Weekly Photo Challenge: In the Background

This week’s Challenge is on “Background”. Background generally means the part of a pictorial representation that appears to be in the distance and that provides relief for the principal objects in the foreground.

My favorite picture is one taken in Okinawa’s aquarium. The principal objects are the visitors who were taking  pictures or pointing towards the fishes in the aquarium. The interesting thing is that the background was changing all the time, with different types of fishes appearing on the scene.DSC_0211

On my next picture, the principal objects are the yellow fishes, in a background of rocks and corals in the aquarium.DSC_0197

In Furano, Japan, while the principal objects are the lavender flowers in the foreground, the rolling hills behind and the sky formed an interesting backdrop.CIMG0142

The limestone columns at Zhangjiajie, China are the main subjects but the multitude of similar limestone columns at a distance serves as an interesting background.DSC_0166

The trees in the foreground at Zhangjiajie, China contrast sharply with the misty background of hills behind.DSC_0103

The nearest hill sloping down into Three Gorges River on the right appears very distinct, however, the two vessels and hills at a distance are somewhat blur;  look as if they are disappearing into the mist.DSCF6153

It is fascinating that the background can be as interesting as the principal objects! Good photos have backgrounds that enhance the principal objects so that taken together they form interesting images.

82 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: In the Background

    • I like that image too; it could have been better if there are not so many houses in the background. Thank you for your perusal and kind words 🙂

    • Hi Rusha, I moved far back enough the capture the crowd. I like the sharpness of the foreground and the blur in the background of the last picture. Thank you for your perusal and kind words 🙂

  1. retireediary – I so much enjoy your photography and your descriptions. I dream of being able to explore many of the places you have been and finding such incredible views for myself. Thank you for the inspiration.

  2. Michael – I particularily was captivated by the photo of lavender flowering in the foreground, as the main point of interest, with the beautiful vista off in the distance. Usually the foreground leads the eye or frames the vista. This is an excellent example of “in the Background” . . . it is a stunning photo, with excellnet composition. Thanks for the post. keep up the good work . . . and thanks as well, for dropping and appreciating my posts, on Through the Luminary Lens.

    Best regards – Bruce

    • I particularly like the sting rays which floated down almost to the top of some of the visitors. Thank you for your perusal and kind words 🙂

  3. Wow! I’m still working on mine. Tomorrow my mom, son and I will go to a beach for a kite festival. I’ll do my best to capture the kites as a background. Lol. I had trouble doing my “escape” because of my picture concept. It didn’t come out as I had hoped. 😦 So, I’ll do my best to do this weeks photo challenge. Great pictures my friend!!!

  4. Beautiful shots. I’m in love with the second to last photo! The mists rising creating a blurred scene and the tree in the foreground. Really lovely. They all are, but that one is my favorite.

  5. First of all …
    I love your photos. Wish I was there.
    Second …
    You must be sleeping on your computer or your phone. I just post and less than three seconds you are the first to like it.
    Thanks by the way. ;0)

  6. This is an awesome gallery – everyone of those photos – my favorite is Zhangjiajie with the trees in the foreground. You and your camera, the best team.

  7. The residents of Furano must really love the heavenly scented Lavender on a breezy day. Zhangjiajie, China looks so other-worldly and I can’t imagine living there.

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