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K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge…

At first I thought K’lee’s choice of theme for this week’s edition of K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge was a case of wishful thinking, when he picked; Signs of Spring’s Return.

But after a quick perusal of our small garden in yesterday’s grey winter light, I concluded that K’lee’s optimism was well founded as there are many new shoots and indications of returning life.

See for yourself…

K’lee has sprung into action and his gorgeous post is now HERE for your viewing pleasure.

Now it’s time for you to show us your green shoots of inspiration…

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To get involved with the challenge, post a photo to your blog on Monday, add a pingback to this post (or to K’lee’s) and don’t forget to tag your post #CosPhoChal.

Alternatively, add a link to your blog in the comments of either mine or K’lee’s post and we’ll come and check out your entry.
Any and all effects, editing, Photoshop, Instagram, morphing, collages 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.

#CosPhoChal

 
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Posted by on February 13, 2017 in Arts, Blogging, Photography

 

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K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge…

Hello there, fans of K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge and newcomers alike, I hope you enjoyed the last ordinary weekend of the year. Now it’s time for another burst of Monday morning creativity, courtesy of K’lee’s prompt; Show us your Winter’s light.

I took my entries for the challenge on the journey home from work yesterday morning, in the hills above the A361 link road, which cuts through the countryside from the M5 motorway, on its way to Barnstaple and the rest of North Devon.

It was very foggy when I drove to the edge of Exmoor at 6 a.m. but the worst of it had lifted by the the time I returned around midday, leaving some nicely artistic mist to add atmosphere to the pictures. See what you think…

You can see K’lee’s post HERE, but let’s see what you have to offer first; over to you…

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To get involved with the challenge, post a photo to your blog on Monday, add a pingback to this post (or to K’lee’s) and don’t forget to tag your post #CosPhoChal.

Alternatively, add a link to your blog in the comments of either mine or K’lee’s post and we’ll come and check out your entry.

Any and all effects, editing, Photoshop, Instagram, morphing, collages 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.

#CosPhoChal

 
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Posted by on December 19, 2016 in Arts, Photography

 

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K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge…

Good morning and welcome to a new week and a new edition of K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge

You have my sympathy if you are waking up to another Monday at work, because I’m on holiday for a couple of days and this post is automatically scheduled (there’s no chance I’m actually awake as this is posted) since I managed to get it all edited last night.

This week’s theme was; Remembrance, to coincide with armistice day, commemorating the end of World War I, as a tribute to the men and women who served and continue to serve in the armed forces around the world.

Here is a link to K’lee’s photo, now it’s time for you to show us what you’ve got for us…

 
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To get involved with the challenge, post a photo to your blog on Monday, add a pingback to this post (or to K’lee’s) and don’t forget to tag your post #CosPhoChal.

Alternatively, add a link to your blog in the comments of either mine or K’lee’s post and we’ll come and check out your entry.
Any and all effects, editing, Photoshop, Instagram, morphing, collages 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.
#CosPhoChal

 
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Posted by on November 14, 2016 in Arts, Photography

 

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Reaping the wild wind…

The majesty of the Devon countryside, juxtaposed with the imposing, sculptural forms of wind turbine technology make for some great photo opportunities.
Enjoy the spectacle, as posted on Photo Sans Frontiers, my photographic blog.

Images From An Internet Nobody

Yesterday morning I took a drive up to the hills above Barnstaple, which give views of both the River Taw valley below and Fullabrook Down wind farm at the top.

I went up there initially to capture some black and white landscape shots for today’s edition of K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge on Diary of an Internet Nobody, but the views were so spectacular that I stayed to do some experimenting with long exposures of the turbines.

On the way back down the hill, I stopped to grab a few shots of the wooded river valley, lit by the low autumn sun…

…and because it was bonfire night on Saturday, here’s a sparkler sculpture and a strange sparkly gif of Audrey for you.

Oh, by the way, that post title..? That’s just a reason to include this ’80s classic.

Enjoy.

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Stream of consciousness Sunday: It’s been a long week…

This week I’m wimping out on SoCS, (although even that ended up being a lie, once I began mucking about) mainly because it really has been a long slog this week and I only get one day, Sunday, when neither Rhonda or I are working. But Linda G Hill left a prompt I couldn’t pass up;

” “novel.” Use it any way you’d like. ” 

Oh, alright then…

Lazy weekend.

It was a gorgeous morning, so I couldn’t resist going out into the Devon countryside to take some photos to use in Monday’s Black and white landscape edition of K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge.

Here are a few colour shots from my journey, to pique your interest for tomorrow.

