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Photo 101 ~ Day Twenty: Triumph & Contrast – “The Triumphant Return to Life.”   17 comments


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Day Twenty: Triumph & Contrast

“The Triumphant Return to Life.”

After the unfortunate incident of the biting incident between my dogs yesterday, the little poodle called Baron was bitten on the throat and neck area. The veterinary clinic was closed yesterday and he was sent to the veterinary surgeon as its neck area has swollen. The Veterinary Doctor immediately perform emergency surgery on Baron’s throat as the trachea has some punctured wounds and the poodle was not breathing properly. After the emergency surgery, baron is back home at 5.30 pm recovering from this critical surgery. The Veterinary Doctor said Baron was strong to survive all these wounds and the subsequent surgery. Yes, it was a triumphant return to his normal life though still a bit tired.

Baron was found running around the busy road near my house. We rescued the poodle with all his fur all cut very short and fed it. We tried to ask around to fing the owner and even telephone an owner who had put some posters about his lost dog. However, he did not show any interest at all and did not attempt to see the dog. Anyhow, Baron joined the discarded dogs in the group. Many thanks to kind doctor who stopped seeing his “patients” and attended to Baron immediately thus saving his life.

SP Lim
Though today is First of April, 2016 – this is NOT an April’s Fool Joke.

Baron the Poodle

“The Triumphant Return to Life.” My little poodle, Baron. is resting and recovering after its throat surgery this morning.

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Day Twenty: Triumph & Contrast

Triumph comes in all shapes and sizes: finding enough coffee to make a full pot. Having just enough gas in the tank to get to the filling station. Finding out your story was accepted for publication in that awesome magazine.

My triumph was fighting inertia to walk through the park on a cold winter day. My reward was this photo of a massive, naked elm tree with a bit of sun flare and bold shadows from thin light.

What does triumph mean to you? It could mean that goal in the dying seconds, nailing “tree pose” without quivering, or any victory — big or small, personal or public.

Today’s Tip: Triumph usually denotes drama of some sort, no matter whether it’s big or small. Playing with contrast is a great way to enhance your photos for a more dramatic effect.

Contrast in photography generally refers to the difference between the lights and darks in an image — and the interplay between white, black, and gray. When someone says a black-and-white photo has high contrast, oftentimes the white and black are prominent, while a low-contrast image includes subtler tones and layers of gray. In color images, contrast might refer to the juxtaposition of two bright colors, or a cold color (blue) next to a warm color (red).

Tips on increasing/decreasing contrast:
Increase to bring out bold accents (a red lantern, a yellow balloon).
Increase to make the blacks blacker, the whites whiter.
Decrease slightly to even out a blue sky.
Don’t boost the contrast too much — you’ll lose the details.
Be careful when tweaking pictures of people — you can easily “wash out” faces.
While you can use Photoshop, Lightroom, or other software to tweak the contrast on your images, you don’t need to spend money to enhance your photos. PicMonkey and PhotoCat allow you to edit photos (including contrast) for free.

Cheers,
Josh R. and the WordPress.com Team

Photo 101 ~ Day Eighteen: Edge & Alignment   9 comments


Photo 101
Day Eighteen: Edge & Alignment

Two submissions of photograph can be seen below:-

I submit this first photograph of the Kek Lok Si Temple of Penang with the frame of the stone door as the “edge and straight lines” requirement. I had straighten the vertical portion of the door on the right side, as it was slanting slightly. I use the free Picasa software as my photographic tool in all my photographs.

My internet is still very unstable and the telecommunications company is still looking into the problem/s. To all my dear bloggers and followers, I have still over 250 e-mails to go through and shall click yours in due course of time. I extend my sincere apologies and thank you for your patience.

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Photo 101 ~ Day Eighteen – Edge & Alignment ” The Kek Lok Si Temple of Penang “

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Day Eighteen: Edge & Alignment

Submission No: 2 ~ ” The New Door Guardians ” with recent re-painting of these Association Temple red wooden doors.

The Door Guardians

Photo 101 ~ Day Eighteen – Edge & Alignment …… The New Door Guardians

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Day Eighteen: Edge & Alignment
At the “jungle temple” in the Angkor Wat complex in Cambodia, Ta Prohm, centuries-old carvings have fallen victim to time and tree roots. Still, it’s a living site — impossibly-hued moss covers tumbles of stone. Visitors clamber over, under, and behind, seeking hidden crannies.

In some areas, walls still stand, their intact windows creating frames and portals. The solid, straight edges of the windows are a stark contrast to the waterfall of stones on either side:

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Day Eighteen – Edge & Alignment


Today, show us an edge — a straight line, a narrow ridge, a precipice.

Today’s Tip: To make sure your edge packs a punch, use a photo editing tool to check the alignment and adjust the image, if needed, so that your edge is perfectly straight.

Most photo editing software or apps include a straightening tool that imposes a grid over your photo — you move the image until your edge aligns with one of the straight grid lines, and voila! There are a few ways to tackle this, many of them free:

If you use Instagram, straighten an image with the Adjust Tool. Other phone editing apps — Snapseed, Camera+, VSCO — offer similar abilities.
Free photo editing site PicMonkey lets you upload and edit any photo. To straighten, choose a photo from your computer, then click “Edit” and choose the “Rotate” tab. Use the slider to adjust your photo’s angle.
Photoshop and Lightroom, two popular pieces of software, each have a straightening tool. In Photoshop, adjust a photo’s angle while cropping, or use the Ruler to see the precise angle of your line. In Lightroom, look for the “Crop and Straighten” tool; it’s the first icon on the left in the Develop Module.
You can also use these tools to make sure your leading lines go exactly where you want them, or to straighten a photo to emphasize the “Rule of Thirds.”

Cheers,
Josh R. and the WordPress.com Team

Photo 101 ~ Day Seventeen: Glass, Squared – The Looking Glass of Beauty   6 comments


Photo 101

Day Seventeen: Glass, Squared – The Looking Glass of Beauty

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Photo 101 ~ Photo 101 ~ Day Seventeen: Glass, Squared – The Looking Glass of Beauty

As a regular photographer at a Wayang or Chinese Opera performances, I also photo-shoot of the female performers of this Troupes. One must try not to intrude while taking the photographs of these performers. We always ask permission from the Troupe Manager and/or Owner and especially from these female performers for permission to take the portraits of them making-up their faces and wearing their head-dresses. The make-up is very dark and usually behind the props of the performing stage. It is my preference not to use my flash as shadows shall disappear away thus leaving a flat image. Patience and taking numerous snaps are the important actions of a seasoned Wayang photographer.

For this assignment on Glass, I submit three photographs on “Looking Glasses or Mirrors” used by these female Wayang performers to make-up before the performances and the third photograph of the yellow glass sculpture.

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Apology as I can only download my assignment only after 10.30 pm tonight as my internet was down from late morning till 10.30 pm tonight.

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The Glass of Yellow. The yellow glass sculpture with the lighting and shadow designs.

I managed to capture this yellow & white glass sculpture with the lighting and shadow designs.

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Day Seventeen: Glass, Squared
I’ve always been drawn to glass: windows, mirrors, and other reflective surfaces. Glass is fun to experiment with when taking pictures, resulting in multi-layered and unexpected shots.

Consider this landscape from an estate near Inverness in Scotland:

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It’s a lovely landscape, but what happens if we place an old, creaky window between the viewer and this garden?

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Even if you prefer the view without the window, note how this pane of glass introduces a story and adds a layer of complexity to the image. What’s the story behind this estate? Who’s looking out the window?

Incorporate glass in today’s image: a window, a mirror, a wine glass, sunglasses, or something else. It doesn’t matter what form the glass takes.

Today’s Tip: We’ve practiced shooting at different angles and from unique POVs. How can you interact with glass to create an interesting photo?

Look through.
Look between.
Find an unconventional surface.
Experiment with your flash both on and off.
Place a glass object against a totally white background.
Shine an artificial light source on it.
Cheers,
Josh R. and the WordPress.com Team

Photo 101 ~ Day Sixteen: Treasure & Close-up   2 comments


Day Sixteen: Treasure & Close-up

In our developing country, there are no treasures of exceptional materialistic value. As for myself, my treasure chest is my dry box of my photographic equipment of my DSLR Cameras, Lenses, Flashes, and other useful photographic appliances. This is due to my passion for photography after my retirement. Apart from these treasures, my photo archives of many photographs produced by these photographic equipment, is also my treasure. I did not take any close-up for this assignment as I just zoom in using a 17 – 40 mm lens and no macro lens was used.

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My treasure chest is my dry box of my photographic equipment of my DSLR Cameras, Lenses, Flashes, and other useful photographic appliances

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Day Sixteen: Treasure & Close-up

In the absence of a wooden chest full of gold doubloons, any object or experience that is deeply meaningful can be a treasure. Items, places, people — we all cherish something, or someone.

What’s your treasure? Perhaps you found a coat at the thrift store like the one your grandfather wore, or took a once-in-a-lifetime trip through the Himalaya. Maybe you treasure your children, or your cat, or a quiet space in the woods. Show us an image that represents a treasure to you.

Today’s Tip: Get close to your subject — either use the zoom function in your camera, if it has one, or physically move closer to it.

Often, our goal is to capture as much of the scene as we can. Zooming in (or focusing on) a particular detail can produce a beautiful image and help you tell a more interesting story.

When I first photographed this tart, I stood above the table and captured the entire thing on a platter. But when I squatted to get up close and personal, a prim rectangle of cream and fruit transformed into a luscious, glistening pile of jewels heaped on a pillowy bed. The first version was nice, but this one created a mood — all because I crouched a little.

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We tend to take photos from the same vantage points: a landscape from far away, or an ensemble of friends where everyone’s bodies are in the shot. In my case, a plate of food so that the entire dish is visible.

Today, zoom in. Get close. Show us the twinkle in your son’s eye. A glint of gold. One perfect flower in the garden. Show us your treasure.

Cheers,
Josh R. and the WordPress.com Team

Photo 101 ~ Day Fifteen: Landscape & Cropping – Hill View of George Town   Leave a comment


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Day Fifteen: Landscape & Cropping – Hill View of George Town

This photograph was taken during Photographic Society of Penang’s Photo Outing of Sunrise at Penang Hill. However, the sun did not appear due to intense cloud coverage on the mainland. In the end we just took photographs of the cityscape. As city dweller, I seldom take natural landscape nor have the luxury of shooting beautiful natural landscape in the city and I shall search further for natural landscape which I took a few years ago on the Mainland from my photo archives. I submit this first entry until I get another natural landscape from my archives which is in another hard disc. Apologies.

As for my photo editing, I use Picasa for cropping and other required editing. It is very convenient for me as I am using for many years but the problem is the storage of the photographs as I have a few hundreds of files of numerous photographs. As a senior citizen, I forgot to label the hard disc so the problem of recalling starts.

SP Lim

Penang Hill Sunrise

A Hill View of the City of George Town, Penang at sunrise

Can you observe the faint lightings of the two bridges connecting Penang Island to the Mainland Penang? The First Penang Bridge is 13.5 km or 8.4 miles long, built by the Koreans of South Korea or Republic of Korea (Hangul: 대한민국; hanja: 大韓民國), while the Second Bridge is 24 km or 15 miles long, built by the Chinese of People’s Republic of China. The Second Penang Bridges is known as the Sultan Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah Bridge (Malay: Jambatan Sultan Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah or Jambatan Kedua Pulau Pinang).

Near Sungai Dua

The landscape of Seberang Perai Utara (Northern Part of Mainland Penang) with more natural greenery.

