If you have pets you’ve probably taken lots of pictures of them, and you will no doubt like pictures of pets—I mean, who doesn’t, right? Debra George’s little book of pet photos, Precious Paws is kind of cute, but too many of the photos are poorly lit, and look like they were hastily shot with a phone’s camera. The captions, too, are cute, but so random. It’s as if she threw a bunch of photos into a scrapbook and then just randomly wrote whatever came to mind.
Not a bad idea, but would have been much better if the photos were more professionally done, and if the captions told some kind of story.
Doesn’t really make it as a book of photography, and not enough narrative to qualify for anything else.
I give it three stars.
Flowers by Werner Stejskal is a small collection of photographs of flowers taken during the author’s trips to various countries. Each photo is accompanied by a flower-related quote.
Technically and artistically, this is a great little book. The subjects are shown to best advantage, in high-definition color photos with effective lighting. Two of the photos had hands in them, no doubt to hold them still for the camera, but that’s the only jarring note in the whole book.
If you like flowers, you’ll like this book. If you like photography, or photographing flowers, you’ll also like it, although, you might like it more if the author had included some details on how each photo was made (lighting, exposure, etc.). If you like pretty pictures, you’ll definitely like it.
I give it four stars.
Pocket journal with ‘Buffalo Soldier’ photo on front cover and ‘Writer’ cartoon on back cover
Lisa Dorenfest, on her blog ‘One Ocean at a Time,’ posted a photo challenge of sorts – a photographic representation of the Four Elements, Water, Earth, Fire, and Air. This seemed such an intriguing challenge, I decided to give it a go. I’m posting some of my photos sans captions–let’s see if they represent well. Oh, and comments are most welcome.
This Daily Post Photo Challenge is a multi-photo challenge related to the color Orange. There are many versions of the color orange, from the warmth of an orange sun to the muted brownish-orange of dead grass. Here are a few photos from my files that feature the color orange.
This week’s Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge is the chorus from the song, ‘You are My Sunshine.’ That’s hard one, because there are so many possible interpretations, but here’s my attempt. I took her advice and did a play on the word ‘dear.’
The week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge is ‘Express Yourself. Now, that’s a hard one. How, among all the photos I’ve taken over the years, do I find one that expresses me or my ideas? I rifled through my archives, though, and came up with this. What do you think?
I can’t quit, though, without sharing a photo for the final assignment – Triumph. This dog gone bird, after chasing all the other birds away, shows triumph and bravado in every feather.
I’ve not been able to do all the assignments, but I’ve enjoyed the ones I did do. Been sitting here on Black Friday catching up on book reviews and outlining my new novel, but as i go into the weekend, when I’ll be totally focused on these two tasks, I’d like to share some photos I took on Thanksgiving Day near my daughter’s home in Woodbine, Maryland in neighboring Howard County – a mainly rural county.
Again, I think I’ll let the photos speak for themselves. This is for Photography 101: Double.
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone. I’m taking a stab at the Photography 101 theme Edge here. I’ll let the photo speak for itself:
Okay, this is my last one – promise. London’s architecture is unique, a combination of old and new that is somehow still uniquely English.
Grabbing that quick shot that tells a story is often difficult. Light is poor, and subjects are moving, and you get strange reflections. Then again, that in itself can make an interesting composition.
During the past week in London, one of the areas that caught a lot of my attention was Buckingham Palace. Partly because I was staying at the Royal Air Force Club, just across Green Park from the palace, making it easy to get to, but also because of the history of the place. The guards are not as colorfully dressed during the dreary fall and winter, but still impressive.
I started with a shot of the palace from Green Park.
This was shot around 4:00 pm, when the sky was already starting to darken, and lights come on inside the building. This helps to establish the size of the structure. I was also impressed by the statue and fountain in front of the gates, which attract less attention than the palace itself, but are in many ways even more impressive. Take the water gushing from the mouths of the figures, for instance. You cannot help but be drawn to that.
One’s attention is drawn to the ornate gates and the crowds gathered around them; then the building itself:
Finally, we have the Buckingham Palace guards and these two photos I got just before it got too dark to get good exposures: