A love of sunsets, my pups & my marina home is the essential subject of this video slideshow. The first dog silhouette is of Boeing, my Australian Shepherd who passed away a few years ago. An array of marina photos and sunsets follows. The one bridge pictured within is the Richmond San Rafael bridge with Mt Tamalpais in the background. The bridge is not visible from the harbour but a great sunset just the same. The last two dog-sunset-sihouettes are of my current family members, Zulu (a 4yo catahoula) and then Sky (a 6yo Australian shepherd). The slideshow ends with a couple of stunning moonrises! The background music is “Oh! Mio Babbino Caro” sung by Gianni Schicchi. I’m not really an opera music listener but this piece of music inspired me to get the photos together and there is always the option to turn your sound off if the music doesn’t suit you. Overall the slideshow is for me to remember special moments and images from the last several months and if they suit your taste you will enjoy as well.
The theme for the final day of Photo 101 is Triumph. The sculpture I have chosen to share looks to me like someone triumphant. The pictures are a few years old and taken in the the Albany Bulb. the artist for this sculpture was Osha Neumann, a sculptor and activist lawyer
Day 18 of Photo 101 and assignment of ‘Edge’ Had a challenge coming up with something for this assignment. Nothing has really jumped out at me for edges. Here’s the result of casual play – at the bottom are a few other experiments… Today, show us an edge — a straight line, a narrow ridge, a precipice. 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. As for as my other experiments with edge:
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.
My treasured pups are the treasures of choice of course for the assignment today Day 16:Treasure 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. Tip: Get close to your subject — either use the zoom function in your camera, if it has one, or physically move closer to it.
Today, snap a picture of a landscape. Focus on the gestalt — the entire setting as a whole, …— rather than a specific subject or focal point within the scene. The setting itself is the star. I decided to use a panoramic shot for my landscape and then crop it down to be the actual desired image. See the cropped image below. Tip: Ready to do some basic image editing? After your shooting session, sift through your landscapes and find one that needs cropping. (You can look back to previous shots from the course, too.) Look out for: Stray objects in the background, near the frame’s edges and corners. People around the perimeter of the frame that might 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).
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. Tip: Don’t just point and shoot. Observe your scene closely before pressing the shutter, considering how all the elements in the frame interact with your subject, and how all objects in your foreground and background relate to one another. Make an object appear larger through a ground-level POV. Place two things side by side in an unexpected way. Surprise us!
Tip: Movement is a great way to convey time and fleetingness. 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.
From geometric patterns on skyscrapers to the ironwork on historical buildings, there are many opportunities to capture the beauty and complexity of architecture. 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.