Weekly Photo Challenge: Street Life (The Joy of Art) 2

For this week’s challenge, Cheri asks that we, “document the movement (or stillness) of a street: tell a story with your snapshot, capture a scene that reveals a bit about a place, or simply show us where you live — or a path you often take.”

In a post created specifically for this challenge, share a photo that brings a street to life.

– Cheri

Baltimore’s Gaia joined Hawaii artists, Prime, Solomon Enos, and Estria to create a mural of Queen Lili’uokalini and King Kalakaua.

Baltimore’s Gaia joined Hawaii artists, Prime, Solomon Enos, and Estria to create a mural of Queen Lili’uokalini and King Kalākaua for this year’s Pow Wow Hawaii.

Queen Lili’uokalani succeeded her brother King Kalākaua after his death in January 1891. She was overthrown in 1893 by a group of advocates of a Republic for Hawaii led by Sanford B. Dole. This was after she sought to amend the Hawaii constitution to restore some of the power lost during her brother’s reign. Ironically “Aloha ‘Oe” was composed by Queen Lili’uokalani.

Pow Wow Hawaii is a week-long event that started in 2011 to celebrate art and culture. I know the event brings life to the neighborhood of Kaka’ako. I think the art that remains continues to give the street life too.

Weekly Photo: The Golden Hour 8

Creating a calm environment for sunrise.

Creating a calm environment for sunrise. 

Brings a smile to my face.

Brings a smile to my face.

Just after a morning rain.

Just after a morning rain.

This week’s photo challenge by Cheri Lucas Rowlands asks that we share photos of the golden hour just after sunrise and just before sunset. I took the first three pictures during the golden hour.

However, the gallery photos are examples of playing with my manual camera settings utilizing the most recent advice offered by Wenjie Zhang for Photography 101 this week along with advice offered by Ming Thein in his two prior posts. These are not exactly during the golden hour, but with the cloudy afternoon the lighting was similar.

Mahalo to Wenjie and Ming for helping me to explore the manual settings on my camera. I even tried the live-view setting to help me with lighting. This made it easier to delete some of my bad photos before I loaded them on my computer.

I still have a long way to go before I perfect my settings, but at least I am no longer afraid to try experimenting with lighting.

Blooming Orchids

I try to use “blooming orchids” instead of other “choice words” when something upsets me.  It also is what I enjoy most in my backyard. “Someone” I love also did an excellent job of comparing autism to an orchid last week. She said, “They symbolize both strength and beauty. They’re also very distinctive because they are so different from other flowers.” She went on to say that they are like people on the spectrum in that they are misunderstood because they are different.