Photography 101: That’s A Wrap

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:

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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:

Emily and her ticket to California: Triumph
Bed of Clouds – Natural World
Natural World
Negative Space
Day 304
Halloween: Illumination and Mystery
Day 3
Pop of Color
Day 289


Photo 101: Lonely, Lonely Leaf

Today you can write about anything, in whatever genre or form, but your post must include a speeding car, a phone call, and a crisp, bright morning. (Wildcard: you can swap any of the above for a good joke.)


Lonely, lonely leaf,

you were blown so far away,

from the meadow to across the street,

the car chasing you into the hands of ‘arm’s way.

you ended up on my sidewalk,

now just staring up at the sky,

the bright mornings roll on, and the darkness paints new dyes.

great days await, but you are just one who fell from the tree,

landing at the asphalt like so many souls before my knee.

to preserve your memory, I placed you in my view frame,

pressed the button, and gave you a name:

you are the lonely leaf,

so small, so simple, so fragile,

having no thoughts but the need to find ways to travel.

you were not easy to capture though,

the wind blowing and rolling you like a baker’s dough,

your paperthin body leading me on a chase,

trying to make sure my skills go to waste.

but just then my pocket buzzed,

and I pulled out the thing that was making such a fuss:

it was a call from one of those howlers,

telling me with great excitement

that I had just won a million dollars.

you are just a lonely, lonely leaf,

that will never be remembered,

and as I am writing this,

you are long gone,

becoming once more a part of the weather.


DP #57– #photo101

WPC: Less is More

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“Simplicity involves unburdening your life, and living more lightly with fewer distractions that interfere with a high quality life, as defined uniquely by each individual.”

– Linda Breen Pierce, 1947

These pictures are part of my 365 day photo project on Flickr, a project that has refined and strengthened my skills considerably and made me look at photography as more than simply snapping pictures and posting them online. Along with participating in Photography 101 and these weekly picture challenges, I never look at picture taking the same again. When I think of minimalistic photography, I think of taking as much away from the picture that is unneeded, and making one part of the picture, whether it be the subject or part of the subject, the hero. This definitely wasn’t easy and it’s fair to say I still consider myself an amateur photographer who is trying to climb a ladder and find creative inspiration anywhere he looks.

 Photo Challenge for Week of November 7: Minimalist