Weekend Photography Challenge #434 Inspired by ……

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  • #405139

    Tersha
    Keymaster

    Photos that have been inspired by ….
    other photographers, interesting posts here, or elsewhere, famous paintings, a new style,
    … or a new lens, or …..?

    https://www.lightstalking.us/photographs-of-radios/ by Federico Alegria

    https://www.lightstalking.us/photographs-of-campfires/ by Angie

    https://www.lightstalking.us/photographs-of-clocks/ by Angie

    https://www.lightstalking.us/photographs-of-campfires/ by Angie

    https://www.lightstalking.us/photographs-of-puffins/ by Angie

  • #405140

    Michael
    Participant

    Inspired by the stylized Japanese and Korean paintings, called sansuiga, I fashioned this image of my backyard to look like a painting on textured paper. Michael

    • #405141

      Bobbie
      Participant

      The processing totally fits with the scene. You’ve created a beautiful image Michael.

    • #405150

      Gray B
      Participant

      Michael, you absolutely caught a sansuiga effect and composition.  You have “inspired” me to go out and give it a try as well.  Thank you

    • #405240

      Dorothy
      Participant

      Lovely. Very soothing. Beautiful effect.     I want your back yard. 🙂

      • #405272

        Michael
        Participant

        Haha Dorothy, you are welcome to visit any time.

    • #405304

      Tersha
      Keymaster

      Beautiful Micheael, it’s worked really well, love it!

    • #405328

      Anne Hornsby
      Participant

      Wow.  fantastic Michael.

    • #405494

      Graham Hart
      Participant

      Terrific image Michael. Would suit some Japanese writing on it somewhere.

      • #405607

        Michael
        Participant

        I don’t know any Japanese, so I probably would end up like Ariana Grande and write “small Japanese Barbecue Grill” on the image.

    • #405639

      ElinL
      Participant

      Wonderful image Michael !

  • #405143

    Michael
    Participant

    Thanks Bobbie.

  • #405151

    Bobbie
    Participant

    Inspired by people’s stories

    During a conference in England two friends and I decided to walk over to an old church in the area (parts of the church date back to the 12th century). Nearing the church we met a woman with a watering can in her hand. I stopped to talk to her and learned that her family has lived in the area for generations and most of them, including her husband, are buried in the church cemetery. We talked for about 15 minutes and she went off on her weekly visit to tend the graves and visit her loved ones.

    • #405311

      Tersha
      Keymaster

      Thoughtful shot Bobbie.

      • #405444

        Bobbie
        Participant

        Thanks for your comment Diane

    • #405497

      Graham Hart
      Participant

      Nice spot for a resting place. What part of the UK was it Bobbie?

      • #405787

        Bobbie
        Participant

        It’s a small place called Herstmonceux in East Sussex. Even the border official at the airport had never heard of it 🙂

  • #405177

    Tersha
    Keymaster

    Inspired to try something new with a new Petzval lens…

    evening leaves

    • #405498

      Graham Hart
      Participant

      Interesting effect Diane. Is this purely as a result of the lens or was there movement involved as well?

      • #405675

        Tersha
        Keymaster

        Thanks Graham, no movement involved, just the lens plus heart-shaped aperture plate and a bit of basic processing in LR.

    • #406211

      ElinL
      Participant

      Beautiful – like this effect – is the new lens as tricky to use as the one you had before ?

      • #406319

        Tersha
        Keymaster

        Hi Elin, this is the Petzval Achromat, and, yes, I do find it easier to use than the other one. It’s easier to focus, as you can zoom on or out, just a little, to focus.

  • #405180

    P71
    Participant

    Inspired By staff and Members of Lightstalking.com , to get out and take more photos.

    many thanks.

    • #405269

      Bobbie
      Participant

      P71 – Your inspiration paid off. The low angle and dof you chose is perfect for the image of this very determined looking duck. He made me smile.

      • #405275

        P71
        Participant

        Thank you Bobbie , i very much appreciate your words and will use them to keep pushing onwards , thank you.

        Tersha , thanks again for the challenge you set us .. i love them and they allow me to see some fantastic photography from all you guys.

        Have a great weekend , i will first cut my lawn and my neighbours , get my dog and camera and head to the hills for a few hours.

    • #405312

      Tersha
      Keymaster

      Sweet shot P71, you’ve caught the duck really well!

      • #405322

        P71
        Participant

        Thank you for your kind words.

    • #405329

      Anne Hornsby
      Participant

      Agree with Bobbie, especially re low angle.   Sometimes I get lazy about getting down on my knees or stomach.   You inspired me.

