THURSDAY’S SPECIAL: FOCUS

The theme of today’s challenge is FOCUS. We all want our images to be tack sharp and in focus, but there are situations when we prefer to have some parts of the image in blur i.e. out of focus to better isolate the subject we want to focus on (pun intended).  This technique is called selective focus and this is what I did in the image bellow. I focused on a single, though repetitive, element that goes on through most of the frame and seems to repeat itself in unfocused specular highlights in the background. The image shows an iconic view of the capital city of Slovenia, and I thought it would be neat to give just a hint of it.

Selective focusing is particularly interesting in macro photography, portraiture and in images with repetitive patterns and it makes photography more creative.  Now it is up to you…. whether you choose to have all the elements in your photo in focus, or to apply a selective focus or even an alternative approach to the theme like capturing a focused person or animal, I very much look forward to seeing your entries. Have a great Thursday!

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©Paula Borkovic

To join the challenge:

  • Make a photo post post on today’s theme, before next Thursday.

  • Link to this challenge post, and tag your post #thursdaysspecial

  • Leave a comment under this post

Thank you for your enthusiasm in responding to this challenge. Be good sports and pay each other a visit by clicking on the following links:

https://irenewaters19.com/2017/02/23/a-peeping-toms-focus-thursdays-special/

https://teepee12.com/2017/02/23/focus-thursdays-special/

https://lucidgypsy.com/2017/02/23/thursdays-special-robert/

https://geriatrixfotogallerie.wordpress.com/2017/02/23/focus/

https://lignumdraco.wordpress.com/2017/02/20/lignum-draco-and-the-temples-of-doom-2/

https://restlessjo.me/2017/02/23/focus-on-fountains-abbey/

tishfarrell.com/2017/02/23/a-matter-of-focus-fond-thoughts-of-high-summer-on-windmill-hill-with-greater-knapweed-and-assorted-grasses

BLACK & WHITE SUNDAY: TRACES OF THE PAST Y3-02

Traces of the Past is a recurrent photo challenge theme on this blog, which runs every month (for a third year now). This month we are doing it in black and white and next month this theme will be tackled in colour. You are free to choose whatever thing, building or place (even a person) that belongs to the past. It maybe a past long forgotten or a past very much present and incorporated into today’s existence.   

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Luznica Manor – 18th century Baroque castle that changed hands quite a few times in history is now a home of the Spiritual-Educational Centre “Marijin Dvor” and it is run by Sisters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul, (ZAPREŠIĆ, CROATIA)

©Paula Borkovic

This is Black & White Sunday photo challenge. If you want to participate you are supposed to:

  • Make a post containing a photo (or photos) of something that comes from the past (it does not have to be a distant past)

  • Link to this challenge post

  • Leave me your link in the comment section bellow

  • Make sure you post before next Sunday 

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Please click on the links that follow to see wonderful entries to this challenge:

https://lignumdraco.wordpress.com/2017/02/16/lignum-draco-and-the-temples-of-doom

https://teepee12.com/2017/02/19/beth-israel-deaconess/

https://suejudd.com/2017/02/19/black-white-sunday-traces-of-the-past-2/

https://lucidgypsy.com/2017/02/19/traces-of-the-past-bombardier-scattergood/

https://smallbluegreenwords.wordpress.com/2017/02/19/black-and-white-sunday-traces-of-the-past/

https://dailymusing57.com/2017/02/19/black-white-sunday-traces-of-the-past-4/

https://tishfarrell.com/2017/02/20/traces-of-the-past-and-who-do-you-think-lived-in-this-little-house/

https://ameditativejourney.wordpress.com/2017/02/20/black-and-white-sunday-traces-of-the-past/

https://travelwithintent.com/2017/02/20/christian-radich-rigged-ship-oslo

https://3rsofretirement.com/2017/02/21/bw-sunday-traces-of-the-past-3-2/

https://unavistadisanfermo.wordpress.com/2017/02/21/traces-of-the-past-12

http://lessywannagohome.blogspot.hr/2017/02/traces-of-past.html

https://restlessjo.me/2017/02/23/focus-on-fountains-abbey

AGAINST ALL ODDS

THURSDAY’S SPECIAL: LE ROUGE ET LE NOIR

 

Last Sunday for Black & White photo challenge we explored Darkness and Light by focusing on moody lighting and shadows that add drama to photography. Today I would like us to continue with dramatic captures, but through the use of bold colours. Show us what effect placing red next to black can produce. The easiest way to obtain this is to shoot a red flower against a black background, or a fiery sky with a silhouetted, darkened town, but there are so other many possibilities that I very much look forward to seeing in your entries.  Today’s theme is RED and BLACK (my title was inspired by Stendhal’s famous novel: Le Rouge et le Noir).

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©Paula Borkovic

To join the challenge you are supposed to:

  • Make a photo post post on today’s theme, before next Thursday.

