Photo 101: Glass 2.0

Day 17 goal:  Add interest to your photos by incorporating glass in an interesting or unusual way.

These are glass windows and door knobs from a bath house in Hot Springs, Arkansas, that I toured earlier this spring:

bath house window starburst patterned glass

bath house window textured glass


Light shining through glass is a reminder of the concept of spiritual light:

For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

~ 2 Corinthians 4:6


Click the following link to see Glass 1.0 — This was a popular post of mine that I enjoyed making the first time I participated in Photo 101.


Photo 101: Treasure 2.0

Day 16 goal:  Lean more toward macro photography by getting up close and focusing on the details of your photography subject.

wedding ring on a woman's hand

This is one of the few material possessions I truly value as a “treasure,” only because of the bond it represents. I call the thin gold ring an “anniversary band” because it was given to me near our tenth wedding anniversary, but it is actually my grandmother’s wedding band.

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

~ Matthew 6:21

Click the following link to see Treasure 1.0 — Making the post for this theme brought a tear to my eye the first time I participated in Photo 101.  It may bring a tear to your eye, too, just because of how scary the photos are! ha ha


Photo 101: Landscape 2.0

Day 15 goal:  Use creative cropping to emphasize the landscape scene as a whole, rather than having a specific focal point in the image.

view of farmland from Mount Magazine, Arkansas


view of lake from Mount Magazine, Arkansas

The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein, for he has founded it upon the seas and established it upon the rivers.

~ Psalm 24:1-2


Click the following link to see Landscape 1.0 — A vacation photo fit the bill for this theme the first time I participated in Photo 101.


Photo 101: Scale 2.0

Day 14 goal:  Convey the relative size of objects in your photos by using a carefully chosen point of view.

close up photo of white metal outdoor chair in front of pink house


white metal outdoor chair in front of pink house

You’ve probably heard this story…

A man is moving to a small town.  As he drives into town, he sees an older gentleman sitting on a front porch, so he pulls up in front of the man’s house and rolls down his window.

“Excuse me, Sir.  I just bought a house nearby, and I was wondering…What are the people like around here?  Is it a good place to live?”

The old man leans forward on his porch swing and asks, “What were the people like where you used to live?”

“Oh, they were great!  I had the nicest, friendliest neighbors who looked out for each other.  I’m really going to miss the kind people there!”

“Well, you’re in luck!” the old man exclaims with a smile on his face.  “That’s exactly the type of people who live in this town, too!”

Let me sum up the rest of the story to keep this brief:

A few hours later, a second man stops and asks the old man the same thing, but says everyone was mean and spiteful where he came from.  The old man says everyone in that town is awful, too.


What’s the point?  Much of life depends upon your point of view — your expectations of and reactions to the people, things, and situations around you.

A glad heart makes a cheerful face, but by sorrow of heart the spirit is crushed.

~ Proverbs 15:13

Proverbs 17:22 written in gold letters on a photo of a rainbow, Merry Hearts Medicine


Click the following link to see Scale 1.0 — I had fun creating an illusion with apples and oranges for this theme the first time I participated in Photo 101.


Photo 101: Moment 2.0

Day 13 goal:  Capture a fleeting moment while emphasizing the blur of motion.


The moment when the sun peeks through the clouds:

looking up between trees at the sun peeking through clouds

 He who made the Pleiades and Orion, and turns deep darkness into the morning and darkens the day into night, who calls for the waters of the sea and pours them out on the surface of the earth, the Lord is his name.

~ Amos 5:8


Click the following link to see Moment 1.0 — A chicken bathing in…dirt?  Yes, there were many humorous motion-filled moments captured for this theme the first time I participated in Photo 101.


Photo 101: Architecture 2.0

Day 12 goal:  Present a black-and-white (monochrome) photo.

stone architectural details around a window, face, scroll work

Windows from a bath house built in the late 1800s in Hot Springs, Arkansas.


You are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in Whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. In Him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.

~ Ephesians 2:19-22


Click the following link to see Architecture 1.0 — A trip to an old section of Main Street in a small town supplied me with ample material for this theme the first time I participated in Photo 101.


Photo 101: A Pop of Color 2.0

Day 11 goal:  Make contrasting colors the main feature of your photos.

large orange koi in pond swimming in dappled sunlight

two ducks swimming on a pond, one with a bright orange bill

bright orange milkweed blooms stand out against pale brown mulch

And he said to his disciples, “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat, nor about your body, what you will put on.  For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing.  Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them.  Of how much more value are you than the birds!  And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?  If then you are not able to do as small a thing as that, why are you anxious about the rest?  Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.  But if God so clothes the grass, which is alive in the field today, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith!  And do not seek what you are to eat and what you are to drink, nor be worried.  For all the nations of the world seek after these things, and your Father knows that you need them.  Instead, seek his kingdom, and these things will be added to you.

~ Luke 12:22-31

Click the following link to see A Pop of Color 1.0 — Birds and flowers also inspired the images I for this vibrant theme the first time I participated in Photo 101.