The Cosmic Photo Challenge.

Ok, so this is the “new normal” we’re going to have to get used to, is it?

Well, one thing hasn’t changed and that still means that every Monday on Return of the Internet Nobody, I do a little feature called The Cosmic Photo Challenge and you are all cordially invited to take part.

On Friday I left you a suggestion based on our recent collective incarceration; asking you to capture whatever your personal version is of; The world in lockdown.

I have collected together a few of the shots I took over the last few, surreal weeks, when it has been possible to capture our beautiful town and countryside in a uniquely unpopulated state.

It has also meant that I could take photos from places that are usually far less accessible. These first two were taken from the high River Torridge road bridge, looking both downstream towards Bideford and the mouth of the estuary…

…and inland towards Appledore, with its naval shipyard.

I was lucky enough to catch a good clear evening with no traffic and a full moon high tide, so I could quickly stop the car to jump out and snap these.

But although the weather was equally glorious a few days ago when I took some on Barnstaple square and the more modest (but ancient and far more attractive) “Long Bridge” over the River Taw in town, the tide was resolutely out.

I also had a bit of a play around with a shot of the Albert Memorial clock tower outside the museum and I’m rather pleased with the result of my meticulous fingertip erasing.

As the world returns to some semblance of its bustling self, it’s almost a shame to lose the tranquility and stillness which we humans so casually shatter with our busy lives.

It has been a rare and unusual privilege to witness my home in this more natural, unsullied state and it makes me appreciate it all the more, too.

How does your world look in these strange times?

It couldn’t be easier to take part, just follow these simple steps…

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To get involved with the challenge; check out the Cosmic Photo Prompt each Friday, then post a photo (or photos) on your blog the following Monday, with a pingback link to my Monday post.

Tag your posts with #CosPhoChal.

Any and all effects, editing, Photoshop, Instagram, morphing, collages, animation, gifs, 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.

The Cosmic Photo Challenge.

A very good morning to you, wherever and whenever you may be reading this and welcome to another Monday edition of The Cosmic Photo Challenge, prompted this week by my suggestion that your photos are taken; From an unusual angle.

I wasn’t sure what direction I was going to take for this, but I saw a nice idea for a collage on a Facebook photography group on Saturday and was inspired to make this…

…wherein three of the sunsets are always at an unusual angle, whichever way up it is.

But that’s not really in the spirit of photos taken from the requisite obtuse perspective; so it occurred to me that this accidental selfie, edited after I took it the other day, holding my phone whilst standing in a socially distanced supermarket queue, might qualify instead…

Having said that, I thought I should still make an effort to actively attempt to capture something in an unconventional or indirect way, so this happened…

How did you do with your weekend homework, have you got something to show the rest of the class?

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To get involved with the challenge; check out the Cosmic Photo Prompt each Friday, then post a photo (or photos) on your blog the following Monday, with a pingback link to my Monday post.

Tag your posts with #CosPhoChal.

Any and all effects, editing, Photoshop, Instagram, morphing, collages, animation, gifs, 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.

The Cosmic Photo Challenge.

Hello there, I’m told it’s Monday, which must mean it’s time for The Cosmic Photo Challenge and a hearty plateful of Food as art.

I chose to go with a single image this week, nutritiously constructed in the kitchen from strawberries, cherry tomatoes, cucumber and French beans; here’s my field of fruit and veg flowers.

How were you inspired by the challenge over the weekend? Let us all have a look, leave your link in the comments.

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To get involved with the challenge; check out the Cosmic Photo Prompt each Friday, then post a photo (or photos) on your blog the following Monday, with a pingback link to my Monday post.

Tag your posts with #CosPhoChal.

Any and all effects, editing, Photoshop, Instagram, morphing, collages, animation, gifs, 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.

The Cosmic Photo Challenge.

For today’s apaturial adventure, I asked you to come up with something for The Cosmic Photo Challenge which featured something Symmetrical.

Well, not being able to get out and about much, I spent time making a few imaginary buildings and pictures with a mirrored element to them.

Now it’s your turn to show us what kind of symmetry you captured over the weekend.

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To get involved with the challenge; check out the Cosmic Photo Prompt each Friday, then post a photo (or photos) on your blog the following Monday, with a pingback link to my Monday post.

Tag your posts with #CosPhoChal.

Any and all effects, editing, Photoshop, Instagram, morphing, collages, animation, gifs, 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.

The Cosmic Photo Challenge.

Another lazy Monday in the strange, dystopian limbo that is global lockdown and The Cosmic Photo Challenge is here, to brighten your day and take your mind off all the bad news for a few minutes.

Here’s what I came up with after Friday’s prompt suggested we take this week’s photos; Through an opening.

