Remembering Triumph

Photography 101 Day 20 Today, let’s bump up the contrast for a bold take on triumph. Triumph usually denotes drama of some sort, no matter whether it’s big or small. Playing with contrast is a great way to enhance your photos for a more dramatic effect.


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Flags on the SS Nia

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Floating Wreaths

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Spectators at the PMPSS Dockside Remembrance Day Service (Panorama Mode)

 Using outdated 19th century military strategy, Allied generals believed that sending wave after wave of infantry would eventually overwhelm the enemy. Soaring casualty rates proved that soldiers attacking with rifles and bayonets were no match for German machine guns. Each side dug in and soon the Western Front became a patchwork of trenches in France and Belgium stretching from Switzerland to the North Sea.

In April 1917, Canadians helped turn the tide of battle when they won a major victory at Vimy Ridge. This triumph came at high cost: more than ten thousand casualties in six days. Even with this victory, the war continued for more than a year. Finally, on November 11, 1918, the Armistice was signed and the Canadians took part in the triumphant entry into Mons, Belgium. Throughout this conflict, Canadians proved that they could pull their weight, and by their effort earned for Canada a new place among the nations of the world.

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Every year on November 11th, our squadron puts on a very moving tribute at Belcarra Park dock to remember our veterans who fought for our freedom. Historical war-time recordings including a Winston Churchill’s speech, bagpipes, and prayers are played over a loud speaker system setup on one of our member’s boat. Another of our members is a pilot with the Snow*Flake aerial formation team, and they flyover our gathering in the “missing man” configuration. After the ceremonies, all attendees are invited back into the covered picnic areas for a chili and hot dog lunch.

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Out on a Ledge

Photography 101 Day 18 Today is all about straight edges, and tweaking your image to ensure your lines are perfectly positioned. Today, show us an edge — a straight line, a narrow ridge, a precipice.


Minstrel has many ledges and edges that I love to explore. My territory is contained within them. From the bow to the stern, the brow to the dash, I find where the best advantage points are to survey my surroundings, or to take a nap.  I love looking down the sides of Minstrel. The lines of her narrow side walkways reach back and forth to the edges of the world, and beyond.

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All Warm & Fuzzy

Photography 101, Day 9 Today, capture an image of warmth, ideally using the sun as your source. Consider the direction of light: front light and side light.


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Front Light

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Side Light

All Warm and Fuzzy

I like to feel all warm and fuzzy

Hues of yellow golden honey

Face the sun it melts the cold

From the side it’s more bold

Depth and shadows mix

Drama depicts

when basking

in the

Light.

Keeping with the nine theme for November, this poetry form is called a Nonet. A Nonet has nine lines. The first line has nine syllables, the second line eight syllables, the third line seven syllables, etc… until line nine finishes with one syllable. It can be on any subject and rhyming is optional.

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A Feline Alone

Photography 101, Day 5: Capture a snapshot that conveys the state of being alone. As you frame your shot, apply the tried-and-true Rule of Thirds, which is a great introductory lesson in composition. Divide your shot into thirds, both horizontally and vertically, so you get nine parts. Place your subject at the intersections of these lines, or along them. 


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Anchored in Bedwell Bay, BC

Thoughts find themselves in solitude,

And flourish in the quietude,

Over a sea of calm they float.

From the brow I stare and ponder,

What adventures lie out yonder,

Somewhere On coastal shores remote.

Finding bays in isolation,

By celestial navigation,

My journey will travel by boat.

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For November we are trying the Nove Otto poetry form. November was the ninth month of the ancient Roman calendar and retained its name (from the Latin novem meaning “nine“) when January and February were added. The Nove Otto poetry form was created by Scott J. Alcorn. It is a nine-lined poem with 8 syllables per line (isosyllabic). The rhyme scheme is as follows: aacbbcddc.

WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Minimalist photography is characterized by a large portion of negative space, a fairly monochromatic color palette with good contrast, and an interesting subject that is able to stand on its own to capture the interest of the viewer. At first thought, it may seem like it would be easy to shoot an engaging minimalist photograph, when indeed it can often be the opposite. A minimalist photo can also effectively tell a story, in spite of its relative simplicity, and it is anything but “plain”.

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Tall Drink of Water

Photography 101, Day 3: For day three, we want to see your interpretation of water — how might your image reveal more about you? Ever wonder whether a photograph will work better horizontally or vertically? It’s a great question to ask when looking through your viewfinder! After you snap your picture, rotate your camera and take a second shot from the other orientation — horizontally if you first took the picture vertically, and vice versa. If you’re aiming for an establishing shot, what orientation works better? How does a vertical shot affect your scene? Which version do you prefer?


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This is what water reveals about me. You may notice the water reverses my image. Almost all our photos taken with an iPhone are vertical (above), and almost all taken with the DSL are horizontal (below). Mom has been experimenting with refraction and water, and found a really unique photo on the web that she’s trying to re-create. We haven’t succeeded yet, but still working on it and these are what we’ve managed so far. We like whichever orientation fits with what we are trying to capture. A waterfall would probably fit  better vertically, where as a sunset would most likely be more flattering horizontally.

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Being the editor of our boating group’s newsletter, my human runs a photo contest and puts together a couple of theme calendars consisting of the winning photos taken by her fellow PMPSS (Port Moody Power & Sail Squadron) members. One of the themes is called Waterscapes, and the other is Pets & Wildlife. Those photos are from the 2013 calendar. The 2014 calendar photos will be uploaded to Flickr in December, and the 2015 calendars just went to the printer. One criteria that she insists on is that all the photos have to be horizontal because “landscape” (horizontal) is the paper orientation.

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