I never did any of the previous weekend wraps for Photography 101, but am doing one for the fourth and final weekend.
My ten favorite pictures:
Of my ten favorite pictures I picked out, the two that stand out are “Glass” and “Mystery” because of the stark contrast used in them. They both use some form of light, natural or artificial, to illuminate the subject in the scene.
Some more pictures from my quests that have different themes to them:
I could say my triumph was getting those pies made for Thanksgiving (Florida Citrus Meringue and Coconut Creme), or winning the “Beauty of Brotherhood and Peace” MLK essay contest in sixth grade, or finally getting over my fear of riding fast-paced, topsy-turvy rides at the fair and amusement park, or finally, after some clawing and scratching in the wrong place, rediscovering an old song that I hadn’t heard in nearly 22 years. Or perhaps it could be graduating from college or driving a car on the highway for the first time, or getting my bike up that steep incline sidewalk.
Reaching the final day of photography 101 is a triumph in it’s own way. I learned a lot more about the art of photography than I had never known before. There were lots of things I learned that were always overlooked when shooting a scene, things not taken into consideration.
No one in my family except me is what I would call a shutterbug. I don’t think anybody else but me cares about taking pictures and finding deeper meanings and stories from them. Living in this boxed in community of mine doesn’t offer the most inspiration for photography. When I do manage to escape the drab confines of this “prison”, my camera has free reign over what to take, what to explore in nature.
This is my take on triumph. Trying to define this wasn’t easy but after taking a look at other bloggers entries for this assignment, I got a general idea of where I wanted to go with this. This was taken at a Denny’s restaurant in the city of Jackson where I live. The light symbolizes the triumph, becoming victorious, reaching the finish, while the fence stretching far rightward into the distance symbolizes the never ending journey of trying to reach what is far and beyond. When you achieve one goal, there is always something else that can be achieved afterward. Life is never finished. There is always room for improvement (unless you’re dead, of course).
Just a couple days left of Photography 101. It’s been a thrilling ride to say the least. Today the theme of this course is edge, finding pictures that align or feature something aligning with the sides of the picture.
The edge of the building is what matters here, not those pesky cranes looking for some dropped food. The handicap sign and NO PARKING FIRE LANE sign also align with the sides of the picture.
As the car was speeding by on the highway, I took some pictures of this amazing night sky. The right side of the picture has motion blur from the car moving fast and incorporates the element of speed into this otherwise restful scene. This was featured in Solitude.
This would have been good for “Solitude” as well. There is something special about those two picnic tables touching and the tree to their left adds a nice simplistic touch. The single person swimming in the gigantic lake makes the environment look way superior in comparison. Silver Lake again, or what I call “Mystery Lake” since there are rarely any people swimming in it and it looks so dazzling in the evening. I captured the rippling of the vast water that looks like a sheet of glass. Again, the three people near the shore makes the natural environment much bigger and humans smaller in relation. This winter scene, taken in January, is probably one of the finest photos I have taken in some recent time. It didn’t start out in this breathtaking format though. I had to edit it in CorelDraw, adjusting the contrast to give it that “rich” look, and adding in a snowflake filter. It incorporates a disturbance to loneliness with the snow that has been tromped through by me. #photo101
A picture of my Facebook or Twitter page wouldn’t work, hardly any buzzing there…
It’s kind of hard to get pictures of people swarming where I live…
So, I guess it’s back to the archives to try to define what it means to swarm:
Our closest ancestors to the dinosaurs, birds have always been one of my number one subjects to photograph but, of course, they are so elusive to get pictures of unless confined to one space like here.
A single drop of red in a sea of blue – still trying to figure out the intentional or accidental symbolism.
Swarming to get on one of the original rides of the amusement park that premiered at the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893.
Or are those pidgeons? The shadows look like the snappy beak of another larger bird that is eyeing the smaller birds as tasty prey. But they are actually the awnings of an amusement ride since I took this through the beach fence.
How could I forget about these series of pinwheel pictures I took yesterday? I tried once to capture the spinning motion of a pinwheel but didn’t take enough shots and just got the pinwheel at rest. Well, my experimentation with pinwheelogy paid off because I clearly captured blurring and movement, creating something I never expected.
Perusing around my home, the freezing, bitter weather nipping at my face, I discovered lots of shapes and interesting lines around buildings and taking close up shots of them trained my eye to look at the geometry within. there really isn’t that much to see where I live, stuck in the swamp of a mobile home park where any attempts at decoration and innovation come off as tacky. Thoughts of walking out of it and starting a journey up the long road to see more interesting lines evaporated on this ruthless November day, the first signs of winter hitting Michigan hard.
Along with these pictures, I also decided to put up a few of my archives that flash out as interesting geometrical designs.
The “Shell Door” as I call it, was taken at a local McDonalds and is iconic because of it’s symmetry and commanding presence in the center.
The stools, taken at a Steak N’ Shake, contain circles, squares, and rectangles and the red pops out against everything else.
The Missouri Bridge, taken by me last year while on a trip down there, contains triangles and more forms of symmetry.
And finally, the ceiling of the clock tower on the campus of Kansas University contains many beautifully arranged squares.