Washington DC Area – Second Day of Spring, 2018
March 21, 2018, the second official day of spring, and here’s the view I have from my kitchen and family rooms in North Potomac, must outside Washington, DC. And, while it doesn’t show in the photos, the snow is still falling, and is forecast to continue to fall until late at night, putting most of the area on snow emergency lock-down.
Review of ‘Digital Photography: Complete Course’
Digital Photography: Complete Course is a comprehensive and detailed guide to digital photography that tells you just about everything you need to know to bring your photography to the next level. Clear, illustrated examples, and practical exercises take you through the steps to improving your photographic skills in 20 weeks.
I purchased this book from Amazon several years ago, and have used it intermittently to enhance my ability, and thought I would share it with other budding photogs. It’s well worth the investment.
I give it four stars.
Review of ‘Precious Paws’
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.
Review of ‘Flowers’
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.
Weekly Photo Challenge: The Morning Light – 2
Here’s a slightly different view of the weekly photo challenge Morning Light, horizontal rather than vertical.
Daily Post Photo Challenge: Orange
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.
Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: You Are My Sunshine Chorus
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 Daily Post Photo Challenge: Express Yourself
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?
Weekly Photo Challenge: Converge (2)
In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Converge.” My second shot at this theme. See the first one at https://charlieray45.wordpress.com/2014/11/29/weekly-photo-challenge-converge/.
Weekly Photo Challenge: Converge
It’s been a while since I did a Weekly Photo Challenge. This week’s challenge is Converge. There are a number of ways to show lines meeting. I decided to go for some conventional and unconventional.
Photography 101: Triumph
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.