A Backlit Virtual Tour for a Snapshot or Two

Let’s have a day out.  Lockdown’s still somewhat in force, so let’s make it a Virtual Day Out.  We’ve got homework to do: it’s time for Jude’s assignment:

This week's assignment - Use strong backlighting (i.e. shooting towards the light source, but do not look directly at the sun) to create a contre-jour image where the subject becomes a silhouette, OR shoot the light through flowers or leaves creating a transparent effect.

We’ll stay nearby at first: go to the local woods, and quite simply glance upwards.


Then we’ll whip over to Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal.  There’s a group of hikers beginning their day out, but we haven’t got time to join them …

… because we’re off to London.  William and I enjoy visiting the Bishop’s Palace at Eltham.  Last time we went, the sky turned an extraordinary colour for a while, and I took this photo.

Back at his house in time for sunset, you can see his school from a bedroom window.

Off to Gateshead now.  We’ll join a crowd of sightseers at the Baltic, looking over at the Tyne Bridge.

And we’re back home just in time to see another sunset.

2020 Photo Challenge #21

Who knows when or if I’ll be posting again? WordPress seems intent on our using block editor to prepare our posts, and currently, I’m flummoxed, and cross.

Author: margaret21

I'm retired and living in North Yorkshire, where I walk as often as I can, write, volunteer, and travel as often as I can.

43 thoughts on “A Backlit Virtual Tour for a Snapshot or Two”

  1. Darlin, I know just how you feel. The last thing I feel like is a head banging session any time I want to post. I’m trying not to be negative but it could be the end of the road for me too. I haven’t even tried it yet, but there are other ways to have fun! Meantime, you’ve aggravated my wanderlust with this 🙂 🙂 Hopefully see you this afternoon.

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  2. Some great Contre-jour here, Margaret! I haven’t even looked at the new Editor yet, but like everyone else I would rather not have to change…


  3. I hear you! I have made an effort to switch over but I don’t like it and I was perfectly happy with things as they were. I think – maybe I’m wrong – that we can continue using the old editor for now at least. But it’s frustrating. Maybe if I could see what benefits the new editor brought I’d feel more inclined to persevere but for now I see no benefits at all on a personal level.

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  4. I love the clear skies we’re all experiencing at the moment and I get real pleasure from seeing your leaves against it

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    1. It was great, wasn’t it? A fun idea. And I’m going to try to get as far as CSE WP skills by next Saturday so that I can ask Intelligent Questions. Some hope.

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      1. Every question is intelligent so ask anything . . . . for example the + thing is really obvious once you know but took me a few times before I figured it out!

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  5. My favourites are the first and the last.

    I’m still using the old wp-admin version. The way I see it is they had and have retained the old version, they tried adding a new version, which didn’t quite make it and now they are withdrawing that and trying a different new version. For now, I am not inclined to make the change. You know I am here if you need me – we’ll be able to figure it out.

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  6. An enjoyable collection of photos! I think within the block editor one can choose to use the “classic” format, which is supposed to be very similar to what we are used to. I quite like the new block editor (have only used it once though!) – some aspects are much quicker. There are some useful posts out there providing tips on how to use it, so don’t give up!!

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    1. Tomorrow is a rainy day, apparently, so that will provide an opportunity to get stuck in. I’m not wasting a sunny day on WP! Thanks for your encouragement

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  7. Excellent choices for an inventive take on the challenge. The green of those leaves really lifted to almost fluorescent. Are we or are we not allowed to take an in-real-life tour from today?

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  8. I completely agree with you about the new editor. Why change? When all we want to do is write a bit and add a photo why do we need to make things complicated?
    However, as you already know we can continue with the old editor for a while longer which I am tempted to do. Also, I have discovered that Sue W at Weekly Prompts has written a three part guide to the new editor. All three parts are downloadable and printable so I am going to see if they make sense to me. Here is a link to her blog https://weeklyprompts.com/2020/05/31/part-three-a-guide-to-the-block-editor/

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    1. That looks a really useful guide, Clare. Thank you. I’ll certainly study these, though I quite resent having to do so when the current system ain’t broke.

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