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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! πŸ˜‰ 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! πŸ™‚ πŸ˜‰

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

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. Β©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet

137 Comments leave one →
  1. 08/09/2012 3:38 am

    This week’s theme is certainly making us look more closely at our picture collection. Like your interpretation πŸ™‚

    • 08/09/2012 4:24 am

      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! πŸ™‚

  2. 08/09/2012 3:39 am

    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

    • 08/09/2012 4:26 am

      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!

  3. 08/09/2012 3:40 am

    The way you turn each weeks photo challenge into a reason for positive thinking is adorable! Great work!

    • 08/09/2012 4:26 am

      TY Shibin! I appreciate your positive feedback! πŸ™‚

  4. 08/09/2012 4:26 am

    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

    • 08/09/2012 4:27 am

      TY so much Willowdot and glad to see you here again. Blessings always! πŸ™‚

  5. 08/09/2012 4:41 am

    very nice photos! very warm and love the message.

    • 08/09/2012 4:46 am

      Thank you Tania! Will stop by to enjoy yours too. πŸ™‚

      • 10/09/2012 3:11 am

        Thanks for the comment and pingback.
        Heart-full appreciation.

  6. 08/09/2012 4:51 am

    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! πŸ™‚

  7. 08/09/2012 4:57 am

    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.

    • 08/09/2012 5:09 am

      Amen and thank you Jackie! The sentiments are mutual… TY for taking the time to stop by. πŸ˜‰

  8. 08/09/2012 5:42 am

    I think your contribution of photos couldn’t be better…~mkg

    • 08/09/2012 7:08 pm

      TY Marilyn, it was hard to decide and to fully grasp the challenge so I’m glad to contribute. TY! πŸ™‚

  9. 08/09/2012 5:49 am

    great collection you got there! πŸ™‚

  10. 08/09/2012 6:08 am

    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.

    • 08/09/2012 7:10 pm

      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! πŸ™‚

  11. 08/09/2012 6:11 am

    Perfectly suitable πŸ™‚ Fabulous!

  12. 08/09/2012 6:12 am

    surprising for me:
    Nara Park, Japan
    the deers, free …

    • 08/09/2012 7:13 pm

      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. πŸ™‚

  13. 08/09/2012 6:45 am

    Lovely shots! Thanks for stopping by.

    • 08/09/2012 7:14 pm

      TY for reciprocating too.. Loved your shots! πŸ™‚

  14. 08/09/2012 7:34 am

    Your photos brought a smile. Your “Overlook Mountain” brought memories of travels with my children. Thanks for visiting my post.

    • 08/09/2012 7:15 pm

      TY for your kind comment and I really appreciate the memory shared… It is a great and fun family hike πŸ™‚

  15. 08/09/2012 8:12 am

    Wonderful collection of photos πŸ™‚

  16. 08/09/2012 8:31 am

    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

    • 08/09/2012 7:23 pm

      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. πŸ™‚

  17. 08/09/2012 8:42 am

    I did enjoy this, and you’re so well traveled.

    • 08/09/2012 7:25 pm

      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. πŸ™‚

  18. 08/09/2012 8:43 am

    That’s a great challenge of this week.

  19. 08/09/2012 9:18 am

    Thanks for stopping by on my blog! I really love the picture of the deer in the Japanese park. It has something surrealistic about it.

    • 08/09/2012 7:30 pm

      Yes, Nara Park is a unique experience and the deer are fearless… They mingle with humans. It is surreal. πŸ˜‰

  20. 08/09/2012 10:50 am

    I always look forward to your photos Elizabeth. They never disappoint!

  21. 08/09/2012 10:54 am

    These are nice examples of near and far.

    • 08/09/2012 7:32 pm

      TY Connie! I appreciate your comment… πŸ˜‰

  22. 08/09/2012 11:30 am

    Beautiful photos! And I love that first chinese proverb πŸ™‚

    • 08/09/2012 7:33 pm

      TY dear one! I was glad to use it too. πŸ˜‰

  23. 08/09/2012 12:00 pm

    I love that Chinese proverb. Great selection of photos. My favourite is the Overlook Mountain image.

