Weekly Photo Challenge: In the Background……sort of


The latest Weekly Photo Challenge, ‘In the background,’ isn’t as straight forward as I at first thought. I looked out a few pics with something interesting in the background, like this one of Table Mountain in Cape Town,

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and one taken from our hotel balcony in Rio, with Sugar Loaf Mountain in the distance,

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and one taken across the Hudson River, with the Twin Towers rising above Lower Manhattan.

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Then there is this one taken on our long-boat canal tour, showing Bangkok coming into view.

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What about this one of a country market in Ecuador, with a giant yellow blow-up ‘Pilsener Light’ beer bottle and the smoke from a volcano in the background?

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and this one taken on a boat off the coast of San Pedro in Belize, with hubby and his dive buddy bobbing around in the background.

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I also love this smiley one of little Sienna, with a shark in the background.

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Then as my teachers at school used to tell me, I thought, “Let me read the question again.”

In the Background: The places that we pass through day after day, or even once in a lifetime, leave in their small way, echoes and traces of themselves upon us. But so often when taking self portraits or pictures of friends, the places themselves become a soft blurred mush of indistinct semi-nothingness, the limelight stolen by our smiling faces. In today’s challenge, let’s turn the tables. Take a picture of yourself or someone else as a shadow, a reflection, or a lesser part of a scene, making the background, or — as in the example above — the foreground, the center of attention.

Well this was a different kettle of fish entirely, and all I could come up with, was this one taken by hubby during our kitchen renovations in Florida. 😀

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I hope you’ve enjoyed my pics of foregrounds and backgrounds nevertheless, even if I didn’t keep strictly to Michael Pick’s guidelines. 😳

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79 comments on “Weekly Photo Challenge: In the Background……sort of

  1. That is a fun, thrilling background I wanna be. Your hubby is brave. I love to snorkel, but the water in San Pedro looked like in the movie where sharks are swimming nearby.

    • Thanks so much, IT. Yes, hubby has seen many sharks whilst diving. He says that they just look at him and move on. I’m so glad about that. 😀

  2. Nice to see Table Mountain feature in your amazing collection of travel shots AD. I also have one of the twin towers taken from a restaurant deck across the Hudson in 2000, would never have imagined then what happened to them the following year!

    • Thanks, optie. We were actually at the top of the Twin Towers just a couple of months before ‘911’. Unbelievable what people can do. 😦

  3. I remember the fella with the tattoo. He was quite the subject in the comments.
    I think you did a fabulous job of posting pix’s for the challenge. Each one was in keeping with the word – background. The New York scene is priceless. A beautiful capture with history attached. Love it …..

  4. That Manhattan shot is wonderfully composed, and the buildings look like a cluster of candles…..great shot.
    And rules are for breaking/ bending right? Makes life a little more interesting. Is your renovation finished yet….would love to see the before and after shots!

  5. I’m not joking you have the best pictures to look at…Thank you again for supporting me…Hugs and have a great weekend….Paula xxx

  6. You make storytelling a “smile moment” with your humor. I found the long-boat canal tour, and your photographic ingenuity of the reflections on your kitchen ovens to be intriguing..long-boat image on the right side, and the kitchen ovens as unknown image projectors of sci-fi or something. 🙂

  7. I’m quite glad you don’t always follow the rules to a “T”… still love all your travel shots, though I must say the remodel was “interesting”. 😀

  8. I love the Sienna photo of course and the beer bottle is great fun. The last photo is quite disorientating though witht h reflection and the light fitting looks huge compared to everything else!

    • Thanks, Gilly. Yes, you’re right about the last pic. I guess I could have used it for Jake’s ‘Perspective’ challenge. Too late now though. 😀

  9. Ah….thank you again for sharing your marvelous photos.

    “To move, to breathe, to fly, to float,
    To gain all while you give,
    To roam the roads of lands remote,
    To travel is to live.”
    ― Hans Christian Andersen, The Fairy Tale of My Life: An Autobiography

  10. Lovely selection AD. Love the “Beauty and the Beast”. She is totally adorable! 😉
    Thanks for sharing hon. *big hugs*

  11. This one kind of took me a while to understand what Michael wanted because it goes against the grain of what we usually think. You came up with a great one at the end to match the prompt to go along rest of your beautiful backgrounds! 🙂

  12. I can hear that teacher’s voice in my ear right now, Ad! In with both feet (no, don’t ask!) was often a temptation. But I like your choices anyway. 🙂

  13. There you go, Sylvia. The last one nabbed it. It was a very difficult challenge, and I’m not sure I ever “got it” myself. It was definitely interesting. I sure hope they come up with something more straightforward next time. 🙂

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