For the month of November I am participating in Photography 101 – Blogging University it hopes of improving the photos of my food and live I share with the world. Each day I will be posting my assignment photo on this page… And come November 30th hopefully the progression will be visually clear!
Please feel free to share any tips or resources to help me along on this journey.
Day 19 – Double
I got outside today in the lovely Vancouver – one of my favorite cities!! But for double I decided to share this photo of the Burrard Street Bridge Towers. And thought it looked pretty cool in black and white. The photo was taken with my iPhone.
Day 18 – Edge
The photo below is the edge of an antique travel chest that serves as our coffee table. I focused on the edge and the lock, using the external flash on an angle to create a shadow to extenuate the edge of chest.
Day 17 – Glass
It is kind of chilly here and a little snowy, even though it seems too early as it is only November… It is kind of magically peering out of my window in the morning as the sun begins to rise and everything is quiet with no tracks in the snow.
Day 16 – Treasure
My treasure is these two little faces, who greet me every morning and hog the bed every night. Both of the photos really capture their personalities.. The pug and her sad face, really what she does best is looking pitiful! And my shih tzu with her little insightful smirk, content and clever as always.
Day 15 – Landscape
Mountain landscape of the Canadian Rockies.
Day 14 – Swarm
Since it is cold and dark here at the moment, nothing is swarming outside except maybe the cars on the icy roads!!
The first thought that came to mind when I read swarm was the Louvre. Yes I was just there BUT I have never seen people swarm like they swarm into the Louvre! I would say it is organized chaos but anyone who has been there would have to agree, once you are inside there is nothing organized about the hoards of tourists, guided groups, and school children running through the halls all descending upon the Denon Wing to view the Mona Lisa. And don’t even get me started on those selfie sticks!!
The photo I selected to represent swarm is looking down into the courtyard and people queuing to enter the gallery… The last bit of orderly swarming before the chaos…
Day 13 – Movement
After some unsuccessful attempts to capture a clear shot, I finally managed to get a photo of morning play time and my pug pouncing on her toy squirrels.
Day 12 – Architecture
For our assignment today I have decided to share a photo of the Blue Mosque from my travels to Istanbul last year. It is the piece of architecture that I love the most. It was so impressive to me. This stunning piece of architecture is considered the last great mosque of the classical era ( ~14 – 17C) combining element of Byzantine Christian architecture with traditional Islamic architecture. This photo was taken from Sultanahmet Park while taking a break from sight-seeing to enjoy a pogaca – a savory pastry filled with cheese 🙂
Day 11 – Pop of Color
Catching up on the weekend newspapers…
Day 10 – Mystery
Ending week two with mystery. While we were encouraged to work with light, Mother Nature did not want to cooperate as the city has been blanketed in what they refer to as ice fog. What is ice fog? I have no idea – it is a complete mystery to me!! 😉
It does give everything an eerie feeling, the air is heavy, settling into the trees and visibility is low. I tried to capture the sidewalk as there were no footprints and I thought it added to the mysterious feeling I was attempting to capture.
Day 9 – Warmth
It’s only mid-November but it is -20 outside right now. There is nothing warm about that. After standing in the snow for yesterdays photo I decided a little reprieve and to use a photo from my personal archives.
The photo below takes you to a field in Northern Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. I took the photo this past summer using my Canon T3i.
To me it looks like the sun is dancing along the field of flowers towards the mountains in the background.
Day 8 – Natural World
Since I live in a polar vortex a picture of the natural world would not be complete without snow! The shot below captures my favorite tree in my backyard. It grows on the most distinct of angles towards the sun. I tried to capture the angle in my photograph.
Day 7 – Landmark
As it is Remembrance Day here Canada, I am sharing a photo of Canada Gate, Green Park, London. Canada Gate, and the memorial behind, is a tribute to the 113,663 members of the Canadian Forces killed during the First and Second World War.
Day 6 – Connect
Our theme to start week 2 is connect. What I’m really enjoying about this course is the freedom to interpret themes. My first thought about ‘connect’ was photographing my iPhone – it’s how I connect to my husband who works away, my parents at home, friends now scattered around the world, and with all of you at times. But after some contemplation I decided the phone (texts, emails, internet) was the medium not the connection (feel free to disagree and debate!)
So I decided to share I photo I took a few weeks ago while visiting Paris of the ‘Lock Bridge’ a physical representation of loves connection. All of the locks representing two people connected, or a family connected, and the hope that connection will last a lifetime.
Day 5 – Solitude
Perhaps the opposite to bliss – the assignment today is solitude.
The first thing that came to mind when reading the assignment was the last, lonely bright red tomato hanging on a seemingly dead plant on my patio.
Day 4 – Bliss
Bliss. This was an interesting assignment. As some have already pointed out you can not plan bliss. It is the prefect unexpected moment.
After some careful thought about how to represent bliss – my home, husband, family, fur children. I decided on the photo below which still makes my heart go a flutter every time I look at it.
This photo was taken last January on top of Whistler mountain. One of my two happy places. It was a gorgeous day, but for me the bliss was more about being on the mountain. The crisp air, the freeness, the expansive views of the mountains above the clouds. Bliss.
To me the one flaw is the person in the bottom right of the photo. To remove that I would have to crop the photo, which would cut the snow and ruin the balance of the photo.
Do you edit your photos? Any program recommendations would be great – but easy to use recommendations!
Day 3 – Water
It’s day three and so far I just seem to be digging into my photo archives for photos, hopefully that’s not cheating… Seeing as I live in a land locked city, I don’t have much of a choice today, but I am itching to take my camera and get outside for an assignment!
Water. Growing up on the ocean. Water is my deeply rooted in my soul. The first thing I do when I get home is walk out to look at the beach and the water. It is soothing, peaceful, powerful, and at times dangerous. It is recreation and industry, all flowing together.
The photo selected was taken last September while visiting Istanbul with my Dad. The photo was taken in the Sea of Marmara, near the entrance to the Black Sea. The shot captures a small personal fishing boat, probably a fisherman fishing to feed his family or more likely to sell at a market stall or to local restaurants. The wake in the foreground is from the ferry we were traveling on and the wake in the background is from a large commercial fishing or transport boat. As tranquil as the scene appears, I think the wakes remind us of the destructive nature and dangers that exist, especially for those trying to earn their livelihood on the water.
Day 2 – The Street
Our assignment today is to photograph ‘the street’. When I received the assignment last night I was hoping for a sunny, fall day to capture unseen beauty on my neighbourhood streets. But I woke up to a fairly bleak, grey day. So instead I am sharing one of my favorite photos that I took using my phone the first Saturday of October, which turned out to be the last, beautiful, warm fall day. You know that day that will carry you through to spring.
I think the beauty of this shot is the sun through the trees. As you can see it was a beautiful Saturday morning at the local farmers market.
The photo was taken with my iPhone and edited to correct the colors using iPhoto.
Day 1 – Home
The first post in the Photography 101 course. The assignment was share a photography of home.
My home no matter how far away I may be. A view I long for everyday…