My Photo Album: Mostly Nature

Called "Fake sunflower"
Called "Fake sunflower" | Source

Photographing Flowers

Last November I entered the Hub Contest for photographs, all were my personal photos. Of course I selected the photos I thought were my best but due to limited space I couldn't share them all, I thought I had more to share. No, I didn't get the good camera yet, but I haven't given up on owning a Canon Rebel. In the meantime, I click away as my eye finds things to capture with my camera. Some of the photos here are older and were taken with a Sony Mavica others with my Canon Power Shot, either way they spoke to me. I hope you enjoy.

I started with flowers because even if the photo isn't spectacular, the colors of the flowers usually are. They are easy to compose as they are the center of your photograph. My favorite is the water lily as it was in the process of coming to full bloom, but any flower will provide you with beauty and color. Whether it's a bud or a fully bloomed flower the results are always amazing. Except for an exceptionally windy day, when flowers are your subject, they're not moving so you can take your time focusing on the exact angle and lighting you want.


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Water LilyPetuniaAutumn SedumYarrowCranesbill GeraniumBlack eyed SusanAmaryllisChives on a cloudy day
Water Lily
Water Lily | Source
Petunia | Source
Autumn Sedum
Autumn Sedum | Source
Yarrow | Source
Cranesbill Geranium
Cranesbill Geranium | Source
Black eyed Susan
Black eyed Susan | Source
Amaryllis | Source
Chives on a cloudy day
Chives on a cloudy day | Source

Animals in Photographs

Animals make great subjects to photograph. They don't make faces (at least intentionally) and they pose without being told to. The trick is to get close enough, focus right, and be ready when that exact moment comes along. You never know when the dog or cat will do something cute. You may have to wait a while with camera in hand, but sooner or later you'll be rewarded for your patience. Just for your information, though I have Adobe Photoshop I didn't use it to enhance any of these photos. I thought I would let them rise or fall on their own merits. If you want to add special effects or clean up a photo you've taken then by all means break out the Photoshop. You'd be surprised what special effects can do to a photo.

The feral kittens were just a delight, running, playing and trying to hide away from us. I couldn't resist taking pictures of them.


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Feral kittenPair of Feral KittensFrog in my pondHummingbird silhouetteResting hummingbirdMy Min Pin trying to figure out what's in the heating vent.Dahl Sheep
Feral kitten
Feral kitten | Source
Pair of Feral Kittens
Pair of Feral Kittens | Source
Frog in my pond
Frog in my pond | Source
Hummingbird silhouette
Hummingbird silhouette | Source
Resting hummingbird
Resting hummingbird | Source
My Min Pin trying to figure out what's in the heating vent.
My Min Pin trying to figure out what's in the heating vent. | Source
Dahl Sheep
Dahl Sheep | Source

Scenery in Photographs

Scenery offers so much to photograph whether near home or far away, its there for the taking (of photographs). The power and majesty of nature is there to behold, and photograph.

Mountains and water are always favorite subjects with so many colors and patterns available to the naked eye, you don't have to be a professional photographer to recognize the beauty. The rule of thirds should always apply when taking scenery (or any photograph for that matter). Placing a focal point in one third of your picture. First, you visually divide your scene into nine equal parts and place an important element at the intersection of one of those lines. If you're not using the rule of thirds you should have an imaginary line leading the eye to the focal point in your picture/scenery.

The photo I have listed as flood waters is a small creek near my home that was swelled with the hurricane rains and winds last year. It was moving so quickly it was mind boggling. Though it's muddy and not very pretty in its own right, I think it represents the force of nature.


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Denali Park, AlaskaManahawkin, New JerseyPacific OceanNew York CityAdirondacks, New YorkLocal floodwaters 2011Local lake
Denali Park, Alaska
Denali Park, Alaska | Source
Manahawkin, New Jersey
Manahawkin, New Jersey | Source
Pacific Ocean
Pacific Ocean | Source
New York City
New York City | Source
Adirondacks, New York
Adirondacks, New York | Source
Local floodwaters 2011
Local floodwaters 2011 | Source
Local lake
Local lake | Source

Improve Photos with Two Simple Rules

How to Videos

There are tons of how-to videos on the Internet with lots of really good information on how to take digital photographs, how to set up any photograph, how to take fireworks pictures, people pictures, and so much more.

