Photo Challenge: Landmark. The Great Wall of China

I visited the Great Wall of China, and I was exceedingly disappointed with my photos.  The air quality was so bad that I could barely see anything, and the photos were not good.    So, in response to Photo101’s call to photograph a landmark, I took a few dim shots of the Great Wall and photo-edited the heck out of them.  (I’m new to free online photo editors, so forgive me my indulgences, please.)

The Great Wall of China
The Great Wall of China

Great Wall 2

Photo Theme: Solitude


The theme for today’s Photo 101 challenge is Solitude.  I took this picture a few month ago in Beijing.  I think I was a little envious of this woman because she was able to be alone to contemplate what she saw.  I, on the other hand, was part of an organized tour.  The tour guide was rushing to get us back to the tour bus so she could take us to the pearl factory and the jade factory and the silk factory so that we would buy stuff there.*  Oh, well, everyone’s got to make a living.

*Full disclosure:  I did in fact buy things at the pearl factory, the jade factory, and the silk factory.

Photo 101: Water


Ely Black and White framed


Ely 10


Day 3 of Photography 101 asked us to take a photo that included water.  I took this picture recently in northern Minnesota, near Ely.

The original photo was color.  I  used a photo editing thingy to make it black and white.  I added a few other effects as well.   Which do you prefer and why?

I’m trying to understand when black-and-white is preferable to color.




Photography 101: Home

Murphy Hanrehan Park
Murphy Hanrehan Park

The first assignment in Word Press’s Blogging University’s course Photography 101 is to post a picture that suggests home.  Home means many things of course, including the house we live in, and the people we live with.  I am focusing here, though, on the landscape that suggests home to me.  I have always lived in Wisconsin and Minnesota, where the landscape is sometimes flat, but often gently rolling.  I am used to four distinct seasons (with one being especially long), and I am used to water: thousands of lakes, ponds, rivers, and streams.

This is home.