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Photography 101 – Week Three

Yep – once again, it’s time to get that homework done! I know, I know, the course is designed to help you take pictures, not just find pictures, but I figure it must be at least good practice to try to apply the tips and techniques to my previous photos. You agree, right? So here we go –

Day Eleven: A Pop of ColorToday, pay attention to how color affects your images. Experiment with one color, and think about how to feature it prominently.

I couldn’t resist snagging one of those tulip shots from last week’s Monday Memories.
Renegade Yellow
I think there is some fine color in that shot!

Day Twelve: Architecture & MonochromeWhen we talk about monochrome in photography, we’re referring to images developed or executed in black and white or in varying tones of only one color.

I spotted this one when I did that post at the end of February about bridges we have crossed and thought it was a really cool picture of the structure of the bridge. I think it fits perfectly with this assignment.
Deception Pass Bridge
Architectural and monochromatic. Check.

Day Thirteen: Moment & Motion Our lives are made up of big events and tiny moments. Ultimately, life is fleeting, and oftentimes it’s these small moments, this motion, that we love to document.

Most of my “motion” shots are accidental shots at best. Like these neon birds in flight captured while we were driving through Chicago in the rain at night (July 2010)
Chicago Birds
But I when I think of a motion shot, I usually think of waterfalls and my feeble attempts to capture their beauty.
Deep Creek Hiking-5
(Deep Creek Trail, North Carolina, April 2011)

Day Fourteen: Scale & Observation Today, play with scale: you can use anything and everything to help convey size in your image, from your Chihuahua to your Mini Cooper, to an aerial view or perspective from a penthouse floor.

Do you think that this is what they had in mind? (Florida Panhandle, Feb 2006)
Or maybe one of my sneakers taken from the top (dare I say, observation deck) of the Hancock Building in Chicago (September 2005).

Day Fifteen: Landscape & CroppingToday, snap a picture of a landscape. Focus on the gestalt — the entire setting as a whole, like the shot above of the English countryside in Kent — rather than a specific subject or focal point within the scene. The setting itself is the star.

Oy! Now if you have been stopping by here for any length of time, you probably know that landscape shots are very near to my heart. Whether I’m setting up the shot with great forethought, or just snapping through our RV (or truck) window – I’m all about landscapes. So it’s hard to pick just one (or two). But I did remember one from Montana (2009) that really stuck in my mind.
Salmon Lake
But while I was looking for that one, I found this one too. Quite different, but quite lovely also.
Bison National Refuge-1
(I gave a little thought about cropping out the fringe of grass in the foreground, but it ruined the proportion when I gave it a try. So the fringe stayed in.)

Week Three – Done! And just so you know that I have taken a non-working photo at least once in the last three weeks, here is one of my favorites taken just yesterday –
He is Risen!

(Confession – Gary actually took the picture since it was raining and he’s a pretty nice guy. But I was the one the cows were looking at because I kept telling him where to stand!)

Photo 101 – Week 2

Once again, it’s been one of those weeks. As each day’s Photo 101 assignment arrived in my inbox, I thought not about what I could shoot that day, but rather – Oh – I think I have just the picture in my “stash” that would fit that! So here goes – another week of assignments completed via my archive of photos over on Flickr.
Day Six: Connect & TagsThere are many ways to interpret this theme: from a gadget to a handshake, from a bridge to a gathering among friends. What’s yours?
Hoover Dam 2010-1
This shot of the almost completed bridge that diverts traffic from the top of the Hoover Dam was the first thing I thought of with the assignment title of “Connect”. So close! (This photo was taken in 2010 – the bridge is quite complete now, and we’ve even driven across it. :))
Day Seven: Big & Point of ViewToday, let’s go big. Whether inside or outside, photograph something of massive size. Feel free to interpret big in your own way, and get creative with your shot. Capture all or just part of the subject. Place it in the foreground so it takes up the entire frame. Or shoot it from afar so it appears smaller — yet still prominent.

Couldn’t resist these two BIG things that popped up in my head.
Grand Canyon – April 2010 – Grand Canyon-25
Sequoia National Park – Feb 2009 –
sequioa day-15
Now that’s Big!

