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Cee’s Compose Yourself Photo Challenge: #19 Geometry

For your assignment I would like to see at least 4-6 photos showing various geometric shapes within your photos and describe the various shapes.  Please describe what you learned in this lesson as well. Our minds are geared to recognize shapes, wired that way at the deepest level.  When we can recognize shapes and see them balanced on the page, we feel good about the image, even if this happens at such a deep subconscious level that we aren’t aware of the analysis going on internally.

The entrance to a temple, the rectangle of the door and the rectangle of the metal box meant for donations and the rectangle of the notice board.

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My father-in-law used to ride his his bullet bike till the age of 70, now he is 91 and enjoyed sitting on the bike of younger relative. The circle of the wheels 🙂

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These are foot bridges made from fallen  areca trees . The logs are kept near each other. They form parallel lines.

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The circle of a lighted candle

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Straight lines and rectangles

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Some more geometrical figures 🙂

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The right angle of the hand holding roses made from organdy material 🙂

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The evening sun through the leaves, an almost  perfect circle:)

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I have learned to observe geometrical figures in so many things, it is fun:)

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Cee’s Compose Yourself Photo Challenge: #18 Contrasting Colors

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Color theory for photography is really quite basic.  Here is a recap of what we learned in this series.

  1. The Color Wheel.
  2. The colors that are considered warm (reds, oranges, yellows, lime greens) and cool (greens, teals, blues, purples).
  3. The colors that are harmonious with each other or match closely with each other.  Colors are next to each other on the color wheel.
  4. The colors that are considered to be contrasting because they are exactly opposite on the color wheel and bring out the differences.

It is amazing how many contrasting colours are present together in nature.

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A Children’s playground:)

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A bright rangoli in front of a house:)

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Cee, I have really enjoyed this series. Many a time we take colours for granted. We appreciate them but they are there and sometimes we do not really think about them. But throughout this series I have learnt to always observe colours of anything and everything:) Thanks.

 

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Cee’s Compose Yourself Photo Challenge: #17 Complimentary/Harmonious Colors

Complimentary color schemes use colors that are next to each other on the color wheel. They usually match well and create a more serene photo. You can use only two or three colors as long as they are next to each other on the color wheel.

Notice the chain on the bottom they are consider complimentary and are harmonious.

For your assignment I would like to see at least 4-6 photos showing complimentary photos and which colors each photo represents .  Please describe what you learned in this lesson as well.

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The pet dog in my brother’s farm

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A beautiful butterfly

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A temple to Goddess Mahishamardhini

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Countryside from a train:)

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Many a time we take colours for granted. They are there and we really do not think about them. It was fun to go through my collection, searching for complimentary colours:) It is fun to learn something new. Thanks a lot.

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CEE’S COMPOSE YOURSELF PHOTO CHALLENGE: #16 Color Basics

This week’s Compose Yourself Photo Challenge (CCY) Theme is Color Basics and will be open for two weeks. For your assignment I would like to see at least 3 warm colored photos and 3 cool colored photos.

Warm Colors – The warming colors also tend to energize you, especially the bright reds and oranges.  You want to keep those colors out of your bedroom.

Cool Colors – The cooler colors are in the range of the violets to dark green.  These colors tend to calm you down and are soothing.

While reading the essay my first thought was about the beautiful flowers I had seen in the colony where my brother,family and my parents live. I had taken many photos because the flowers are so beautiful. It is good to read in detail about colours and how they affect us.

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These photos are in my brother’s farm 🙂

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My mother 🙂 with cool flowers in the background 🙂

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CEE’S COMPOSE YOURSELF PHOTO CHALLENGE: #15 Cropping Tips

“Cropping is the first step in really being creative with your photography.  You don’t have to know how to do fancy post-edits or have expensive software.  Cropping can dramatically change the feel of a photograph with little time, effort and money expended on your part.”

I recently learnt about cropping and it is fun.

I saw these birds on the tree, I just had my mobile.

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I cropped the photo to focus more on the birds 🙂

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A jack fruit

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And its close up

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Flowers

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CEE’S COMPOSE YOURSELF PHOTO CHALLENGE: WEEK #13 Perspective

This week’s CCY Theme is Perspective. 