  • Link to this challenge post, and tag your post #thursdaysspecial

  • Leave a comment under this post

Being aware that this is not the easiest theme to tackle I am particularly happy to see these wonderful entries:

http://lessywannagohome.blogspot.hr/2017/02/le-rouge-et-le-noir.html

https://dailymusing57.com/2017/02/15/thursdays-special-le-rouge-et-le-noir/

https://irenewaters19.com/2017/02/16/le-rouge-et-le-noir-thursdays-special

https://teepee12.com/2017/02/16/orange-and-black-thursdays-special/

https://geriatrixfotogallerie.wordpress.com/2017/02/16/le-rouge-et-le-noir/

https://3rsofretirement.com/2017/02/16/thursdays-special-red-black/

https://travel387.wordpress.com/2017/02/16/invitation-come-again/

https://ladyleemanilablog.wordpress.com/2017/02/16/thursdays-special-le-rouge-et-le-noir/

https://anotherday2paradise.wordpress.com/2017/02/16/thursdays-special-le-rouge-et-le-noir-a-la-ms-gentoo

https://travelwithintent.com/2017/02/16/red-and-black-in-manhattan

https://tishfarrell.com/2017/02/16/thursdays-special-les-quatre-saisons-en-rouge-et-noir

https://attaleuntold.wordpress.com/2017/02/16/thursdays-special-le-rouge-et-le-noir-deux/

https://postcardsedge.org/2017/02/16/red-and-black/

https://ameditativejourney.wordpress.com/2017/02/17/thursdays-special-le-rouge-et-le-noir

https://ledrakenoir.wordpress.com/2017/02/17/good-good-vibrations

 

Black & White Sunday: Darkness and Light

“They say there is no light without dark, no good without evil, no male without female, no right without wrong. That nothing can exist if it’s direct opposite does not also exist.”

Laurell K. Hamilton, Incubus Dreams

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under cover of night

Today you are invited to look for some light and shadow, for drama, for moody or even harsh lighting. The theme of this black and white photo challenge is DARKNESS and LIGHT. The deadline is next Saturday. When you make a post, link it to this challenge, tag it #black&whitesunday and leave me a comment bellow. Wishing you all a great week ahead!

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Please, click on the links bellow to see fabulous entries that my blogger friends prepared for this challenge:

https://ledrakenoir.wordpress.com/2017/02/12/tear-down-this-wall/

https://suejudd.com/2017/02/12/black-white-sunday-darkness-and-light/

https://tishfarrell.com/2017/02/12/black-and-white-sunday-darkness-and-light

https://bushboy.blog/2017/02/12/darkness-and-light/

https://teepee12.com/2017/02/12/darkness-and-light-black-white-sunday/

https://travelwithintent.com/2017/02/12/sunset-over-central-park/

https://ameditativejourney.wordpress.com/2017/02/12/black-white-sunday-darkness-and-light/

http://lessywannagohome.blogspot.hr/2017/02/notturno.html

https://mittenedhands.com/2017/02/03/lonely-rider/

https://lucidgypsy.com/2017/02/12/darkness-and-light/

https://3rsofretirement.com/2017/02/13/darkness-and-light

https://bildhof.wordpress.com/2017/02/13/bw-sunday-darkness-and-light/

https://dailymusing57.com/2017/02/13/black-white-sunday-darkness-and-light/

https://beyondthebrushphotography.wordpress.com/2017/02/13/gare-du-nord-2/

https://priorhouse.wordpress.com/2017/02/14/coming-home-lost-in-translation-darkness-and-light/

https://unavistadisanfermo.wordpress.com/2017/02/14/darkness-and-light

https://charlesewaugh.com/2017/02/15/black-white-sunday-darkness-and-light

https://postcardsedge.org/2017/02/14/shadows-budha-under-construction/

https://smallbluegreenwords.wordpress.com/2017/02/16/black-and-white-sunday-darkness-and-light

https://sonyavdg.wordpress.com/2017/02/18/black-white-sunday-darkness-and-light/

FOLLOW MY SHADOW

From the left bank of the Tagus River,  a magnificent, red-painted, steel suspension structure crosses the bay and takes you straight onto shores of Lisbon. All you need to do is follow its shadow.

 

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25 de abril

 

 

Weekly photo challenge now appears on Wednesdays, but I will continue to post for it on Fridays. The theme this week is Shadow. Our blogger friend Restless Jo likes walks but she also likes bridges, and I am sure she crossed this one before. Please, join her for her latest walk in the south of Portugal.

THURSDAY’S SPECIAL: PROFILE

 

The theme that I set for today’s photo challenge is PROFILE meaning a side-view, a silhouette, a figure, a contour.

The word was introduced into English language in the mid 17th century from obsolete Italian profilo from profilare, from pro- ‘forth’ + filare ‘to spin’, formerly ‘draw a line’.

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snowy owl in profile

©Paula Borkovic

Whether you choose to capture a human,  animal or some other profile I will be happy to look at your entries that you are supposed to post before next Thursday. 

Don’t forget to tag your post  #thursdaysspecial, and to leave a comment under this one.

