September 7

Weekly Photo Challenge: Near and Far…

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“Make happy those who are near, and those who are far will come” – Chinese Proverb

Weekly Photo Challenge: Near and Far… Pointe Du Hoc, France
Weekly Photo Challenge: Near and Far… Hudson River/Tappan Zee Bridge, NY
Weekly Photo Challenge: Near and Far… Taconic Parkway/ Taconic Mountains, NY
Weekly Photo Challenge: Near and Far… Normandy Beach, France

It took me a while to decide which photos in my files were suitable and representative of the perspective Brian shared with us. I must admit it was a challenge but I think the choices made are in line with the assignment. Hope you think so too. For this week’s photo challenge, I chose a range of photos taken abroad and locally. I have added some information on the photos to help identify their location. Is it my imagination or does the texture and coloring of the sky look a bit different wherever we go? I think so… Ask me any questions, and Likes/comments are always appreciated. I’ll be visiting you too. Do come back for more!

“Near or far, to each other linked are, that thou canst not stir a flower without troubling of a star.” Francis Thompson

Weekly Photo Challenge: Near and Far… Overlook Mountains, NY
Weekly Photo Challenge: Near and Far… Hudson River/ Hudson Park, NY
Weekly Photo Challenge: Near and Far… Nara Park, Japan
Weekly Photo Challenge: Near and Far… Lake Champlain, Burlington, VT
Weekly Photo Challenge: Near and Far… Approaching Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, The Netherlands

I found that my landscape shots worked best; especially those taken near water. The reflection of blue sky against blue water created a feeling of expansiveness and a welcoming serenity that worked perfectly with the idea of seeing things in a three dimensional way. Some of the shots might be a stretch or not taken close to the ground so that narrowing of focus effect isn’t as profound… When I finally understood Brian’s diagonal perspective effect, it was my eureka moment! Pardon my joy, I am an amateur photog. Did you enjoy this week’s photo challenge? More Below!

“We are as near to heaven by sea as by land!” Sir Humphrey Gilbert

Weekly Photo Challenge: Near and Far… Hudson River, NY
Weekly Photo Challenge: Near and Far… View from Caen-Normandie Memorial
Weekly Photo Challenge: Near and Far… Wall Street, NY
Weekly Photo Challenge: Far and Near… Pointe Du Hoc, France

Thank you WordPress for the weekly photography lessons and thank you fellow bloggers for sharing their perspectives so generously… they are priceless. Hope you enjoyed the near and far spots I featured. Do come back soon. Have an awesome weekend! 😉 Thank you for stopping by! What are your thoughts? What photos did you share on Near and Far to fit the challenge? Was it easy/hard to find photos that supported your perspective on the subject? Were you drawn to certain types of photos for the prompt? Do share? Thank you! 🙂 😉

*Please bear with me as I continue to catch up on your blogs and commenting… Thank you all for your patience! 🙂

My fellow bloggers were equally creative with their selections. I listed several via Zemanta & WP Daily Post below. (I will update it and add more). We all appreciate trackbacks/ping-backs and Likes from fellow bloggers too! Check out how others interpreted the theme – Near and Far – also below. ***

This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post: Weekly Photo Challenge: Near and Far. This week’s photo challenge is guest hosted by Brian Cooney. Read on for more about this week’s theme and his photography tips! We’re excited about this week’s photo challenge, near and far, and hope it inspires you to play with perspective, which can give sweeping images of beautiful locations more oomph and power. Perspective is what makes a flat two-dimensional image, such as a photograph, appear like it is three-dimensional. To create this effect, you can use features like diagonal lines, which converge within the frame and literally suck in the viewer.

Positive Motivation Tip: No matter where we are and what we see, there is always a near and distant perspective and memory of what we experienced. Capture the moments and enjoy the memories… Embrace the Near and Far.

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos from my personal collection.

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet


Happiness, inspiration, life, Musings, nature, Near and Far, photography, postaday, reflections, Weekly Photo Challenge

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    • TY Piglet and it took me some time to decide as I usually don’t think about some of those points when I’m shooting.. Learning every day for sure! 🙂

  • and I will follow you, follow you, but with great difficulty.
    Do not know your language is a big disappointment. because often the translation from google is so strange!
    but I understand enough to be able to say that you are a wonderful person!
    good w.e. of sun and love

    • Welcome back form your vacation! Glad to see you here… I use the translation on your site too and then make some deductions about what you are saying… I appreciate your effort! Grazie!

  • I love the photos I think you have grasped the ‘near and far ‘ perspective perfectly I the duck with babies and huge lake /river stretching out behind them, and the crowed street with hill going up and down! Thanks for the wishes for the weekend may you to have a brilliant one ! xxxx

  • It took me a while but I finally created my response to the challenge:
    I look forward to visiting and liking your contributions and would appreciate same. Reciprocity is always appreciated in our blogging community.
    Have an awesome weekend all! 🙂

  • I always love to come here and relax, see comments and see your photo’s of this weeks weekly photo challenge: near or far, our friendship is always close to my heart.

