Photography 101: Double

Today, you and your camera are seeing double. –The Daily Post

Seeing doubles.  Its funny how a lot of arrangements are done with symmetry in mind.  If you look at this.  Its doubles also.

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Then, the double seats on the bus along with the double stickers on the bus for the protest against Bill 3 affecting the pension plans are a big thing in the city these days.

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Photography 101: Edge

Today is all about straight edges, and tweaking your image to ensure your lines are perfectly positioned.

Today, show us an edge — a straight line, a narrow ridge, a precipice.

To make sure your edge packs a punch, use a photo editing tool to check the alignment and adjust the image, if needed, so that your edge is perfectly straight.- The Daily Post

So, I’m really bad at edges.  Not sure where I’ll find one and time is not really  abundant for me to scout out. Inspired by the Daily Post image, I took the similar concept of windows and doors and used those straight lines in this wall art.

Subtle Edges

Subtle Edges

On the way, I also found these little decorative planters used for simple Christmas decorations. Not sure how to angle the picture and I’m typing this up before work so I’d say the straight lines of the bin work well to contrast the colorful berry and not so straight faux branches.

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Not a lot of “edge”, not even sure it packs a punch but we gotta work with whats around us, right? Just a simple city girl, my lovelies 😉

Photography 101: Landscape & Treasure

I missed last Friday’s Photography 101.  I’m going to start with this one and afterwards, the Photography 101 from today 🙂

It’s a big world out there! Show us what you see in a landscape.

Landscapes generally focus on wide, vast depictions of nature and all of its elements, from formations to weather. In this genre of photography, you won’t find much of a human presence: nature itself is the subject. – The Daily Post

Branches and sky

Its a bit hard in the big city to just find nature so I took a wide sweep of some tree branches.  It was a chance shot because I originally wanted to get falling leaves and moved my view a little wider for this shot.  Not exactly a huge landscape but it does consist nature and not so much the cityscape.

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Taking a wider scene, the goal was a Christmas and snow feeling that I was aiming for in this landscape, although it is in a mall.  Not sure if it really qualifies as landscape.

Moving on to today’s TREASURE:

Show us something (or someone) you cherish, and get up close.

Get close to your subject — either use the zoom function in your camera, if it has one, or physically move closer to it.- The Daily Post

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My treasure is my home: my mom, my boyfriend, my cat.  Christmas is a time for family for me and although its only November, the Christmas spirit is really all around.  These Christmas baubles are made by me.  It was my Sunday morning project.  There’s nothing expensive about these but I made them myself and thats treasure to me because it represents the effort I’ve put into my home. My heart into my family.  I have a lot of treasures but nothing can quite show the treasures that I hold in my heart. So, I will settle with this for now.

Photography 101: Swarm

It’s a swarm! Show us something that overruns your scene, but observe and compose carefully before you click the shutter.

Swarm: to fly off together in a group, as bees; to move about in great numbers, as things or persons.

Don’t just point and shoot. Observe your scene closely before pressing the shutter. Spend time watching and planning your frame, so that you can take a photo that captures a unique moment in the larger scene. –The Daily Post

This morning, a lot of the normal swarming was rather calm.  Maybe its the cold weather and people are taking the subway or walking in the intricate underground passages that Montreal is so awesome for. I don’t have that luxury and as I scanned my area, there is one thing in abundance other than the gravel on the sidewalks, its shoe prints in the snow. The passerbys that have walked the same path that I have at some point during the evening, night, morning.  Whatever time of day it is, there is someone who traced the same path that I did.

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Scattered and could be more abundant but thats the best I could do with the limited amount of snow on the ground.  Not exactly swarming but if the snow didn’t melt on part of the sidewalk, it would be more along the lines of what I need. 😉

Photography 101: Moment

Capture a fleeting moment and experiment with blur and movement.

Think about the fleeting moments you experience each day — from a quiet, precious moment with your child to a busy commute through the subway, among strangers. What will you share with us? – The Daily Post

Not exactly a perfect moment but this morning, there was literally a flock of birds fluttering around the evergreen in my backyard. By the time, I got my phone out of my bag and turned on the camera, I only caught the remaining few as they all left for another pine tree in another backyard.

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It was quite an amazing moment because I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many birds in fluttering at the same time so close to me. For my cat, well, that moment was absolute entertainment.  Guess we all had a nice and brief show this morning and we didn’t even need to get out of our house into the cold 😉

 

Photography 101: Architecture

Study architectural forms, and also train your eye to look for shots that will translate well in black and white.

Train your eye to look for architectural elements that translate in black and white: sharp lines and patterns, defined shapes, large surface areas, and a mix of very light and very dark colors.- The Daily Post

I rarely like to use effects to spice up my pictures.  Its something about my belief that natural lighting and how you structure the shot brings out the essence of a picture more than effects could.  However, I do sometimes like to play around with black and white in a rare situation.