There are serious photographers, and serious photographs. There are fun pictures that will never win any contests but are prized by friends and family alike. The main thing is to take photos at every opportunity.

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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

These are fantastic. I think the feral kittens stole the show. Voting up and sharing.

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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

Way to go Mary! You have an eye for beautiful photos! My daughter is a photographer and loves her Canon Rebel.

You got my votes! Should I list them?:))

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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Till... There really IS no end to your talents, GF. These photos are expert, to say the least!

Your choices of things and scenery to capture are perfect. Those little precious ferals absolutely stole my heart. Grey long-hair with blue eyes....that's a rare cat and you can bet some nasty human dumped off a pregnant Mom somewhere to fend for herself and her babies. People that cruel need a good bitch slap!

If I lived anywhere near you, I'd come and pick them up in a heart beat!! Do you know where they are nesting and if they are with their Mom and other siblings?

Look at me....worried about the feral kittens....instead of telling you how totally GORGEOUS your album is!


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

Great pictures! I love the water lily! That and the ferral kittens are my favorites. Great hub, wonderful pictures. Voted up and beautiful. Have a beautiful day! :)

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Laura Schneider 4 years ago from Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, USA

For me, the video stole the show: I learned about lead-in lines--finally I got the point!--I already knew the rule of thirds, but it's never too often to point it out and re-explain it. I'm still fascinated by the lead-in lines... All of your photos were beautiful and I enjoyed the privilege of seeing them: thank you for sharing your knowledge with us! (Voted up, sharing, etc.)

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wewillmake 4 years ago from kerala-INDIA

I also like to take pictures... wherever i go i took my camera with me and take snaps... I also like to pictograph importance situations of my life , so i can see it again and again...

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xstatic 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

Great photos and good information. I need to take more pictures for sure.

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diogenes 4 years ago from UK and Mexico

Lovely views. I have used a canon powershot A420 for 4 years with no trouble. But I wouldn't mind the Rebel either


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cleaner3 4 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

great pics, Mary. i only take pics in my mind, ahh what memeories are in there only for me to see. great hub.

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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Tammy I had a feeling the kittens would steal the show!

SS glad you liked my photos, let me county the ways!

Okay Effer, the kittens are taken care of. They showed up on my sister-in-law's six acres and she feeds them in the wild. They seem to prefer to be feral. Glad you enjoyed my album too ;)

SG, thanks, I really do like the water lily too and as I said I knew the kittens would steal the show.

Laura, I was really fascinated with how well that gal did the video and thought this would be a good place to put it.

Wewillmake, how right you are. Keeping your camera handy is always a good idea.

xstatic as far as I'm concerned you can never take too many pictures.

Bob, my son has the Rebel and I am really jealous...however, I'd need to brush up on fstops and aperture openings not to mention ISO.

Micheal, "let the memory live again" always good to have pictures in our mind.

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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

These are fantastic, I particularly liked the humming birds, really lovely! And the Alaska one was stunning too, voted up cheers nell

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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Thanks Nell. The hummingbirds are just coming back now but have only stopped at my feeder once. Thanks for the vote.

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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

All the photos are fantastic, it's hard to pick a favourite, but I think the hummingbird just about has it!

A wonderful hub, I loved it and voted up/awesome

Best wishes Lesley

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rahul0324 4 years ago from Gurgaon, India

Shared! Up ! All but funny.... WOW! breathtaking pictures Mary...

simply amazing!

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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Thanks Lesley. I waded through a lot of pictures to pick these. I love my little hummers.

Thank you rahul, I'm really happy you liked them so much!

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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

Beautiful photos, especially the scenery ones, love the cute kittens.


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Thanks Rosemay, seems the kittens steal the show.

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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas

Love the petunia and the Cranesbill geranium (my fav colors), and your kittens are so adorable! I think all your photos are fantastic no matter what camera you used.

Sharing this hub with my followers too!