I managed to take this more natural landscape of the Northern part of Mainland Penang (Seberang Perai Utara in Malay) where animals like goats, cattle and chicken were reared. There are padi (rice) fields nearby.

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Photo 101
Day Fifteen: Landscape & Cropping

We’ve practiced our establishing shots, captured street scenes, and observed the natural world. Today, let’s walk in the footsteps of masters like Ansel Adams and focus on landscape photography.

Landscapes generally focus on wide, vast depictions of nature and all of its elements, from formations to weather. In this genre of photography, you won’t find much of a human presence: nature itself is the subject. A focus on nature isn’t mandatory, however — you can capture a sweeping panorama of an entire city, town, or industrial area.

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Today, 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.

Get inspired: the landscapes of nature photographer Kerry Mark Leibowitz are stunning.

Today’s Tip: Ready to do some basic image editing? Sift through your landscapes and find one that needs cropping. (You can look back to previous shots from the course, too.) Look for:

Stray objects in the background, near the frame’s edges and corners.
People around the perimeter that have “photo-bombed” your picture.
A foreground or background that is too prominent or “heavy.”
A composition that is too-centered, with your subject right in the middle, that might benefit from cropping along two sides (in other words, cropping to the “Rule of Thirds”).
You can crop any image in your dashboard. When viewing the image in your Media Library, click Edit Image:
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In the Edit Image screen, drag your cursor across the frame to select the area of the image you’d like to keep. When you release, the crop option — the first icon at the far left — will become clickable. Clicking this button will crop your image.

While you can crop as much as you’d like off the sides, top, or bottom, your image may only need a subtle snip. Start slow, and crop little by little. If you make a mistake, restore the original version in the Edit Image tool under Restore Original Image.

If you choose not to use the crop tool in your dashboard, you can also use Photoshop, PicMonkey, or an application on your computer like Preview (Mac) or Photo Gallery (Windows).

Cheers,
Josh R. and the WordPress.com Team

Photo 101 ~ Day Fourteen: Scale and Observation – The Man, the Offering and the Moon   2 comments


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Day Fourteen: Scale & Observation – The Man, the Offering and the Moon

As I am a regular photographer at this Teochew Chinese Opera or Wayang Troupe of Thai origin, I had the opportunity of taking photographs of them at the Mooncake Festival Prayers to the Dieties on the Moon as per Taoist beliefs. Before taking this photograph, I was thinking to myself on how to capture the essence of the Prayers Ceremony to the Moon Dieties in one single photograph. The interesting offering of a fresh pomelo fruit with a lot of burning joss sticks stick into it was a significant one to these Thai Opera performers as it definitely symbolized the moon. As I saw the actual rising at the back of the altar table, I quickly chose an angle to capture 3 elements in one composition. The Man offering the Smoking Pomelo signifying the moon and the actual full Moon in the distance at the back. The actual moon was so small in the photograph while the “man-made” Moon was so large in comparison.

SP Lim

Thai wayang

The Man, the Offering and the Moon

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Day Fourteen: Scale & Observation

Last Mardi Gras, WordPress.com editor Michelle W. wandered New Orleans, Louisiana, with an unlikely companion: a tiny plastic baby (courtesy of Randazzo’s, a bakery that hides and serves this little figurine in their King Cake), using him to experiment with scale.

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A park bench dwarfed him. A margarita glass made him look huge. And an old dollhouse at an artist’s workshop proved to be just right. In the photo above, he takes a rest on a peeling iron fence outside an old home in New Orleans’ Garden District.

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.

Today’s Tip: Don’t just point and shoot. Observe your scene before pressing the shutter, considering how all the elements in the frame interact with one another. Make an object appear larger through a ground-level POV. Place two things side by side in an unexpected way.

Surprise us!

Cheers,
Josh R. and the WordPress.com Team

Photo 101 ~ Day Thirteen: Moment & Motion – The Race   Leave a comment


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Day Thirteen: Moment & Motion – The Race
Josh R., Blogging U.

