Photography 101: Swarm

Swarm: to fly off together in a group, as bees; to move about in great numbers, as things or persons.
Show us a swarm today: large group, moving together. Your subjects can be big or small, animate or inanimate — whatever they are, you just need a lot of them.
Tip: Don’t just point and shoot. Observe your scene closely before pressing the shutter. Spend time watching and planning your frame, so that you can take a photo that captures a unique moment in the larger scene. Observe before you click. As you watch your scene, think of a few different photos that can tell the story of the scene.

Honestly, the weather has really prohibited me from taking photos. I could have staged something inside, but that just didn’t feel right to me. Perhaps I will think on that for a future follow-up assignment.

Instead, I decided to scour my archives for something to share. I think these pictures, although quite old, fit the bill.




These photos were taken during a trip to Sun City several years ago. During my stay, I went to a game reserve. Once in a lifetime opportunity!


Photography 101: Landscape

Landscapes generally focus on wide, vast depictions of nature and all of its elements, from formations to weather. In this genre of photography, you won’t find much of a human presence: nature itself is the subject. A focus on nature isn’t mandatory, however — you can capture a sweeping panorama of an entire city, town, or industrial area.
Today, snap a picture of a landscape. Focus on the gestalt — the entire setting as a whole — rather than a specific subject or focal point within the scene. The setting itself is the star.

Very serene. Another vantage point of the place I featured in the Solitude post.


Photography 101: Moment

Our lives are made up of big events and tiny moments. Ultimately, life is fleeting, and oftentimes it’s these small moments we love to document. Think about the fleeting moments you experience each day — from a quiet, precious moment with your child to a busy commute through the subway, among strangers. What will you share with us?

4 p.m.
Nov. 19.
34 degrees.

A few fleeting moments from my evening commute. 


Photography 101: Architecture

From geometric patterns on skyscrapers to the ironwork on historical buildings, there are many opportunities to capture the beauty and complexity of architecture. How will you interpret this theme?
Tip: As we explored yesterday, color is a powerful element in photography. But let’s not forget black and white, or monochrome, which can be very dramatic! Train your eye to look for architectural elements that translate in black and white: sharp lines and patterns, defined shapes, large surface areas, and a mix of very light and very dark colors. Compare the color and monochrome versions of today’s shot. 

My subject for this assignment is the Old Post Office Pavilion. As of last year, the Pavilion was leased to the Trump Organization which said it would develop the property into a luxury hotel. In a few of the shots, you will see the Trump construction banners prominently placed.

Feedback and suggestions on technique are welcome. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