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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Again Au fait you make my day. Your comments and appreciation do this old heart good!

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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

wonderful pictures: the flowers, animals and landscape.

I very much loved hummingbird silhouette.

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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Thanks Vinaya. The humming bird silhouette was one of those things you really don't expect. When I took the picture I thought it would be an ordinary picture but turned out to be a silhouette. One never knows.

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iamaudraleigh 4 years ago

You have a great eye for photography! You could probably take a great shot out of a paper bag! I love the kittens the best! Amazing! You have done good!

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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Thanks Audra. I do love it. My next challenge will be REALLY learning Photoshop to see what I can do.

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Olde Cashmere 4 years ago from Michigan, United States

You have beautiful pictures in this hub, very skillful eye. I enjoyed the kittens and the petunias popped with vibrancy. Voted up, awesome, beautiful, and interesting :)

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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Thanks Olde Cashmere. I'm always looking but never sure which one will be 'the one' till I see them on the computer or TV screen.

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moonlake 4 years ago from America

Your photos are beautiful. I walk around with my camera in my hand most days. I got so many ticks the last week walking around the yard and woods trying to get pictures. Voted Up.

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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

I appreciate your compliment especially considering the beautiful photos you take! Watch those ticks...dangerous little critters. My husband had one yesterday and now his arm is red and very hard. We're giving it one more day before calling the doctor.

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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

Really interesting to understand your progression with your camera--actually, I thought your pictures were really good--I am thinking more and more about starting to do some photographic work--very nicely done!!!

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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Thanks Audrey. You know the best thing about taking photos is you like them yourself and they are in turn beautiful. If someone else likes them that makes them even more rewarding.

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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

These are lovely photos. You are right that we ought to keep clicking and I believe, over time we'll learn to take better pictures.

Voted up and beautiful.

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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

Thank you Rajan. Yes, like anything else, practice makes perfect!

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DeborahNeyens 3 years ago from Iowa

I enjoyed your photos and the great tips in the video. My favorite photo was the hummingbird. Thanks for sharing!

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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

Thanks Deborah. I love the hummingbird, but that kitten got to me too! Thanks for visiting.

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Docmo 3 years ago from UK

beautiful pictures Mary,. More than your camera, these reveal the artistic and curious eye behind the lens. I really like the compilation- more please. up/shared.

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mary615 3 years ago from Florida

You did a fantastic job with this Hub! I have a little cheap digital camera that I use, but it's OK I guess. You are a wonderful photographer. Love your photos: ALL of them.

Voted UP and shared.

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Joanne M Olivieri 3 years ago

I love this hub. Your nature shots are wonderful. Denali Park in Alaska and your flower shots along with the Pacific Ocean shot has great composition. I really enjoyed all of them. Voted up

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midget38 3 years ago from Singapore

I love all these, Mary, but fell in love with the picture of the little kitty right away! Shared!

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Sheri Faye 3 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

Beautiful pics! I pinned a few of the flowers. LOVE the black eyes susans. Great hub, made me smile!

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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

Mary - These are beautiful photos and your hub inspires me to start using my cameras ore often. I just don't know what I'm doing. But I still love to take photos. Voted up +++ and sharing.

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CandyTale 3 years ago from Valencia, Spain

I love the flower pictures. I'm also going to pin a few.

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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

OH Mohan, so nice to see you again! I am thrilled that you enjoyed them so much. After the apprentice program, more ;)

Thank you Mary. My camera isn't all that fancy either but I just love to take pictures. Thanks for the vote and share.

Thank you so much Joanne. I am honored that you think my composition is great and appreciate your vote.

Sheri, thank you too, especially for pinning some of my flowers.

Vocalcoach I have no doubt you can do the same. Thanks for the vote and share.

Candy, how nice of you to stop by and to pin my photos!

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D.A.L. 3 years ago from Lancashire north west England

Hi Mary you have excelled with this work. beautifully done, an uplifting piece of work which can only bring joy to your readers. Voted up. Beautiful.

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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

Thanks again D.A.L. It is so nice to have someone appreciate your work. Of course I am thrilled to bring joy to my readers.

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