Cosmic Photo redux.

So, after settling for simple and straightforward pictures on the Cosmic Photo Challenge this week, I just couldn’t resist playing with one of the originally rejected shots. This one of Audrey about to exit the snow globe, which I didn’t use because of the reflection across it, suddenly seemed to have potential…

…so I stared to muck around with it.

Hmm, nice rich colours, how about…

Ooh yes, I like that, now what about if I just…

Wow, now we’re really getting somewhere, but I still think I could…

Ahhh, yep, that’s the one.

Never stop mucking about, you never know what might happen.

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K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge.

The first thing I’m going to say about this week’s edition of K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge is that I cheated.

I didn’t intend to, but after I had the idea I couldn’t not do it and once I discovered my mistake it was too late.

You see, when I suggested Squares as the theme on Friday, I didn’t have a clue what I was going to do with it. Then I had an idea while I was out of the house, which involved using the square glass panels of our kitchen door.

However, when I returned home to put my brilliant plan into action I realised the panels are in fact rectangular, not square, for which I can only beg your forgiveness.

Because I used it anyway.

I took a photo of Audrey, (in her Girl Guides uniform, as she had just come back from a remembrance Sunday parade) framed by the aforementioned oblong apertures of artfully obscured glass…

…which, in itself is not especially challenging, I admit.

So I then spent a considerable amount of time, painstakingly chopping my daughter into pieces for your entertainment.

And here’s the result.

And then, just for my own amusement and because I can never stop mucking about once I start, I made this, despite being even less square than the others.

K’lee is no square and his quadrilateral offering is HERE for your perusal.

But what righteously angular specimens do you have for us?

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To get involved with the challenge, post a photo to your blog on Monday, add a pingback to this post (or to K’lee’s) and don’t forget to tag your post #CosPhoChal.
Alternatively, add a link to your blog in the comments of either mine or K’lee’s post and we’ll come and check out your entry.

Any and all effects, editing, Photoshop, Instagram, morphing, collages or whatever other post production techniques you fancy are permitted, (in fact, they’re actively encouraged!) so get creative and turn your photos into artworks for the Cosmic Photo Challenge.

#CosPhoChal

K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge.

For this week’s visit to the world of inspiringly improvised imagery, K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge is taking its lead from K’lee, who gave us the prompt; From dreams to reality.

Now, that kind of theme is just asking for something wonderful and strange to happen, as any mention of dreams has me looking at everything through the filter of surrealism.

I’m not entirely sure what K’lee had in mind when he set the challenge, but I think my offerings have a suitably dreamlike quality to them, or maybe it’s a nightmare, you decide.

See what K’lee dreamed up HERE.

Now show us your phantasy photos.

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To get involved with the challenge, post a photo to your blog on Monday, add a pingback to this post (or to K’lee’s) and don’t forget to tag your post #CosPhoChal.
Alternatively, add a link to your blog in the comments of either mine or K’lee’s post and we’ll come and check out your entry.

Any and all effects, editing, Photoshop, Instagram, morphing, collages or whatever other post production techniques you fancy are permitted, (in fact, they’re actively encouraged!) so get creative and turn your photos into artworks for the Cosmic Photo Challenge.

#CosPhoChal

K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge.

I was the one who set the theme for K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge this week, going for the very simple prompt of; Circles.

I didn’t pick it for any particular reason, although my original idea was to use photos of these soap bubbles, which landed on an African violet on the kitchen windowsill as I was washing up.

But nice as they are, that didn’t strike me as enough, somehow, so I decided to have a play with some circular glass objects instead.

A bottle, inside a pint glass, inside a vase, on top of a jar, on a wooden worktop, to be precise…

…which made rather a good starting point for some more creative composite images.

You can see what kind of circular logic K’lee’s post follows, HERE.

But now you can show us what you got round to doing at the weekend.

