BLACK & WHITE SUNDAY: ON TOP

In an area of 49,000 square kilometres at the historic crossroads of cultures, religions and conquerors, Slovakia boasts more than 300 old castles and ruins. The castle in the photo bears the name Hrad Beckov and stands proudly on the Beckov cliff on the road that runs from Bratislava to High Tatra mountains. Many legends are told about the place, but nobody really knows who its first owners were. The fact we do know is that it was built to protect the borders of the Kingdom of Hungary and that it dates to the middle of the 13th century. In the 14th century Sigismund, the King of Hungary, gave the castle to Stibor of Stiboricz, a Lord of Polish descent. Stibor owned 31 castles, but he was particularly attached to this one. He took special care of it and rebuilt it in the Gothic style. A few years later Sigismund made Stibor the Duke of Transylvania (now in Romania), and the owner of Bran Castle aka the Dracula’s Castle.

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Hrad Beckov

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This is Black and White Sunday photo challenge, today with the theme: ON TOP. If you’d like to join:

  • make a B&W photo post on today’s theme before next Sunday

  • link it to this challenge post and tag it   #blackandwhitesunday

  • leave a comment under this post 

P.S. If you missed some of the entries from last week’s challenge, you can find the links here. The themes for the next week’s challenges are already published on Scheduled challenges page.

Please check out the entries to this challenge:

https://travelwithintent.com/2017/01/15/on-top-edinburgh-castle/

https://bildhof.wordpress.com/2017/01/15/bw-sunday-on-top/

https://mostlymonochrome.wordpress.com/2017/01/15/golden-statue/

https://tishfarrell.com/2017/01/15/on-top-on-llanddwyn-island-black-white-sunday/

https://3rsofretirement.com/2017/01/15/bw-sunday-on-top/

https://artishorseshit.wordpress.com/2017/01/15/jewish-museum-warsaw-03/

https://teepee12.com/2017/01/15/black-white-sunday-atop-the-steeple/

https://suejudd.com/2017/01/15/black-white-sunday-on-top/

https://dailymusing57.com/2017/01/15/black-white-sunday-on-top/

https://weaklythoughts.wordpress.com/2017/01/15/staying-on-top/

https://lynneayersbeyondthebrush.wordpress.com/2017/01/15/turtles/

https://smallbluegreenflowers.wordpress.com/2017/01/16/black-and-white-sunday

 

HOUSE BY THE LAKE

THURSDAY’S SPECIAL: UNFOCUSED

 

If you are anything like me three years ago, you are going to curse today’s theme. Since then, however, I developed a liking for unfocused in photography. I became aware of how nice it is to have your main subject isolated by shallow depth of field, how to accentuate parts of images by selective focusing, how to make model-like scenes imitating tilt and shift effect. My liking of the unfocused went a step farther. I decided to make the whole image unfocused and  liked the dreamy feel of it in the image that showcases a well-known symbol of my town. 

  You may take different approaches to this subject. You can take a photo where part of the image is unfocused or like me you can make it unfocused all the way. No matter how you obtained it, whether on purpose or by a  happy accident, show me the lack of focus or should I say – the presence of unfocused – in your images. 

In order to obtain unfocused  you may choose to focus in front or beyond your main subject and make sure to choose wide aperture. Also, try to use manual focusing mode to avoid camera’s attempt to find something to focus on.

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©Paula Borkovic

♬ Zagreb izlazi na ocean – Jelena Radan 

This is Thursday’s Special photo challenge that takes place every Thursday. You are supposed to make a photo post on the given theme; (today it is UNFOCUSED), and to publish it before next Thursday. Make sure to provide a link to this post, and to leave a comment bellow. Happy Thursday, everybody! 

P.S. Don’t forget to check out last week’s TS with links to all the entries. 

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Check out unfocused entries for this challenge: 

https://ledrakenoir.wordpress.com/2017/01/11/rain-in-the-eyes/

https://artishorseshit.wordpress.com/2017/01/12/barcode-area-006

https://travelwithintent.com/2017/01/12/focused-imagination-camargue

https://teepee12.com/2017/01/12/unfocused-soft-focus-abstract-thursdays-special/

https://dailymusing57.com/2017/01/12/thursdays-special-unfocused/

https://geriatrixfotogallerie.wordpress.com/2017/01/12/out-of-focus

https://tishfarrell.com/2017/01/12/moving-pictures-wales-through-the-windscreen

https://smallbluegreenwords.wordpress.com/2017/01/12/thursday-special-13

https://nowathome.wordpress.com/2017/01/12/thursdays-special-unfocused

https://suejudd.com/2017/01/12/unfocussed-on-the-road-to-modica

https://3rsofretirement.com/2017/01/12/unfocused/

https://lucidgypsy.com/2017/01/13/wild-dream-ponies

http://lessywannagohome.blogspot.hr/2017/01/unfocused.html

https://ameditativejourney.wordpress.com/2017/01/15/thursdays-special-unfocused

https://empireoflights.com/2017/01/15/abstract-nature

https://beyondthebrushphotography.wordpress.com/2017/01/15/beauty-after-the-storm/

https://unavistadisanfermo.wordpress.com/2017/01/16/unfocused

BLACK & WHITE SUNDAY: PASSAGE

Passage of time, passage through a place, life itself is a passage. Passage is the theme of today’s Black & White Sunday, photo challenge that appears regularly every Sunday and as the name says it is in black and white.