The Race.
This is a night fun run for participants. This race is reserved for veterans and amateurs. As the space around me, was quite crowded, I did not use panning.

Eco-Run

The Race. This is a night fun run for participants. This race is reserved for veterans and amateurs.

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.

Consider one such moment brought to life by a Sufi dancer, in the courtyard of a former traveler’s inn in Cairo one evening:

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The colors, the music, the chanting, the whirling — watching Sufi dancers is a mesmerizing experience, as bodies spin themselves into meditative states. Here, a moment becomes an eternity.

Think about the fleeting moments you experience each day — from a quiet moment with your child to a busy commute through the subway, among strangers. What will you share with us?

Today’s Tip: Movement is a great way to convey time and fleetingness. If you’d like to play with motion, try the following:

For all cameras and cameraphones:

Turn your auto-flash off, even in low-light conditions: I took the image of the Sufi dancer in the dark, with no flash. A bit grainy, it’s not the best quality — yet the fuzziness evokes being transfixed in that moment.
While photographing moving subjects, use a tripod or lay your device on a surface to keep it still: for the image above, I rested the camera on an empty seat.
Experiment with panning: pan your camera across your scene while following your moving subject. It takes practice, but if done right you can produce images with clear subjects against blurred backgrounds.
Intermediate and advanced-level photographers: Check out Marcus Kazmierczak’s night photography tutorial for more tips on working with your dSLR and manual settings.

For cameras with manual settings:

Slow down your shutter speed (meaning, keep the shutter open longer): when the shutter is open longer, your subject has more time to move across the frame, creating a blur effect. This can lead to overexposure, especially during the day, as you’re letting in more light to take a picture. To compensate, close your aperture (the size of the opening) more and use a higher f-stop number, or adjust to a lower ISO.
Alternatively, set your camera to “shutter priority mode,” so you can set your shutter speed, but let the camera auto-select other settings, like the aperture, to ensure proper exposure.
Cheers,
Josh R. and the WordPress.com Team

Photo 101 ~ Day Twelve : Architecture & Monochrome ~ The Thai Wat in Vietnam   16 comments


Photo 101
Day Twelve: Architecture & Monochrome ~ The Thai Wat in Vietnam

Vietnamese Thai Wat

This is a Thai Wat or Buddhist Temple in Vietnam near Ho Chi Minh City.

This is a Thai Wat or Buddhist Temple in Vietnam near Ho Chi Minh City in monochrome. I had the opportunity of taking the photograph but did not actually centralize the framing properly. We were given less than an hour to take photographs here as we were travelling quite a distance to another town.

The Thai Wat

This is another colour version of a Thai Wat or Buddhist Temple in Vietnam near Ho Chi Minh City.

This is another colour version of a Thai Wat or Buddhist Temple in Vietnam near Ho Chi Minh City. I had the opportunity of taking the photograph but did not actually align the framing properly. We were given less than an hour to take photographs here as we were travelling quite a distance to another town. Hopefully, I shall get another chance in future to shoot this uniquely designed Thai Buddhist Temple slowly and not in a rush.

SP Lim

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Day Twelve: Architecture & Monochrome

From geometric patterns on skyscrapers to the ironwork on historical buildings, there are many opportunities to capture the beauty and complexity of architecture.

Consider this intricate, organic “doorway” of La Pedrera, a famous building by architect Antoni Gaudí in Barcelona, Spain:

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Perhaps there’s a grand spiral stairwell at your favorite museum. A stunning Art Deco movie theater in your town. Or a futuristic micro-house on your block. How will you interpret this theme?

Today’s Tip: As we explored yesterday, color is a powerful element in photography. But let’s not forget black and white, or monochrome, which can be very dramatic! Black, white, gray, and shades in between interact in the frame in dynamic ways.

When 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.

Train your eye to look for architectural elements that translate in black and white: sharp lines and patterns, defined shapes, large surface areas, and a mix of very light and very dark colors. Compare the color and monochrome versions of today’s shot:

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The lines, shapes, and surfaces within the frame come alive in both versions in different ways.

