAPC: Pick a Word set by Leya.

I’ve gone with the word comfortable, and in this case footwear.

My wife & I, almost 10 years ago, made the decision to live our lives without a car. This was for many different reasons; not least environmental, economic, & health. We, therefore, go everywhere on foot where possible. Obviously, travel involves public transport, but once at our destination, it’s back to good old fashioned (& free) foot power.

Even our weekly shopping trips are on foot, with the aid of our two stair climbing trolleys (featured in my Fan Of… #64 post).

So back to footwear; by necessity, this has to be comfortable & capable of withstanding long distances (often our days out will see 10 miles or more covered). To become comfortable, I’ve found that shoes or boots need to be durable to attain the right level of comfort. These old Vans have certainly made the grade, to the point that they virtually have no tread left & the uppers are almost worn through in places — but comfortable, you’d better believe it!!!

Below are the new pair, barely a mark on the sole or uppers, but a lot to live up to.

Next are my everyday, go to footwear — my Merrels.

…and finally, for those tougher treks, my Trespass go anywhere, through anything boots.

Time For Lens-Artists Photo Challenge

Hi all 😃 My entry for LAPC #111, set this week by Patti: Everyday Objects.

I drew inspiration from Patti for these first shots. I’ve photographed these 2 skeleton pocket watches before, but always seperately; I think they go well together. I had a bit of fun varying the depth of field but also the point of focus with the two sat side by side.

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Lens-Artists Challenge #110 — Creativity in the Time of Covid

Hi all 😃 My entry to this weeks LAPC set by Tina.

My experience during the pandemic was one of increased hours at work to cover those shielding or isolating. So, as well as the challenge of limited movement curtailing creativity, time became a sparse commodity.

To combat this I took to doing a lot of photography in the garden; taking bunches of flowers outside & using the sky as a natural backdrop (featured as #65 in my Fan Of… posts).

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Out Amongst Nature — Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #108

Hi all 😃 my entry for this weeks LAPC, set by Xenia at Tranature: Sanctuary.

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Autumnal Beauty and Skwurrels — LAPC #106

Hi all 😃 Here’s my entry to this weeks autumn challenge, set Patti.

Autumn can be dreich & windy, but often come around those days where the world seems to have been washed clean; the skies are bluer, the colours more vibrant. The shadows lengthen, bringing greater contrast to the view & a smattering of skwurrels 😃

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