ExploreTheElements

Whilst looking around the interweb thingie, I came across this from Thomas Cook.

http://www.thomascook.com/blog/featured-posts/explore-the-elements/

I’ve got some lovely water based photos (if I do say so myself) so I thought I’d enter. Here are some of my personal favourites.

The first photos is in the Caribbean sea, where we came across a fishing boat, with a couple of smaller boats tethered to it.
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Next up are some photos of the Thames in London. I love the slow shutter effect on running water.

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And finally the classic angel hair waterfall, taken in Regents Park.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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#ExploreTheElements

 

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Weekly Photo Challenge:

Family by Josh R. on January 17, 2014

http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2014/01/17/photo-challenge-family-2/

Family

What is family? For some, family is defined by genetics. For others, it is simply those with whom you share a bond of love.

Or maybe it is nothing less than an expression of the universality of human experience as famously represented by the Family of Man photography exhibit.

Perhaps more to the point of this photo exercise, family is something that most of us care deeply about and that we find around us every day. Photographing our family not only gives us the chance to share something close to our heart, but affords us the opportunities often required to capture an image in a very special way.

THIS WEEK, IN A POST CREATED SPECIFICALLY FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO SHOWING FAMILY.
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The interpretations of “family” are as varied as families themselves. If you shy away from posting photos of yourself or loved ones online, then show us any kind of family — a gaggle of ducklings, a copse of trees, a row of identical buildings. This should make for an interesting challenge topic.

– Josh

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I’m looking forward to this weeks challenge. I’ve got a couple of older pictures in mind, and I’m hopeful I will be able to capture some more this week in Marrakesh.

p.s I’m really struggling with the writing challenge!!   Any help for ideas appreciated.

First writing challenge

A little later than promised (had not realised the timings on the challenge were all America EST), here is the link to the first weekly writing challenge.  http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2014/01/06/weekly-writing-challenge-cliffhanger/

I think that the photo one may prove to be easier… Hope to publish that later today!

Writing Challenge 1. 

Weekly Writing

Challenge: Cliffhanger!

by michelle w. on January 6, 2014

 

Sylvester Stallone starred in the excellent dramatic film "Cliffhanger," and is looking forward to your entries this week. (Photo by Towpilot, CC BY-SA-3.0.)We blog for a million different reasons, but in the end we’re all storytellers. Writing Challenges help you push your writing boundaries and explore new ideas, subjects, and styles.

To participate, tag your post with DPchallenge and include a link to this post to generate a pingback — and make sure your post has been specifically published in response to this challenge. We might just highlight some of our favorites on Freshly Pressed on Fridays, or in our monthly newsletter.

Welcome to the first Daily Post writing challenge of 2014! You might be expecting a New Years’-themed challenge like your blogging resolutions, or a 2013 retrospective — but we read your blogs, and we know lots of you have already written those. Let’s kick off 2014 in a different way: with a cliffhanger.

 

 

Sylvester Stallone starred in the excellent dramatic film “Cliffhanger,” and is also looking forward to your entries this week. (Photo by Towpilot,CC BY-SA-3.0.)

For this week’s challenge, write a post that will leave readers waiting for more. Breathless with anticipation. On the edges of the seats. Obsessively clicking “refresh,” waiting impatiently for the end of the story. We want to hear audible groans when readers reach the end of your post and see “To be continued…”

You’ll need to think through the story you want to tell, and then figure out where to split it in half for greatest dramatic effect.

Does this mean we’re asking you to write fiction? Not at all — any kind of post can get the season finale treatment:

  • Tell a personal story, but withhold the unexpected ending.
  • Write a forceful opinion piece, but don’t reveal your point of view.
  • Share a photo essay, but hold back the final, perfect image that ties the rest together.
  • Get our mouths watering with a description of your favorite dish, but make us wait for the recipe.
  • Show us the steps in your last DIY project, but wait on sharing how it turned out.

Blogging is about sharing our stories, and a good story keeps readers hooked. This week, figure out how to turn your story into a nail-biter.

Publish the two posts whenever you’d like; on the same day, a day apart, or a week apart, depending on how tense you want to leave your readers.  Zero to Hero folks, you’re welcome to get in on the action! Bonus points also available for anyone else who manages to work Sylvester Stallone into their post.

Ready to up the tension? Write!

It’s not the critic who counts

Just thought I’d explain why this title. It’s quite simple really; it’s just my favourite quote. 

Here it is in full: It’s not the critic who counts

“It’s not the critic who counts. It’s not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled. Credit belongs to the man who really was in the arena, his face marred by dust, sweat, and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs to come short and short again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming. It is the man who actually strives to do the deeds, who knows the great enthusiasm and knows the great devotion, who spends himself on a worthy cause, who at best, knows in the end the triumph of great achievement. And, who at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and cruel souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”