Photo101: The Perfect Swarm

Today’s theme, “swarm,” was challenging because, once again, I knew my day wouldn’t hold many opportunities to search for a good representational image. Our list of errands included a trip to Costco so I figured, if nothing else, I could get some shots of the swarm of people usually there. Unfortunately, since it’s a weekday, the crowds were light and the usual swarm was merely a smattering.

As we were leaving I saw this group of shopping carts lined up in almost perfect order and figured that I had my shot.

Swarm2

Photo101: Moment

Today’s assignment was to post a picture that captures a “moment” of life. It was suggested that showing movement can help capture the fleeting moment.

This picture was taken a few weeks ago while we were in Hawaii. One moment, this woman was standing on a rocky outcropping, looking down into a cylinder formed of craggy lava with the ocean some 25 – 30 feet below. The next moment she jumped. I barely had time to frame and shoot the picture before she disappeared. Fortunately, she made it into the water safely and soon climbed out to jump again.

Cliff Diver

Photo101: Architecture

I was a little worried about today’s assignment, “Architecture.” I knew that most of my day would be running around with my husband to various home improvement stores (don’t be jealous) and the chance of capturing a compelling image at a Lowes or Home Depot was pretty slim.

Then, at the end of the day, I spied this high-voltage transmission tower and thought it could work. The assignment suggested looking at our image in both color and B/W. The color version was just OK, but when I changed the image to B/W, I think it became much more interesting.

B_W

Photo101: Pop of Color

I found myself looking around all day for “pops of color” that I could take a picture of – and saw plenty! I love this particular challenge and look forward to applying the technique in the future.

I found this very calm crab sitting on a rock... it took me moment to realize that he wasn't alive!
I found this very calm crab sitting on a rock… it took me moment to realize that he wasn’t alive!
It was so nice that someone just happened to park their bright-red scooter against a gray wall!
It was so nice that someone just happened to park their bright-red scooter against a gray wall!