It’s easy when you know how…

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To get involved with the challenge, post a photo to your blog on Monday, add a pingback to this post (or to K’lee’s) and don’t forget to tag your post #CosPhoChal.

Alternatively, add a link to your blog in the comments of either mine or K’lee’s post and we’ll come and check out your entry.

Any and all effects, editing, Photoshop, Instagram, morphing, collages or whatever other post production techniques you fancy are permitted, (in fact, they’re actively encouraged!) so get creative and turn your photos into artworks for the Cosmic Photo Challenge.

#CosPhoChal

K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge.

I hope you all had a pleasant weekend, but now it’s Monday and time to attend to another installment of K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge.

K’lee set the prompt this week, deciding on the dark and light theme of Shadows, shapes and silhouettes, leaving plenty of room for creativity and invention.

I chose a couple from the archives and one new shot, which I captured without having to venture outside the living room.

The first shadowy offering I have for you is the two dimensional representation of a lamp shade on the ceiling…

…followed by some silhouettes of, amongst other things, the old Barnstaple Long Bridge spanning the River Taw during an especially impressive sunset.

But my favourite is this composite image I made a few years ago, and not just because it features my beautiful wife, either…

…but because of something I only spotted when I was compiling this post, which fits into K’lee’s theme particularly well.

I had never noticed before yesterday, but there is a mysterious, shadowy figure, lurking in the background and now I can’t unsee it.

K’lee will throw some shapes and shadows at you, HERE, later.

Now it’s your turn to turn up the contrast.

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To get involved with the challenge, post a photo to your blog on Monday, add a pingback to this post (or to K’lee’s) and don’t forget to tag your post #CosPhoChal.

Alternatively, add a link to your blog in the comments of either mine or K’lee’s post and we’ll come and check out your entry.

Any and all effects, editing, Photoshop, Instagram, morphing, collages or whatever other post production techniques you fancy are permitted, (in fact, they’re actively encouraged!) so get creative and turn your photos into artworks for the Cosmic Photo Challenge.

#CosPhoChal

K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge.

This Monday’s edition of K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge is brought to you by my prompt from Friday, when I set the theme of; Inside.

At the time, I had no idea of what I’d do with that, but I knew it wasn’t going to be much of an outdoor weather weekend, so I guessed I’d be safe with the suggestion.

As it turned out, I did manage to get out on my bike for a few cycle laps round the park with Audrey, but I was working most of the weekend. My only other trip out was to the launderette yesterday and that was where inspiration struck.

So here are some shots of, made from and from the inside of, a washing machine drum.

Get inside the photographic mind of K’lee HERE.

But before you do that, show us what you brought to the party this week.

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To get involved with the challenge, post a photo to your blog on Monday, add a pingback to this post (or to K’lee’s) and don’t forget to tag your post #CosPhoChal.

Alternatively, add a link to your blog in the comments of either mine or K’lee’s post and we’ll come and check out your entry.

Any and all effects, editing, Photoshop, Instagram, morphing, collages or whatever other post production techniques you fancy are permitted, (in fact, they’re actively encouraged!) so get creative and turn your photos into artworks for the Cosmic Photo Challenge.

#CosPhoChal

K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge.

We’re turning the prompt on its head this week, per my suggestion that your entries for K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge fall under the loose definition of; Upside down.

Whether you choose to capture an object which is, itself, the wrong way up, invert an existing image, or any combination of the two, it’s all fine with us.

I’ve chosen to use the reflective properties of the River Taw to provide a trio of optical double-takes for you to ponder.

You can reflect on K’lee’s overturned Obzervashuns HERE.

Now, however, it’s time for you to expose your exhibits for our enlightenment.

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To get involved with the challenge, post a photo to your blog on Monday, add a pingback to this post (or to K’lee’s) and don’t forget to tag your post #CosPhoChal.

Alternatively, add a link to your blog in the comments of either mine or K’lee’s post and we’ll come and check out your entry.

