carved cedar salmon

Photography 101 – treasure and glass

It’s the last week of Photography 101 and the first two themes are treasure and glass. Treasure My treasure has a story, as most do. During a family holiday over 20 years ago, I celebrated a birthday. My parents gave me money to buy a present. We were staying in Tofino on Vancouver Island in…

foothills and mountains

Photography 101 – swarming snow and landscape at dusk

Finishing up week 3 of Photography 101 means covering two themes: swarm and landscape. The swarm theme needed to show movement and multiples of something. Rather than focusing on anything specific, the landscape theme was about the whole. Swarm – snow dragon Playing with the camera at night and on manual while Hitoshi tossed snow…

blurred cars and lights

Photography 101 – capturing moments by playing with blur

Blurring moving options against an in focus background and creating a sharp subject against a blurred background were two options for the theme, moment during week 3 of Photography 101. Today was the first time experimenting with capturing motion with a manual camera. It wasn’t easy! I deleted around 100 photos and kept the four here as a…

concrete windows

Photography 101 – architecture in black and white

Theme 1 for week 3 was focused on colour. Theme 2 looks for elements within architecture that would work well in black and white. In “common photographic mistakes“, Ming Thien states, “amateur black and white generally tends to be too flat or too contrasty.” I need to see examples to better understand what these mean. Having been exposed to primarily colour photographs,…

night sky and white sculpture

Photography 101 – pop of color

The first theme for week 3 of Photography 101 is color as the prominent element. I got outside this evening to experiment with colour after dark. Resizing Help All images on japancanmix.com are resized, usually to 800×600. These ones are 1024×768 since the lower size distorted the images too much. I wondered why the images were…