Through the Looking Glass…

It took me so long to come up with a response to this photography assignment: “incorporating glass into an image to add a layer of complexity.” Thus it was a blessing I and my family got to dine in a restaurant with this fascinating view of the outside…

Through a glass panel - The sharp lines and striking view of the buildings beyond, plus the soft twirls of the clouds in the sky, were made clearer by using more contrast and color saturation.
Through a glass panel 2 - same view but at a slightly different angle...
Through a glass panel 3 - I included more of the street below...
Through a glass panel 4 - stronger colors...

I never thought taking pictures through a looking glass can be interesting; now I’m hooked, thanks to The Daily Post’s Photography 101 course. Cheers!

Looking Through Natural Frames

Just a simple try on how to use natural frames for our shots…looking through these natural frames makes scenes more interesting indeed.

Photography 101: Clouds and Convergence

Clouds have always fascinated me…so here I put together different shots of them as I try to apply the element of convergence as a challenge…

Well, it has been worth the try, I think. Yet, better still if I use my digital cam next time, instead of my mobile phone, for a series of shots like these…

 

Photography101: Mystery & Light

Here is my first attempt to edit a shot to present two versions of it. I am not as adept at using lights, but I hoped to create a sense of mystery with the darkened version of a shot I took of a clubhouse swimming pool that was ablazed with Christmas lights. I thought that darkening, and using a stronger contrast and higher saturation of colors would get the effect of mystery I wanted, at the same time hide the fact I wasn’t able to capture the glitter in those Christmas lights.

An air of mystery surrounds the clubhouse swimming pool...

Then, I lightened the shot by softening the contrast and brightening it more…the effect is indeed a dramatic contrast with the ‘air of mystery’ in the darkened version.

The lighter version somehow brought more life to the Christmas lights as they cast their dancing reflections onto the water...

The Natural World Thru An Amateur’s Lens

Here is my response to Photography 101: The Natural World

I thought it was just a leaf
Then the leaf moved and I saw a butterfly starting to flutter
The butterfly tried to flap its wings more, but rather weakly...
View of the morning sky from my yard...'twas a beautiful day...
One of my green plants - the roof from the neighboring house serves as backdrop...

 

A rustic scene: my green plant against an old structure...
My green plant from another angle
A closer view of my green plant still with the sky in sight
The leaves of the plant are in focus

 

Photography 101:Street View

On out of town trips, nothing gives me more pleasure than the ride itself for I get to admire the varying scenes of nature that we pass by, especially rustic landscapes of the countryside. Quiet roads and local street scenes fascinate me much, just like this street view leading to a modern subdivision down south of Manila, which is the subject of my post in response to Photography 101: Street

A quiet road along the way...

Any Place is HOME As Long As…

Home, as they say, is where the heart is — and for me, that would mean any place as long as nurturing love and care abound. Thus, aside from my family and the comfort food we enjoy, I also see pets and plants as symbolic of Home, for these elements of Mother Nature nourish my spirit, my soul in so many ways as I nurture and care for them. Through pet animals and plants, I enjoin myself with God’s creation, so in that way, I nurture my own spirituality as well…

Pets and Plants are Symbolic of HOME too...

These are photos I took of my pet cat and some plants I have around in my simple abode using my phone camera and an app for making photo collages.