Photography 101: Warmth

“….Today, capture an image of warmth, ideally using the sun as your source.”


Not easy to capture!

I took the photo outside on my deck at sunrise.

My own red roses. It shows warmth for sure
My own red roses.
It shows warmth for sure



Using flash takes the warmth away and

makes it hard.


Photography 101: Landmark


Landmarks are everywhere: iconic places, meeting points, markers on a map. Today, consider a unique point of view as you photograph a landmark.

Wellington New Zealand

Civic square


Nikau Palm


For more information on these landmarks in Civic Square go to

Different view of the passage leading to the library
Different view of the passage leading to the library



Photography 101: Connect

I received the following positive comment from Josh R

For the second shot, I would encourage you to focus more on the two faces and crop/frame out the extra space (especially on top). The faces and expressions are wonderful, that’s what you want the focal point of the image to be

My new second shot after I cropped it.

Cropped Connection!
Cropped Connection!

I agree:

The focus is now on the two people



Sunday Stills, the next challenge: Shallow Depth of Field

What is a Shallow Depth of Field (DOF)? Well it’s basically having your subject in focus in the foreground and blurring out the background.

DOF =depth of field
DOF =depth of field


Photography 101: Connect

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?

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families connect!

Connecting two families
Connecting two families


Engagement connection
Engagement connection


Photography 101: Solitude

What does solitude mean to me?( The placement of the subject in the photo is important.)

My  interpretation of the state of being alone, or a lonely and uninhabited place.


Solitude is fine but you need someone to tell you that solitude is fine. -Honoré de Balzac


Photography 101: Water

Photography 101: Water

For day three, we want to see your interpretation of water — how might your image reveal more about you?

Tip: Ever wonder whether a photograph will work better horizontally or vertically? It’s a great question to ask when looking through your viewfinder! Humans have binocular vision — which means we have two eyes, adjacent to one another — and naturally scan a scene along a horizontal, rather than vertical, plane.

After you snap your picture, rotate your camera and take a second shot from the other orientation — horizontally if you first took the picture vertically, and vice versa. If you’re aiming for an establishing shot, what orientation works better? How does a vertical shot affect your scene? Which version do you prefer?


Petone Beach



Same place – Petone Beach

Calm and peaceful


Which one do you think is the best?

Horizontal or Vertical?

Calm and peaceful water

Lake Taopo


Lake Taupo is a lake situated in the North Island of New Zealand. With a surface area of 616 square kilometres (238 sq mi), it is thelargest lake by surface area in New Zealand, and the second largest freshwater lake by surface area in geopolitical Oceania afterLake Murray (Papua New Guinea).


Photography 101: Street

“…focus on a street. It can be a quiet road in a small town, an alley near your apartment, or a busy street where pedestrians weave between cars and motorbikes, like this scene…” from my neighborhood where people love to walk their dogs every day. My car is parked on the other side of the road, in front of my son’s place!