If you’ve never gone monochrome, many devices let you switch to black and white shooting mode right in the camera. Or, shoot in color and convert your images to black and white (or grayscale) after in Photoshop or a free image editor like PicMonkey, GIMP, or Pixlr.

Cheers,
Josh R. and the WordPress.com Team

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Photo ~ Day Nine: Warmth & the Quality of Light ~ Worker at the Charcoal Kiln   11 comments


Photo 101
Day Nine: Warmth & the Quality of Light

Worker of the Charcoal Kiln

The caption alone suggests a hot and dusty place. The charcoal kilns are extremely warm but still bearable but it was equally dark.
The sunlight was coming from the side door and from the back portion of the kiln. Using flash will destroy the ambience and give unusual shadows that shall be unartistic. So I made do with higher ISO and tried to hold still a few seconds longer without the use of tripod. The charcoal worker was sieving for bigger pieces of the charcoal from the ashes. These small pieces of charcoal are very useful for grilling of satay and making cakes or biscuits.

SP Lim

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Photo 101
Day Nine: Warmth & the Quality of Light
Photography means “drawing with light,” and when you snap a picture with your camera, you use and record light to create an image.

When we’re out and about, we use the sun — our most abundant light source — to capture our scenes.

The Hagia Sophia is an impressive mosque in Istanbul, Turkey. If you ever find yourself wandering inside, here’s what you’ll see, when you look up:

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We can also use alternate and artificial sources, like candles and lamps, to create certain effects and manipulate an image’s overall mood (which we’ll talk more about tomorrow).

The numerous spotlights on the chandeliers — combined with lots of ambient and natural light filtering in from outside — create a warm, rich, and even scene of yellows and golds.

Today, 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.

Today’s Tip: If you’d like to experiment more, consider the direction and quality of light. First, let’s talk about front light and side light.

Front light is great for outdoor landscapes and group portraits, and can certainly capture warmth. Side light is fun to experiment with, especially for portraiture, fine art, and architecture.

A front-lit subject faces the light source and is even-lit and flat, primarily without shadows. Front light is the most straightforward to work with, but isn’t as dramatic.

When you light a subject from the side, the mix of light and shadow shows more depth and reveals textures, patterns, and complexities (even flaws) in the shot. It can create unexpected results, and be more dramatic.

Cheers,
Josh R. and the WordPress.com Team

Photo 101 ~ Day Eight: Natural World & Leading Lines – Reaching the Sea   5 comments


Day Eight: Natural World & Leading Lines
Reaching the Sea

As I was working today, I have no day-light time to capture any outdoor photograph. Going through my photo archives, I managed to find a “natural world” type of photograph which I took in South Korea during my holidays. I observed the trees, by the side of the cliff, were quite artistically structured by the wind. This particular tree had a branch sprouting towards the sea. Out of interest, I took the photograph of the diagonal line of the branch cutting the composition into two portions.

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Diagonal branch of the tree trying to reach the sea.

Reaching the sea.
(Diagonal branch of the tree trying to reach the sea.)

Day Eight: Natural World & Leading Lines

A good photographer is a constant observer: always watching and studying a scene, from patterns in city traffic to movements in nature.

A photographer notices big, sweeping changes — like the sky at dusk — but also the tiniest details, like the subtle bends in bare branches in the Nevada desert:

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Capture 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.

Can’t go outside? Photograph something — furniture, architecture, etc. — that looks or feels organic, or mimics the shapes and movements of nature.

Today’s Tip: Exploring the outdoors, with camera in hand, is an opportunity to look for natural lines that lead our eyes to different parts of a frame. Envision the bend of a stream, or the curve of a petal: how can you use these lines in your composition? If you see strong vertical, horizontal, or diagonal lines, can you play with the orientation to create a more dynamic composition? Can you apply — or break — the “Rule of Thirds”?

Cheers,
Josh R. and the WordPress.com Team

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