The current isolation measures mean not having any outside space in which to relax would make life almost unbearable, so we’re increasingly grateful for the little oasis of calm in our crazy (and suddenly very small) world.

And that’s where I took my inspiration from yesterday, while sitting in the sunshine of the garden; looking out into the garden, from inside the house at night and capturing the sunshine from inside the shed; looking at the garden, unusually framed in the openings of Audrey’s bedroom window, looking down into a glass candle holder, looking into the entrance of a tiny birdhouse, seeing the nest materials within and looking out at myself through the openings in the clematis’ obelisk-shaped growing frame.

So that’s the opening salvo in this week’s challenge, let’s have a look at what you lot’ve got for us…

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To get involved with the challenge; check out the Cosmic Photo Prompt each Friday, then post a photo (or photos) on your blog the following Monday, with a pingback link to my Monday post.

Tag your posts with #CosPhoChal.

Any and all effects, editing, Photoshop, Instagram, morphing, collages, animation, gifs, 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.

The Cosmic Photo Challenge.

Time once again to dive into the fast flowing creative waters of The Cosmic Photo Challenge and see what wonders we can discover beneath that shimmering surface.

This week I asked you to theme your post around the prompt; The dark and the light, however you choose to interpret that concept.

I went with the idea of composite duality, (a fancy term I just this moment invented) using careful editing to show negative cutaways of colour photos.

I was very pleased how these came out, so I continued mucking about until I stumbled on the weird optical illusion below.

Both of these side-by-side photos of a slate wall are exactly the same image, the only difference is the colour inversion. There has been no change in size, shape or angle in any way, yet somehow…

The final flash of inspiration came from the same door that has already featured in several challenge posts, reconstructed from two differently illuminated shots; one lit from inside the kitchen and one with the kitchen dark and the light on in the living room.

Now it’s time for you to light up our lives with your contributions.

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To get involved with the challenge; check out the Cosmic Photo Prompt each Friday, then post a photo (or photos) on your blog the following Monday, with a pingback link to my Monday post.

Tag your posts with #CosPhoChal.

Any and all effects, editing, Photoshop, Instagram, morphing, collages, animation, gifs, 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.

K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge.

My turn to provide the creative inspiration for this week’s K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge and I set you the task of coming up with some; Nature as art.

I created three abstract pieces, from photos of trees, pampas grass, roses and carnations.

See what you think.

K’lee flexes his artistic muscles HERE.

Now you can show us what natural wonders you captured over the weekend.

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To get involved with the challenge, post a photo to your blog on Monday, (or just, you know, whenever) 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.

It’s the first post in K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge for the new year, with the theme I picked back in the 2010s; Welcome to the ’20s.

Last Wednesday, Rhonda and Audrey joined in with the unwritten tradition of mad English people down the ages; going for a “bracing walk” on New Year’s Day.

In the rain.

And fog.

On the beach, obviously.

It was actually a very nice stroll, just as the tide was starting to come in at Instow, from the blustery dunes to the shallow waterline, all shrouded in a foggy blanket.

I even found the inspiration for a little digital mucking about to start this year’s photographic ball rolling.

K’lee has posted his New Year images HERE.

Now you can show us how you got into the new decade.

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To get involved with the challenge, post a photo to your blog on Monday, (or just, you know, whenever) 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.

K’lee’s prompt for this week’s K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge insisted that we; Colour my world and I am fairly sure that he’s a big fan of blues, so I plundered the archives for some examples of my bluest images and reworked a couple, too.

You’ll see K’lee’s true colours HERE later.

Now it’s time for your colourful contributions…

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To get involved with the challenge, post a photo to your blog on Monday, (or just, you know, whenever) 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 on K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge I asked you all to Showcase yourself and give us some of your greatest hits to inspire our collective creativity.

I chose to follow my own suggestions; I searched through the last twelve of months of photos to see what jumped out at me; picked another shot which I’ve always been really pleased with and added a few others that fall broadly into the “mucking about” category.

The image from this year that caught my eye wasn’t a hugely spectacular or technically complicated one, but the composition is nicely balanced and it’s a great shot of Audrey from one of our cycling/photography outings in the summer.

I have taken a lot photos of birds in flight, capturing action shots of gulls and ducks feeding at our local wildfowl reserve, which is where I took this second picture a few years ago and it’s one I am still rather proud of.

Which brings us to a more adventurous form of the photographic art; my experiments with digital editing and manipulation from over the years.

Try not to have nightmares…

K’lee’s selection is bound to be simply the best and is now HERE for your perusal.

But now we’d love to see what you have cherry picked from your archives for us.

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To get involved with the challenge, post a photo to your blog on Monday, (or just, you know, whenever) 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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