Photo by Brady Bellini on Unsplash

The mountains we have all around us are beautiful. God has provided these mountains to give us the extra beauty to the earth. People want to climb them, hike in them do everything they can to enjoy the vast beauty in our mountains. And of course, photographers are always including these beautiful mountains in their photos, and have come up with winning photos. Let’s take a look at these amazing photos for PHOTOS OF THE WEEK:

man in red jacket standing outside of the cave across the three mountains
Photo by S Migaj on
mountain photography
Photo by Chris Czermak on

“What a funny world we live in when we won’t turn our phones off, yet we get excited to see we’ve hiked far enough to lose service.” – We Dream of Travel

back view of a person standing on a vast green grass field
Photo by Taryn Elliott on
bird flying over rocky mountain
Photo by Gianluca Grisenti on
young mongolian male musician playing dombor in valley
Photo by ArtHouse Studio on
aerial photo of castle beside forest
Photo by Felix Mittermeier on
gray and brown mountain
Photo by Pixabay on

In a recent survey, it was asked how many subjects are there in photography? The result of that survey was a list of 51 different subjects. 123photogo is blogging about every single subject on that survey. That list is below:

aerial photo of city
Photo by Felix Mittermeier on
trees near body of water
Photo by Pixabay on
Photo by Lanny Cottrell, Editor of 123PhotoGo
Photo by Alberto Restifo on Unsplash

“Mountains are not stadiums where I satisfy my ambition to achieve, they are the cathedrals where I practice my religion.” – Anatoli Boukreev

Photo by Alberto Restifo on Unsplash
adventure arid arizona barren
Photo by Pixabay on
brown mountains
Photo by Roberto Nickson on
dawn landscape sunset sand
Photo by Erick Todd on
adventure autumn california country
Photo by Pixabay on
person waking on hill
Photo by Krivec Ales on
black and brown mountain
Photo by Pixabay on
snow landscape mountains nature
Photo by Skitterphoto on
dramatic mountain slope with rapid mountain river
Photo by ArtHouse Studio on
red and gray pagoda temple
Photo by Tomáš Malík on
Artist unknown
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Photo by Sherry Bell

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green leafed tree
Photo by veeterzy on

Taking a photo of a “tree” or a “leaf” can be fun. I think, in this list, when it says a “tree” or a “leaf”, that perhaps they mean: 1 tree, and 1 leaf, I’m not sure. So, looking at the photo above, the artist took a photo of just one tree, and you can tell it is the main subject, but, it is obvious, it is also in a forest. Let’s work toward the tree or leaf being the main subject.

Typically when you see a photo of just a tree, it is in the scene as a “negative space” object. Such as this:

full moon on a daybreak
Photo by David Besh on

This tree, although mostly bare, is a great subject in this photo, especially because of the silhouette feature of this photo. I, too, have taken a photo like that:

Photo by Lanny Cottrell for 123PhotoGo

This is one good way to take a photo of just One tree. At sunset time. I have seen some other great photos of just a single tree, but, during the day, and with emphasis on the tree:

green tree near green plants
Photo by mali maeder on

If your tree has something unique to it, then focus on that uniqueness. Like the photo above, we don’t see much of the tree at all, but that lichen on the tree makes for an interesting subject.

Now let’s take a look at taking photos of a leaf:
purple leaf
Photo by Pixabay on

Taking a photo of a leaf works a lot like taking a photo of a tree. If there is something unique about the leaf, then get in close and capture that uniqueness, even if you help create it. The other times that you see a lot of “leaf” pictures is in the fall, when the color is in the leaf:

brown leaf
Photo by hiwa talaei on

There is a lot of color in just a fall leaf. But, do you find that boring? How about we put some action to a leaf:

leaf floating on body of water
Photo by Cole Keister on

See if you can give some special background to a leaf, to make it more of an interesting photo.

Photo by Matt Collamer on Unsplash ——– Was inspired to shoot this after seeing the contrast that this leaf created. It led me to the conclusion that we manifest all the good that comes into our lives. We light the way. We infuse all the beautiful colors into our reality.
Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash ——- I like this photo of this leaf because, it is obvious that it is still on the tree. This leaf is “alive”

Try several things with a leaf, again, with a background to compliment it:

Photo by Omid Armin on Unsplash


When taking a photo of either a tree or a leaf, look to add a little extra into the photo for background, but, don’t make it so busy that you lose sight of what the subject is. These kind of photos you see above, are the type of photos that will sell.


Photo by Kyle Glenn on Unsplash

Negative Space. This is kind of a new term in photography but has become really popular lately. I am glad it showed up on the “list of 51” that this should be a true photographic subject. So, here is the true definition of “negative space” :

Negative space, in art, is the space around and between the subject of an image. Negative space may be most evident when the space around a subject, not the subject itself, forms an interesting or artistically relevant shape, and such space occasionally is used to artistic effect as the “real” subject of an image.

As you look at the photo above, you will see mostly space, and lots of space around the subject. Simply put, this is how negative space is used now. It is a very artistic way of doing photography….. and I like it.

Artist unknown

The above photo is another wonderful example of negative space. In this case the huge space around the tree is very interesting and adds depth to the photo.

Here is a list of how negative space can be used:

1- You certainly can use negative space to draw attention to the subject:
Photo by Wolfgang Hasselmann on Unsplash

See something that is alone, or interesting, but, nothing else around it seems interesting, then this is one way to use negative space. Your eye is drawn to the dead grass in the above photo, but, notice how little your eye wanders around the photo. Hardly at all.

2- Use negative space to show movement of the subject into the photo.
Artist unknown

With lots of negative space, you can see the owl in the above photo move more into the photo. This is used a lot in winter.

3- Create an air of mystery with negative space:
Photographer unknown

This photo above has a lot of mystery to it. You can see the subject is on water, but, what is it doing? Where are they? What will happen to them? The mystery of the “negative space” is amazing in this type of photo.

Photo by Danilo Batista on Unsplash

Just to provide mystery or something really unique, try this type of photography, where the subject is almost alone in the surrounds of the photo. It’s pretty impressive.

51 different photo subjects, and I am going to do them all. Keep reading these blogs and see what type of photography would you like to try?


blue and gray high rise building
Photo by Pixabay on

There seems to be quite a fascination of tall buildings for people. Always has been, always will. When you stand by one, and look up, all you can say is: “wow”! The marvel of what man can create is truly amazing. And now tall buildings are becoming more beautiful as they get built too. If these buildings are so fascinating, then it’s obvious that people would want to take a picture of this building. Architectural Photography is another great word for this. And it certainly does show off some skills of one person, or persons who create these monster buildings.

Obviously, then, there must be some skill in taking pictures of these buildings. Let’s get into the “How to” of taking photos of skyscrapers.

  • One thing that totally makes sense in taking pictures of a building is to take the photo vertically. You will be able to get the whole building in your frame easier than doing it horizontally.

I studied about 10 different articles about taking pictures of buildings, and surprisingly, there were different steps by different photographers. So, between what I have read between the different articles, here is the tips I think are the most important.

  • Along with the first tip, in order to get most of your building to fit within your frame, you will need a Wide Angle lens. It will certainly make it easier to get the whole building in your frame, if you can use the right lens for the right job.
high rise building
Photo by Mihai Vlasceanu on
  • Lighting of the building is something you should study before you take a photo. Remember that the perfect lighting is what makes ever photo great. Is it better to take a photo at sunset or late in the day? Or even morning? Another thing to really make a photo great with buildings, is to see if you can get some clouds in the photo. It is something that just doesn’t happen accidentally while you are walking by this building, you would, if you have the time, find a day that has the perfect clouds. An artist would probably paint the clouds in his picture, so why not consider yourself an artist and study when there will be clouds?
  • Look for unique angles of buildings that maybe some other photographer has not tried yet.
Photo by Jason Oh on Unsplash

Sometimes people fail to show the big beams, the micro-structure of a building and that is something a good photographer will look for. Wander around the building to see if there is something like that.

  • Don’t be afraid to show people in your photo, but, if you get faces in your photo, you will need to get a copyright release. The law says you have to approval from the person if you are going to use that photo in a publication of any kind.
photo of people walking on street near brown concrete building
Photo by Lina Kivaka on
  • A good idea to really get good architecture photos is to get to know your subject better. And that subject, of course, is the building. What can you take pictures of, that will highlight what makes that building so famous (if it is famous, or if it’s not, what feature could you highlight?)? Is it the entrance to the building? Is it the lobby? Is it the big windows? What would you like to highlight now?
Notice how this building has unique slide open window frames. The whole frame turns from front to side to give you more view. Photo by Sara Sadeghloo on Unsplash


Photo provided by Library of Congress

Definition of “Nostalgic” = feeling or inspiring nostalgia: such as. a : longing for or thinking fondly of a past time or condition!