Day Eight: Natural World & Leading LinesCapture the natural world with your camera: document a moment outside, big or small. From a panorama snapped during your morning hike to a close-up of a leaf in your yard, we invite you to document this wondrous world around us.
One of my all-time favorite headers –
Lake Tahoe May 2010- tahoe header
And then while we’re on the subject of nature –
Baby birds at The Cabin – June 2013-

Day Nine: Warmth & the Quality of LightToday, capture an image of warmth, using the sun as your source. And if the sun is nowhere to be found, don’t worry! You can interpret warmth in a different way.
There’s nothing like the jeweled necklace of a dew-studded spiderweb
And then from our second month on the road –
Early morning deliciousness on Georgian Bay (Ontario, Canada) – Sept. 2004 garygeorgianbay-1

Day 10: Mystery & Lighting Effectsshare an image that creates a sense of mystery. A lone mitten on the sidewalk. A trail leading off into the distance. Your dog’s deep brown eyes. Intrigue us with uncertainty.

A smoke shrouded mountain in Alaska, Summer of 2009
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I’m pretty sure I’m supposed to be doing these assignments in more of a real-time scenario, but I have to confess I’ve really enjoyed hunting down these pictures over on my Flickr account.  And with 15,390 uploaded photos to choose from, there has to be something that fits! Right?


Photo 101

Remember that Blogging course I signed up for back in January? (Man, was that 2 months ago?). It was pretty interesting following along with their prompts and suggestions, and I think I gleaned a couple of good ideas from them. I spruced up the blog by changing the template, added some picture links, and started with a couple of “features” – Sabbath Rest and Mondays are for Memories. And, it encouraged me to do the Post-A-Day (self-imposed) challenge last month. I even signed up for their Blogging 201 course, but that turned out to be all about writing poetry. Maybe I’ll tackle that in my next lifetime! But I did sign up for their Photo 101 course that started on March 2nd. Hey, I take lots of pictures – maybe this will be fun! The premise was that you would be instructed to take a photo a day, using a predetermined style or prompt. I’m really glad that all of these ‘courses’ have been free, because I really don’t know who has the time to do all of these things. Please don’t judge me, but I didn’t have the time this past week to go out and actually take the pictures per their instructions. But each of the prompts did bring certain images to mind, so I did a bit of Flickr searching to see what I could find. Here are my assignments and my completed homework for the first 5 days –
Photography 101
Day one – Home – Home is elusive. When we think about this word, we might picture different physical locations. And while home is often found on a map, it can also be less tangible: a loved one, a state of mind. GettingReadytoGo-16

This is home for me. My loved one looking out our big front window.

Day two – Street – Yesterday, we asked you to interpret home in your own way: you might have posted an image of a house, the countryside, an entire city skyline, or something else entirely. Today, let’s focus on a street. It can be a quiet road blanketed in snow, an alley near your apartment covered with murals, or a busy street where pedestrians weave between cars and motorbikes.

So here is a shot of Seattle that fits the assignment –Drive to WA - Day 7-9
But for us a “street” is more likely to look like this –
The Ride Home
or maybe like this –
It's been a rainy drive home, but there is a promise of better things ahead. #godisgood
Day three – Water – We have different relationships to and stories about water: how it has saved or defeated us. How it reminds us of family vacations, outdoor adventures, or the hot summers of our childhood. How it might symbolize a place we’ve left behind, or a location we dream to go.
Guess that was a no brainer, right?

Day four – Bliss – What is your idea of bliss? Is it an image of your family, laughing at the dinner table? A state of total relaxation, while lying on the beach? Your latest painting, drying on the canvas?

Bliss: complete happiness, great joy, paradise, or heaven.

Coffee on the cabin yard – you’re not really surprised this is my interpretation of “bliss” are you?
Day five – Solitude & the “Rule of Thirds”
We’re excited about today’s theme, solitude. In addition to thinking about what it means to you, also consider the placement of the subject in your shot. How can you interpret the state of being alone, or a lonely and uninhabited place?
Drive to Waco-27
I took this picture in 2008 as we drove through New Mexico, and I have often thought of that solitary house. I haven’t a clue of its story (and I doubt that it follows the “Rule of Thirds”), but I did know I was awfully glad of the opportunity to share it with you all again.

So, now that I’m all caught-up (well, sort of) with my week of assignments, I can take tomorrow off.  And you never know, next week I might even get out the camera!

Don’t forget to spring ahead!