Simply Orange

I’ve not been feeling very well for the last few days – an extra special cough and respiratory infection has left me confined to barracks. Ive been looking through some of the latest #GuruShots challenges and they don’t particularly inspire. However, there is one challenge which I’ve been able to dig out a few relevant images to submit and it’s called, as the title clearly states, ‘Simply Orange’.

There are 7 days left before the challenge ends. As ever, the quality and skill displayed in the top photos is incredible. There some extraordinarily beautiful photographs of flowers in particular – well worth a peruse.

The images I’ve submitted are as follows – from left to right:

  • My fireglow Duesenberg Double Cat guitar (I also submitted this image in the ‘Musical Instruments’ challenge)
  • A Tiger
  • A snapshot of my commute one early morning in January 2018
  • Koi Carp

Something Orange

None of the images above will rival those in the top half of the challenge but I should hopefully gain a few more Guru points! :-)

These are the widest range of subjects I think I’ve submitted so far in any one challenge and for that reason, I’m going to be really interested to see which type of image is the most popular. I don’t think I’ll have any images to swap out for this one so the next point (in 7 days or so) will be the results! I’ve gained a few more votes since I took the above screen shot and have reached the Popular level – I’m not going to be close to Elite / Premier but I’ll keep voting to maximize my exposure and just wait and see what happens.

#Duesenberg #DoubleCat #Tiger # Mornington #Sunrise #KoiCarp #Orange

Update: So, I’ve found some relevant images for swaps! Seems like a lot of places I’ve visited actually have orange coloured dirt tracks so in many ways, I was spoiled for choice. The two images I swapped out were the tiger (which I do like but the quality wasn’t great) and the sunrise photograph taken during my morning commute. The images I’ve uploaded as (on left) a dirt track at Lake Tonle Sap, near Siem Reap, Cambodia, and (on right) the Red Rock Church in the outskirts of Sedona, Arizona, US. There are still 5 days to go before the challenge closes, so let’s see what happens ….

Simply Orange Swaps

Update: I made another swap: I removed the Cambodian dirt track photograph for the Llama image (also included in another challenge called ‘Start with L’. It seemed like a popular swap as the Llama achieved 153 votes which was a lot more than the other image.

Anyways, I managed an Elite level when the challenge closed. Hurrah for me! ;-)

[May 2018]



Musical Instruments

Another challenge and this time, as I’ve a few guitars knocking about, I’ve been able to upload 4 images from the start.

The guitars are (from top left):

  • Goldfinch 12 string Painted Lady Rhythm Master 2017 white/pink – Headstock
  • Same Goldfinch – Close up of Body (at current time, the only one in Ireland and one of only three anywhere)
  • Fender Telecaster Thinline ’69 model MIM – Close up of Body detailing F-Hole (looking a little bit like the Lock Ness Monster)
  • Wesley -pre 2005 Electro-Acoustic – Back

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The Goldfinch Guitar Co is a small Philadelphia-based boutique company whose aim is to produce quality instruments at affordable prices. #GoldfinchGuitars

The Fender Telecaster Thinline is a ’69 MIM model which I bought from the Music Zoo in New York around 2005/6. Great and super light electric guitar which is aging beautifully – it’s always been my go-to guitar and probably always will be.

The Wesley Electro-Acoustic was an online purchase back in the late 1990s. I bought it because it looked beautiful – the wood grain on the back is incredible for a cheap guitar. It plays and sounds as good at it looks. Best value for money guitar I’ve had the pleasure of purchasing – it’s a real shame John Wesley doesn’t make guitars any more – I’ve never played one of his electrics but can thoroughly recommend the electro-acoustics.

I’ll try the ‘swap’ functionality of the challenge to see how this helps with ranking. The challenge closes in 12 days from now. I’ll update this post with any photographs I swap and with the result when the challenge closes. #GuruShots

Update: The Fender image achieved only 62 votes (albeit it was online for 24 hours) so I decided to tray a swap with the image below left of a Duesenberg Double Cat  Semi-Hollow Body. BTW this is a great guitar with a P90 pickup at the neck and a Humbucker at the bridge. #DuesenbergDoubleCat.

Further, I made a couple of additional swaps after reaching the grand total of 891 votes – only a tantalizing handful of votes away from the next level (Premier).  Both the side view of the Goldfinch and the back view of the Wesley achieved 93 votes – they seemed to have stalled a little in terms of picking up new votes. So, it was time to introduce a couple of new images into the mix to try and push to the next level.

Below top right is a close up of my 2017 Fender Dimension Bass (lovely bass that plays like a Jazz Bass but sounds like a Stingray) and bottom right is the right view of the Wesley. Took an immediate hit and dropped to a total of 705 votes but hopefully that’ll creep up slowly. The swaps may prove to be a mistake but I guess we’ll find out in a few days time. :-)

Musical Instruments 2

Update: The challenge is over and I’ve reached the All Star level with 1848 votes in total. I’m super happy about this ranking although need to bear in mind that 2743 people also reached this level. But still, happy!

Also, I’ve achieved my first (and hopefully not last) top 30% finish which a ‘Top 30% Photographers’ finish which I’m very very please with.

[March 2018 & Updated April 2018]