This week, Ann-Christine invited us to look at striped and checked images.
I started looking around the house both indoor and outdoor and noticed things I hadn’t noticed before. There is a striped area rug in front of the fireplace. There are horizontal blinds for the windows, vertical blinds for the patio door, and the striped fabrics on the couches. Going outside the patio, I could see the stripes of the patio cover and the beach chair.
I looked in the closet next. Twenty-five percent of my husband’s shirts have stripes or plaid. I think it’s true in general that most of the men wear stripes or plaid dressed shirts. On the contrary, I only have one pair of pants and one sweater with stripes, and one plaid sweater. If my office had a stripe and check day in the summer, I would have to buy a new top.
When I investigated the archives, there are several of my favorite images have stripes and checks on the indoor structures, outdoor structures as well as in the nature.
What interesting stripes and checks do you see around your home?
This week, as we are approaching the end of 2020, Amy invited us to share some of the precious moments we have had, before or during the pandemic.
I love travel. I know I won’t return to many places I had been and always treasure the experiences of being there and seeing those places. Yet if I must choose between travel and spend time with family and friends, I choose the latter. It is the relationship that makes the moments precious.
Our family photo which was taken in 2006. One young girl on the left got married a few years ago and now has a baby daughter. The other one on the left just got married last month. The three little ones are in college. Lynton’s dad, second from the right, died 12 years ago.
Eight years ago, we took our family trip to China and stopped by Hong Kong to see my family. Seven of us were in the middle of this photo, with my siblings and their families on the left and right sides. Will’s mom (behind Will, in green) died three years after the trip. My sister, third from right, died last year when we were in Hong Kong for my nephew’s wedding.
This is a group of my lovely lady friends celebrating Christmas in 2019. We missed each other tremendously.
“The most beautiful discovery true friends make is that they can grow separately without growing apart.” — Elisabeth Foley
Many of my friends and I were in this chorale last year singing in the annual performance of Messiah. The past weekend would have been the usual schedule for the performance. It didn’t happen this year.
“A man travels the world over in search of what he needs and returns home to find it.” – George Moore
This precious photo was taken with my daughter Mercy and granddaughter Autumn last year. We cancelled our trip this year because the Covid cases were worse than when it started.
This week, Patti invites us to explore Symmetry as a way to create dramatic and impactful images. I made a quick review of symmetry in photography and learned something new. Thank you, Patti.
There are four most common types of symmetry in photography
Vertical symmetry is the most common type of symmetry. Draw an imaginary vertical line at the center of the photo, if both sides are symmetrical, your photo will look visually appealing. Vertical symmetry is often used in architectural photography. It emphasizes the size, shape, and design of buildings.
This Tea Garden at a restaurant in Hong Kong in which my nephew and his wife had the tea ceremony before the wedding banquet.
Kasuga Grand Shrine in Nara, Japan, is famous for its many bronze lanterns, as well as the many stone lanterns that lead up the shrine.
The Champ de Mars is one of the most beautiful, large public green spaces in Paris, France. This is one of the 360o views on the viewing level of the Eiffel Tower.
Horizontal symmetry is often used in landscape photography. Especially when a body of water is present. This can be confused with reflective symmetry. The difference is that horizontal symmetry does not necessarily have to feature a reflection. Reflective symmetry always does.
The following beach photo shows the horizon reaching the sky, and the horizontal lines of the waves, and the line between the sand and water.
Seville was one of our stops during the Spain tour. This photo shows both vertical and horizontal symmetry. This is the Plaza de España in Seville built in 1928. It is a landmark example of Regionalism Architecture, mixing elements of the Baroque Revival, Renaissance Revival and Moorish Revival styles of Spanish architecture.
Radial symmetry usually involves shapes that go round and round with the same patterns. This is often associated with ripples, succulents, domes, wheels, etc.
There are many circular layers in the Central Garden at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles.
As its name suggests, reflective symmetry is all about reflections. We can find reflections in water, surfaces like glass, and buildings to create a mirror image.
This is the Patio de los Arrayanes in Alhambra, Spain. The image of the building is reflected in the pond.
Our favorite get away is the Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens in Los Angeles. This part of the Chinese Garden is reflected in the pond.
This week, Patti invited us to use cropping a shot to bring out the better quality of photography. I’m always interested in doing that, especially when I take photos in a hurry or have a limited choice of my position where I take the photos. The photos may extra elements not desirable to me.
I found several photos in which I applied the cropping. I’ll explain the reasons of doing so. You can let me know if you agree with them.
Before the crop
In this photo I took on the way to Road to Hana in Maui, Hawaii, I liked the cliff but it is in the center and I wanted the focal point to be a little off center to make the composition interesting.
After the crop
I took two steps:
I cropped a little of the foreground and part of the slope on the left to change the composition.