This subject today requires some “digging in to the past”. Such as:

  • Places you’ve been
  • Things you have done
  • People you remember
  • Objects from a certain period of time
  • Good memories with friends
  • Finding things that bring back memories

One of the interesting things my wife and I like to do, is to go for a “photographic drive” to places unknown, old towns that are small, and the old buildings and places of old are still there, never to be torn down for a long time.

And one this type of situation, for nostalgic sake, to make it look like I took a picture of this barn from it’s early years, we do it in a black and white photo:

Part of the fun things you can do to take pictures of old buildings that are still currently standing is to reproduce them in monochromatic, sepia tone, or straight black and white. It will look like you took the picture around 100 years ago.

Looking at the list above of things that are nostalgic, one thing that is always fun to find, is cameras, old things you used to take pictures of. If you kept any old cameras, use your new camera and take pictures of your old equipment. People will be amazed at how far it has come, or not come:

The most popular camera that Polaroid ever made: The “One Step” camera. Sold for $29.95 about 30 years ago. Take the picture, the photo comes out the front, and you get to watch it develop right before your eyes.
A picture of the Pentax K1000 camera. Probably used by more students in their photography class than any other camera. This camera was totally manual, no automation at all. Just a good basic manual camera that took great pictures.

You know it’s fun to go down memory lane. If you went on short vacations up in the mountains, or out to the beach, what kind of photo would you take to bring back those memories?

Photo by Devon Hawkins on Unsplash

Get back to the places that brought you good memories if you can, take a picture of someone looking at the same things you used to do. Then reflecting on that person, seeing the same thing you used to do, will be a great photo for nostalgia.

Now, if you have a chance to get together with friends you grew up with, and have a photo of all of you now, how wonderful would that be?

men s white button up dress shirt
Photo by Helena Lopes on

If you cold ever go back to a place that you loved, but, it’s been a long time ago, what would you take pictures of? Probably the beach where you played, the park you used to go to, or the buildings around where you lived. Those are some photos to take again, now, that you are a photographer:

lovely elderly couple
Photo by Vlada Karpovich on

Getting a picture of “Grandma and Grandpa” is something that will be nostalgic in just a few short years. Get the memories of your family.

Photo by Kyle McEvoy on Unsplash

Nothing brings a sense of nostalgia than visiting places you would go to as a child. Take a picture of it so you can bring back memories of it whenever you want to think about your past.

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Just click on this link: nostalgic, and see all the fun things still available from your past.

51 subjects on photography, and I am going to do them all.


Watching your horizon line is very important to creating a more stunning photo.

The horizon line is where the sky meets the ground. Or as the dictionary says it: the line at which the earth’s surface and the sky appear to meet.

The big question you should ask, and see if it works for you is: Does the rule of thirds apply to the horizon? And if so, how?

The Rule of Thirds is the process of dividing an image into thirds, using two horizontal and two vertical lines. This imaginary grid yields nine parts with four intersection points. When you position the most important elements of your image at these intersection points, you produce a much more natural image.

So, what would happen if you put the horizon on the line of the grid? You are right, you would get a more pleasing photo. Here’s some examples:

Now with this, you can make your choice you want to do with the placement of the horizon, but, don’t put the horizon right in the middle. There is something telling in either the top half or the bottom half of photos. Use it.

Adam Williams explained it this way:

In the first example, we have roughly two-thirds foreground to one-third sky. This composition tends to accentuate depth in our photos, as the viewer can take the journey from the close details in the foreground all the way back to the main subject, Uluru.

Notice the sense of depth when compared to the other versions. Almost inviting us to walk into the frame.

In the second example, the ratios are reversed: we now have roughly two-thirds sky to one-third foreground. With more sky, this composition tends to communicate a sense of open space, while still allowing our viewer to journey from front to back.

Finally, if we go for a contemporary composition with mostly sky and almost no foreground, this composition really emphasises the wide open spaces of the Australian outback.


To use the placement of your horizon, make sure the horizon line is in one of the “rule of thirds” line. Can you break the rules? Of course, but, beware it might only be you that likes it, so, pick which one is the best.

