Photo 101: Natural World

Sloe Berries

I like macro work, tricky to get right using a phone camera but it’s a satisfying approach. Taken while walking the dog.

Taken with my Galaxy S4.

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Photo 101: Landmark

Westminster Palace Clock Tower

Westminster Palace Clock Tower

Landmarks, London is full of them. This one is iconic, and I took it from a couple of places. A challenge in the dark but the walls on the riverbank provided some support for a handheld shot. Taken with my Nikon Coolpix compact from underneath Westminster Bridge. Could have used a tripod, but I’d forgotten to put it in my briefcase.

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Photo 101: Connections


Todays theme, Connections.   Several layers of that here, connecting the past with the present, civilian with military and the living with the dead.

Tower of London, the last days of the Poppy installation and the crowds are huge.

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Photo 101: The Saturday run


No challenge from Photo101 today, but the suggestion of playing with the themes and technical points from this week.

I went out for a short trail run this morning, only 6Km but it was nice.  Very rainy and muddy but still fun.  I think this could have qualified as either Bliss or Solitude from this week.  Square format as it was taken in Instagram seems to suit a central point of convergence rather than a rule of thirds approach.

This was about 1Km into the session.  Taken on my Galaxy S4 using the generic camera.

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Photo 101: Solitude


Solitude, though not quite.  Out with the dog.

The other aspect today was the rule of thirds, giving a focal point for the shot.  This shot has several convergence points, but I’ve tried to stick with the brief and open up the sky.

Taken on my Nexus 7

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Photo 101: Bliss


Meditation tools

The tools of meditation, leading to Nirvana.  Sometimes. 

Sometimes meditation is a struggle, sometimes one sinks into the moment and experiences blissful Nirvana.

The meditation cushion, a small figure of a Thai Buddha, the Bell and Dorje of the Tantra, and a candle.  At times meditation on a flame provides a point of focus that helps the process.

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Photo 101: Water


So a title like Water evokes wide ocean vistas, fast flowing rapids, busy harbours.  None of that was practical, and a view of the Thames felt a bit dull.  However, I drink a lot of the stuff and this lot was from last night.

Now the other part of the challenge was to compare portrait and landscape orientations.   I’d always take something like this in portrait as it complements the height of the bottle and is a natural fit.  Landscape is odd without being able to fit the trio of bottles into context in an other way.  That would involve a much wider shot, and be a completely different shot.  Notwithstanding that, here’s the comparison.


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