For your weekly assignment I would like to see at least 4-6 photos of photos taken with perspective in mind.  You can either show original photos with a quick description of where the perspective is do a photo shoot like I did (see my essay below) showing perspective of two items.

This photo is taken in a temple. These vessels are used to cook food for the devotees. The smaller vessels have been kept inside the larger vessel and a small vessel on a drum shows the size of the vessels.

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The house and the hay stack in the distance, on the other side of the harvested field and trees on both sides show us each stands in perspective of the other.

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The toy racing car is small, and the little hand looks so much bigger 🙂

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The entrance arch looks so much larger when we see the lady going out . Her presence adds to the dimensions.

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The temple chariot, people look so much smaller while standing beside it, and it looks huge.

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This boulder on top of a hill looks huge from the perspective of the people standing near it.

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Cee’s Compose Yourself Photo Challenge: Week #11 Centerpoint – Breaking the Rule of Thirds

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To continue our discussion of the rule of thirds, let’s start by breaking it. Before you can break any rule, you have to understand it enough to be able to break it successfully. One thing you can do to break the rule of thirds is to put your subject in the middle of the frame. Although, using the counterpoint doesn’t always work.  It can make for a rather boring photo.  If you are going to use the middle at all, you need a specific and small point of focus, something that will draw immediately the eye to the center of the frame which your eye will then flow through the rest of the photo.

(Note: a square framed picture works best for a subject in the middle because it helps keep your eye in the center of the picture. We’ll talk about square perspectives in an upcoming essay.)

We had been to London, this year in early June. I feel some of these photos break the Rule of thirds:)

The Taj Hotel in the City of Westminster

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This is in the British Museum

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Beautiful flowers in Ealing Broadway

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In Greenwich

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Small and beautiful:)

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Just by chance 🙂

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In the Natural History museum

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Cee’s Compose Yourself Photo Challenge: Week #10 Using 2/3 of your photo frame

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Magic of Two-Thirds. Instead of putting your subject in one third of the frame, use two-thirds, leaving the rest bokeh or negative space to accent your subject.

As with the Rule of Thirds, you can use the upper or lower two-thirds or the left or right two-thirds. I use two-thirds a lot with my flower photography, so you’ll see a lot of examples here. It’s great to use for any still life photography.

This is the flower of what we call Insulin plant

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Cee’s Compose Yourself Photo Challenge: Week #8 Diagonal Lines

Essay

‘There really is not a lot to say about diagonal lines except they appear to be more dynamic.  Depending on the type of diagonal line you have, it can add tension to your image. In addition to this, diagonals can serve the same purposes as horizontal and vertical lines in that they can guide the eye, and act as frames for a specific area of the photo.  Diagonal lines can be placed in any direction in your photo.

Another fun thing about diagonal lines is you can break the horizontal and vertical rules.  Sometimes you can really create an art piece by making an item run diagonally.  Just make sure that your photo makes sense. ‘

Reading about diagonal lines, reminded me of our grandson on the easy-chair:)

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Another fun photo of our son and grandson, who is sitting on a sari and wants to be pulled around:)

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The branches of the tree make diagonal lines.

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My father-in-law trying to drop coconuts using a bamboo stick:)

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The pulley of the well, used to draw water.

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Cee’s Compose Yourself Photo Challenge: Week #6 Horizontal Lines and Horizon

Horizons in general.   You are the artist and photographer. You can play with your camera to get a slightly different view with changing where your horizon is in your photo. Horizons go hand in hand with the Rule of Thirds which we will cover in later challenges. Depending on where your horizon is, you guide your viewers to what you want to show off in your photo.

Show us 4 to 6 photos where there are a lot of horizontal lines not necessary horizons or you have at least one strong horizon line.

Show us at least two photos with multiple horizons. Yes, the horizons have to be straight.

The road, the railway bridge, horizontal lines and the horizon

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A temple festival in our place, the steps to the temple. Horizontal lines

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This photo is from the platform , there are a lot of horizontal lines.

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A temple not far from our place

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We had been to Pushkar in Rajasthan a few years ago.

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