      • #405344

        P71
        Participant

        My knees are feeling it today lol , thank you for your comments.

         

    • #405501

      Graham Hart
      Participant

      Also agree with the low angle making for a good shot. As a rule I generally try to avoid getting too close to this planet because it’s too hard getting back up. Your shot has made me rethink my stance on this issue (pun intended) 🙂

    • #406212

      ElinL
      Participant

      Aw – so sweet 🙂

  • #405239

    LeanneC
    Participant

    This challenge pushed me to go back through some of my work and become more introspective. I think the one thing I can say is that many, if not most, of my images are inspired by others’ work. I am an experimental photographer in that I love trying out new things. If I see a technique or approach that interests me, I will try a version of it myself. Photography is a lot like teaching – you bounce ideas off of others, “steal” good ideas and make them your own – it is a collaborative endeavor and I love that. I spend good chucks of time looking at other people’s work and gaining inspiration from it. And of course, the Light Stalking community has played a huge role in that, for me.

    So, thanks for the inspiration.

    Recipe for Spring

    • #405270

      Bobbie
      Participant

      Striking image as usual Leanne. I’m always happy to see the effects of your experimental, experiential learning. You portrayed the graceful (dancing) flower and it’s water drops beautifully. The sharp focus is perfect in my view.

      • #406201

        LeanneC
        Participant

        Thank you Bobbie. You are always so generous with your kind comments.

    • #405313

      Tersha
      Keymaster

      Beautiful Leanne!

    • #405330

      Anne Hornsby
      Participant

      Well said, Leanne, about ideas move around.  Your flower images are wonderful!  Having a solid black background here is really interesting.

      • #406202

        LeanneC
        Participant

        Thank you Anne 🙂

    • #405505

      Graham Hart
      Participant

      Nice words Leanne and even nicer pic. I think this is a very moving image. Where there is light and water, life in all its glorious colour emerges.

      • #406203

        LeanneC
        Participant

        Thanks so much, Graham.

    • #405909

      Frogdaily
      Participant

      Stunning image Leanne!

      • #406204

        LeanneC
        Participant

        Thanks so much Frogdaily 🙂

    • #406157

      Robert Apple
      Moderator

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    • #406214

      ElinL
      Participant

      Exquisite image Leanne – in spite of my acquired aversion to flower images with droplets.

  • #405249

    Graham Hart
    Participant

    My brother-in-law is an inspiration to me. He collects Pentax camera gear (lots of it) and he gifted me a whole bunch of DSLR gear after noticing my interest in photography when I began posting images on facebook taken with my mobile. Without him, I probably never would have become completely addicted to photography. Nature provided the beach and the sunset.

     

    • #405268

      billyspad
      Blocked

      Graham I was once inspired by my brother in law to tell Mrs Billy she was wrong. Not the wisest thing I have ever done. Just beware of being led astray by these inspirational relatives by marraige.

      • #405287

        Lynne Guenther
        Participant

        Your a funny guy Billy! Do you mind if I ask how old you are? You sometimes refer to yourself as ol’ Billy but I have a feeling you aren’t that old lol

      • #405379

        Graham Hart
        Participant

        Billy! You told your wife she was wrong? What the hell were you thinking?!?!? Are you OK? Are you eating again? Have the nightmares stopped?

    • #405331

      Anne Hornsby
      Participant

      Neat idea, Graham:  a portrait of your gear!

    • #405964

      Preston
      Participant

      I like your story Graham.  Reminds me of my brother-in-law sending an email with the subject “Buy This” and a link to my camera kit.

    • #406216

      ElinL
      Participant

      Your brother-in law is lucky to have such a receptive and talented victim to the bug.

  • #405289

    Tom M
    Participant

    I am inspired by so many in this group, especially Kent,Tersha,Billyspad,Leann,Graham and on and on…

     

     

    • #405314

      Tersha
      Keymaster

      An unusual take on a beautiful flower, and it works so well, love it Tom!

    • #405332

      Anne Hornsby
      Participant

      I have no idea what flower this is, but it’s beautiful, Tom.   I really like the composition.

    • #405342

      Dorothy
      Participant

      Fuchsias! i fell in love with them when we lived in California. Tom, this is a fantastic photo!

    • #405380

      Graham Hart
      Participant

      Wow! Amazingly crisp and clear yet silky smooth at the same time. Fantastic shot tom and the composition is perfect. A definite printer job!

    • #405413

      Kent DuFault
      Participant

      Wow! that is a BEAUTIFUL flower picture, Tom!