Regardless, I love using black and white mostly for vintage scenes.

In this challenge, I decide to do something of a compare and contrast. The first is an older building and its now converted into a history centre but I believe it used to be a fire department or something like that.

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Historical Building

In the second shot, its of a more modern looking museum, covered in glass and having the metallic vertical antenna looking design.  I don’t know what its supposed to be but its always been the distinct feature that I like about the Pointe a Calliere Museum.

Pointe a calliere Museum

Pointe a calliere Museum

Its comes to the point that does modern architecture or older ones make a more dramatic effect using black and white.

What do you think?

Photography 101: A Pop of Colour

Colors can stir emotions within us, tell stories, and transform our images. Today, use one color to add life or drama to your shot. –The Daily Post

Hmm…its been rather gloomy these days.  We woke up to a temporary thin blanket of snow on the ground. Temporary because it melted away by the afternoon. This morning, it was the same thing. As I stood at the bus stop thinking about this and what to showcase, I bent down and lowered my phone camera to the ground level and took a snow covered ground with green grass but the highlight at that extra dash of colour from the autumn leaves, right?

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It is in the littlest details, right? Noticing our surroundings and capturing the shots that might look good.  I took a leap of faith with this “pop of colour” from the leaves 🙂

What do you think? Snowing where you are?

Photography 101: Mystery

Show us something uncertain, and manipulate light around you to enhance the mood of your image.

Some photos are significant not because of what’s depicted, but because of the mood they create.

To stretch yourself, manipulate the light available to you to create a particular effect — use it to cast shadows and highlights to create a moody image. Work with natural light, or find an artificial light source like the stage lights above. – The Daily Post

Yesterday’s Photography 101 was all about mystery.  Yet, it was hard to figure out just how to portray it.  The sporadic appearance of the sun and my limited lunch hour didn’t give me much time to play with it before work. So I decided to postpone it to today.  That gave me time last night after work to walk around and see what I could do.

The best shot came with this shot of the mysterious (and classy) Hotel St. James located at the corner of St. Pierre and St. Jacques in Old Montreal.

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Giving it another day also was because on Thursday evening, my friend and I decided to do a last minute sunrise shooting session.  I’ve never done one before and like I mentioned, the sun is being sporadic but this morning, after 3 hours of sleep, I got out of my warm bed and bundled up to catch that sunrise at 6:30ish back in Old Montreal.  What can I say? Old Montreal is absolutely picturesque.

These are taken with my Canon EOS Rebel T5i.

Sunrise Montreal

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The dim lighting, the birds in the frame and the first sign of the sun lighting up the sky giving off some nice hues gives a mysterious moody feeling to me. This is just the first bit of the sun going up.

Once I finish going through the pictures, I’ll be posting up more nice shots in a separate post 🙂

Photography 101: Warmth

Today, capture an image of warmth, ideally using the sun as your source.

Photography means “drawing with light,” and when you snap a picture with your camera, you use and record light to create an image.

Today, head outside and capture an image of warmth, using the sun as your source. And if the sun is nowhere to be found, don’t worry! You can interpret warmth in a different way. – The Daily Post

The sun has been only showing up sporadically and most of the time, its when I’m in my windowless office. So, I sat around thinking about what other way warmth could be portrayed.  Light and warmth is everywhere especially in these days after daylight saving has ended.

We just got our fireplace up and running this past weekend so we’ve been using it to cozy up our basement.  Trust me, its absolutely cozy 🙂 A lot of cleaning required in between but so worth it. I’m hoping it’ll reflect in my electricity bill.

Fireplace

Fireplace

That is light and warmth combined together but in a way, there are things that show light also, like our everyday lights in our lives.  Here’s the special light in my life that lights up my meals every single day for the whole life I can remember.

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The tones are actually quite calming and warm with this light.

There you go! My interpretation of warmth (and light)!

It doesn’t quite compare to the sun but as the weather as colder, I start not wanting the sun (don’t kill me).  Its just on winter days, when the sun shows up, it means its crazy freezing.  Any want some -20 and below weather? I’m trying to really not think about it.

Photography 101: The Natural World

Capture a moment, big or small, and pay attention to the lines and curves produced by nature.

A good photographer is a constant observer: always watching and studying a scene, from patterns in city traffic to movements in nature. A photographer notices big, sweeping changes — like the sky at dusk — but also the tiniest details…Exploring the outdoors, with camera in hand, is an opportunity to look for natural lines that lead our eyes to different parts of a frame. Envision the bend of a stream, or the curve of a petal: how can you use these lines in your composition? – The Daily Post

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Treetops surrounding a gloomy rainy sky

Treetops surrounding a gloomy rainy sky

I’m guessing you have a good idea what weather it is here today.  Gloomy, rainy, windy day in Montreal.  Other than evergreens, all the other plants are preparing for their hibernation.

Winter feels like its coming right around the corner.