March 19

Photo 101 Revisited: Week 1 & 2 – Take Ten!

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“The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.” Maya Angelou

Photo 101 Revisited: Week 1 & 2 - Take Ten! - Mongoose Home
Photo 101 Revisited: Week 1 & 2 – Take Ten! – Mongoose Home

Day One: Home and Getting Oriented: Home is elusive. When we think about this word, we might picture different physical locations. And while home is often found on a map, it can also be less tangible: a loved one, a state of mind. For more: Before we offer shooting tips, let’s make sure you’re comfortable with your camera

Photo 101 Revisited: Week 1 & 2 - Take Ten! Street
Photo 101 Revisited: Week 1 & 2 – Take Ten! Street

Day Two: Street &a Establishing Shots: Today, let’s focus on a street. It can be a quiet road blanketed in snow, an alley near your apartment covered with murals, or a busy street where pedestrians weave between cars and motorbikes.Today’s Tip: While you’re free to take a picture from any angle, try to capture an establishing shot: a wide-angle photo that sets up a scene

Photo 101 Revisited: Week 1 & 2 - Take Ten!  - Water
Photo 101 Revisited: Week 1 & 2 – Take Ten! – Water

Day Three: Water & Orientation: We have different relationships to and stories about water: how it has saved or defeated us. How it reminds us of family vacations, outdoor adventures, or the hot summers of our childhood. How it might symbolize a place we’ve left behind, or a location we dream to go.Today’s Tip: Ever wonder whether a photograph will work better horizontally or vertically?

Photo 101 Revisited: Week 1 & 2 - Take Ten!  - Bliss
Photo 101 Revisited: Week 1 & 2 – Take Ten! – Bliss

Day Four: Bliss &; Captions: What is your idea of bliss? Is it an image of your family, laughing at the dinner table? A state of total relaxation, while lying on the beach? Your latest painting, drying on the canvas? Today’s Tip: Do you see the short description underneath the photo? That’s called a caption. Add a caption to your image of bliss

Photo 101 Revisited: Week 1 & 2 - Take Ten!
Photo 101 Revisited: Week 1 & 2 – Take Ten! – Badge
Photo 101 Revisited: Week 1 & 2 - Take Ten!  - Solitude/Rule of Thirds
Photo 101 Revisited: Week 1 & 2 – Take Ten! – Solitude/Rule of Thirds

Day Five: Solitude & the “Rule of Thirds”: We’re excited about today’s theme, solitude. In addition to thinking about what it means to you, also consider the placement of the subject in your shot. How can you interpret the state of being alone, or a lonely and uninhabited place? Today’s Tip: As you frame your shot, consider the “Rule of Thirds,” which is a great introductory lesson in composition.

Photo 101 Revisited: Week 1 & 2 - Take Ten!  - Connect
Photo 101 Revisited: Week 1 & 2 – Take Ten! – Connect

Day Six: Connect & Tags: In this age of social media, we hear the word connect often, don’t we? … There are many ways to interpret this theme: from a gadget to a handshake, from a bridge to a gathering among friends. What’s yours? Today’s Tip: Don’t forget to tag your post! Tags group your related posts together, help to organize your site content, and tell readers what a post is about. Photography, photo101, (Between five to fifteen tags per post (or a combination of tags and categories) is good practice.

Photo 101 Revisited: Week 1 & 2 - Take Ten!  - Big
Photo 101 Revisited: Week 1 & 2 – Take Ten! – Big

Day Seven: Big & Point of View: Today, let’s go big. Whether inside or outside, photograph something of massive size. Feel free to interpret big in your own way, and get creative with your shot. Capture all or just part of the subject. Place it in the foreground so it takes up the entire frame. Today’s Tip: Once you’ve chosen your subject, move around to experiment with your POV, or point of view.

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Day Eight: Natural World & Leading Lines: A good photographer is a constant observer: always watching and studying a scene, from patterns in city traffic to movements in nature. Capture the natural world with your camera: document a moment outside, big or small. From a panorama snapped during your morning hike to a close-up of a leaf in your yard. Today’s Tip: look for natural lines that lead our eyes to different parts of a frame. Envision the bend of a stream, or the curve of a petal: how can you use these lines in your composition?

Day Nine: Warmth & the Quality of Light: Photography means “drawing with light,” and when you snap a picture with your camera, you use and record light to create an image Today, capture an image of warmth, using the sun as your source. And if the sun is nowhere to be found, don’t worry! You can interpret warmth in a different way. Today’s Tip: If you’d like to experiment more, consider the direction and quality of light.

Day Ten: Mystery & Lighting Effects: A photograph can create a certain mood and communicate an idea that transcends its subject.Today, share an image that creates a sense of mystery. A lone mitten on the sidewalk. A trail leading off into the distance. Your dog’s deep brown eyes. Intrigue us with uncertainty. Today’s Tip: To stretch yourself, manipulate the light available to you to create a particular effect — use it to cast shadows and highlights to create a moody image.
Week 1 & 2

Photo 101 Revisited: Week 1 & 2 - Take Ten!
Photo 101 Revisited: Week 1 & 2 – Take Ten! – Badge

My fellow bloggers were equally creative with their selections. Check out how others interpreted the theme Descent below.