    • 08/09/2012 7:36 pm

      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… πŸ™‚

  24. 08/09/2012 12:57 pm

    Normandy beach – France.. wow inspired me πŸ˜›

    • 08/09/2012 7:37 pm

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

  25. 08/09/2012 1:31 pm

    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!

    • 08/09/2012 7:39 pm

      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. πŸ™‚

  26. 08/09/2012 5:43 pm

    Nice collection for the Near and Far challenge. I can’t even decide wich is my favorite. Too many great choices!

    • 08/09/2012 6:59 pm

      TY! so much and that is often the problem I have… choosing which ones to exclude. πŸ˜‰

  27. 08/09/2012 6:05 pm

    Very nice- yes this is a challenge!

    • 08/09/2012 6:59 pm

      It was indeed…especially for novices like me… TY! πŸ™‚

  28. 08/09/2012 7:40 pm

    Nicely done – all great shots for this challenge!

    • 08/09/2012 7:44 pm

      TY for your kind words… I’m still learning and will now keep it in mind for future shoots. πŸ™‚

  29. 08/09/2012 9:22 pm

    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!! πŸ™‚

    • 08/09/2012 10:59 pm

      Yes that overlook was a scary drop! He was /is a great kid and motivator. I really enjoyed the hike. TY! πŸ™‚

  30. 08/09/2012 11:54 pm

    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. πŸ™‚

    • 09/09/2012 12:16 am

      TY Myra and I appreciate your visit! Have a restful Sunday. πŸ™‚

  31. 09/09/2012 1:39 am

    Ecellent Near & Far interpretation my friend ,Thanks for sharing your idea πŸ™‚

    • 09/09/2012 6:48 am

      TY for stopping by Jake… I love your theme for the week too. πŸ™‚

  32. 09/09/2012 4:03 am

    They are all lovely Eliz and my favorite is the Hudson River/Park NY. Great post!

    • 09/09/2012 6:48 am

      TY dear one… those ducks are ruling the roost I see. πŸ˜†

  33. 09/09/2012 6:55 am

    Love ’em all – do not ask me to choose – but I am ‘specially fond of ducks/ducklings & the deer in Japan πŸ™‚

    • 09/09/2012 6:57 am

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

  34. 09/09/2012 7:09 am

    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!

    • 10/09/2012 4:07 pm

      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. πŸ™‚

  35. 09/09/2012 7:15 am

    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.

  36. 09/09/2012 7:25 am

    Great shots!

  37. 09/09/2012 7:27 am

    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…

    • 10/09/2012 4:04 pm

      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! πŸ™‚

  38. 09/09/2012 7:30 am

    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 !

    • 10/09/2012 4:02 pm

      TY for taking the time to comment Ashish! I love your blog too and the TV idea for your blog is brilliant. πŸ™‚

  39. 09/09/2012 8:45 am

    What a wonderful proverb to begin with, and I really enjoyed the series of photos.

    • 11/09/2012 12:07 am

      TY so much Naomi! This was hard but endlessly rewarding. πŸ™‚

  40. 09/09/2012 8:53 am

    Really great work, very interesting with wonderful shots – really enjoy this post… πŸ˜‰

    – love the chinese proverb … πŸ˜‰

    • 10/09/2012 4:00 pm

      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! πŸ™‚

  41. 09/09/2012 9:46 am

    Great photos! Thanks for visiting my blog πŸ™‚

    • 10/09/2012 11:57 pm

      TY Nora for returning the visit. Good to see you here. πŸ™‚

  42. 09/09/2012 10:55 am

    Fabulous shots! I really like the one with the little boy looking out at the mountains.

    • 10/09/2012 11:58 pm

      TY! I like it too and he is such a sweetheart of a kid. πŸ˜‰

  43. 09/09/2012 1:29 pm

    Thank you for sharing your awesome photos!

  44. 09/09/2012 5:58 pm

    These work very well! Great photos for the challenge!

  45. 09/09/2012 7:44 pm

    what a great collection. i especially like the image of Normandy Beach. thanks for sharing.

