The Cosmic Photo Challenge.

Good grief, is it Monday already?
I’m sure I must have fallen through a wormhole from Friday afternoon.

But at least I have your contributions for The Cosmic Photo Challenge to look forward to, themed this week around; Shadowplay.

With no particular ideas in mind and not having been out anywhere over the last couple of days, I found inspiration for my shadowy offerings at home and in the garden.

First these dramatically lit plants in the living room caught my eye…

…and the shadows of forsythia stems which seem to be hanging from the Virginia creeper vine.

But it was when I noticed the possibilities of shadows cast by my two metal fish ornaments that I got really inspired. One hastily-wedged bamboo pole on top of the shed later and I captured these cheery portraits.

After which I created a little aquarium scene…

…and then got rather carried away and made this.

And finally, I have the perfect opportunity to play us out with this classic clip of Joy Division

What did you do in the shadows at the weekend, come on, it’s show and tell time…

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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 a picturesque way to start this week, The Cosmic Photo Challenge has requested that you furnish us with images on the theme of; If you go down in the woods today.

So I did just that. On Saturday I went out to the wooded grounds of Arlington Court and yesterday I took a sunny stroll along the banks of the River Yeo, capturing trees, plants and water at their autumnal best.

{I took so many pictures, there wasn’t room for them all in one post, but you can see the whole lot HERE, ON MY PHOTO BLOG}

Then I came to a fork in the road…

Which way to go..?

This way, I think…

Now let’s have a look at your arboreal adventures…

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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.

Good morning, welcome to Monday.

There will be an exciting announcement coming later today, but for now it’s time to turn our attention to The Cosmic Photo Challenge and the prompt I left you to mull over at the weekend; The everyday into the unusual.

I dropped my glasses onto my Audrey Hepburn cushion on the way to the shower yesterday and this was what I saw on my return…

…which reminded me of this sacrilegious but amusing defacement I made a couple of weeks ago.

After that, I got a bit carried away.

I took a handful of perfectly ordinary images from recent photo outings…

…and did a lot of peculiar things to them until they looked like this.

How did you get on with meeting this week’s challenge, we’re all dying to know..?

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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.

This week on The Cosmic Photo Challenge we are aiming to capture the world; As summer* fades.

I chose to wait until yesterday morning to go out seeking inspiration, returning to Fremington Quay, this time at low tide, to take some photos on the river’s edge and along the Tarka Trail cycle path.

*or winter

How does the changing of the seasons look in your corner of the world?

Come on, we all want to see, it’s easy to do…

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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.

Monday again, which means it’s time for The Cosmic Photo Challenge, brought to you this week by the prompt; Look to the skies.

We’ve been seeing some really cool clouds recently, drifting over the hills and valleys of the river estuary landscape around Barnstaple, here are some of my favourites.

Now let’s all have a look at what you have all looked up at.

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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 hope your weekend went well and that (at least in the UK) you are enjoying this extra day off, complete with glorious sunshine.

This week’s prompt was; An interesting perspective, which can be taken a number of ways. Whether you define it as intentionally looking at things from an interesting angle, simply seeing them from an unusual standpoint, or creating intriguing perspectives yourselves, all your ideas are welcome.

I’m a little later than usual posting today, because I chose to wait until this morning to go hunting for photographic inspiration. I got up early before there were too many people around and drove up onto the hills overlooking the river valley in which Barnstable sits, to capture some images of the wind farm.

I also got some shots from a road bridge across the River Taw, usually a little dangerous to negotiate at peak traffic times, along with a selection from the countryside beneath the turbines.

Oh, and some cows, just because.

Now let’s see your slant on the theme…

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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.

This week on The Cosmic Photo Challenge I asked you to illustrate the prompt; Choose your masks.

Chosen partly because masks are very topical right now, partly because I was staring at a mask on the wall while I was thinking up the prompt, partly because I’d just ordered a very funky LED face mask for Audrey’s birthday and partly so I could crowbar in a great bit of psychedelic space rock at the end of this post, it resulted in the following photographic offerings.

One of my collection of face coverings inspired a few images…

…while Audrey and her birthday present provided the terpsichorean illumination with which to do some light painting.

And to play us out, as promised, here’s Hawkwind with “Choose Your Masques”

Now let’s take a peek behind your mask…

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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.

Welcome to another week and another edition of The Cosmic Photo Challenge, which is brought to you by the theme of; Collages.

I have once more gone for the unusual end of the creative spectrum, with this slightly off the wall composition.

Where did your inspiration take you over the weekend, show us your offerings…

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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.

I asked you to use the theme of the rough with the smooth as your inspiration for this week’s edition of The Cosmic Photo Challenge and I was inspired by two rather different examples of horticulture.

We were given some black lilies by our next door neighbours and I was looking forward to seeing them bloom dramatically amongst the ferns, but what we actually got was this mildly disturbing and very rough mutation…

…with buds growing out of buds, like the chest burster in Alien.

Which contrast very nicely with the smooth sleek forms of the day lilies, the star gazer lily and the perfect geometry of the dahlia which started blooming yesterday.

Now let’s see how you interpreted the prompt this week.

Come on in, the pictures are lovely!

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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.

Monday comes around so fast, but never fear, The Cosmic Photo Challenge is here to brighten the start of your week with the theme of; Our feathered friends.

The birds didn’t seem to be taking the challenge seriously, though, when I walked along the river in the park yesterday.

Usually thronging with gulls and ducks, the only ones on the water were a flock of geese and they wouldn’t do me the decency of coming close enough for a good shot.

Then when I did manage to capture a suitable avian subject, they seemed intent on camouflaging themselves.

There is a gull in this shot, for example…

…and a pigeon in this one…

…but you’d never know it to start with.

So I resorted to using a few shots of the gull family at work, whose lives I have been chronicling on Facebook for a few weeks.

What did you catch on the fly at the weekend?

Don’t be shy, let us all enjoy your pictures, it’s as easy as 1,2,3…

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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.

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