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Photo 101-Week 3: From Color to Landscape

21/11/2014

“I’m in love with red. I think it’s such a passionate color. Every flag of every country pretty much has red in it. It’s power, there’s no fence-sitting with red. Either you love it or you don’t. I think its blood and strength and life. I do love red. I love all colors. Great shades of blue, you find them in nature. They’re all magic.” Bryan Batt

Photo 101-Week 3: From Color to Landscape - Giraffes and a peacock moment

Photo 101-Week 3: From Color to Landscape – The beauty of Giraffes and a blue peacock moment

Photo101 - Week3: From Color to Landscape - Red Cardinal in the Snow

Photo101 – Week3: From Color to Landscape – Red Cardinal in the Snow

Photo 101-Week 3: From Color to Landscape - Red Cardinal

Photo 101-Week 3: From Color to Landscape – Red Cardinal

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

Day 1 –A Pop of Color: Originally, the red cardinal in the snow was going to be the lead photo, but I couldn’t resist that precious moment when those two baby giraffes turned to stare down a deep blue peacock who proudly strutted in front of them. He moved as if he owned the world. Their mom was looking in the opposite direction; it’s a protective stance to avoid surprise attacks from behind.

“Architecture should speak of its time and place, but yearn for timelessness.” Frank Gehry

Photo 101-Week 3: From Color to Landscape - Guggenheim Museum

Photo 101-Week 3: From Color to Landscape – Guggenheim Museum

Photo 101-Week 3: From Color to Landscape - Guggenheim and a Frank Gehry Building

Photo 101-Week 3: From Color to Landscape – Guggenheim and a Frank Gehry Building

Photo 101-Week 3: From Color to Landscape - Frank Gehry Design Building

Photo 101-Week 3: From Color to Landscape – Frank Gehry Design Building

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

Day 2 –Architecture: I love architecture and take shots of architectural structures all the time. These two buildings are in Manhattan and I felt they spoke to me and the assignment. The black and white versions are in daguerreotype which sharpens all the black edges to show definition in the buildings.

“Know the true value of time; snatch, seize, and enjoy every moment of it. No idleness, no laziness, no procrastination: never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.” Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield

Photo 101-Week 3: From Color to Landscape - Giraffes and a peacock moment

Photo 101-Week 3: From Color to Landscape – Baby Giraffes and a peacock moment

Photo 101-Week 3: From Color to Landscape - Seagull in mid-flight

Photo 101-Week 3: From Color to Landscape – Seagull in mid-flight showing blur and movement

Photo 101-Week 3: From Color to Landscape - Seagull in mid flight showing blur and movement

Photo 101-Week 3: From Color to Landscape – Seagull in mid flight Untouched

Capture a fleeting moment and experiment with blur and movement.

Day 3 – Moment: Moments are so precious and, in the bat of an eyelid, we can miss an opportunity. The seagulls were fighting for food at my local Sam’s Club and so I stopped to photograph them. This was one of those moments, hence, the shopping cart. The Giraffes are my favorite. That moment was magic. We stood at the Bronx Zoo watching them and wondering if, at any moment, they were going to kick that proud Peacock’s behind. They didn’t. Haha!

More Below!

“What is not good for the swarm is not good for the bee.” Marcus Aurelius

Photo 101-Week 3: From Color to Landscape - Swarm of Pink Flamingos

Photo 101-Week 3: From Color to Landscape – Swarm of Pink Flamingos

Photo 101-Week 3: From Color to Landscape - Swarm of seagulls

Photo 101-Week 3: From Color to Landscape – Swarm of seagulls

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

Day 4 – Swarm: The swarm was a hard one to fill as I don’t hang out in crowds. I finally found some photos that I think fit the bill. When I find the full shot of the flamingos, I will upload it. They were on a longer piece of land. The birds can speak for themselves… What do you think?

“Life is like a landscape. You live in the midst of it but can describe it only from the vantage point of distance.” Charles Lindbergh

Photo 101-Week 3: From Color to Landscape - View of Black Forest/Alps from  Lichtenstein Castle

Photo 101-Week 3: From Color to Landscape – View of Black Forest/Alps from atop the Lichtenstein Castle

Photo 101-Week 3: From Color to Landscape - View from Storm King Museum

Photo 101-Week 3: From Color to Landscape – View from Storm King Outdoor Museum

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

Day 5 – Landscape: I love landscapes, so this was a tough one to fill because I have a ton of landscape shots. I hope this got you thinking of getting away. I love Storm King’s outdoor museum. It showcases a very impressive collection of outdoor installations and scultures from many famous artists like Alexander Calder, Henry Moore and many others. I also love the fact that it’s not far from me. If you visit Munich, take a drive out to Lichtenstein Castle. It’s breathtaking and good exercise walling up to the top. As you can see from the shot I included here, the views from the top are spectacular.  I have more with other landscape views I took from the cross bridge. I’d love to visit again but will have to wait till next time. Have you been to either locations? Enjoy!

