Photo 101-Week 4: From Treasure To Triumph!
“Guard well within yourself that treasure, kindness. Know how to give without hesitation, how to lose without regret, how to acquire without meanness.” George Sand
Show us something (or someone) you cherish, and get up close
Day 1 – Treasure: If we pause to inhale the crisp air, breathe deeply to feel our heart beat, and look at the beauty in the simplest things, we will find treasures and triumphant moments around us.The first thing that came to mind when I saw the word – treasure – was Life and Family; that’s a given. Our families and the gift of life are our cherished treasures.
I got a bit philosophical and chose the glass with red daisies sitting in water. For me, that simple glass with water and two flowers evokes memories of the five senses: Sight, hearing, smell, taste, touch and of the five elements: Earth, Water, Fire, Wind, Sky. When we think about how they came to be, we see the effort that is also in every form of life. There lies the treasure.
“Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.” Anton Chekhov
Incorporate a form of glass into your image to add a layer of complexity.
Day 2 – Glass: Now glass was an interesting one create because it wasn’t as obvious or easy to do. Instead of shooting from a window, I created the illusion of a peephole like we see on ships and a glass frame behind which we see the intended image. This was complex and complicated to do.
“Happiness, for you we walk on a knife-edge. To the eyes you are a flickering light, to the feet, thin ice that cracks; and so may no one touch you who loves you.” Eugenio Montale
Today is all about straight edges, and tweaking your image to ensure your lines are perfectly positioned.
Day 3 – Edge: If we pay attention to our surroundings, we’d come to notice all the variations of edges that loom before us. In the first picture, the more I looked at it, the more I recognized the edges that were caught in the frame. Do you see them? The stripped white edges on the street is obvious. Where are the rest?
“She’s got everything I need. Takes the steering wheel when I’m seeing double, pays my tickets when I speed.” Grateful Dead
Today, you and your camera are seeing double.
Day 4 – Double: This should have been more varied and I will update it when I find more double trouble shots. For now, I played with the colorful glasses in my cabinet and had a bit of fun. The first shot was created by placing two tumblers in front of a mirror and adding a distinct backdrop. Getting myself out of the frame took some time and effort and then, viola! It worked. The second shot needs no explanation.
“Always seek out the seed of triumph in every adversity.” Og Mandino
Today, let’s bump up the contrast for a bold take on triumph.
Day 5 – Triumph: For triumph, I decided to play with the patterns inside the tumblers and this one caught my attention. It was dramatic and up beat. It reminded me of a giant kaleidoscope. The effect and glow were just what I wanted to capture so that is a triumph for me. I’m still debating my 2nd shot so stop by another time and check it out. What do you think? Have a great weekend.
PS: On a side note, this blog turned 6 today. Happy Blogging!
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This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post Photo 101 Course: Photo 101- Week 4: From Treasure To Triumph! This week, Photo 101 had five themes: Treasure, Glass, Edge, Double and Triumph. Even though registration has closed, you can still follow along. The tag is photo101
Positive Motivation Tip: If we take time to pause, breathe and look at the beauty in the simplest things, we will find treasures and triumphant objects and moments around us.
PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos from my personal collection.