This weeks weekly photo challenge from Daily Post is Warmth
“What does warmth mean to you? Whether you live on Nothern half of the planet or in the Southern Hemisphere, enjoying real heat on the beach or in your yard, show us your take on warmth. You can go from the literal (saunas! scarves! steaming cups of tea!) to the figurative (the embrace of family members coming together for the holidays, the look of affection on your pet’s face, or even just a photo with a particularly warm color palette, no matter its subject matter).”
The seething tropical sun blasts its last wave of heat over Singapore before retiring to other skies for the evening.
Camera: Nikon D800, AF NIKKOR 35mm f/2D; 1/40, f/5.6, ISO 900
This weeks weekly photo challenge from Daily Post is Yellow
“This holiday season, we’re throwing you a photo challenge color curveball. Many of us around the world are ensconced in the holiday season. You may be surrounded with blue and silver if you’re celebrating Hanukkah; black, red, and green, if you’re celebrating Kwanzaa; or festooned with reds and greens if Christmas is coming to your house. With this week’s challenge, show us what yellow means to you.”
A quiet corner for a coffee presents a striking yellow and red colour clash.
Camera: Canon Canonet QL17 GIII; Film: Lomography LOMO X-Pro slide film, crossed processed
This weeks weekly photo challenge from Daily Post is Twinkle
“This week, share with us your photos of twinkling light. You will need to find a light source and a reflective surface in order to capture a twinkle, but those are the only limitations. Your photo could be the sparkle of an ornament, as in the photo I’ve shared. Perhaps it is a crisp catchlight in the eyes of a loved one, or the millions of twinkles in the waves of a body of water as a sunrise’s first rays appear. Maybe you’d like to try your hand at nighttime photography, and capture the sparkle of stars. Where there is light, there will be a twinkle.”
Our tiny little Christmas tree in all its glory. The twinkles above the Christmas tree were caused by the Christmas lights reflecting in the UV filter that I had left on the lens.
Camera: Nikon D90, AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.4G; 1/20, f/1.4, ISO 200
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
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
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?”
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.”
Camera: Panasonic DMC-FZ8; 1/13, f/3.2, ISO 100, 16.2mm
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.”
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
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
This weeks weekly photo challenge from Daily Post is Humanity
“For this week’s challenge, share what humanity means to you. Share a single photo or a collage like the tiled gallery below to represent a sea of humanity.”
The photos below were taken by me over a weekend, while attending a workshop on street photography in Singapore. All photos were taken in and around Little India and China Town.
Camera: Fujifilm X100S
This weeks weekly photo challenge from Daily Post is Room
“In this week’s photo challenge, share your take on the idea of room — it could be an actual room in your house, a favorite gallery in your local museum, a cubicle at work. You could also take this challenge in a more abstract direction, and show us where you feel like you have room — or lack it.”
The lobby of the American Museum of Natural History in Manhattan, New York is an absolutely mind blowing room. It is so enormous that it has space to house two dinosaur skeletons as well as ticket queues and general lobby space. The dinosaur featured in this photo is actually the smaller of the two!
This photo was taken on the eve of hurricane Sandy, on 29 October 2012. The “superstorm” was due to make landfall that evening. I was racing around the museum (my first and so far only visit) trying to see all the amazing exhibits before scurrying back to my hotel room in the face of what was to become the second-costliest hurricane in United States history and the deadliest and most destructive hurricane of the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season.
All children are fascinated by dinosaurs and I was no different growing up. I had always hoped to, one day, see a full scale skeleton and feel the thrill of being in the sights of one of earths most terrifying predators. I was not disappointed and would thoroughly recommend that anyone visting New York spend an afternoon wandering the halls of the museum in astonished wonderment.
Location: American Museum of Natural History, Manhattan, New York, USA
Camera: Nikon D800, Sigma 20mm F1.8 EX DG ASP RF; 1/40, f/1.8, ISO 1100, 20mm