Day 6: “Solitude” — The Rule of Thirds

The Instructions

When composing your solitude shot, think about the placement of your subject. Use the Rule of Thirds to place the subject in your frame, ideally at one of the intersections of these lines, or somewhere along them.


Today I would like to introduce you to the Muscovy Duck, who is a transient visitor to the Papeete Marina. His first appearance some six months ago was somewhat of a mystery, a solitary bird who looked lost, confused and out of place. Now he regularly makes an appearance, he’s very laid back and likes to waddle around the pontoons but he’s always alone. I’ve spotted him on many occasions in the Paofai Park but I think he feels safer in the quiet marina, where folks are kind. Sometimes he’s forced to take to the water because a dog or child has startled him. I don’t think he’s keen on swimming and waggles his tail in annoyance.

I’m using the Muscovy Duck who lives in solitude as my photo theme for the Rule of Thirds.

I think this mid distance shot of the duck on the pontoon allowed me to apply the Rule of Thirds to the best advantage.

Solitary Muscovy Duck on the pontoon in Papeete Marina.

I didn’t think the distance shot worked too well bearing in mind that he’s a duck, not an ostrich, so is quite small in stature. Although it made the solitude point more poignant.

Solitary life of a Muscovy Duck.

Being photogenic, he liked to waddle towards me, so most of the shots were close ups, making it difficult to apply the rules.

Stretching his wings.
Waddling along the pontoon

Any feedback on my application of the Rule of Thirds is welcome.

I was fascinated to read about the Muscovy Duck in the Wikipedia link. Look at the last paragraph under the heading Description. Crikey, may be this explains why this Muscovy Duck is a solitary chap.

Day 4 “Bliss” Add Caption

The Instructions.

What is bliss to you?
See the short description under the photo? That’s a caption. Today add a caption to your image so viewers know what they’re looking at!


Today I saw the blissful look in the eyes of a little dog called Napoleon, he was being gently caressed, secure in the arms of his owner.

Across the road was an adoption booth organised by the charity SPAP. Animal protection service of Polynesia.

It is true when SPAP say:

“Every day, puppies, dogs and kittens are abandoned in the streets. Every day, animals are abused and suffer from the wickedness of man.”

The object of SPAP is the improvement of animal conditions and reduce animal abuse in French Polynesia. The charity provides shelter, sterilisation campaigns, and public empowerment on the topic of animal welfare.

Today at the SPAP adoption booth, despite the rain, the cheery volunteers were optimistic that their two dogs and two puppies would find their forever home. These are the lucky few.

SPAP volunteers at the booth with their dogs for adoption. If they were all adopted, that would be bliss.
This is photo of the SPAP charity booth with the volunteers and animals for adoption. If anyone adopts these little dogs, then they will love you forever in return.

What is bliss for me?

It would be seeing the blissful look in the eyes of a little rescue dog as he was being gently caressed, secure in the arms of his new owner.

Day 3 “Water” Image orientation.

The Instructions

When composing today’s photo of water, experiment with both horizontal (landscape) and vertical (portrait) orientations.


Today I had fun playing around with my Galaxy S8 phone camera. I took landscape /portrait photos using different water themes.

Some photos were quite pretty but it was difficult to decide whether I preferred the landscape or portrait shots of the image. I think this was because the photos were too busy.

In the end I deliberately selected an unattractive scene.

Landscape Image

I actually quite liked the landscape, horizontal image. It showed the rocks in the foreground, the river estuary and nautical feature in the mid section, with the sea leading out to the Island of Moorea in the background.

Horizontal image of estuary. Moorea in the background.

Portrait Image

There was a lot of sky and foreground rocks in the vertical image. The background was insignificant.

Vertical image of estuary.

So Which One

Both photos could be used, each portrayed a different message.

Not sure what any one else thinks?

Day 2 “Street” Establishing Shot.

The Instructions.

Capture an establishing shot. A wide angle photo that sets up a scene. Compose the wide shot looking for two basic components, a foreground and a background. Identify your foreground and background as you frame your snap shot.

A street in Papeete, Tahiti.

In the foreground are the painted stairs and the Street Art mural.

Follow the steps down to the street where people are going about their daily business.

In the background across the street are vehicles and the shops.

Home

Hi everyone.

I have just signed up for the 10 day Developing Your Eye photography course. I’m using my Galaxy S8 phone camera. I’m a complete novice and am keen to learn.

Developing Your Eye, Day One, “Home”

I’m from England where we still have a house but some one else lives there, so I don’t think of it as home. In 2010 my husband and I set off in our small yacht to sail around the world and this is our home. We have visited many places so don’t have a permanent address. However we have been in French Polynesia for a long time and consider our yacht in Tahiti home.

This photo was taken to celebrate New Year 2018.

Home

Pick Your Nose

When I was a kid I loved making Plaster Of Paris models. My favourite was Pinocchio but his nose always fell off as I pealed away the mold.
The Tahitians like to make Tiki statues. Many are ancient but more modern ones are springing up in the Papeete Paofai Park .
The Tahitians don’t have a problem with the noses dropping off, they are flat.
Banksy style flat nosed Tiki , recently moulded and spray painted.
Newly finished stone carved flat nosed Tiki in the Paofai Park.
Moulded modern flat nosed Tiki light
No nose, in fact no face. I don’t think that was the intended prominent feature.
Flat faced Tiki in the Paofai Park.

Ginger

The house of Green Ginger was a coffee shop in my UK home town. Green Ginger sounded exotic when I was a teenager in the 70’s . It was the sort of place where I would rendezvous occasionally with my father on a Saturday morning, knowing that he would pay for the coffee and I would get a lift home. The only other ginger thing in my life at that time was my hair.
Fast forward to present day and I’m retired, living with my husband of 36 years on our yacht in Tahiti. I feel very special because I’m regularly presented with a fabulous bouquet of local flowers from the Papeete market.

These locally grown flowers are totally exotic. My previous assumption of exotic ginger being green in colour, went clean out of the window.

Look at the vibrant colours and look at the stunning textures.

A bright glossy red exotic flower bloom filling the frame, with a few green leaves in the background.
The grand ginger flower

Isn’t nature wonderful.

Red torch ginger (phaeomeria magnifica)

Hawaiian golden beehive ginger (zingibar spectabile)

Wild Crape ginger (costis specious)

Giant spiral ginger.

Also Opuhi rose de Tahiti (alpinia purpurata)

Parrots beak (heliconia psittacorum hurcules )

Bag a baguette 

Today I cycled to the supermarket to purchase my groceries and a baguette.

The trick, is to return with the baguette in one piece. This is difficult when I’m balanced on Green Dragon with a heavy rucksack on my back, a saddle bag bulging on the back rack and hanging over the handlebars is a cloth bag full of fruit and vegetables, amongst which sits the 67cms long baguette.

Today I returned with my baguette intact.

I paid 50 xpf for the baguette in Carrefour. Most baguettes in French Polynesia cost 53 xpf. They are all subsidised and mass produced.

President Macron wants UNESCO world heritage status for French baguettes. I don’t think he eats the supermarket mass produced ones which are pretty tasteless really.