This is another weekly photo challenge known as Thursday’s Special. This week Thursday’s Special is bringing you the theme “Illusion”. In my photo of island San Giorgio Maggiore in Venice I played with the gradient filter to blur some parts of the image and to create an illusion of a miniature model Venice.
This is just one of the ways to create an illusion in photography. For this theme you can use forced perspective, fake miniatures, creative bokeh, panning, long exposure, silhouette photography – to name but few of the most commonly used tools. Come to think of it, any type of pictorial photograph should fit the bill.
Today it is the 30th March, and you have a week to respond (i.e. by Wednesday 5th April). Can’t wait to see your entries. Happy Thursday!
On Sundays I normally publish a photo challenge in black and white that I call Black & White Sunday. I usually come up with a fresh theme for it, but once a month I publish a recurrent (monthly) theme: after and before where you are supposed to show the same photo, regardless of the subject, in both monochrome and colour.
This is a way of encouraging you not only to set your camera to black and white setting, but to shoot in colour and to convert it into black and white in post processing. I think that this may be a good exercise in seeing. Hope you will join me. Remember, any subject is OK as long as you show it both in colour and black and white. Wishing you all a beautiful day!
The example bellow shows a well from Quinta da Regaleira, a bewildering estate located near the historic centre of Sintra in Portugal. “Built at the turn of the 20th century owing to the rich imagination of its owner Carvalho Monteiro and that of Italian architect Luigi Manini, the estate is an enchanting property featuring a palace and a chapel, a luxurious park with lakes, grottoes, benches, fountains and a vast array of exquisite constructions among which the most mysterious and appealing are initiation wells that resemble underground towers lined with stairs. The wells were never used as water sources; instead they served for ceremonial purposes that included Rosicrucian initiation rites.” (text taken from some tourist brochure).
This month it is time to tackle Traces of the Past in colour again. My photo shows a panorama of old Mantua (Italy) with the skyline that seems to pertain to some other times. There is no question that the former Duchy of Mantua (Mantova in Italian) still bears many traces of its glorious past.
For this recurrent challenge you are free to choose whatever traces of the past you can find. It does not have to be a distant one, or rich in history; it can be something personal, or it can even have a human form. Just this once the deadline is in two weeks. So, see you all after my break on 23rd March when the next challenge is due. On the UPDATES page you can find more details.
I live in the centre of the city and every trip to the countryside is a treat for me. I don’t do it often, but when I do I never miss the opportunity to photograph what looks like an ideal dwelling. This Sunday you are asked to post a photograph (or several) of a countryside which may, but does not have to, contain buildings or structures of some kind. This time you have two weeks to respond cause of my absence next Sunday.
For the Pick a Word challenge in March I chose five unrelated words and five unrelated images. 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:
indelible (as in indelible memories)
A few words about images:
#1 is special because it is the first shot I took with a DSLR and cause it is a statue of the first Croatian King (Kralj Tomislav)
#2 is not special at all; it is a bark of a tree – I like its coarseness and abstract quality.
#3 I wanted to use the word “gibbous”. As for the subject – it is just a resident of a local Zoo.
#4 is special. It is a focus stacked image I made a few years ago. Bromelia is a tiny pot plant that looks so much more delicate in person than in this shot.
#5 – the most special one of all, cause it is from my first visit to Paris, and cause I made passers-by almost delible while the skyline is indelible.
*Music in this post is fabulous, don’t miss it. It is by Pascal Comelade – Promenade des schizophrènes
This is my choice of words for this month, but you only have a week to respond. Next Thursday the challenge will be Traces of the Past. For updates please consult UPDATES page.
Hope you will all have a good month!
And here are the cool entries to this challenge. Click on the links that follow: