hanging flower

Mission Black & White: complete!

Photo101 is done! The first time around last November was all about me getting off automatic on our digital SLR. This time, I pledged to stick to black and white. While more practice is needed, this course was again worth it in providing some focus, challenges and tips that I could experiment with. My biggest challenge…

Forget Me Not Pond, Kananaskis, Alberta

A wander around Alberta – Photo 101 Week 3 Collection

Unexpected car repairs, planned road trips, and coming home to a backed up sewer made life the last week pretty exciting. Amongst all that jazz was a photo or two. A Pop of Colour  Architecture and Monochrome Moment and Motion I learned the importance of contrast in clothing from this picture. Scale and Observation Landscape…

cob web on a lamp

Tough mystery

Friday’s theme for week 2 of Photo 101 was mystery. Arrrrrrgh! I struggled and struggled. Maybe I’ve been tired or overthinking this or simply became temporarily uninspired. My first attempt was inspired by murder mysteries à la Agatha Christie. I artfully “knocked over” the metronome on to the piano keys. Then I thought about shadows and darkness and got, well,…

big bubble and the popped bits

Big bubbles, lovely leaves and warm owls

Mid-week themes for the second week of Photo 101 are big, natural world and warmth. Big Bubbles Have you ever seen this type of bubble blower? I grew up with the plain circle-on-a-stick wands that you had to blow your own hot air through to get bubbles. We also had the homemade giant bubble makers…

ravine creek

Connecting to nature

Photo 101 continues into week 2. The first theme is connect. A photo I took earlier in the day before the theme was announced seems to fit “connect” well. I posted the photo in the Bliss and Solitude themed set of photos. It’s here again. Flags are still at half mast and the city continues to remember…

blue ribbon on a post in black and white

Bliss and solitude in B&W

Day 4 and 5 themes for Photo 101 were bliss and solitude. Bliss in the clouds Being outside and storms are two of my favorites. My first attempts at photographing clouds in b&w easily counts for my bliss. Solitude as one A macro lens is on my wish list. Despite using a standard lens, I…

two flowers in a vase on a windowsill

Anpanman on the street, twin flowers and ravine attempts

Today was more black and white photography fun! What I’m really saying is that amongst the many, many over or underexposed, blurry and blah sprouted a few that I’m happy with. My problem yesterday was discovering that the auto focus on the lens was no longer working. I thought it might have been related to…

side table outdoors in black and white

Black and white photography is hard

… but that’s good. My personal challenge of tackling black and white (b&w) photography this month is liberating. I have to use my brain. I have to struggle. I have to fail. And I learn. Thank you, dear helpers Yesterday, I couldn’t find b&w settings. Today I woke up to suggestions (thank you, Perelincolors!) and found a…

package of udon noodles from Japan

Home is where the food is – photo101 once more

Last November, I was bursting with excitement and joy. I learned how to use our dSLR, knelt in the snow until my fingers froze taking pictures of frost covered twigs and spiky plants, and had plenty of failed photos. Through it all, I learned and improved and didn’t want to stop the fun. What was I…

two bare lightbulbs

Photogaphy 101 – edge and double

Themes 3 and 4 from the final week of Photography 101 are edge and double. The goal with “edge” was to get a perfectly straight line. Double’s optional idea was to rotate the image for a different perspective. Edge A gift shop in a busy bullet train station was the first place I fell in love… with shinkansen…