Here are just a couple of more horizon photos using the rule of thirds:

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Photographing artistic images, and artists:

Photo by Johen Redman on Unsplash

Taking pictures of art, or an artist requires skill to get the best from it. First of all, let’s make sure you have one thing clear before you take any picture of art, or even an artist. This is a group of people that really specialize in making money with their skill or art, so, copyright infringement is going to be a big thing you have to look out for. Just as a professional photographer would like to earn money from their work, the artist does not want you to take a photo and then, you, make money from it. It is important that you check with the artist before you even take a picture. Let’s take a look at several pictures, classified as either artistic, or art.

The photo above is interesting because it is important in this situation that you include a person for reference to the size. Look at this again, and see that without the person, you might have thought that this was some new dream home for Barbie. New designs in small homes are becoming a big, big thing, and artists are getting creative in making this look right.

Photo by Yura Timoshenko on Unsplash —— Why can you get away with taking a photo of this art piece? First of all it is in a gallery. But the photographer took a picture of it to show that this painting is part of an exhibit, and not solely taking a picture of this painting. And even if you tried to make a photo from the painting, you could never get a good copy. It’s not a straight on shot, and it’s got some reflections. It won’t work. But, to see it as part of other paintings, makes it something you can take a picture of.
Photo by Lanny Cottrell – Photo of an artist at Yellowstone making a painting of Mammoth Falls, Yellowstone National Park. I wanted to get a picture of this artist painting this picture of Mammoth Falls, and before I took the photo, I asked him if I could take his picture from behind his shoulder. He was obliged and let me take his photo. Some people will willingly allow you to take their photo, while others do not want this. So, don’t be shy…. ASK.
Photo by Jung Ho Park on Unsplash ======== This is an artists sculpture. It was made for a city’s decoration. So, it can be photographed without any problem. It is part of public view.
Photo by Joël Vogt on Unsplash ======= And this one is a photo that you can usually take a picture of, because, the artist knows that it might get published somewhere, and the free publicity is worth it. Some artists don’t even want you to take photos of them. I have been to many concerts that has a sign out front that says: NO PHOTOGRAPHY PLEASE. Do not take pictures if you see this sign. But, I have been to some concerts and there is a sign at the entrance that says: PHOTOS ARE ENCOURAGED. I was just watching an old Michael Jackson YouTube video, and he starts out the concert by telling everyone to not take any videos of this concert. Can you imagine that you, as the artist, had hired someone to take the videos of you, and you are paying him big money. And then you find that someone else posted videos of the concert, and it is on YouTube already. Oh, that is just not good.
Photo by Frank Eiffert on Unsplash ======= This is perfectly ok to take this photo of this famous statue. The artist has been dead for many years, and no copyright was ever developed.
Photo by Frank Eiffert on Unsplash=== This amazing art work at the top of some cathedral or church, has been fine to take pictures of this for a long time. They realize that it is now a tourist stop, and as such have no problem taking photos.


When taking photos of art, beware of copyrights. And don’t try to sneak a photo either, because some day, you will get caught. Enjoy the art, but, be aware of what type of art you can take pictures of. The old art that is hundreds of years old, you are probably going to be fine taking pictures of that, but, anything that looks current, do not take pictures. If there is any photo, art piece that has a signature on it, do not take a picture.

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PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: ST. Patrick’s Day and Ireland

rock formations and ocean during day
Photo by Steven Hylands on

When I realized that Photos of the Week would fall on St. Patrick’s Day, I was really excited. Years ago, I did PHOTOS OF THE WEEK on Ireland, but, that was years ago. I have so many wonderful resources for amazing photos now, it is only fitting that I do it again, with all new photos. All these photos are either photos taken in Ireland, or something to do with the celebration of St. Patrick’s day. I think you will really enjoy this:

beach clouds dawn dusk
Photo by Pixabay on
bridge under the blue sky
Photo by Lucian Potlog on
rock on grass field
Photo by Steven Hylands on
Photo by Henrique Craveiro on Unsplash
Map of Ireland
Ireland is an island in the North Atlantic. It is separated from Great Britain to its east by the North Channel, the Irish Sea, and St George’s Channel. Ireland is the second-largest island of the British Isles, the third-largest in Europe, and the twentieth-largest on Earth.
Photo by Sylvia Szekely on Unsplash
landscape photography of mountain near body of water
Photo by Steven Hylands on
five sheeps on pasture during golden hour
Photo by Steven Hylands on
spiral green plants
Photo by Steven Hylands on
landscape photography of mountain and houses
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Photo by Barion McQueen on
photo of seaside during dawn
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