My fellow bloggers were equally creative with their selections. To check out how others interpreted Week 3, use the tag – Photo101

This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post Photo 101 Course: Photo 101- Week 3: From Color To Landscapes  This week,  Photo 101 had five themes: Color, Architecture, Swarm, Moment and Landscape. Even though registration has closed, you can still follow along. The tag is photo101

Positive Motivation Tip: Everything we see has color and depth and fleeting moments. Look around you and inhale the beauty of the moment. Remember how it made you feel.

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos from my personal collection.

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet

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73 Comments leave one →
  1. 21/11/2014 11:33 am

    A lovely collection of responses to the prompts. I like red too 🙂

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  2. 21/11/2014 12:32 pm

    The giraffes and the peacock photo is a beauty. The giraffes are so curious about the peacock as he struts along with not a care in the world ….it tells a story, and stirs a warm feeling inside me. I love it.
    I found your architecture ones very interesting, I love looking at buildings too, there is so much to see in their shapes and different designs. Well done!
    Some fabulous shots here, you have completed the week’s assignments beautifully.

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    • 24/11/2014 5:00 am

      Thank you Barb and I have been remiss in my follow up so will visit today. Thank you for your feedback. I have enjoyed this workshop so much. I wish they would offer another one in the new year.

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  3. rmanea permalink
    21/11/2014 1:02 pm

    Cool photos.. The ones of the birds going after the carts.. i see that all the time.

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  4. hannah permalink
    21/11/2014 1:22 pm

    Such beautiful pictures. I am with you in the loving red club! Such a striking colour.

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  5. Stephanie Keeping permalink
    21/11/2014 1:32 pm

    You did such a great job catching these animals.

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  6. 21/11/2014 2:01 pm

    Great shots! I love going from the exotic giraffes to the mystical cardinal to the shopping cart seagulls! Fun!

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  7. Letty (@BellaVidaLetty) permalink
    21/11/2014 2:54 pm

    The peacock in the giraffe photo is my favorite. Nice work.

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  8. Robin (Masshole Mommy) permalink
    21/11/2014 3:13 pm

    You always have the best photos. Giraffes are my favorite animal!

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  9. kourtneelynne permalink
    21/11/2014 3:16 pm

    Such beautiful photos!!! Those building!!! So cool

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  10. 21/11/2014 3:53 pm

    Beautiful photography. I love photography of landscapes. Thanks for sharing!

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  11. 21/11/2014 4:29 pm

    This one statement jumped out at me and speaks volumes, “Moments are so precious and, in the bat of an eyelid, we can miss an opportunity.” So true and succinct!

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  12. Fernando Ceballos Lachica permalink
    21/11/2014 4:35 pm

    Very good perception for colors that suits your personality. Landscape photos too, with natural colors are very vivid; makes my heart sing with joy.

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  13. alissamags permalink
    21/11/2014 5:07 pm

    Great photos! 🙂 What camera did you use? I’m also a hobbyist photographer. My fave subjects are people.

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    • 24/11/2014 5:32 am

      Thank you Alissa! I have three Canon cameras that I alternate when I take photos. One is the DSLR EOS Rebel T1i, the other two are PowerShot SX130 IS, and SX500 IS. I also have several lenses that I use from wide angle to telephoto to macro. I have to admit that I’m a lens collector and probably have more than I need. I have some inexpensive and some very expensive lens. I also shoot with B+W filters (made in Germany). Since you asked, my dream is to get a Leica. Alfred Eisenstaedt used a Leica IIIa rangefinder to shoot the iconic Times Square picture of a sailor kissing a nurse at the end of WWII. The painting is the very colorful one from Photo 101 – Week 2.

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  14. franckxethee permalink
    21/11/2014 5:10 pm

    This is another great set of photos. I like the photo of the buildings.

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  15. Ben Butler permalink
    21/11/2014 5:13 pm

    Awesome pictures as always. You’ve got an amazing eye.

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  16. 21/11/2014 5:45 pm

    You’ve got some great pictures there! Awesome!

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  17. 21/11/2014 5:48 pm

    A nice collection of images. All so appropriate for the challenges. I especially like the seagull and the shopping cart.

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  18. brandyellen permalink
    21/11/2014 5:49 pm

    Breathtaking photos. I Love them. My favorite is the giraffes. I have never ever seen a giraffe in person.

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  19. Sharon (@crazykids6) permalink
    21/11/2014 5:59 pm

    Aw yes, vivid colors are mood changers. I adore vivid greens!

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  20. ninasaysblog permalink
    21/11/2014 6:49 pm

    Oh wow, these are wonderful photos. You are very talented.

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  21. 21/11/2014 7:20 pm

    Haha – and I just did a peacock post!

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  22. Cathweine S permalink
    21/11/2014 7:56 pm

    All the pictures are really great. I love the bright red cardinal against the white snow.

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  23. Anna Sundqvist permalink
    21/11/2014 8:23 pm

    I love the B&W photo of the Guggenheim museum – so striking ! It is such a beautiful building in itself and your photo is definitely doing it justice.

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  24. 21/11/2014 8:38 pm

    Lovely Photographs!!! I love the one with the peacock and giraffe 🙂

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  25. tanyacoffman permalink
    21/11/2014 8:54 pm

    Your photos are amazing. I love nature shots….but the one picture of the seagull almost gave me vertigo lol

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  26. Gilliannong.com permalink
    21/11/2014 8:54 pm

    These photos look quite pretty ! may i ask what camera you use?

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    • 24/11/2014 5:41 am

      Thanks Gillian! I use three Canon cameras that I alternate when I take photos. One is the DSLR EOS Rebel T1i, the other two are PowerShot SX130 IS, and SX500 IS. I have several lenses; from wide angle to telephoto to macro. I also shoot with B+W filters (made in Germany). They are expensive but fantastic. My dream is to get a Leica. Alfred Eisenstaedt used a Leica IIIa rangefinder to shoot the iconic Times Square picture of a sailor kissing a nurse at the end of WWII. The painting is the very colorful one from Photo 101 – Week 2.

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  27. 21/11/2014 9:31 pm

    The cardinal in the snow is lovely. The seagulls in motion is cool too.

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  28. 21/11/2014 9:46 pm

    How very interesting! I’m starting to realise that there’s so much to learn from your site on photography! These exercises are great, I love landscapes and I think I can take a pretty passable picture of landscapes and food…but I also want to know about colors and to truly have a good perspective on adding it into the picture.

    Love the peacock among the giraffes, by the way! 🙂

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  29. 21/11/2014 10:42 pm

    The cardinal is beautiful. You are so good at capturing the moment! The birds especially… love how it’s life amongst the daily mundane things…

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    • 22/11/2014 7:56 am

      Thank you! That shot was hard to get because I had to stay inside and not scare the birds off my balcony. I spent a few hours that day taking tons of awful shots. Eventually, with a lot of waiting and patience I got a few that I like. Now you know… I’m glad you asked. Phew!

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  30. Jason Panuelos permalink
    21/11/2014 11:07 pm

    Beautiful pictures! I love how the motion of the birds are captured! 🙂

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  31. Sandy permalink
    21/11/2014 11:08 pm

    Such awesome pictures! Giraffes look as if they’ve come to life.

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  32. 21/11/2014 11:56 pm

    Stunning photographs.

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  33. teazoa permalink
    22/11/2014 1:01 am

    I enjoyed your pictures!

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  34. 22/11/2014 1:09 am

    Wow this is stunning especially of the giraffe. I love landscape pictures too.

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  35. Fi Ní Neachtáin permalink
    22/11/2014 2:29 am

    Great photos. I love the giraffes and the red bird.

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  36. 22/11/2014 2:49 am

    This is a lovely set of photos you got here. I’m trying to work on my “architecture”, “structures”, and interior shots – as easy they seem to be, taking shots of them are a lot harder than I thought.

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  37. 22/11/2014 7:09 am

    Taking pictures of landscapes are just some of my favorite subjects when taking photos. You’ve shown amazing photos!

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  38. 3xhcch permalink
    22/11/2014 7:22 am

    I love that picture of a bright red cardinal in the pure white snow! I want to take a picture of that myself. I hope I get the chance to see it. Where did you take that photo? Is it taken just this November?

