Today, another guest theme from Marie at Hops Skips and Jumps, a challenge with some choices. Marie’s theme Elemental is based on the 4 classical elements from Ancient Greece in which it was believed that the universe was made up of Earth, Air, Fire and Water.
So, make your choice, choose one element and post any number of photos, or decide on all elements and post one photo of each. Try to be creative with your camera, close up or distant, creative with the image the element alone or combined with other elements.
For my own images I have chosen Water. As a subject it has bugged me for years, in different ways. I live in a village with the River Thames passing through it, I have wandered all over the Himalaya with raging torrents everywhere, I grew up in England’s Lake District on the coast, and I have climbed frozen waterfalls in France and Switzerland. Always water around me, but I have never mastered the right combinations of aperture and shutter speed to get that milky effect of moving water using a digital camera. But, I enjoy instead trying to put water at the heart of dramatic or beautiful scenery. Here’s my efforts, what do you think?
My final two images are of the same place, the River Leach at Southrop, our neighbouring village in the Cotswolds. It’s the same scene in each case but one taken in landscape and the other in portrait format. One shows the height of the trees with plenty of water, the other shows less water, more trees and the wall of the bridge I was standing on. It shows how even just turning your camera or iPhone from one orientation to the other has an effect. Which of these two do you prefer or think is the better photo? I have my own preference and it’s the landscape image.
This is the final theme for my weekly challenge of Challenge Your Camera. If you check my original challenge post you will see that it was a means to “brighten up” the beginning of a new year. Well, the beginning has now been and gone, along with 12 weekly challenge posts. Thanks to everyone who joined in, especially to those who commented on my own photography too. 🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏. I now intend to focus again on my own main interests of wine and philosophy, probably with fewer comments and interactions, but I have a small number of followers who share my passion for each, and their engagement keeps me sane in an insane world 😂😂😂.