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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

Photo 101-Week 4: From Treasure To Triumph! - Red flowers in Glass w/ water: Treasured moments of life and all that sustains us.

Photo 101-Week 4: From Treasure To Triumph! – Red flowers in Glass w/ water: Treasured moments of all that sustains us.

From Treasure To Triumph! - Red flowers in Glass w/ water: Treasured moments of life, light, and all that sustains us.

From Treasure To Triumph! – Red flowers in Glass w/ water: Treasured moments of life, light, and all that sustains us.

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

Photo 101-Week 4: From Treasure To Triumph! - Glass w/ water: Glass and more glass in luxury bathroom

Photo 101-Week 4: From Treasure To Triumph! – Glass and more glass in luxury bathroom

Photo 101-Week 4: From Treasure To Triumph! - Glass through a peep-hole in luxury bathroom

Photo 101-Week 4: From Treasure To Triumph! – Glass through a peep-hole in luxury bathroom

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

Photo 101-Week 4: From Treasure To Triumph! - Lots of Edge. Do you see them?

Photo 101-Week 4: From Treasure To Triumph! – Lots of Edge. Do you see them?

From Treasure To Triumph! - Edge in Glass rim

Photo 101-Week 4: From Treasure To Triumph! – Edge in Glass rim

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?

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“She’s got everything I need. Takes the steering wheel when I’m seeing double, pays my tickets when I speed.” Grateful Dead

From Treasure To Triumph! - Double tumblers in a mirror

From Treasure To Triumph! – Double tumblers in a mirror

From Treasure To Triumph! - Double tumblers in psychedelic colors

From Treasure To Triumph! – Double tumblers in psychedelic colors

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

From Treasure To Triumph! - Triumph in kaleidoscopic form

From Treasure To Triumph! – Triumph in kaleidoscopic form

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.

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PS: On a side note, this blog turned 6 today. Happy Blogging!

My fellow bloggers were equally creative with their selections. To check out how others interpreted Week 4, use the tag – Photo101

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.

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

51 Comments leave one →
  1. 28/11/2014 12:36 pm

    I love the flowers and the kaleidoscope photos and the bathroom – well its wonderful unless the window cleaners show up! Some great images Eliz 🙂


  2. 28/11/2014 1:35 pm

    I absolutely love the second shot of the daisies in the glass with the light trails bouncing off it….it’s fabulous, I keep going back to have another look!
    You triumphed with your last photo looking into the glass and described it well, it certainly is a kaleidoscope of vibrant colours!
    Well done my friend!


  3. franckxethee permalink
    28/11/2014 2:45 pm

    I like how each photo brims in color. Life indeed is a kaleidoscope.


  4. 28/11/2014 3:17 pm

    I like your motivation. Nowadays, everything is fast pace. This is a good reminder for us to pause for a while and appreciate all the little things around us. Have a blessed weekend!


  5. Ben Butler permalink
    28/11/2014 3:24 pm

    These are really great photos, but the last one is my favorite. I love the way the colors swirl.


  6. Fernando Ceballos Lachica permalink
    28/11/2014 3:34 pm

    Like the stained glasses, flowers and the subject matter that rip-off my heart from treasure to triumph. Motivating factors in moving up in our lives.


  7. 28/11/2014 3:39 pm

    Great job on the photo challenges. I like the first the most 🙂


  8. 28/11/2014 3:53 pm

    Love this! All those glass photos are just brilliant so pretty! Love your advice to pause and breathe. We all need to do that more often!


  9. 28/11/2014 4:00 pm

    Those simple red flowers in the glass are my favourite part, Elizabeth. Glass and water- two irresistible forces 🙂 Belated Thanksgiving wishes! I’m sure it was happy.


  10. alissamags permalink
    28/11/2014 4:11 pm

    I love the photo in double! It’s so mesmerizing and colorful. Btw love this post idea! Keep it up!


  11. Karen permalink
    28/11/2014 4:47 pm

    I love the glasses in every style and form of it!


  12. Anna Sundqvist permalink
    28/11/2014 5:33 pm

    I love these photo challenges. They really makes you look at things from a different angle and by doing so, often finding beauty in places you would otherwise not have looked. Great pics!


  13. rochkirstin permalink
    28/11/2014 5:38 pm

    I like seeing glass in the bathroom. It makes the ambiance feel really luxurious and relaxing like in a hotel. If I were to have my own house someday, I would prefer something like that in the pic. 🙂


  14. Louise permalink
    28/11/2014 5:45 pm

    It’s wonderful how you were able to give each word a definition and relate it with our lives. Our family indeed are our treasures. They are the people who will always stand with us and guide us through life. And just like treasures, we must learn to always value & keep them close to us.


