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Photo 101: Day Three: Water & Orientation   16 comments


Day Three: Water & Orientation

Water – Livelihood

I had the opportunity of photo-shooting a fisherman casting his net near the beach. Here are two versions of the fishermen in landscape and portrait formats. My preference is the landscape or horizontal format as it emphasizes the size of the fishing net and casting action of the fisherman to catch any fish. The portrait format has parts of the large fishing net cropped away thus focussing on the fishermen but the lighting did not permit a finer details of the fishermen face so defeats the purpose of the photograph. The weather was sometimes sunny and cloudy with an approaching storm in the late afternoon. It rained half an hour later after the shoot. These are my opinions and I do welcome the trainers’ and other bloggers’ inputs.

SP Lim

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Day Three: Water & Orientation
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.

Here’s Tomales Bay in Northern California at dusk, before a nighttime kayak ride:
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Remember: The official course tag is photo101 (one word, no space). Don’t forget to tag your posts so we can find your submissions in the Reader!

How will you interpret this theme? How can you tell a story with water?

Today’s Tip: Ever wonder whether a photograph will work better horizontally or vertically? It’s a great question to ask when looking through your viewfinder! Humans have binocular vision — which means we have two eyes, adjacent to one another — and naturally scan a scene along a horizontal, rather than vertical, plane.

After you snap your picture, rotate your camera and take a shot from the other orientation — horizontally if you first took the picture vertically, and vice versa. If you’re aiming for an establishing shot, what orientation works better? How does a vertical shot affect your scene?

In your street shot, you established a scene with a background, foreground, and a focal point within it. Apply this thinking to your water shot — and to your upcoming photographs this month. The tips in this course are cumulative, which means these shooting tips all work together to help you create better photographs!

You’re welcome to publish one or both versions of your image — and are free to talk about your shooting process, too.
Cheers,
Josh R. and the WordPress.com Team

St Patrick’s Street Parade in Penang ~ Part 2   2 comments


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St Patrick’s Street Parade in Penang ~ Part 2

More information from Wikipedia on this Irish Celebrations:-

Celebration and traditions

Wearing of the green

On St Patrick’s Day it is customary to wear shamrocks and/or green clothing or accessories (the “wearing of the green”). St Patrick is said to have used the shamrock, a three-leaved plant, to explain the Holy Trinity to the pagan Irish. This story first appears in writing in 1726, though it may be older.

In pagan Ireland, three was a significant number and the Irish had many triple deities, a fact that may have aided St Patrick in his evangelisation efforts. Patricia Monaghan says there is no evidence that the shamrock was sacred to the pagan Irish. However, Jack Santino speculates that it may have represented the regenerative powers of nature, and was recast in a Christian context‍—‌icons of St Patrick often depict the saint “with a cross in one hand and a sprig of shamrocks in the other”. Roger Homan writes, “We can perhaps see St Patrick drawing upon the visual concept of the triskele when he uses the shamrock to explain the Trinity”.

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The colour green has been associated with Ireland since at least the 1640s, when the green harp flag was used by the Irish Catholic Confederation. Green ribbons and shamrocks have been worn on St Patrick’s Day since at least the 1680s. The Friendly Brothers of St Patrick, an Irish fraternity founded in about 1750, adopted green as its colour. However, when the Order of St. Patrick—an Anglo-Irish chivalric order—was founded in 1783 it adopted blue as its colour, which led to blue being associated with St Patrick. During the 1790s, green would become associated with Irish nationalism, due to its use by the United Irishmen. This was a republican organisation—led mostly by Protestants but with many Catholic members—who launched a rebellion in 1798 against British rule. The phrase “wearing of the green” comes from a song of the same name, which laments United Irishmen supporters being persecuted for wearing green. Throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, the colour green and its association with St Patrick’s Day grew.

The wearing of the ‘St Patrick’s Day Cross’ was also a popular custom in Ireland until the early 20th century. These were a Celtic Christian cross made of paper that was “covered with silk or ribbon of different colours, and a bunch or rosette of green silk in the centre”.

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