P.S. Last week Thursday’s Special has yielded some fantastic entries. If you missed some of them, you can find the links here.  

 

Here are the entries to this challenge. Please, check them out by clicking on the links:

https://lessywannagohome.blogspot.hr/2017/02/profile.html

https://irenewaters19.com/2017/02/09/profile-thursdays-special

https://restlessjo.me/2017/02/09/fabrica

https://tishfarrell.com/2017/02/09/thursdays-special-profile-of-the-leonine-kind/

https://geriatrixfotogallerie.wordpress.com/2017/02/09/profile/

https://smallbluegreenwords.wordpress.com/2017/02/09/thursday-special-15/

https://teepee12.com/2017/02/09/profiling-in-a-good-way-thursdays-special/

https://nowathome.wordpress.com/2017/02/09/thursdays-special-profile/

https://ianbcross.wordpress.com/2017/02/09/simien-mountain-profile/

https://attaleuntold.wordpress.com/2017/02/09/lost-in-translation-thursdays-special-profile

https://dailymusing57.com/2017/02/09/thursdays-special-profile/

https://ladyleemanilablog.wordpress.com/2017/02/09/thursdays-special-profile/

https://joanfrankham.wordpress.com/2017/02/09/thursdays-special-profile/

https://travel387.wordpress.com/2017/02/09/thursdays-special-profile/

https://suejudd.com/2017/02/09/thursdays-special-profile/

https://ledrakenoir.wordpress.com/2017/02/10/last-man-standing/

https://3rsofretirement.com/2017/02/10/thursdays-special-profile/

https://empireoflights.com/2017/02/10/eureka

https://ameditativejourney.wordpress.com/2017/02/10/thursdays-special-profile/

https://sonyavdg.wordpress.com/2017/02/13/thursdays-special-profile

https://unavistadisanfermo.wordpress.com/2017/02/14/profile

BLACK & WHITE SUNDAY: SIGN

WALK INTO SOLITUDE

THURSDAY’S SPECIAL: PICK A WORD IN FEBRUARY – Y2

For the Pick a Word challenge in February I chose five unrelated words and five unrelated images that cover different seasons, places and subjects.  As usual you are free to choose one of the 5 offered words, and depict it in a photograph or you can do more than one word and post more than one photograph, or you may choose all of the words and depict them in a single image. Possibilities abound. Now, here are the words to choose from:

radiant 

alimentary

frontal 

arboreal

remote 

cibona

radiating (radiant)

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Alimentary

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frontal

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arboreal

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remote

©Paula Borkovic

To join the challenge you are supposed to:

  • Make a photo post post featuring one or more photos on one (or all) of the provided words, before next Thursday.

  • Link to this challenge post, and tag your post #thursdaysspecial

  • Leave a comment under this post 

 

I hope that you’ll find this selection inspiring and that February will treat you well.

Please check out the entries to this challenge by click on the links bellow:

https://lessywannagohome.blogspot.hr/2017/02/thursdays-special.html

https://travelwithintent.com/2017/02/02/radiant0candlelit-southwark-cathedral-london

https://restlessjo.me/2017/02/02/from-radiant-to-remote

https://irenewaters19.com/2017/02/02/one-photo-5-words-thursdays-special

https://tishfarrell.com/2017/02/02/thursdays-special-the-arboreal-position-and-why-we-cant-live-without-trees

https://smallbluegreenwords.wordpress.com/2017/02/02/thursday-special-14

https://3rsofretirement.com/2017/02/03/thursdays-special-frontal/

https://teepee12.com/2017/02/03/radiant-arboreal-frontal-and-remotes-thursdays-special

https://suejudd.com/2017/02/03/thursdays-special-pick-a-word-or-three-in-february

https://ameditativejourney.wordpress.com/2017/02/03/thursdays-special-pick-a-word-in-feburary-y2/

https://attaleuntold.wordpress.com/2017/02/03/thursdays-special/

https://attaleuntold.wordpress.com/2017/02/04/thursdays-special-2

https://dailymusing57.com/2017/02/05/thursdays-special-pick-a-word-4/

https://ledrakenoir.wordpress.com/2017/02/05/the-living-daylights

https://empireoflights.com/2017/02/06/auf-seinem-eigenen-stern

https://lucidgypsy.com/2017/02/06/remote-ghana

https://sonyavdg.wordpress.com/2017/02/05/thursdays-special-pick-a-word-2/

https://attaleuntold.wordpress.com/2017/02/05/thursdays-special-3

https://unavistadisanfermo.wordpress.com/2017/02/07/pick-a-word-in-february

https://priorhouse.wordpress.com/2017/02/07/lost-in-translation-pick-a-word-in-february

https://leterneletlephemere.wordpress.com/2017/02/08/3-words-3-photos-thursdays-special

JANUARY RECAP

Here is my recap for January 2017.

 

Reminder: there is a new Thursday’s Special challenge tomorrow with the theme: Pick a word.