Photography 101: Weekend Four – Get out and Explore

I had so much fun with this course despite my hectic schedule. The lessons on perspective, the rule of thirds, light, etc. help to improve my snapshots. Here’s the gallery of my favorite photos this November:

The Water element intrigues me. In tandem with our current weather (it’s been raining since morning this Saturday), I choose something subtle in the form of water-droplets. I’m intruding in the private lives of the plants in my porch to capture water droplets with my cameraphone… keeping in mind the light, color, and composition.  I used PicMonkey to edit the best photo with water droplets.

water droplets on Phalaenopsis orchid

Photography 101: Triumph

Panguil Bay sunset

I planned to take my son JJ for a late afternoon walk on Roxas Street. My nephew Kenji dropped by and he suggested that we go to the Friday “tabu-an” near the seawall. I rarely went there; just twice a year.  (The tabu-an is the Cebuano term for a makeshift market place where farmers and vendors sell the local produce.)

It’s past five o’clock when we got there. The sky was partly cloudy when we saw the November sun went down on the other side of the Panguil Bay. The sunset was so lovely that my son shriek in glee. I felt triumphant when I captured this moment.

The photo above was edited using PicMonkey. To emphasize the light and darkness, I used the Orton effect to tweak the image. Also, I used the basic edit Rotate to straighten it. Here’s the original version:

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Photography 101: Double

Photography 101: Edge

Photography 101: Glass

looking through

My pets look through a half open sliding door. (cameraphone)

looking in-between the colored arches

Blurred Phalaenopsis flowers can be seen between the colored arches of a decorative glass (Kodak camera)

glass in a dish garden

glass in a succulent dish garden (shot with cameraphone flash)

glass Christmas tree in a dish garden

glass Christmas tree and glass pebbles in a dish garden (shot without flash)

I placed a red-colored decorative glass against a white fabric background. I used natural light, camera flash, and a flashlight in this experiment. Here are the outcome:

Photography 101: Treasure

You can learn many things from children. How much patience you have, for instance. ~Franklin P. Jones


my fur-kid Vanilla Bean

My 3 1/2 year-old  fur-kid Vanilla Bean is always alert when there’s a camera in front of her face.

Vanilla Bean is my first child. She inspires me to create beautiful dog accessories. Also, she is the reason I’m interested in photography and blogging.

camera: Kodak M531
F-stop f/3.1
Exposure time: 1/30 sec.
ISO speed: ISO-110
Focal length: 6mm
Max aperture: 3.26
Flash mode: no flash

my baby boy JJ

My 1 year old baby boy JJ sleeps soundly.

Baby JJ drives me nuts but he’s a source of joy in the family.

camera: GT-N7000
F-stop f/2.6
Exposure time: 1/33 sec.
ISO speed: ISO-400
Focal length: 4mm
Max aperture: 2.81
Flash mode: no flash

Photography 101: Landscape


Mt Kanlaon Volcano

Mount Kanlaon Volcano as  viewed from Cabacungan, La Castellana, Negros Occ.

My husband’s hometown is near a dormant volcano. He says that I need to stand in front of Beulah Land estate if I want to see the best view of Mount Kanlaon. He’s right; no human infrastructure blocks the natural scenery.

I use PicMonkey to crop the image above. Here’s the original version:

Mt Kanlaon Volcano

[Weather: partly cloudy; Cameraphone: Samsung GT-N7000
Time: 4:50 PM; Flash: On; Focal Length: 3.97mm; White Balance: Auto; Aperture: 2.7]


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