Here’s a gif of the view from the hills overlooking the River Taw valley, where I took these photos. (Please excuse the shaky camerawork, that was me tripping over a tree root) 

It was also bonfire night this weekend and for those of you who aren’t aware of what that means for us in the UK, let me quote from a post I wrote a few years ago, (yeah, I know, not in the least bit stream of consciousness, but it did just occur to me, so I’m going to allow myself to use it, ok?) so, should you be interested;

It is the dawn of the 17th century.

In continental Europe, the Eighty Years War rages.

In the old low countries that would become the Netherlands, the Catholic Spanish are fighting the Protestant Dutch, aided by mercenaries and zealots from far and wide, including a man known variously as John Johnson, Guido Foukes, and Guy Fawkes.

During his time on the campaign Fawkes met Thomas Wintour, a fellow anti-royalist who introduced him to Robert Catesby, the man who would lead the conspiracy that would become known as The Gunpowder Plot.

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Rewind a further 700 years.

The dingy recesses of a kitchen in 10th century China:

A cook is making a spicy curing mix for half of the pig his master has acquired for winter storage.

In the gloom he reaches for black peppercorns to add to the saltpetre he has already got in his grinder, little knowing that what he has in fact added is ground charcoal, used to prime the ovens.

Not only that, he also erroneously adds sulphur in the place of yellow turmeric.
After starting to rub the mixture into the pork, he realises his mistake too late and has to dispose of the spoiled meat, already fearful of the punishment to come.
However, when he throws the carcass on the fire, thinking to tell his master a tale of a cooking accident, he notices the coating he had applied burning with strangely coloured flames and giving off loud cracking and popping noises.

Knowing a good escape route when he saw it, he hurried to his master and told him of this mysterious discovery.

Experiments followed, packing the sulphurous black powder into hollow bamboo shoots and igniting it, the destruction achieved seemingly disproportionate to the tiny volume of mixture used.
The rest is history.

Or possibly gastronomy.

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Fast forward to England in 1605.

By now Catesby had persuaded Fawkes and eleven other co- conspirators to take part in his audacious plan to assassinate King James I.

He had gained access to the undercroft of the House of Lords, where he and his cohorts stashed some two and a half thousand kilogrammes of gunpowder. Enough, by recent calculations, to cause total devastation to anything within a 500 metre radius of the blast.
Of course the plot was foiled at the last, the King’s men tipped off by an anonymous letter. But it is often forgotten, in our haste to cast a good anti-hero in our folk legends, that John/Guy/Guido only played a minor part in proceedings, merely guarding the cache of explosives and therfore being the only one caught red-handed.


He gave the rest of them up under what would nowadays probably be called “enhanced interrogation”, but cheated the full weight of justice – he was to have been hanged, drawn and quartered – by jumping from the scaffold and breaking his neck before sentence could be carried out.

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Now, back in the present day.

We still celebrate the burning to death of a man who actually took his own life under the very noses of his executioners.

And thanks to Henry VII choosing the new fangled fireworks (oh, if that long-dead Chinese chef knew what he’d started) as the climax to his wedding festivities in 1486, immediately making them de rigueur with the celebrating upper classes and soon with anyone else who could mix the easily-accessible ingredients, we now fire all manner of alarmingly powerful ordinance into the night sky, never knowing quite where it will land.

Well we have a tiny back garden, which is overhung by a large oak tree, so we were never going to have an aerial spectacular, but Audrey and I still had a mini display of our own, with a combo firework and some sparklers.

Here are some pictures and another bizarre little gif.

And as for Linda’s prompt, well; in case you missed it, I have a novel coming out soon and if you click the lovely bespoke artwork below, you can find out more.

There, that wasn’t too blatant, was it?

For more photographic loveliness, tune in here tomorrow for the Cosmic Photo Challenge and over on Photo Sans Frontiers for more on my trip up to the wind turbines.

The Accumulator returns next week, honest.
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K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge…

Another Monday brings another collection of photographic phantasmagoria, in the shape of K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge, based this week on my prompt of; Glass.

Or even glasses.

My two new shots are both incredibly straightforward; the first is simply two drinking glasses inside each other which I just liked the look of and the second is, well, me in my glasses.

I’ve also picked a selection of stained glass windows from the archives.

As ever, HERE IS K’LEE’S PHOTO, but now it’s your turn…

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To get involved with the challenge, post a photo to your blog on Monday, add a pingback to this post (or to K’lee’s) and don’t forget to tag your post #CosPhoChal.

Alternatively, add a link to your blog in the comments of either mine or K’lee’s post and we’ll come and check out your entry.
Any and all effects, editing, Photoshop, Instagram, morphing, collages 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.
#CosPhoChal

 
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Posted by on October 31, 2016 in Arts, Blogging, Photography

 

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K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge…

Good morning, snappers, welcome to a new week. 

K’lee set the theme for today’s Cosmic Photo Challenge post, putting us On the rocks for this week’s edition. I thought I’d go with a fairly natural look and found some suitably rocky shots of the Devon countryside for you.

K’lee’s post is HERE, so go and check it out, then show us your contributions and rock our world…

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To get involved with the challenge, post a photo to your blog on Monday, add a pingback to this post (or to K’lee’s) and don’t forget to tag your post #CosPhoChal.

Alternatively, add a link to your blog in the comments of either mine or K’lee’s post and we’ll come and check out your entry.
Any and all effects, editing, Photoshop, Instagram, morphing, collages 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.
#CosPhoChal

 
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Posted by on September 26, 2016 in Arts, Photography

 

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K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge…

Hello again, I hope you all had an enjoyable and relaxing weekend, filled with plenty of inspiration for the Cosmic Photo Challenge that I set you on Friday.

The prompt was Street life, which I hope prodded you in the direction of trying out some candid street photography, or at least capturing some creative urban images that evoke the eclectic and vibrant life on the streets of our towns and cities.

I was fortunate, in that Saturday was carnival day in Barnstaple (note for American readers; a “carnival” in England is a parade, with floats, marching bands, costumes etc, sometimes by torchlight in the evening, not just a fairground, although the two generally do go together) and Audrey was intent on taking part in the kids’ procession early in the afternoon. So we headed into town in the morning to find a costume for her, eventually finding a very appropriate monkey outfit for her at the very last shop we tried.

Ulterior motive established for pointing a camera in various directions without drawing undue attention, I set out to immortalise some unsuspecting members of the public, along with capturing Audrey’s carnival debut, (there’s a video of the parade at the end of this post) so any of the following photos which don’t feature a monkey are of complete strangers. 

I’m mixing it up a bit, with some black and white, some in colour and a couple with high saturation and HDR effects, (in the candid shot of the couple, this also helps mask the blur of having to shoot surreptitiously whilst walking towards them) so let’s go to the carnival…

A strong wind and he’ll be gone.

Comparing costumes with the competition.

Already a bit the worse for wear.

Do the Funky Monkey!

Family of statues.

Could you tie me up, darling?

Even after the parade, Audrey upstaged the band…

…and you can see her monkeying around at the 50 second mark in this short clip of the parade returning to its starting point.

HERE is a link to K’lee’s photo for today, now that he’s caught up with my timezone, so let’s see whatcha got for us…

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To get involved with the challenge, post a photo to your blog on Monday, add a pingback to this post (or to K’lee’s) and don’t forget to tag your post #CosPhoChal.

Alternatively, add a link to your blog in the comments of either mine or K’lee’s post and we’ll come and check out your entry.
Any and all effects, editing, Photoshop, Instagram, morphing, collages 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.

#CosPhoChal

 
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Posted by on September 19, 2016 in Arts, Blogging, Photography

 

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K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge…

Hello and welcome to another Monday and the latest edition of K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge, which I have dictated the theme for this week.

I asked you to go Into the light, break the rules of conventional wisdom and shoot your photos directly towards a light source; let us see some creative (lens)flair and bright ideas.

I have compiled half a dozen shining examples of excessive brilliance, as well as creating a piece of video artwork (using just my phone, a kaleidoscope and a small flashlight) for one of my recent musical experiments, Inner Sphear.

Enjoy…

Update: Here’s an old layering experiment I just found, merging Rhonda with the first of today’s photos…

…and I little gif I made today, using two glitter lamps.


K’lee’s photo for the day can be seen HERE.

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To get involved with the challenge, post a photo to your blog on Monday, add a pingback to this post (or to K’lee’s) and don’t forget to tag your post #CosPhoChal.

Alternatively, add a link to your blog in the comments of either mine or K’lee’s post and we’ll come and check out your entry.
Any and all effects, editing, Photoshop, Instagram, morphing, collages 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.

#CosPhoChal

 
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Posted by on September 5, 2016 in Animation, Arts, Photography, Video

 

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Swanning around the countryside…

Sunday’s lake side stroll, captured for Photo Sans Frontiers…

Images From An Internet Nobody

Dodging the intermittent rain yesterday, Audrey and I took a walk along theTarka Trailcycle path to our favourite wildfowl lake, where we were pleased to see the pair of swans who are resident there, chaperoning seven inquisitive grey cygnets. The permanent duck population was out in force, too, squabbling over their free lunch in a noisy mass of striking plumage.

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