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If you want to join, please:

  • make a B&W photo post on today’s theme before next Sunday

  • link it to this challenge post and tag it   #blackandwhitesunday

  • leave a comment under this post 

With wishes for a quiet passage through Sunday….

Please, check out the entries to this challenge. The first one took my breath away: 

https://tishfarrell.com/2017/01/08/early-morning-on-menai-strait-2

https://teepee12.com/2017/01/08/passage-through-the-snow-black-and-white-sunday-garry-armstrong/

https://lessywannagohome.blogspot.hr/2017/01/passage.html

https://artishorseshit.wordpress.com/2017/01/08/vannspeilet-winter-fun/

https://bildhof.wordpress.com/2017/01/08/bw-sunday-passage/

https://priorhouse.wordpress.com/2017/01/09/black-white-sunday-passage-float

https://dailymusing57.com/2017/01/09/black-white-sunday-passage/

https://travelwithintent.com/2017/01/09/cienfuegos-cuba-food-trolley-traffic

https://suejudd.com/2017/01/10/quiet-passage

https://lumar1298.wordpress.com/2017/01/11/black-white-sunday-passage/

https://unavistadisanfermo.wordpress.com/2017/01/11/passage/

https://weaklythoughts.wordpress.com/2017/01/11/under-the-tracks

https://sonyavdg.wordpress.com/2017/01/13/black-white-sunday-passage

https://marjamjars.wordpress.com/2017/01/08/ps-i-love-you

https://smallbluegreenwords.wordpress.com/2017/01/14/black-and-white-sunday-passage/

https://lucidgypsy.com/2017/01/14/paulas-black-and-white-sunday-2/

https://isadoraartandphotography.com/2017/01/16/through-the-rabbit-hole/

HULK WAS HERE

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

For the first Thursday’s Special in 2017 I decided to challenge you with 5 Words.  You are free to choose between five different words and depict them in a photograph. Of course you may choose 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:

emerald

   permeated

engorging

limpid

wholesome

EMERALD

EMERALD

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permeated

engorging

engorging

limpid

limpid

wholesome

wholesome

©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 

Details about the words/images:

#1 – emerald – cause it is my favourite colour and the colour of my favourite lake (Lago di Braies)

#2 – permeated – cause this word lends itself to so many possibilities of interpretation. Hopefully, you will choose a positive one.

#3 – engorging – cause many of us have been doing that over the holidays. 

 #4 – limpid – cause it is a cool word and we need some clear vision at the start of the year 

#5 – wholesome – cause it is what I need and I am sure you need it too – a month of healthy living.

♫ ♫ Mali Sajio – Einaudi/Sissoko

With these positive imagery and messages I wish you a great start of the year, and for the whole year to bring you what you most desire.

Please check out the links to participants’ entries to this challenge:

https://ledrakenoir.wordpress.com/2017/01/05/the-world-isnt-enough/

https://travelwithintent.com/2017/01/05/limpid-waters-of-lavezzi/

https://tishfarrell.com/2017/01/05/a-sea-full-of-sky/

https://teepee12.com/2017/01/06/thursday-special-illustrate-a-word

https://geriatrixfotogallerie.wordpress.com/2017/01/06/thursday-special/

https://suejudd.com/2017/01/06/thursdays-special-pick-a-word-in-january

https://smallbluegreenwords.wordpress.com/2017/01/07/thursday-special-12

https://unavistadisanfermo.wordpress.com/2017/01/07/pick-a-word-in-january

https://michellelunatophotography.wordpress.com/2017/01/07/thursdays-special-pick-a-word-jan-2017

https://priorhouse.wordpress.com/2017/01/08/thursdays-special-pick-a-word/

https://sonyavdg.wordpress.com/2017/01/08/thursdays-special-pick-a-word-limpid/

https://asthaguptaa.wordpress.com/2017/01/06/saying-through-colors

https://lucidgypsy.com/2017/01/09/thursday-special-pick-a-word

https://ladyleemanilablog.wordpress.com/2017/01/05/thursdays-special-pick-a-word-in-january-y2-emerald

THURSDAY’S SPECIAL: 2016 RETROSPECTIVE

 

It’s the time of year when we usually take stock of our life, hoping to make it better in some way and looking forward to the forthcoming year expecting it to bring solutions to our troubles.

That’s what I did. I started by taking stock of my images in 2016. You know what they say “an image is worth a thousand words”. If that is so, here is my year in 12,000 words 😉

©Paula Borkovic

Please, join me in this challenge and show me what your 2016 was like. Chose 12 of your best photographs – they don’t have to be from 12 different months, but photographs that you think represent best your year.

I’d like to thank all my faithful followers for participating in photo challenges that I am hoping to resume in 2017 as well. May the new year bring you good health, joy and fulfillment!

P.S. Following the earlier practice I will keep posting new challenge themes a few days in advance on Scheduled challenges page.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

HERE IS WHAT YOUR 2016 LOOKED LIKE:

https://debrabooks.wordpress.com/2016/12/28/2016-in-12-pictures

https://travelwithintent.com/2016/12/29/reflections-travels-world-photos

https://artalsolife.com/2016/12/29/2016-in-retrospect/

https://unavistadisanfermo.wordpress.com/2016/12/29/retrospective

https://artishorseshit.wordpress.com/2016/12/29/2016-retrospective

https://ledrakenoir.wordpress.com/2016/12/29/retrospective

https://restlessjo.me/2016/12/29/a-walking-retrospective/

https://dailymusing57.com/2016/12/29/thursdays-special-retrospective

https://teepee12.com/2016/12/29/thursdays-special-our-year-in-pictures/

https://geriatrixfotogallerie.wordpress.com/2016/12/30/cest-la-vie/

https://cardinalguzman.wordpress.com/2016/12/30/resilient-retrospective-2016/

https://suejudd.com/2016/12/31/2016-retrospective

https://12monthsinwarsaw.wordpress.com/2017/01/01/sometimes/

https://lessywannagohome.blogspot.hr/2017/01/women-of-brussels.html

https://priorhouse.wordpress.com/2017/01/01/2016-review-priorhouse

https://3rsofretirement.com/2017/01/01/2016-in-retropsect

https://tishfarrell.com/2017/01/02/last-year-at-the-allotment-seasonal-highlights

DECEMBER RECAP

This time a part of my monthly recap is shown as a slideshow. This is the last one this year, but tomorrow we are doing 2016 Retrospective for Thursday’s Special. Stay tuned 🙂

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Earlier recaps on Lost in Translation:

https://bopaula.wordpress.com/2016/11/29/november-recap/

https://bopaula.wordpress.com/2016/10/31/october-recap/

https://bopaula.wordpress.com/2016/09/30/september-recap/

https://bopaula.wordpress.com/2016/08/31/august-recap/

CHANGE OF SCENERY

This has  been a busy, exhausting month, but a day at the sea made a difference.

 

Twilight at the sea

Twilight at the sea

©Paula Borkovic

 

 

This is my offering for Cardinal Guzman’s monthly challenge Changing Seasons. Hop over there and see if you can contribute with your entries.

A reminder: If you haven’t seen it already, the new Thursday’s Special is on with the theme minimalism. You may post for it by the 28 December. On the 29 we will be doing retrospective for this year. Happy holidays, everybody! 

THURSDAY’S SPECIAL: MINIMALISM

Some may argue that it is not the right time of year to tackle this theme with all over the top festivities going on in the eve of forthcoming holidays, but I hope that you will still humour me and show minimalism in photography. If you don’t feel like participating in this challenge, just to remind you that we still have one more Thursday’s Special before the close of the year, next Thursday with the theme: 2016 Retrospective 🙂

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Minimalistic World of C. Pillar

©Paula Borkovic

Note: The last Thursday’s Special was two weeks ago, and there have been quite a few original and imaginative responses. Please check them out here.

Click on the links bellow to see minimalist entries:

https://3rsofretirement.com/2016/12/22/minimalism

https://ledrakenoir.wordpress.com/2016/12/22/dont-stand-too-close/

https://artalsolife.com/2016/12/22/disappearing/

https://artishorseshit.wordpress.com/2016/12/22/beach-strand

https://geriatrixfotogallerie.wordpress.com/2016/12/22/moonlight/

https://ameditativejourney.wordpress.com/2016/12/22/thursdays-special-minimalism

https://teepee12.com/2016/12/22/when-less-is-more-minimalism/

https://dailymusing57.com/2016/12/22/thursdays-special-minimalism

https://empireoflights.com/2016/12/23/glasbausteine

https://unavistadisanfermo.wordpress.com/2016/12/23/minimalist-2/

https://lessywannagohome.blogspot.hr/2016/12/minimalism.html

NEW HORIZON

Healing grace of a true horizon

Healing grace of a true horizon

 

 

This is my offering for weekly photo challenge and Jo’s Monday Walk

P.S. This is the last post this week. I can’t seem to find time to post and to view my favourite blogs, so I will take a blog break till next Thursday (22 December). See Scheduled challenges for updates.