Any and all effects, editing, Photoshop, Instagram, morphing, collages or whatever other post production techniques you fancy are permitted, (in fact, they’re actively encouraged!) so get creative and turn your photos into artworks for the Cosmic Photo Challenge.

#CosPhoChal

K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge.

For this week’s adventure in imagery, K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge asked you to do some duplication, for K’lee’s prompt; Double the expression through double exposure.

This sounded like fun to me straight away, because I love a bit of mucking about and Audrey is always keen to star in challenge posts, so we went for a bike ride around the local park and did some panoramic experiments.

These weren’t created in the strictest sense of a “double exposure”, because they were taken in one slow pan, with Audrey running round behind me to change position, but the result is the same.

We also did a bit of an experiment with those fancy 360° 3D photo thingies you see on Facebook and Pinterest, except ours aren’t sweeping panoramas of cathedrals or tropical waterfalls; they are of Audrey playing pool in the pub and following herself around the living room.

You need to click each link to view it, then slowly scroll round or move your phone to explore.

***FOUR-DREY***

***POOL***

***AT HOME***

After that, I had another idea, while looking through the rippled glass of the door into our kitchen.

This is another example of not-really-double-exposure, but it kind of falls into the same category; in that it’s two photos of the same thing (in this case, me) taken separately, then stuck together again.

I took an ordinary, boring selfie, then took another, but this time through the aforementioned glass door.

Then I created this rather Magritte-like composite image, which I think came out quite well.

K’lee’s suitably artistic offering awaits you, HERE.

But now it’s time for you to share your double visions with us.

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To get involved with the challenge, post a photo to your blog on Monday, add a pingback to this post (or to K’lee’s) and don’t forget to tag your post #CosPhoChal.

Alternatively, add a link to your blog in the comments of either mine or K’lee’s post and we’ll come and check out your entry.

Any and all effects, editing, Photoshop, Instagram, morphing, collages or whatever other post production techniques you fancy are permitted, (in fact, they’re actively encouraged!) so get creative and turn your photos into artworks for the Cosmic Photo Challenge.

#CosPhoChal

K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge.

Ok, so I cheated again.

I knew, when I set Friday’s prompt for K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge, that I was going to see my old friend Duncan and his band on Saturday night, hence; The food of love.

Because, as we all know, that particular nutrient is music, so I thought I’d try to capture the essence of a live show in photographic form.

The band, Duch jo, (an acronym of the members’ names) play a thrilling funk/rock hybrid which sounds like Prince producing a Frank Zappa album with Sly And The Family Stone, with surreal samples and effects blending the songs together making it seem almost like a concept album.

Duncan’s heavy bass lines and rapid fire lyrics, some skillfully syncopated drumming and shredding guitar solos made the non-stop set a truly immersive musical experience.

Despite there only being a small but appreciative audience, they played as if their lives depended on it and those who stayed to the end were rewarded with a unique and musically complex show from three very talented performers.

Audrey even got to try out some of Duncan’s vocal gadgets and I took the opportunity of snapping a very grunge photo of her while she was on stage.

I also took my usual artistic licence with a few shots, including one of a rather sensory overloaded child who seemed fascinated by the band, but for whom the volume was clearly a little much, along with a long exposure with ghostly musicians.

You can see what type of offering K’lee has for us, HERE

Now it’s time for you to show us your compositions.

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To get involved with the challenge, post a photo to your blog on Monday, add a pingback to this post (or to K’lee’s) and don’t forget to tag your post #CosPhoChal.

Alternatively, add a link to your blog in the comments of either mine or K’lee’s post and we’ll come and check out your entry.

Any and all effects, editing, Photoshop, Instagram, morphing, collages or whatever other post production techniques you fancy are permitted, (in fact, they’re actively encouraged!) so get creative and turn your photos into artworks for the Cosmic Photo Challenge.

#CosPhoChal

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