  • I do agree that the sky looks different in different places; I also find that about the other natural elements as well, earth and water, especially. Love those photos from France.

    • TY!! and I’m glad someone else has the same view on this subject… and I agree the same applies to the elements too. So true! 🙂

    • Yes, it is quite the fabulous Park. The deer, in all sizes, wander freely amongst humans and demand your attention and food. They can be quite forceful with food requests as I found out when i bought some deer treats and they chased me around the park… not funny! But it is a spectacular place. 🙂

  • I like your Pointe du Hoc and Normandie photos. I’ve read that Pointe du Hoc is maintained by the US as a battlefield memorial, it was given to the US by the French government sometime in the 70’s

    • Yes, TY for your feedback and it is true that the site is maintained by the US as a memorial… I think there is some collaboration too. When we visited the site, the personnel were US. 🙂

    • TY and I pray the gods of travel will grant me more opportunities to see many, many other parts of the world that I haven’t seen. 🙂

    • TY Adin! It was a fun hiking trip to the top of Overlook Mountain and that little boy was so inspiring; he encouraged us adults to stay focused on the hike as he had such energy… 🙂

    • TY Della! It was a poignant moment being there and imagining the past history of carnage in such a beautiful place… Such is Life! 🙂

  • You always seem to find the right photos for the challenges, and these ones today are no exception, fitting the bill perfectly!
    I’m still sifting through my photos for appropriate ones!

    • TY Barb! Honestly, it was a challenge for me as I had to keep going back to Brian’s words and photos to figure out what would best represent the challenge. 🙂

  • I enjoyed your near and far collection and my favorite one is the boy you captured at Overlook mountain. Good thing the boy looked to be well mannered…would not want to have a rambunctious little one up there!
    Have a peaceful Sunday!! 🙂

  • Thanks so much for the pingback. This is a great collection of photos – very appropriate given this week’s challenge. I especially enjoyed the third photograph. 🙂

    • Yes, animals and children always add a warm touch to a shot and win out…. 😆 TY for stopping in… I love those shots too!

  • Thank you for visiting my blog! I am happy that you liked my photos! I took up the invitation to see yours, and they are lovely! All are very good!

    • TY for stopping by! I usually don’t ask but I’m glad I did… I think it’s a helpful reminder that we all appreciate blog visits too. Enjoyed my visit to your blog. 🙂

  • I think the ‘overlook mountains’ shot is my favorite. the young lad is surely someone you love, so immediately there’s a touch of tenderness and love that comes through the image. then the wonder of ‘what’s out there’ for him/his future/his life. the viewer might also look out there and pause and look inward for a few seconds, before returning to the young lad and then smiling in the moment.

  • superb pictures…somehow i felt your perspective of near and far was a very close to mine, the pictures show the same….i’m gonna spend more time on your blog…interesting read…

    • TY and I will go back and look at your submission again… Given the topic, it makes sense that we all share similar perspective… Great point there. TY! 🙂

  • Nice collection of photos on this week’s theme & thank you for your comments on my submission. That beach photo looks quite similar to one given as example at dailypost.
    I hope i could gather a nice collection as yours someday !

    • Yes that proverb/quote is great and I’m glad you like it too. TY so much for stopping by I enjoyed your post too! 🙂

  • Euerka moments those are the best! I thought your selection of Near Far photos was really great. Very three demensioanl feeling with your images Great Work!

      • By your grasping the concepts and choosing these photos I learned somthing as well. I kind of understood the concept, but looking at several photos with this attention it helped me to understand better too. :+)

  • It´s good if the WPC is a challenge to find photos, isn´t it? That way we learn from each other´s interpretations.

    Great choice!

    • Nara Park is an amazing place and, as another blogger said, it is surreal… The deer hang out there like the rest of us; it is quite the memorable experience. TY! 😉

  • Very fine photos indeed, I especially like Nara Park; I used to spend a great deal of time there when I lived in Japan and the deer used to lay in some wild positions sometimes! Best of all YOUR interpretation of Near and Far took on a deeper meaning in my humble opinion — you picts were taken Near and Far away from ‘Home’! 😉

    • TY so much for your insights… I fell in love with Nara Park and the deer… Amazing creatures and they are around my home/area here in NY too. I love your comment about home too… TY! 😉

  • A totally, totally wonderful meeting of the challenge here, both photographically and in prose! Making those happy who are near, and those far away will come is an important part of my eventual message in my own critterly journey, my WIP! This post has inspired me and instructed me greatly! Thank you!

  • I think my favorite pic is the one from Nara Deer Park. I was an exchange student in Nara when I was 14 years old and your picture evoked fond memories for me. Thanks as always for sharing. M

    • What a wonderful memory for you.. TY! It is dear to my heart too as my kids also fell in love with it during our visit. 🙂

    • Yes TY Gilly! The information didn’t register as I grappled with what Brain was recommending on diagonals and perspective… Glad it turned out well.. Still visiting and liking posts on the subject as my back is on the mend. 🙂

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