This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post Photo 101 Course: Photography 101: A Photo a Day — March 2 – 27   This week had five themes: Home, Street, Water, Bliss and Solitude. Even though registration has closed, you can still follow along. The tag is photo101

Positive Motivation Tip:

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

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


Big, Bliss, connect, DPchallenge, Home, mystery, natural-world, photo101, photography, postaday, solitude, street, warmth, Water

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  • Those are gorgeous pictures. I wish I had even a tenth of your photography talent!

  • I love each of your photo themes as always and enjoyed your post. Thanks so much for sharing and for the beautiful photos.

  • Aww, a polar bear. They are my favorite animal. I love all your photos this week.

  • What stunning photos. I’m not sure which is my favorite…the polar bear snoozing or the gorgeous sculpture. Wonderful!


  • I love the photo ideas. I still have to remind myself now and then of Day 5’s note “The Rule of Thirds.” It makes a huge difference.

  • Beautiful pictures. Thank you for your tips. I am kinda learning more about photo taking and this is helpful.

  • I thought the mongoose is so cute but the polar bear stole the show. Beautiful pictures.

  • Beautiful set of photos, especially the one with the polar bear. And thank you for the tips too, I need to remind myself to take photos more often.

  • I agree that a wide angle street shot can be oh so nice. We have some wide angle shots of our street and they’re some of my favorite because they remind me of the comfort of being home. 🙂

    • True. I have some really great ones of the mountains (wide angle shots) but my Achilles heel is that when I need to use them, I often can’t find them. I have thousands of photos organized in my own fashion by date and location but not often by type. The photo challenges have freed me to create new folders with the topics they suggest. I really love it and especially because it isn’t a competitive thing. It’s about doing your best and being supported. If only life could be more that way….hmmm!

  • I’ve been making a conscious effort to look for things to photograph wherever we go. It really makes a difference in what you see! The other day I found the most beautiful weathered turquoise-painted window frame, and was able to get several great photos. I’d have missed it if I wasn’t looking!

    • Exactly. That has truly been a key blessing of my participation in WP’s photo challenges. It has forced me to be attentive to my surroundings and to capture photos of things I would ordinarily walk by. TY!

  • What interesting photos you have! Nice photography tips as well which helps bloggers like me take decent photos without being too technical 🙂

  • Your animal photos are amazing as usual. I love polar bear pictures. This is the first time I have seen a mongoose! Interesting. What zoo do you go to take these wonderful pics? – Fred

  • I love getting pictures with natures, problem is that I don’t have a nice camera. I am just using my mobile and digital camera. I guess there is a great difference with the photo result.

  • Your tips reminded me to look up from my phone and observe the surrounding and environment. Make use of my phone to capture the moments instead of browsing through social media!

  • These are some pretty awesome photos!!! Loving the polar bear pic!!! Makes me want summer to hurry up so I can take my princess to go see some herself at the zoo 🙂

  • I could always use help when shooting scenes that I’ve been. Love this.

  • I am always very impressed on the pictures! You captured everything that made me say wow! It’s so true what they say, great pictures is just around us.. You just need to look around you! 😉

  • I am not a professional photographer but I take pictures as a partial hobby for I love nature, places, persons in action for posterity purposes. I have the idea that once it is very pleasant for me to look at especially the angle on which I am going to take, I assume it too that it is good for others.

  • Great captures, Elizabeth. You seem to be at the right place, at the right time. Photography is one of my favorite hobbies as well – it helps me express myself in so many ways that words can’t.

  • Amazing set of photographs, Eliz! Really loving that polar bear one! So cute! 🙂

  • I love the themes and the shots. I have a camera that I very rarely use unless I have to. I need to go out in the world and start taking random shots. Sometimes you don’t really see the beauty in something until you take that shot. 🙂

  • You captured a lot of good moments! My favorite is the sleeping polar bear. So cute!

  • Awesome photos as usual specially that ‘sleeping bear’ one. Home is where my family is.

  • My favorite photo shown here is of the polar bear. I think they are so fascinating. One time, we visited Toronto Zoo and got a chance to see them swim underwater. It was an amazing sight to see.

  • Those photos are beautiful. You did a great shot. I am more interested in street and people photography.

  • Photographs reflects the photographer’s personality and incorporate his/her desires. Most of the photos are great.

  • I’ve learned a lot from this. I wish I could get back my passion in photography. I love the shots and captures.

  • This are really great tips on photography. It’s also nice how they spread out their topics.

  • I love all of your pics but the Water ones are my favorite. Water has magical powers and I read a lot about its ability to keep memory of the things that happened in the surrounding area. Water is life. Very expressive photos!

  • Capturing a busy street is always interesting since you can have different perspectives every day. The water is another good subject with sunlight hitting the waves.

  • I love how this post is already a mini photography workshop! I especially like the tip about wide angle photography because it does suit more sceneries.

  • I’d say my bliss is a vacation with my family! Beach is one! Or the high mountains! I love travelling so even without sleep, if I visit places, it’s total happiness! 🙂

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