Weekly Photo Challenge : Near and Far

This week’s photo challenge is guest hosted by Brian Cooney. Read on for more about this week’s theme and his photography tips!

Near and Far. We [WordPress] are excited about this week’s photo challenge, near and far, and hope it inspires you to play with perspective, which can give sweeping images of beautiful locations more oomph and power. Perspective is what makes a flat two-dimensional image, such as a photograph, appear like it is three-dimensional. 

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Above is the opening of our invitation to this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge.  It caught my imagination this week, which is good because I have been going through a somewhat arid period when it comes to entering the Photo Challenge.   Although I usually try to have a horticultural bias to my photos for the themes, it is clear this week is all about landscapes and perspective.

I have trawled through my photos going back several years.   The ones I have chosen were taken some time ago, when I  just clicked away taking holiday snaps on a little digital camera; long before my Nikon DSLR  and macro and garden photography.    Looking at Brian Cooney’s photos, and the entries this week,  I can see I have a lot to learn about landscape photography.  It is a completely different form of  photography.

What constitutes landscape as opposed to photographs of places, I asked myself.   According to Wikipedia it is photography that shows little or no human activity and is an unsullied depiction of nature.   Fortunately, the modern definition is broader and can include urban areas.

Therefore, bearing that in mind, I am going for the perspective idea rather than unsullied landscapes.

Here are a few of my favourite photographs I would like to share with you.  The first were taken in France in 2004 and I never tire at looking at these views.

  • This photo is the Palace at Fontainebleau.  I love Fontainebleau and I have a dear cousin, who is lucky enough to live in there, so I am able to visit regularly.

  • The next two photos are the Jardin du Palais Royal in Paris.  As an aside, this is a garden that I would recommend visiting if you are in Paris, with its colonnades, flowers, statues and frequent art displays, it is one not to miss.

  • Back in good old England, with our glorious coastlines, my next photos were taken in Norfolk.  The beach huts are at Wells-Next- the -Sea.  These always fascinate me,  they are all painted in different colours and a friend of mine went to a wedding on the beach a few years ago.  They hired one of the beach huts and had a barbecue and party afterwards – sounds like a brilliant wedding venue to me.

  • Last is one of my most photographed places, and that of many photographers, it is Clevedon Pier on the Somerset coastline.  Across the Bristol Channel you can see the Welsh hills.  Many of my regular blog followers will see variations of the pier appearing from time to time.

Now I will start to practice with apertures, depth of field, sharp focusing and go and find unsullied landscapes.   So much to learn, but it’s all great fun.

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