Weekly Photo Challenge: Converge

This weeks weekly photo challenge from Daily Post is Converge

“This week, explore the ways lines and shapes can converge in interesting ways through photography. You can take the theme in a literal or an abstract direction, as you see fit — from a photo of a byroad merging into a busy highway to an image of an airport terminal where people from all over the world form hectic, ephemeral communities.”


The changing of the guard ceremony at Martyr’s Shrine (忠烈祠), Shilin (士林區), Taipei.

Location: Taipei, Taiwan
Camera: Panasonic DMC-FZ8; 1/250, f/5.6, ISO 200, 8.1mm

Weekly Photo Challenge: Angular

This weeks weekly photo challenge from Daily Post is Angular

“What does angular mean to you? It might mean the corner on which you live or the intersection of sea and sky at a 180 degree angle. Angular also offers a chance to shoot from an entirely new perspective: from above, below, or even from the margins of the fray. Above all, have fun!”



A staircase intersection, deep in the New York Public Library. One of my favourite buildings in this city.

Location: Manhattan, New York, USA
Camera: Nikon D800, Sigma 20mm F1.8 EX DG ASP RF; 1/40, f/1.8, ISO 200

Weekly Photo Challenge: Minimalist

This weeks weekly photo challenge from Daily Post is Minimalist

“In this week’s challenge, show us your minimalist photos. Find an interesting texture, color, or silhouette. Maybe there is a story that you can tell with your minimalist photo. Try an interesting angle with your composition to turn a traditional scene into a minimalist one, by eliminating as much of the extra detail in the background as possible.”



Ha Long Bay, Vietnam, at sunrise 5.42am.

Location: Vietnam
Camera: Olympus E-PM2, M.Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm f/4.0-5.6; 1/320, f/8.0, ISO 200, 9mm

Weekly Photo Challenge: Descent

This weeks weekly photo challenge from Daily Post is Descent

“This week, show us your interpretation of descent — experiment with your point of view and angle, or go even deeper with the theme.”



This photo was taken over 10 years ago in July 2003 while descending, by chairlift, New Zealand’s, Whakapapa ski field. The field lies on Mount Ruapehu in the central North Island. Midyear is deep wintertime in New Zealand owing to its location in the Southern Hemisphere.

I was riding down the slopes after an afternoon’s site seeing on the upper skifields. You can see the chairlift that I’m on trailing away down the ski fields on the right of the photograph. Part way down the mountain you can see the snow machines going full blast, laying down some fresh powder, shoring up the natural snowfall.

Location: New Zealand
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC-F505; 1/350, f/4.0, ISO 100, 17.1mm

Weekly Photo Challenge: Cover Art

This weeks weekly photo challenge from Daily Post is Cover Art

“For this week’s Photo Challenge, stimulate your creative process and imagine which of your images you would like to see gracing the cover of a book, an album, or a magazine. Would the image inspire us to take a peek through the pages, listen to the music, or buy a ticket to the show? Would it strike a chord with viewers, making them reflect on or revisit memories of places, people, and experiences?”


What Dreams May Come

One of my favourite books. I created the above image from a photograph I took in a small graveyard behind the Armenian Apostolic Church of St. Gregory the Illuminator in Singapore.

The following description of this title is lifted from the Amazon website:

“A love that transcends heaven and hell.

What happens to us after we die? Chris Nielsen had no idea, until an unexpected accident cut his life short, separating him from his beloved wife, Annie. Now Chris must discover the true nature of life after death.

But even Heaven is not complete without Annie, and when tragedy threatens to divide them forever, Chris risks his very soul to save Annie from an eternity of despair.

Richard Matheson’s powerful tale of life—and love—after death was the basis for the Oscar-winning film starring Robin Williams.”

Location: Singapore
Camera: Panasonic DMC-FZ8; 1/13, f/3.2, ISO 100, 16.2mm

Weekly Photo Challenge: Refraction

This weeks weekly photo challenge from Daily Post is Refraction

“For this photo challenge, show us what “refraction” means to you. It could be an image taken in a reflective surface, it could be light bent from behind an object, or it could mean remedial math homework: the choice is completely up to you. I’m looking forward to seeing how you interpret “refraction.””


A clouded sky is reflected in a dark pond in the village of Hobbiton, Middle-earth. A portend of things to come?

Location: New Zealand
Camera: Olympus E-PM2, M.Zuiko 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Zuiko II R; 1/125, f/4.5, ISO 200, 14mm

Weekly Photo Challenge: Dreamy

This weeks weekly photo challenge from Daily Post is Dreamy

“This week, we’d like to see an image that looks dreamy to you. A photo of a place you often visit in dreams. A snapshot of your dreamy boy- or girlfriend. A scene that looks a bit out-of-this world. Take us on a flight of fancy!”


Field of weeds

Wild flowers and herbs in reckless profusion along the side of the road near my parents old house.

Location: New Zealand
Camera: Panasonic GF1, M.Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm F4-5.6; 1/40, f/4.0, ISO 100

Weekly Photo Challenge: Signs

This weeks weekly photo challenge from Daily Post is Signs

“For this challenge, share an image of a sign: it can be a sign near your home — a comforting sight after a long journey — a sign that doubles as art, or other types of signs that hold meaning for you.”


NYC signs

In New York you can’t look down a street without signs of all kinds exploding in your eyes – a fact of life there that I very much enjoy. In this photograph you can see giant imagery of consumer goods and finance organisations. Below these titans of commercial activity, appearing almost shapeless and insignificant are human beings. Which of the two seems more important to you?

Location: Times Square, New York
Camera: Nikon D800, Sigma 20mm F1.8 EX DG ASP RF; 1/40, f/5.6, ISO 100

Weekly Photo Challenge: Nighttime

This weeks weekly photo challenge from Daily Post is Nighttime

“Whether it’s a starry sky, a street lamp, or the shadows cast by your cat, share them with us. Your shot can be outdoors or indoors, blurry or crisp, overexposed or ominously dark. As every owl (and night owl) knows, nighttime is when the real action starts.”


Taken shortly after full sunset this (above) is the Singapore Central Business District (CBD). I really like how the shining, modern, glass towers contrast with the traditional, heritage of the Fullerton Hotel in front.



Two views of the Shanghai CDB at night from across the river.


Locations: Singapore; Shanghai, China;
Camera: Olympus E-PM2; Fujifilm X100S

Weekly Photo Challenge: Endurance

This weeks weekly photo challenge from Daily Post is Endurance

“Share a photo of what endurance means to you — maybe it’s your beat-up, well-traveled running shoes, the oldest structure in your town, the vista you earned climbing that mountain, a photo of your wedding ring, or your dog, tongue lolling, running full out.”


Taal Volcano lies approximately 50km south of Manila, capital of the Philippines. This view of the volcano and lake is considered to be one of the most picturesque and attractive in the Philippines. This volcano was originally formed during prehistoric eruptions that occurred between 140,000 and 5,380 BP. It is the second most active volcano in the Philippines with 33 historical eruptions. It is a potent symbol of power, beauty and endurance.

Location: Philippines
Camera: Apple iPhone 5