Travel theme – Horizons

Seeing as I just left you in Kilmore Quay, gazing at the horizon, I thought that might be an interesting theme for this week because horizons are fun to play with. Putting the horizon high up in the frame of your photograph draws attention to the foreground like in this shot of Yellowstone Park

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… and this shot of the Far Rockaways.

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A high horizon also enhances the sense of distance in this photo taken from Alki Beach.

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Placing the horizon low in the picture frame is great for dramatic sunsets.

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It’s supposed to be against “the rules” to put the horizon in the centre of the frame, but it can work if you’ve got a reflection going on like this shot of the Roman Forum

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..and anyway, sometimes it’s just fun to break the rules because you feel like it.

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Are you ready to get horizontal? 😉 If you would like to join in this week’s travel theme (everyone’s welcome) here’s what to do:

  • Create your own post and title it Travel theme: Horizons
  • Include a link to this page in your post so others can find it too
  • Get your post in by next Thursday, as the new travel theme comes out on Friday
  • Don’t forget to subscribe to keep up to date on the latest weekly travel themes. Sign up via the email subscription link in the sidebar or RSS!

xxx Ailsa

Life rarely presents fully finished photographs. An image evolves, often from a single strand of visual interest – a distant horizon, a moment of light, a held expression. – Sam Abell

Between two worlds life hovers like a star, twixt night and morn, on the horizon’s verge. – Lord Byron

About ailsapm

Hi there! I’m Ailsa Prideaux-Mooney. I’ve lived in many places, and travelled to many more. I had a lot of fun getting there and being there, wherever there happened to be at the time. I climbed a castle wall in Czesky Krumlov, abseiled down cliffs to go caving in the west of Ireland, slept on the beach in Paros, got chased by a swarm of bees in Vourvourou (ok that wasn’t fun, but it was exciting), learned flower arranging in Tokyo, found myself in the middle of a riot in Seoul, learned to snowboard in Salzburg, got lost in a labyrinth in Budapest and had my ice cream stolen by a gull in Cornwall. And I’m just getting started. If you’ve enjoyed what you’ve read so far, I’d love you to follow my travelogue - - and remember, anyone who tries to tell you it’s a small world hasn’t tried to see it all.
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173 Responses to Travel theme – Horizons

  1. aj vosse says:

    I will play with the horizons though mostly here in Ireland they are close… no big country scene!! 😉

  2. Tish Farrell says:

    Such a creative selection of shots to inspire us, Ailsa.

  3. Amy says:

    breathtaking photos of horizons! Great theme you picked. 🙂 Thank you, Ailsa!

  4. Colline says:

    Love your photo – shows so much.

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  6. Allan G. Smorra says:

    I like your topic. Here is my entry for this week:

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  8. Ailsa, that is a stunning photo of Yellowstone Park! I almost couldn’t look at the other pictures… but I’m glad I did anyway. 😉 Lovely challenge.
    Here are my horizons:

    • ailsapm says:

      Oh Marion, I was mesmerized by that particular area of Yellowstone, it was otherworldly. I didn’t want to leave. 🙂 I love each and every one of your horizons, tell me, where were they taken? One of them looks a little like Monument Valley (the one with the three great rocky outcrops)…

  9. That picture at Yellowstone is astonishing.

    • ailsapm says:

      Thanks, it’s the most amazing place, it feels almost alien – as you can imagine, I couldn’t stop taking photos, I was in snap happy heaven 😉 I love your horizons, especially the foggy Buffalo ‘Crick’ and my favourite, that windy, rainy Christmas tree shot.

      • Sure, I know the snap-happy feeling, LOL. George got me my good camera as a Christmas present and I remember, during a snap-happy moment (where he was a little exasperated by my clicking), that I turned to him and said, “I never said, oh, honey, don’t get me a camera, I don’t know when I’ll ever use it.” I know you understand. Thanks for the feedback; for the record, I also *LOVE* that Christmas tree shot. It’s one of my favorites, ever. I’m so glad you agree.

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  14. Ese' s Voice says:

    All of your photos are really beautiful, Ailsa but I am a true admirer of that mysterious shot of Yellowstone Park as well as the dramatic sunset, of course 🙂
    Here’s my contribution this week:

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  17. Great pics for the theme, Ailsa, and you’ve just gotta love those open-toed ‘hiking boots’. 🙂

  18. Yellowstone holds a special place in my heart. Here’s an Alaskan horizon and a gentle reminder to let nature sooth whatever ails you. Namaste, Tracey

  19. Marcy says:

    Great photos. I love the Yellowstone one!

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  21. Jaspa says:

    My favourite of your shorts this week has to be the one taken in Yellowstone, with Roman Reflections a close second. I’ve gone for cranes on the horizon…

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  24. As always, your travel theme was loads of fun to put together.

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  28. deepdishlife says:

    Loved your Horizon photos Ailsa! Here’s my post –

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  30. tgeriatrix says:

    Great shots! The first one is my favorite. I would love to hike there. Here is my horizon picture:

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  32. ilargia64 says:

    Hi Ailsa…Back from holidays…I hope you like my horizon….
    Big hugs from Spain to everybody…

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  38. Francesca says:

    Hi Ailsa, I love your shots, but especially the one of the lone yacht. It looks like a painting.
    Here are mine, taken in New Zealand.

  39. Truels says:

    Great photos.
    And inspiring post.
    Thank you!

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  42. Lynne Ayers says:

    These are all such great shots, Ailsa but that one of Yellowstone is stunning.

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