Photo101: Day Eleven: A Pop of Color

clouds with a pop of sun!
clouds with a pop of sun!


clouds with a pop of sun 2!
clouds with a pop of sun 2!


Today’s Tip: As you train your eye to look for color, keep it simple:

Choose one bold color against a neutral background, instead of several colors competing for attention in a scene.
Look for a strong color within a basic composition of uncomplicated lines — your pop of color will stand out more.
Continue to experiment with light and POV as you shoot color-as-subject — the color may transform as you move.
Don’t ignore soft, pastel shades — colors like mint and pink can make statements, too.
Juxtapose pastels with black and darker shades.
When in doubt, pair an accent color with white — you’ll see its impact immediately.


Photo 101: Day Nine: Warmth & the Quality of Light

Today, capture an image of warmth, using the sun as your source…..Drawing with light!

the first picture is my favourite sunset shot from recent times…I think it shows the warmth and the amazing effect of the sun on our everyday surroundings.

RSR Bridge
Richmond San Rafael Bridge @ Sunset
Late afternoon sun illuminating
Sun after a good rain storm
the evening sun on the hills


Set It To Rights

I don’t believe in letting things fester so as far as relationships and people I am quite forthright when it comes to some sort of disagreement or misunderstanding.  I try to get along with everyone and if something comes up which might impede that sort of thought then I find a way to do my part to make it right.  I’m human, I can’t make everything right, so I’ve also learned to let it go if things can’t be resolved.  I can’t think of a time when things haven’t worked out both in relationships as you move on over a relationship and with work relationships and friends.

Allowing things to eat away at you actually eats away at every relationship you have.  It eats away at your ability to do a good job, eats away at the good friendships you have, eats away at a sense of order in life in general.

Now there is something I would fix — I’ve let my savings account goal slide and really need to play catch up.  I also don’t believe money is the source of my happiness.  I’ve always trusted that I will have what I need but I do believe I need to take more conscientious steps to be sure to have a cushion for the hard times.  I would set my savings account to rights!!

*Prompt 11 March: Think of a time you let something slide, only for it to eat away at you later. Tell us how you’d fix it today.  Set It To Rights

Photo 101: 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:”

Lines and natural colours from my home surroundings
Lines and natural colours from my home surroundings

Photo 101: Day Seven: Big & Point of View

There are several photos inside. Please click and if you have a moment feedback appreciated on my colouring choices. Thanks for stopping by.

“Today, 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.”

In addition to the assignment I am working out some different features of photoshop. The first photo I was playing with light and dark and worked out a lighting effect that I thought emphasised the ‘bigness’ of the Pylon Driver.
The rest of the photos I played with the channel mixer to produce partial colour & B&W.

The photos in the centre of the pylon and large rope are some definite playing. I kind of like the one that has just the hint of colour with just colourising the rope going around the pylon. Which is your preference or maybe none…??  I also flipped the canvas horizontally for the first of the three just to frame the group.

The last one, the excavator, I just wanted to focus on the orange and the ‘bigness’ once again.


Pylon Driver
Pylon Driver
Large Pylon colour
Large Pylon colour
Large Pylon b&w with colour rope
Large Pylon b&w with colour rope
large pylon b&w background
large pylon b&w background
Marina Excavator