My Photo Album: Mostly Nature
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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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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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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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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