      • #405766

        Tom M
        Participant

        Thank you all for the kind words. It’s amazing what one can do with a white board behind some flowers and a little LR processing. I’m blushing…

    • #406217

      ElinL
      Participant

      Love it Tom !

  • #405293

    chris pook
    Participant

    Inspire by William Wegman;

    If Grace Kelly was a dog...

    • #405310

      Federico Alegria
      Participant

      Nice jajajajaja

    • #405316

      Tersha
      Keymaster

      Had to Google William Wegman ….. you’ve got a good model, love it!

    • #405333

      Anne Hornsby
      Participant

      One of my favorites of yours, Chris!

    • #405381

      Graham Hart
      Participant

      Hope he/she got another treat for this Chris. Great pic but I’m not surprised the dog insisted on the shades so it wouldn’t be recognised on social media or in the local neighbourhood 🙂

    • #405551

      Robert Apple
      Moderator

      Looks more like the inspiration came from several alcoholic beverages.

    • #406218

      ElinL
      Participant

      Fantastic image LOL 🙂

  • #405335

    Anne Hornsby
    Participant

    LS has really inspired me to keep shooting and concentrate on building my skills.   I find the Challenges topics helpful, too.   And I’m especially grateful that I feel free to share my subset of odd photos that I love, inspired by other odd photos, e.g.,  Léo Berne “explaining”  life on earth in his “For the Aliens”..

    Moving On....

     

     

    • #405343

      Dorothy
      Participant

      Anne: cool. at first i thought this was in a theater, closer inspection it appears to be some type of transportation, in motion.  i really like how there is movement blur and also sharp details. wow.

    • #405382

      Graham Hart
      Participant

      What a great image Anne. The blown out area actually adds to the scene and sense of movement as everything rushes into the light. Not sure if its the top deck of a tourist bus emerging from a tunnel?

    • #405690

      Anne Hornsby
      Participant

      Thanks, Dorothy, Graham, P71!   It’s a shot from the back of a river touring boat as we go under a bridge on a cloudy day.

    • #405829

      Kent DuFault
      Participant

      I find this shot very compelling Anne. It has a real energy to it!

    • #406219

      ElinL
      Participant

      Great image Anne !

  • #405345

    P71
    Participant

    It looks like a tunnel arc while sitting at the rear of a boat , lovely motion.

  • #405377

    I have always been inspired by Corrie White – the Queen of water drops!

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    • #405383

      Graham Hart
      Participant

      I ran out of superlatives a long time ago to describe these images of yours David. Magnificent as always.

    • #405384

      Dorothy
      Participant

      Oh my goodness, David! These look like sculptured pieces of glass art work. Graham is right, how many ways to express awesomeness?

    • #405491

      Gray B
      Participant

      If Corrie White is the queen sir, you are the king.

      • #406220

        ElinL
        Participant

        Agree with Gray

    • #405910

      Frogdaily
      Participant

      Always love your WaterDrop photography David – you have inspired me to do them.

  • #405412

    Kent DuFault
    Participant

    My Feet Over Lake Superior 1992 20x30

    Inspired by Photographer Pete Turner, who was known for using an unusual camera POV and color schemes when creating pictures of normal objects.

    • #405441

      Dave Watkins
      Participant

      🙂  What a fun shot! The composition and the contrast between the feet and muted colors of the rest of the image is superb. Maybe next time add some bright red nail polish to those toes. We all know what the color red can add to an image. 🙂

    • #405507

      Graham Hart
      Participant

      If ever there was any doubt about photography being art, this pic is an excellent example of it Kent. Strangely compelling but as you said, it’s the POV and the colour palette which keep me looking at it longer and longer……

      • #406036

        Kent DuFault
        Participant

        That’s quite a compliment Graham. Thank you so much.

    • #405691

      Anne Hornsby
      Participant

      I love this, Kent!   The POV, the green vs grey, the linear lines vs. the irregular shapes of sand, rocks, water, and the feet peeking out and linking green and grey.  Very cool.    I agree with Graham, I keep looking at it.

    • #405781

      Bobbie
      Participant

      I love your eye Kent. The contrasting color and shades, and of course the perspective, turn something “minor” into a great image.

      • #406038

        Kent DuFault
        Participant

        That comment made my day. Thank you Bobbie!

    • #405807

      JasenkaG
      Keymaster

      This shot works great! It’s both fun and visually engaging.

    • #405911

      Frogdaily
      Participant

      I agree with the others, the composition, the tones and colors, the shapes, the POV all work well in this image Kent!

