Photography 101: Moment – Cheri reminds us that… Our lives are made up of big events and tiny moments. Ultimately, life is fleeting, and oftentimes it’s these small moments we love to document…

…such as this little boy and his sister playing in the fountains of the Los Angeles Music Center.

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Photography 101: Architecture – Study architectural forms, and also train your eye to look for shots that will translate well in black and white.

The Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles designed by Frank Gehry

The Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles designed by Frank Gehry

The Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas, designed by Frank Gehry

The Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas, designed by Frank Gehry

red riding hood pops by

Photography 101: A pop of Color – Colors can stir emotions within us, tell stories, and transform our images. Today, use one color to add life or drama to your shot.

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Since starting my blog nearly a year and a half ago The Red Cyclist that I posted last June for the Weekly Photo Challenge: Contrasts has been my most well-received image. It was of course just one of those lucky moments. I had taken out my iPhone to capture the dramatic sky in English Bay as I was walking the seawall one evening, with the sun’s rays breaking through the clouds and striking the water and distant tankers. Just as I was about to take the photograph a cyclist in a red top appeared in the frame and in a flash was gone.

Timing is everything they say and this was definitely one of those moments. For today’s Photography 101 exercise I thought I would focus on the cyclist and tankers and apply a little post-processing for fun using Photoshop Elements. If you have time compare it with the original and let me know what you think.

lighting the city and the sky

Photography 101: Weekend Twofrom dawn to dusk and into the night

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Throughout the summer I have been photographing the city skyline of Vancouver against an ever changing sky. Cheri’s suggestion that we consider the quality of light throughout the day for this weekend’s Photography 101 submissions has given me the perfect excuse to put some of these photos together. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did taking them.

keep the home fires burning

Photography 101: Warmth – Still in a Remembrance Day frame of mind

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Keep the Home Fires Burning,
While your hearts are yearning.
Though your lads are far away
They dream of home.
There’s a silver lining
Through the dark clouds shining,
Turn the dark cloud inside out
Till the boys come home.

composed in 1914 by Ivor Novello with words by Lena Gilbert Ford

modern family

Photography 101: Connect – In today’s world, we’re more connected than ever. How will you capture our theme, connect, through your lens?

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park partita

Photography 101: Weekend One

Kits beach this afternoon was pure magic with the glorious sound of her violin in perfect harmony with the late afternoon sky, the autumnal colors of the trees, the scattered clouds and the silhouettes of the figures against the shimmering water of English Bay.

Enjoy the Bourée from Bach’s Partita No.3 in E major played by Nobuko Imai