    • 11/09/2012 12:10 am

      TY P&K for stopping in! I love that beach so much… Your comment is appreciated too. πŸ™‚

  46. 09/09/2012 8:29 pm

    wonderful variety of pics and all of them are different yet beautiful..

    • 10/09/2012 3:59 pm

      TY for your feedback… much appreciated! Will visit you again too. πŸ™‚

  47. 10/09/2012 2:10 am

    the first picture is my favorite πŸ™‚

    • 11/09/2012 12:10 am

      TY so much for the feedback Joshi. Much appreciated! πŸ™‚

  48. 10/09/2012 4:31 am

    I always enjoy your interpretations. This is another great collection.

    • 11/09/2012 12:11 am

      TY TBM for your generous words… Sometimes I say too much… TY! πŸ˜†

  49. 10/09/2012 7:05 am

    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!

    • 11/09/2012 12:12 am

      Thanks for understanding… It took me a while to grasp the concept… Merci! πŸ˜‰

      • 11/09/2012 5:55 am

        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. :+)

  50. 10/09/2012 10:28 am

    ItΒ΄s good if the WPC is a challenge to find photos, isnΒ΄t it? That way we learn from each otherΒ΄s interpretations.

    Great choice!

    • 11/09/2012 12:17 am

      Yes you are quite right… We do learn from each other… Love these challenges. πŸ˜‰

  51. 10/09/2012 11:55 am

    Looks like you had lots fun pulling these shots together, Elizabeth. You’re right about the sky, it does look different in all your photos.

    • 10/09/2012 3:48 pm

      Thank you Marcia! I’m visiting your blog today… I’ve been sorely remiss. πŸ™‚

  52. 10/09/2012 12:07 pm

    Your photos are always so captivating. The deer on the concrete just lying there??? WOW … speechless.

    • 10/09/2012 3:53 pm

      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! πŸ˜‰

  53. 10/09/2012 4:43 pm

    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’! πŸ˜‰

    • 10/09/2012 4:52 pm

      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! πŸ˜‰

  54. 10/09/2012 8:07 pm

    Those are wonderful photos, especially those related with water and beach πŸ™‚

    • 10/09/2012 8:25 pm

      TY! It was fun to shoot and share… TY for stopping by. Will check out yours shortly. πŸ˜‰

    • 10/09/2012 11:06 pm

      TY so much everyone… I enjoyed my visits to your blogs too. πŸ™‚

  55. 11/09/2012 7:30 am

    Great shots

    • 12/09/2012 9:58 am

      TY Cecelia! Will stop by again soon. πŸ˜‰

  56. 11/09/2012 8:28 am

    Every photo is unique and beautiful. Near or far, the shine brightly with words that comes alive. Thanks .

    • 12/09/2012 9:59 am

      TY IT! It was a challenge but I’m glad the reception has been positive. πŸ˜‰

  57. 11/09/2012 12:54 pm

    You have been to some beautiful and interesting places.

    • 11/09/2012 7:53 pm

      TY Tilly! I would truly love to travel the world and have barely scratched the surface…. πŸ™‚

  58. 11/09/2012 1:32 pm

    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!

    • 11/09/2012 7:54 pm

      Well said and true Granbee… Loved that proverb for sure. πŸ™‚

  59. 11/09/2012 5:48 pm

    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

    • 11/09/2012 7:49 pm

      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. πŸ™‚

  60. 11/09/2012 11:17 pm

    Near ans far in every sense Elizabeth, what a great selection. Like you I struggled to ‘get’ the challenge but its good to learn πŸ™‚

    • 12/09/2012 2:14 am

      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. πŸ™‚

  61. 13/09/2012 8:12 am

    The proverb sets the perfect tone for the entire post, brilliant πŸ™‚

    • 14/09/2012 7:29 pm

      Ty Madhu! That was a gem of a find. πŸ˜‰

  62. 14/09/2012 7:42 pm

    The one I like the most is the deer and man juxtaposition from Japan, but I like the rest also! πŸ™‚

  63. 16/09/2012 4:58 am

    Beautiful images that looks amazing near or far.


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