    • #405974

      Robert Apple
      Moderator

      Your Photo was recognized in the Members Picks Week of May 13 Forum  ⬅ Click Here

  • #405457

    Holly K
    Participant

    Inspired by the Science Fiction ChannelClouds

    • #405496

      Dave Watkins
      Participant

      Great shot Holly. I love cloudscapes and this is a doozy.

      • #405674

        Holly K
        Participant

        Thanks, Dave and Graham.  I kept hoping that the visitors were not from that Twilight Zone episode, “To Serve Man.” 🙂

        • #405834

          Dave Watkins
          Participant

          IT’S A COOKBOOK!!!

          • #405982

            Dorothy
            Participant

            lol – How To Serve Man

          • #406331

            Dave Watkins
            Participant

            If I’m remembering correctly “It’s a cookbook!” is the last line of this episode. Is definitely in my top five Twilight Zone episodes. 🙂

    • #405510

      Graham Hart
      Participant

      Great cloud pic. Just watched Independence Day (1 & 2) a couple of days ago on TV so that looming shape in the clouds is very topical for me.

  • #405463

    bucweeet
    Participant

    Inspired by Reflections…

    Almost perfect until one pays attention to the land/mud on the LH side and you’ll notice that they are distinct and separate.

    • #405512

      Graham Hart
      Participant

      Love this minimalism bucweeet. I have a similar shot of a duck on one leg reflected in the water but mine has a busy BG. Seeing this has made me want to go back and do some PP to try for a similar look. The plain grey BG really adds to the moment by placing a stronger importance on the bird’s view backwards to the dirt patch.

      • #406099

        bucweeet
        Participant

        Thank you Graham!  I think the grey was caused by a heavy overcast sky and it was reflected in the water.

    • #405912

      Frogdaily
      Participant

      Excellent capture bucweeet! Love all three of your images

       

  • #405464

    bucweeet
    Participant

    Inspiration…   It’s a baby Great Horned Owl.  Does one need any more inspiration.

    It took over a dozen shots and position changes so the branches didn’t interfere too much with its face.  Unfortunately, I was not so successful in having its brother/sister (which is behind it) in the image also.

    • #405782

      Bobbie
      Participant

      Wonderful framing of the face Paul. Unfortunately, he/she looks a lot less pleased with you than I am.

      • #406101

        bucweeet
        Participant

        Thank you Bobbie!… and it’s mother which was close by was even less happy with me.  I did get a shot of her, but she was heavily back lit so the images were not the greatest.

  • #405469

    bucweeet
    Participant

    And this last one was inspired by ‘organized chaos’…

    A huge flock of Snow Geese were scared and all left at once. Due to the lens I had on at the time, this is less than 1/3 of the flock.

    • #405599

      ElinL
      Participant

      Wonderful series Paul !

    • #405828

      Kent DuFault
      Participant

      That is a wonderful image Paul! I love seeing nature photography in the abstract or semi-abstract!

      • #406103

        bucweeet
        Participant

        Thank you Kent!  It was pretty amazing to see that number of birds taking off at the same time.  I’m guessing this was about 1/3 of all the birds as I had a long lens on the camera and couldn’t capture them all.

    • #406295

      Elysia
      Participant

      I can really feel the “chaos” that you captured here, bucweeet. Fantastic!

    • #406320

      Tersha
      Keymaster

      All good Paul, but I find the Snow Geese fascinating, great shot!

  • #405481

    P71
    Participant

    Excellent stuff , all 3 stunning in my eyes.

    Thanks for posting these.

  • #405502

    Dave Watkins
    Participant

    This one inspired by the volunteers at the Elkton Community Education Center in Elkton Oregon. Good people.

     

    • #405513

      Graham Hart
      Participant

      Beautiful pic of a beautiful subject Dave.

      • #405647

        Dave Watkins
        Participant

        Thanks Graham. We didn’t get as early a start as we wanted to so all my shots at Elkton’s Butterfly Pavilion were taken in harsh mid day sun. But we still had a good time on our short road trip.

  • #405598

    ElinL
    Participant

    Inspired by young people. I am so lucky to be surrounded by and be working with a lot of great young people and what a privilege that is. Image is of one of my sons bandmate taken at their new bands first concert recently.

    It´s all about the bass

    • #405783

      Bobbie
      Participant

      Strong minimalistic portrait Elin! This inspires me to try something like it.

    • #405922

      Graham Hart
      Participant

      Very nice work Elin. The focus is immediate and I like the way you have included some space behind him to isolate him on stage rather than bring the audience area into play. Careful, you could be roped into a fulltime job as the band’s photographer 🙂

    • #405996

      JasenkaG
      Keymaster

      Amazing work, Elin! I love concert photography and I find this image truly well-done.

