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Photo 101: Truimph 3.0

Day 20 goal:  Use a photo editing program to tweak the contrast in your photos.

After a long day of working in the garden (and sunburning my shoulders — ouch!), my daughter and I decided to dispose of an old, wooden tomato trellis by burning it.  The boards were soaked from five inches of rain that had fallen the previous few days.  With several handfuls of paper out of the recycling bin, some additional dry sticks, and about 20 matches, we finally triumphed and managed to get a cheery fire going.

Here’s the initial fire in our homemade fire pit:

photo of campfire in stone fire pit, taken with flash on

It looked much more dramatic and impressive when I took a photo without the flash — talk about an image with high contrast!

photo of campfire in stone fire pit, taken with no flash

Here is the same shot with a longer exposure time, which causes the flames to have a more solid and blurred appearance:

photo of campfire in stone fire pit, taken with no flash and longer exposure

The rest of the evening was spent relaxing in the gentle heat of our little fire while experimenting with camera settings.  I tried several different settings for exposure and flash, and I used nearly every shutter speed my camera had from 15 seconds to 1/2500 of a second.  I personally enjoy the higher shutter speeds which capture the details of the small, licking flames.

Here’s a gallery to share the results of my playtime. Sorry there are so many.  I had trouble choosing!

 

Awww…my third and final round of WordPress’ Photo101 class has ended.  I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did!

There will still be many more photos on this site in the future, I’m sure.  Hopefully my skills will continue to improve with practice, and my photos will be more and more pleasing and interesting to view.

Look for upcoming Macro Mysteries guessing game posts, too, since macro photography is my favorite style to pursue!

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I’m always desiring to learn and improve upon my photography.  If you have the time, I’d really appreciate hearing your opinion:  Would you compare this post to the previous two and leave a comment telling me which one you like best and why?  Thanks!

Triumph 2.0 — What a precious and picture-perfect subject I had to work with for this image!  I wish you could meet her and see that sweet smile; she could brighten anyone’s day!

Triumph 1.0 — The first time I participated in Photo 101, I showcased the ultimate triumph I am striving to achieve — the thing that brings me the most happiness and hope in my life.

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Photo 101: Double 3.0

Day 19 goal:  Use a photo editing program to rotate your photos from horizontal to vertical (or vice versa) and see how it affects the feel of the image.

Squirrel Footprints

squirrel footprints in the snow

“Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.” –inscription on the General Post Office in New York City

That seems to be the motto of the squirrels, as well!

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I’m always desiring to learn and improve upon my photography.  If you have the time, I’d really appreciate hearing your opinion:  Would you compare this post to the previous two and leave a comment telling me which one you like best and why?  Thanks!

Double 2.0 — Two little evergreen berries caught my eye in the sunshine, making a perfect subject for the double theme.

Double 1.0 — You can see doubled animals from my backyard for this theme the first time I participated in Photo 101.

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Photo 101: Edge 3.0

Day 18 goal:  Use a photo editing program to align straight edges in your photo to be perfectly vertical or horizontal.

I took these photos the same day I took the “landscape” images.  It was such a beautiful day for photography!  I was lucky to be able to explore the grounds around two houses that were for sale on top of a long ridge.  I would hate to accidentally step over the edge in either of these first two photos — there was a steep hillside below the fencing.

view of landscape from ridge, with edge of house and short wooden fence

backyard view from first house, edged with wooden railing

view from ridge through tree with metal porch railing in foreground

back porch view from second house, edged with metal railing

Imagine the views I could have captured if I had been able to get up to those porches!

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I’m always desiring to learn and improve upon my photography.  If you have the time, I’d really appreciate hearing your opinion:  Would you compare this post to the previous two and leave a comment telling me which one you like best and why?  Thanks!

Edge 2.0 — Aligning the edges in this photo proved more difficult than I first anticipated.

Edge 1.0 — I was surprised by the kind compliments I received about the photos of my daughter’s little betta fish tank that represented this theme the first time I participated in Photo 101.

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Photo 101: Glass 3.0

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

This time, I focused on the reflections glass provides.

reflection of camera in magnifying mirror, with flash

Making use of my new 10X magnifying mirror. 

I like the way details of the camera lens show up and the extra reflections in the lens when I used the flash in the first photo.

reflection of camera in magnifying mirror

reflection of trees in balcony window of 1884 Wildwood Bed and Breakfast

A balcony window of the 1884 Wildwood Bed and Breakfast in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

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I’m always desiring to learn and improve upon my photography.  If you have the time, I’d really appreciate hearing your opinion:  Would you compare this post to the previous two and leave a comment telling me which one you like best and why?  Thanks!

Glass 2.0 — Textured antique windows and doorknobs look great through a macro lens.

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

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Photo 101: Treasure 3.0

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

macro photo of a grandmother and granddaughter's hands

Multi generations under one roof is something to treasure. The wisdom of age and the exuberance of youth blend together daily, and the combination is a blessing for everyone involved.

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I’m always desiring to learn and improve upon my photography.  If you have the time, I’d really appreciate hearing your opinion:  Would you compare this post to the previous two and leave a comment telling me which one you like best and why?  Thanks!

Treasure 2.0 — I learned a lot about photo editing to present this symbolic treasure in an image.  I’m quite happy with how it turned out.

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

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Photo 101: Landscape 3.0

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

ground view of landscape with ponds, fields, and woodlands

I pulled off a narrow, winding road into someone’s steep driveway to take this ground-level view of multiple, overflowing ponds.

landscape of trees, houses, and hills with a budding tree branch in the foreground

I drove along the top of a ridge and found a house for sale. This view is from the back porch of the house.

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In response to a suggestion, I have tried cropping the last photo in different ways.  

landscape of trees, houses, and hills with a budding tree branch prominently in the foreground

landscape of mostly bare woodland trees, along with houses and hills

What do you think?  Did re-cropping improve the image?  Which one do you like best, or would you have tried a different alternative?

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I’m always desiring to learn and improve upon my photography.  If you have the time, I’d really appreciate hearing your opinion:  Would you compare this post to the previous two and leave a comment telling me which one you like best and why?  Thanks!

Landscape 2.0 — Even a tiny “mountain” can provide lovely panoramas.

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

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Photo 101: Scale 3.0

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

gnarled, bare-limbed tree in a field with a small tree in the distance

I like how the “smaller” tree in the background (actually a much larger tree) seems to be peeking out from behind the gnarled tree in the foreground.

gnarled, bare-limbed tree in a field with other two other trees

The tree on the left is actually the shortest tree in the field.

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I’m always desiring to learn and improve upon my photography.  If you have the time, I’d really appreciate hearing your opinion:  Would you compare this post to the previous two and leave a comment telling me which one you like best and why?  Thanks!

Scale 2.0 — A relaxing trip to the 1884 Wildwood Bed and Breakfast in Hot Springs, Arkansas, provided the scene for these photos.

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