Photo 101: Photography Assignments, Days 16-20

Wrapping up the last week of Photo 101 Assignments! Here are Days 16-20 – photographs representing: Treasure, Glass, Edge, Double and Triumph.

Treasure: Any object or experience that is deeply meaningful can be a treasure.
Pine Cone in Mammoth Mountain Winter Snow

On a trip to Mammoth Mountain, while my friends were snowboarding or skiing down Black Diamond runs, I was enjoying a leisurely walk by the cabin. Here, in the quiet space in the woods, I got up close to my subject – a pine cone fallen off the tree onto the snow.

Glass: Incorporate a form of glass into your image to add a layer of complexity.
Lobby Skylight at Getty Center, Los Angeles

Lobby skylight at the Getty Center, Los Angeles. Architect Richard Meier’s design for the Getty Center sits on a hilltop, with natural light and open spaces. For more on architecture at Getty, see my previous post Getty Center Architecture: Work of Art with a Museum Inside

Edge: Today, show us an edge — a straight line, a narrow ridge, a precipice
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Where to Stay in Sedona AZ: book your guest house through airbnb

On a trip to Sedona, Arizona, my friends and I rented a cabin with some really custom interior design. These vases sit on the ledge above the kitchen cabinets. At first I thought it was an odd location for pottery, but in this space, it seems to work. For more on things to do in Sedona, see Sedona AZ: Part Great Outdoors, Part Inner Peace.

Double: Today, you and your camera are seeing double.
Arabian Onyx Antelope at San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Spotted at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, the Arabian Oryx are the most highly specialized oryx species for living in true desert extremes. Their light color reflects the desert heat and sunlight, and they can erect their hair on cold winter mornings to capture warmth to hold in their thick undercoats. Their horns, carried by both males and females, give the oryx the nickname “spear antelope.”

Triumph: Triumph comes in all shapes and sizes.
View of Waikiki from Diamond Head Summit

The trail to the summit of Diamond Head was built in 1908 as part of O’ahu’s coastal defense system. Much of the trail is a natural tuff surface with many switchbacks traversing the steep interior slope of the crater wall. The ascent continues up steep stairs and through a lighted 225-foot tunnel. At the summit, the postcard view of the shoreline of southeastern O’ahu is stunning!

Portions of the trail are uneven and steep, requiring caution and appropriate footwear. I came across many girls trying to look all cute in wedges, and some folks go casual in flip flops – neither is recommended. From the parking lot on the crater floor, the trail to the summit is 0.8 mile (1.3 km) one way and climbs 560 feet (171 m) in elevation.

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8 thoughts on “Photo 101: Photography Assignments, Days 16-20

    • Photography has taught me to appreciate beauty in the little things around us. If I didn’t have my camera with me, I may not have paid attention to the pine cones. 🙂

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