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Photo 101: Warmth & the Quality of Light

Light on the Water always seems to reflect joy to me….Perhaps I just like the sparkles.  Anyhow, here is my submission for Day Nine: Warmth and the Quality of Light.

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Photo 101: Nature and Natural Lines

Nature is one of my favorite photographic areas.  There are so many beautiful and interesting things out there.  Here is a shot of a wild flower on the beach.  These fascinate me because they are so delicate and beautiful, but grow wild in the sandy unfriendly soil right on the beach and dunes.

Convolvulus arvensis Orchard morning glory
Convolvulus arvensis
Orchard morning glory
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Photo 101: Big and Point of View

Tybee Island has a lighthouse, actually it has two if you count the Cockspur Lighthouse.  Today I am focusing (pun intended) on the main lighthouse.  It is big and very photogenic.  When I am on one of my ambitious beach walks, I always like to take pictures of the lighthouse.  Here is a gallery of photos that I took of the lighthouse with a few different perspectives.  (See I actually paid attention to our weekend assignment.)

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Photo 101: Connect

I’m not quite sure why, but I had trouble finding an image to go with the term “connect”.  The shot I selected is of a variety of sea birds and dolphins who have “connected” the shrimp boat with the source of a tasty meal.  If you are on the beach and want to see dolphins….follow the shrimpers.

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Photo 101 – Day Five: Solitude & the “Rule of Thirds”

I truly love the beach.  The vastness of the ocean.  The unique wildlife.  The boats moving purposefully across the water.  The calls of the seabirds and the grumbling of the waves.  To me the best time on the beach is when you are alone and can contemplate the world.  Solitude.  It is when you know God is with you.

I rarely take photos of other on the beach.  I am a private person and I want to respect others’ privacy.  If I do get a shot with another human being, I try to make sure that they are not identifiable. 

This picture was taken after the sun had set.  It was a misty day and the colors of the sunset were dreamlike.  I took some wonderful shots of the Cockspur Lighthouse that were like a scene from a fairy tale.  This was the last picture of the night, when I was on my way home.  To me it evokes feelings on calmness, peace and solitude.


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Photo 101: Bliss (Captioned)

Since the first time I visited, I loved the beach.  While I am not one for laying in the sun or surfing the waves, the quiet times around sunrise and sunset are so wonderful.  A beautiful sunset, preferably with those I love by my side, is my idea of bliss.  Since we moved to Tybee, you can find me most evenings racing down the walkway to take a photo of the pretty sunset.  I hope you enjoy this one.

Tybee Island Sunset
Tybee Island Sunset
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Photo 101: Water and Orientation

Landscape or Portrait?  That is the question.  I find myself taking about 95% of my photos in landscape orientation.  Occasionally, for something tall and picky, (single humans, lighthouse, spiky plants) I will go portrait, but not otherwise,   Here are two boat shots that I took this afternoon.  Large container ships coming out of the Port of Savannah.  Let me know which you like better.

P.S. I was leaning toward the landscape (like always), but I think the portrait shows better here, perhaps because it is enlarged a bit more.

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Photo 101: Wide Angle Street Scene

For a piece of true Americana and a small town adventure, I give you Tybee Island Pirate Day Parade.  These types of parades occur about 5 or 6 times a year and are quirky, fun and suitable for all ages.  And as they say, “everyone loves a parade.”

IMG_0735 (2)Just a couple of comments, regarding why I used this shot:

I messed up my knees last week and when I finally went to the doctor’s yesterday, my hubby had to help me down the stairs.   I have been using archive pictures for the daily assignment, at least until I can get a bit more mobile.  Day 2 and I can’t find any shots I really like in the file.   Grrrr!  I am going with one that I think is just okay.  It does hit the theme, wide angle and it is a street shot.  It is also very cluttered.

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Photo 101: Home

I signed up for the Photo 101 Class here at WordPress.  Since I have no formal training in photography, I thought this might be a good place to start.  Eventually, I hope to take a physical class so that I can find out more about all the cool buttons on my camera, that I currently ignore.  Then maybe I can get into the editing part.  I have seen some of the spectacular stuff others have done with colors and highlighting and light….so much to learn.  Lucky I am retired so now I have the time. 

The first assignment for class is “home”.  To me home is where my family is; where my hubby and I sit and eat our dinner and laugh at the stupid shows on television.  It is where we see our “senior” cat passed out on various pieces of furniture though out the house.  Currently home is Tybee Island, GA in the USA.  Here is a photo taken from the walkway at the rear of our house.  Home is on the left.

DSC_0018 (2)DSC_0018 (4)One of our classmates suggested that I might cut the left side of the house to see how that would look.   I tried the suggestion and I think from a photographic point of view it does look better. It may have something to do with the rule of thirds, photographers talk about. I took out about half the house and straightened the photo a bit.  Only one problem….the half I took out is the half we live in aka “home”. LOL