I increased the clarity to being out of the texture of the cliff and have more contrast between the land and the waves.
Before the crop
In the next photo I took in the Kowloon Park in Hong Kong, I included a group of flamingos. It was a smoggy day, and the air was not clear.
After the crop
I took three steps:
I cropped of a scattered part of the flamingos on the left and the man on the bench.
I increased the intensity of the color to being out a little more of the pink in the flamingos.
I increased the clarity, even though there’s no way to add sunshine to the sky.
Before the crop
I took the last photo in Nara Deer Park in Kyoto, Japan. With the busy tourists taking photos of the deer, it was hard to get in front of the deer to get them to look at me. This deer turned to me, so I took the shot regardless of the busy surrounding.
After the crop
I took two steps:
I cropped the immediate tourists who were taking photos.
I increased the clarity to bring out the texture and the clarity of the deer’s eyes. Now I got the deer looking at me.
Tina suggested to crop less to include the tourists as part of the story. Here is the one with less cropping.
Thank you for reading and please let me know what you think!
Next week, Sue of Mac’s Girl will be our special guest host for Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #97 on Saturday, May 16th. Our regular schedule for Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #98 on May 23rd will have Ann-Christine as our host.
For this week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge, Patti invited us to a photo scavenger hunt to find things that are red.
This scavenger hunt was harder than I thought. I found out that most of my photos don’t have too many red things. I’m glad to find some to share with you.
In early 2019 we went to my nephew’s wedding in Hong Kong. This is my granddaughter at the wedding cake cutting area outside of the banquet room.
I captured this photo with the Royal Guard standing at the Tower of London.
Mozarts Geburtshaus was the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in Salzburg, Austria. Mozart was born here on 27 January 1756. The Mozart family resided on the third floor from 1747 to 1773.
This is the art exhibit at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, a science and technology museum in Portland, Oregon. The artist collected insects and small birds around the world and used them to create amazing art displays.
This piece of artwork is by the same artist. Every tiny dot in this artwork is a real insect.
Tina for Lens-Artists Challenge #69 said, “Double trouble, double-time, two’s company, take two …. the world is filled with references to twosomes. This week, let’s double our pleasure and focus on things that come in twos.”
The following photos are from our trip to Hong Kong and Japan in January this year.
There are more than 300 kinds of gold fish, Ocean Park, Hong Kong
These two pups enjoyed each other, Ocean Park, Hong Kong
Flamingos – amazing animals at Kowloon Park, Hong Kong
Decoration at the entrance of the hotel, Kyoto, Japan
Monkey Park at the top of Arashiyama, Kyoto, Japan
These reindeer were waiting for food from the visitors in the Reindeer Park, Nara, Japan
This week, Amy directs us to explore different ways of framing images. She reminds us that, “Many photographers agree on one thing about framing – that it can help direct the viewers‘ eyes to where you want them to look.”
My granddaughter in the Wedding Tea Ceremony Garden in Hong Kong
“Your frame of reference is what you see.” – Jacque Fresco
My painting in a frame
“Thoughts frame your portrait, action paints it.” – Charles F. Glassman
Looking out to the Great Wall, China from the Great Wall window
“The frame through which I viewed the world changed too, over time. Greater than scene, I came to see, is situation. Greater than situation is implication. Greater than all of these is a single, entire human being, who will never be confined in any frame.” – Eudora Welty
Sculpture art in Barcelona, Spain
“The human frame being what it is, heart, body and brain all mixed together, and not contained in separate compartments as they will be no doubt in another million years.” – Virginia Woolf
Wedding Tea Ceremony Garden in Hong Kong
Celebrating the wedding of my nephew and his wife
“Frame your mind to mirth and merriment which bars a thousand harms and lengthens life.” – William Shakespeare
Here is this week’s Colleen’s 2019 Weekly Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge No. 121, “Slow & Work,” #SynonymsOnly
January 12 to 20, 2019, a group of family members from West Coast of the U.S.A. traveled to Hong Kong to celebrate my nephew’s wedding, a joyous begging of a new journey. It was a marathon ceremony of playing Chinese traditional games when the groom picked up the bride in the morning. The games were set by the bridesmaids and responded by the groom and best men. Only when all the games were responded, the door was open for the groom to pick up the bride. Then a modern church wedding and garden cake ceremony were held in the afternoon, and a nine-course Chinese banquet was served in the evening when the bride and mother-in-law (my sister) changed their gowns four times.
My trip to Hong Kong and Japan was filled with unexpected experiences. Even though I grew up in Hong Kong, nothing is the same as the place I left it years ago. During our nine-day stay, we were accompanied by family members to go places. I found all these places new to me except remembering some of the street names.
I only include some photos of a few places we visited..
Kowloon Park is the largest park in Hong Kong. I couldn’t believe seeing flamingos there.
We found a huge indoor playground for Autumn to run around.