Arequipa is perhaps one of the most astounding cities Peru has to offer. Arequipa is a city build to take advantage of trade routes and to this day is rich in manufacturing, make it an ideal city to get some shopping done.
With a population of over 860,000 Arequipa is the second largest city in Peru. It was founded in the early sixteenth century. Due to it’s proximity to the surrounding area Arequipa became the countries capital doing colonization, between 1835 to 1883. It quickly expanded to became home to several shops and would hold some breathtaking architecture
Most famously, the Basilica Cathedral of Arequipa rest in the Plaza de Arms, towns main square. The church is the seat of the Archdioceseand home to one of Peru’s archbishops. The square is very active in the late evening and is a safe spot to walk around and explore the old carved style buildings. Like all the plazas in Peru Arequipa’s Plaza de Armas does offer free wifi, although I found it almost impossible to use.
The large industry of Arequipa is textile manufacture, primarily garments made form alpaca with stores like Sol Alpaca (a rather bougie expensive store but with quality material.)
Above is a few of the alpaca you can visit at the Sol Alpaca store.
Below is a few of my favorite images I took while traveling though Arequipa.
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On day 21 of our 30-day challenge we talked about color. Today we are going to dive a little deeper into the effectiveness of a color. When taking today’s photo try to stay within one color. Sure you can take a pic of a blue wall and call it a day, or you can try to focus on one color. You pictures doesn’t have to be all one color, but you want to make it be about one color. What does that color express emotionally?
All of these photos play with the use of a single dominant color. What does a single color draw out of you emotionally? Play around and don’t be afraid to take chances.
There are certain items that we own that carry with them personal significance. Choose one of those objects. Ideally something you can easily move. Now place that object somewhere else either outside or some place in your home where you normally wouldn't find that object. The goal here is to express your affection for this object in your photos. Down to the examples.
The gnome liberation army is not only about garden gnome freedom, it’s about taking great shots of your gnome in the wild. If you would like to take your gnome game to the next level consider playing the Travelling Gnome Game.
I found all of these objects through random images searches. Each item holds a personal significance. What would you do differently to bring life to your object?
Let’s take an idea, gratitude. Gratitude is defined by the Google as the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness. How can you that be expressed in a photo? Today’s challenge is about showing gratitude, and what that means to you. You may interpret in any way you like I have just one small favor to ask. Please, please remember our past challenges. Tools like balance, rules of thirds, high/low angle, will help get your point across have fun. Hashtag #30for2017 is going strong, I will post the first few from there as the examples.
I feel I should have included in daylight in the title of today’s challenge, but I digress. Technically speaking, there’s a lot that goes into capturing an image. There are a few things we can do to learn how to better use our camera as a tool. Texture is a great way to play around with capturing detail. Now we are going to play with capturing light. Outside during daylight the light is very different then it is indoors. Play around with it and see if there’s anything you can do to even out the light.
Notice the over exposed window. Not much detail is shown outside.
One way is to up the light inside and bring it up to the level that it is outside. However, that’s hard and no one wants to do that.
Another way is through this use of HDR. HDR or high dynamic resolution is taking two different pictures at different exposures and combining them. HDR is very useful, in fact, most phones do it automatically these days. If HDR isn’t your thing, and to be honest, I feel it shouldn’t be. HDR is a great tool, but for the sake of learning your camera I recommend turning it off for now. One thing you can do is edit your scene. Editing is moving the camera or other elements to change the light pattern.
In a previous challenges we played with several elements of composition, like lead lines. Lead lines are dramatic elements that help to pull your gaze toward another element in your frame. We’ve also played with balance, which is evenly dispersing those elements. There was also pattern, which are recurring elements. All these things work together. Dramatic tension is where we play with these elements and start working on telling a story.
Lead lines are your friend
Often the quickest way to create dramatic tension is to break a pattern. Dramatic tension is starting to pull a story from your shot. Play around and revisit some of our past challenges if you’re in need to ideas. And remember, stay creative.
Yesterday our challenge centered around color in photography. Today we focus on black and white photography. The question I have for you; is black and white photography the opposite of color photography. I hope you will use the tools from earlier challenges. Let’s look at our examples gathered from the net.
Contrast, in photography, is about the striking opposition between two elements. In the case, color. Black and white is literally the go to example of opposites.
Shapes are also a strong part of black and white photography. Notice how we tend to focus on the above picture as buildings, not windows, or streets
The importance of color cannot be overstated in modern photography. Color pulls at our emotions and draws from our memories. Today we are working with the use of color. What that means is entirely up to you. Here a few cool examples of the use of color.
I enjoy this photo and how it simples expresses color. The shallow depth of field draws our attention to the pencils.
Let’s pretend we are photo detectives. What can we assume from this picture. What type of event is going on? What do you think this girl's personality is like? How would his photo be different without the facepaint?
Color is most often used as a distinction. Would you rather own the red boat or the yellow boat?
There has always been a memorable scene in a film you love. Let’s try and recreate the magic. Paying homage, or replicating someone else's work, is a great form of practice. It’s even more fun to reinterpret a scene and make it your own. Don’t be afraid to get weird and be prepared to get creative.
You can do this scene from Terminator 2.
Or this scene from the Lego Movie.
Or this scene from Star Wars.
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