    • #406105

      bucweeet
      Participant

      Excellent image Elin!  So hard to capture decently in minimal lighting situations.  Well done!

      • #406222

        ElinL
        Participant

        Thank you Bobbie, Graham, Jasenka and Paul 🙂

    • #406321

      Tersha
      Keymaster

      Love this Elin!

  • #405694

    Dorothy
    Participant

    Inspired by David Chesterfield’s work with bubbles.  Totally first attempt and got a very “alien” vibe that was really fun to see.  have to work on getting one large bubble but liked what i got with several.  be sure to click on this and see the larger version, it is creepy alien. 🙂  i am afraid to think of what i will come up with after a few more attempts!Bubbles - 1st attempt

    • #405773

      Tom M
      Participant

      You’re right Dorothy, it is creepy. Reminded me of one of the Alien movies, where they discover all the Alien eggs/pods before they hatched…

    • #405908

      Craig
      Participant

      Yes, A very futuristic effect. I like it, and I like the elongated ratio too.. ;))

    • #405923

      Graham Hart
      Participant

      Love this shot Dorothy. Alien indeed! You have captured the exact hues from the movie franchise. That sort of strange blue-grey organic/metallic colour looming in and out of the dark unknown.

    • #406296

      Elysia
      Participant

      There’s a delicate eeriness about this photo, Dorothy. I can’t stop looking at it!

  • #405777

    Andre P.
    Participant

    (Colchicum autumnal). Inspired by the work of many others, and more specifically that of LeanneC.

  • #405838

    Craig
    Participant

    Inspired by many still life artists.

    My painting, light painted with a small flash light.

    The Painting

    • #405884

      Tersha
      Keymaster

      That works really well Craig, I like it!

      • #405906

        Craig
        Participant

        Thank you Tersha, I really appreciate your response. Nice to know I’m getting something right. ;))

    • #405887

      Preston
      Participant

      I love the simplicity of this Craig!!

      • #405907

        Craig
        Participant

        Thank you much Preston. Your comment encourages me. I really enjoy doing these light painted still life’s. ;))

    • #405914

      Frogdaily
      Participant

      Craig, I love this image! It is very captivating… you are a talented artist and photographer sir! Love the composition and the black background and the light painting is superb – well done!

      • #405920

        Craig
        Participant

        Wow, Frogdaily. Thank you for your complement. I don’t know how much of all that is true but I appreciate you saying it. ;))

    • #405926

      Graham Hart
      Participant

      Great pic Craig. Wonderful mood lighting accentuating the artwork and I’m assuming the tubes of paint colour used in creating it? It kind of says something about ‘what the artist sees’ to me.

      • #406016

        Craig
        Participant

        Thank you very much Graham. Yes, that is my standard setup for the paintings, acrylic on canvas in this case. Much appreciate your kind remark. ;))

    • #405972

      Robert Apple
      Moderator

      Your Photo was recognized in the Members Picks Week of May 13 Forum  ⬅ Click Here

  • #405885

    Tersha
    Keymaster

    Inspired by clocks and radios, and to try something different …

    • #405927

      Graham Hart
      Participant

      Fun pic Diane. Nice cameo in the window too 🙂

    • #406225

      ElinL
      Participant

      It took me some time to realise that it were windows – love the effect of reflections in the one on the right side.

  • #405919

    Preston
    Participant

    This week I was inspired by the persistence of nature.

    • #405930

      Graham Hart
      Participant

      Lovely bright colour emerging there Preston. Persistence is a good way of looking at it.

      • #405966

        Preston
        Participant

        Thanks Graham.  I’m always amazed how plants grow in the most peculiar places.

  • #406086

    Tersha
    Keymaster

    Another shot with a Petzval lens …

    sunlit apple blossom

    • #406106

      bucweeet
      Participant

      Very nice Diane!

    • #406226

      ElinL
      Participant

      Great effect – very beautiful !

      • #406494

        Tersha
        Keymaster

        Thanks Elin, I wasn’t sure if the effect was a bit too much?

  • #406111

    Elysia
    Participant

    Inspired by T. S. Eliot’s The Waste Land.

    “If there were the sound of water only / Not the cicada / And dry grass singing / But sound of water over a rock / Where the hermit-thrush sings in the pine trees / Drip drop drip drop drop drop drop / But there is no water”

    • #406323

      Tersha
      Keymaster

      Beautiful colours Elysia!

      • #406804

        Elysia
        Participant

        Thank you, Tersha!

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