  15. 28/11/2014 5:52 pm

    These photos are great and makes you think of the subject matter before you shoot. Do you follow the themes in instagram? Those are great too!


  16. Nestor Domingo Jr permalink
    28/11/2014 7:19 pm

    At first, It thought of the title Treasure to Triumph as a pathway of life. And at some point, after realizing your entire post, including the photos, you’re right. I’m seeing a lot of glasses though, and defined them as your vision on life. I find the last picture perfect to culminate this one though.


  17. Erica permalink
    28/11/2014 7:58 pm

    Nice photos. I like the glass through a peep-hole in a luxury bathroom photo the most.


  18. 28/11/2014 8:21 pm

    Beautiful pictures as always! I love the symbolizing, where 2 daisies in a glass cup have been considered a treasure because they evoke the 5 senses and the 5 elements that sustain us! Brilliant 🙂


  19. Liz Mays permalink
    28/11/2014 8:37 pm

    You worked hard on your photos, I can tell. I really love what you did with the kaleidoscope and doubles.


  20. 28/11/2014 11:13 pm

    My favorite pictures are the pictures of the tumbler. So pretty!



  21. sikat101 permalink
    28/11/2014 11:13 pm

    I treasure family, friends and faith. These three things keep me going. Different things may remind of the three F’s I treasure. It would be hard me to find an object the represents them. If I have to choose, I also choose flowers. Flowers make me happy. Happy is the often the feeling I associate with the 3Fs. -katrina centeno


  22. Gillian permalink
    29/11/2014 12:40 am

    I love how the first picture is edited! somehow it feels soothing and motivational to look at it!


  23. 29/11/2014 12:57 am

    All beautiful and creative interpretations Eliz. Red Flowers no 2 with the light patterns is my favourite.


  24. 29/11/2014 12:58 am

    Colorful stuff sure makes a great decor at home. This post made me inspired to do the same. I will also start collecting my own treasures.


  25. Ling Tan permalink
    29/11/2014 1:07 am

    Stunning images. I like your day 5 photo best – the play with light shining through the coloured glass. A very poetic interpretation of triumph.


  26. 29/11/2014 4:31 am

    I would love to take a bath looking out at the city. The photo of inside the base is so cool looking. Thanks for sharing


  27. 29/11/2014 5:18 am

    You put a lot of thought into your selections. I think you did a great job with making the words meaningful, thought-provoking, and relevant.


  28. 29/11/2014 5:18 am

    Such cool images, I love the first 2. It makes me look different at something so simple.


  29. 29/11/2014 9:13 am

    Lovely photos to inspire this post. I too liked the two flowers on a glass bowl. And where is that bathroom. Wow!


  30. 29/11/2014 10:06 am

    Hmmm… I didn’t feel much for the first few photos, but I love the photography of the glass rim! 🙂


  31. Pauline Cabrera permalink
    29/11/2014 10:27 am

    Great shots Elizabeth! I love the quotes as well! I love how you motivate people to be better and appreciate the simple things in life.


  32. 29/11/2014 6:20 pm

    The flowers, The Treasure To Triumph, is gorgeous!


  33. Fred permalink
    30/11/2014 4:38 am

    Once more we have beautiful photos and meaningful quotes. Those red flowers look so vibrant. Ingenious way of photographing that colored glass. – Fred


  34. 30/11/2014 1:24 pm

    Elizabeth you have done a wonderful job here! Your talent is so obvious. I love how you have combined each day’s challenge to work so well together. The bold and bright colours, the glass, it all looks amazing! Great job!


  35. phyliciamarie permalink
    30/11/2014 6:39 pm

    My favorite photo is the Kaleidoscope one too! I love how it shows how crazy and fun triumphing in life is.


  36. 30/11/2014 8:20 pm

    I loved edge in glass rim the best. You come with such innovative posts for the prompts. I really like that 🙂


  37. Fi Ní Neachtáin permalink
    01/12/2014 1:38 am

    Great pictures. I love how you’ve captured the colour in the glass in the last picture.


  38. Carly Anderson (@lipglosscrayons) permalink
    01/12/2014 6:20 am

    I always love the photos you chose to go along with your posts! The flowers in the water are my favorite.


  39. lynndeeee permalink
    01/12/2014 8:47 am

    Happiness is everywhere. And it can be the simplest thing. This is so inspiring.


  40. S. Daniel permalink
    11/12/2014 2:14 pm

    Beautiful pictures and post! The bold and bright colors are awesome! I I love the bathroom shot as well.



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