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    • 22/11/2014 7:53 am

      Thank you! I took it in the winter months earlier this year. I have bird feeders on my balcony and they attract a lot of local birds. I feed them year round because they’ve gotten used to it. Birds are hard to photograph close up because they are very alert and easily scared.

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  39. 22/11/2014 9:32 am

    Will you show some more from the Storm King museum sometime? I love sculpture and this photo hints at somewhere awesome I’d like to see!

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  40. 22/11/2014 11:25 am

    Gorgeous photos. I really love the contrast of the cardinal on the snow.

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  41. 22/11/2014 11:48 am

    Love the pictures of the giraffes, they’re so beautiful!

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  42. Melissa Smith permalink
    22/11/2014 11:52 am

    Being in Ohio, there is nothing more beautiful in the winter than the bright red of a Cardinal amongst the snow. They should be coming out soon too, we’ve already gotten all the snow.

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  43. Roj Tom permalink
    22/11/2014 12:53 pm

    Some variety of colorful images to motivation this time. thanks for sharing

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  44. 22/11/2014 1:22 pm

    Beautiful pictures! The color is so important to us, it would be awful to live without it. The quote at the beginning got me thinking. Ecuadorian flag has red in it but Finnish flag does not. It’s blue and white. And I think the flags to visualize a huge difference in the personality of Finns and Ecuadorians.

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  45. Fran permalink
    22/11/2014 3:54 pm

    These are truly stunning works of art!

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  46. 22/11/2014 6:51 pm

    The photographs are stunning! My personal favorite is the one with flamingoes.

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  47. Mrs. Mashed Up permalink
    22/11/2014 7:33 pm

    Love the pictures. I think the bird landing on the shopping cart is my favorite. What great effect around it.

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  48. 22/11/2014 8:31 pm

    I also love photographing architectural structures because it not only shows the beauty of the structure but it also shows the brilliance of its architects.

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  49. 22/11/2014 8:56 pm

    I love the architecture and swarm. 🙂 If I’d have the actual view right now, I could stay staring all afternoon with such scene. 🙂

    Quite good to have a glimpse of great views that we don’t really see every day.

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  50. 23/11/2014 4:07 am

    That’s funny that the giraffe is checking out the peacock! Lots of great pictures here, including that one!!

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  51. 23/11/2014 8:52 am

    I love these photos of animals and the way one colour predominates over the rest… especially love the ones in which red is the loudest 🙂

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  52. Ann Bacciaglia permalink
    23/11/2014 11:08 am

    These are beautiful photos. I just bought a new camera and have to learn the different settings.

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  53. Stephanie Lee permalink
    23/11/2014 11:11 am

    Love the photography in this post 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

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  54. Hannah Staveley permalink
    23/11/2014 2:50 pm

    The picture of the giraffes is amazing just wow.

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  55. 23/11/2014 3:01 pm

    Such gorgeous pictures! My favorites are the ones of the red cardinal.

    HilLesha

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  56. 23/11/2014 4:33 pm

    Wow these are some really great shoots. I really love the first and second ones the most.

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  57. 23/11/2014 8:13 pm

    I love animal shots overall. I like the blur and motion shown in the photos with the birds.

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  58. Carly Anderson (@lipglosscrayons) permalink
    23/11/2014 8:17 pm

    These are all such beautiful photos. My favorites, of course, are the animal ones. Especially the giraffes!

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  59. Michelle permalink
    23/11/2014 8:25 pm

    How beautiful 🙂 Nature is so gorgeous!

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  60. 23/11/2014 8:36 pm

    Beautiful photos, so full of life and energy! I am like so many others; I love the cardinal and the snow contrast 🙂

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  61. 23/11/2014 9:53 pm

    I like the pop of color pic with the little red bird on it and the flock of flamingos!

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  62. alyssaalewine permalink
    24/11/2014 6:35 am

    Thank you so much for sharing. I love all of your photo subjects. I spend hours looking through photos. A minute part of reality.
    Terri Beavers

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  63. lynndeeee permalink
    24/11/2014 7:53 am

    Love all the photos especially those of the giraffes and flamingos. Reminds me of our trip to Zoo Atlanta. 🙂

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  64. ebodker permalink
    24/11/2014 7:31 pm

    I’m loving the pics of the red birds. OK the red birds are my favorite/

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