Photographer - Amateur Closet Photographer

Good photos make a Photographer

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Closet Photographer? Yes, that's what I consider myself. I've always loved taking photos and wanted to have a great SLR camera with at least two interchangeable lenses, but, I don't know enough about F-stops or aperture openings to justify the cost. I have always said I would take a class but never seemed to find the right one or the right time to do it. So instead I use my digital point and shoot camera and continue to take pictures of anything, anybody and everything else I see. Some are good, some not so good, but I'm having fun!

Anyone can be called a photographer! Having the right subject whether it's a person or scenery, having the right light and capturing the moment. In focus and interesting help too!

Alaskan iceberg
Alaskan iceberg | Source
Beautiful mountain view in Alaska
Beautiful mountain view in Alaska | Source
A shot from a tour bus in Denali National Park
A shot from a tour bus in Denali National Park | Source
Fishing off the road in Alaska
Fishing off the road in Alaska | Source

Photos of Alaskan Scenery

Alaskan scenery is breathtaking and bountiful. I could've photographed forever in Alaska. One scene or mountain more beautiful than the next and I just kept clicking away. Everywhere I looked there was another picture waiting to be taken! As we drove down the road I kept telling my husband to stop so I could take a picture. It didn't seem like we were going to get anywhere, but I had to have those pictures! From mountain tops to glaciers with the fabulous blue sky!

There are more photographs of Alaska in my hub about Alaska, but I chose to add some here because of their beauty. Definitely a place that can turn anyone into a photographer!

Alaskan Wildlife

Wildlife, animals, a photographers dream. There are so many settings and so many perfect set ups you can't resist taking pictures of them. They offer so much to the photographer and to the beholder of the photograph. Oh, and what about the family pets, or the local animals? There isn't a one that doesn't offer a photo opp at one time or another.

Otters swimming by were a common occurrence, we saw them just about every night. When we left for Alaska my only request was to see a real-live puffin and I was so happy to see them. They're such cute little birds and dive down into the water like you wouldn't believe! I had tons of photos of sea lions bathing themselves but thought the one I chose here showed how regal they can be.

There was a trail near our campground which we walked every night. We got some really nice pictures of the local wildlife but I thought this one of the marmoset was one of the best.

These were all were taken with my good old point and shoot camera.

Alaskan Wildlife Photos

An Alaskan sea otter.
An Alaskan sea otter. | Source
Alaskan puffin
Alaskan puffin | Source
Alaskan sea lion
Alaskan sea lion | Source
This picture of a puffin was taken at the Anchorage Aquarium.
This picture of a puffin was taken at the Anchorage Aquarium. | Source
Alaskan bluebird eating off a railing
Alaskan bluebird eating off a railing | Source
Alaskan marmoset we met on a walk.
Alaskan marmoset we met on a walk. | Source

Local animals

While real wildlife offers so much to the photographer, local and domestic animals do too. Opportunities abound and can be seen every day. Dogs, cats, birds, fish, frogs, all types! The local flora and fauna you find at home can be equally interesting to photograph. Some can even take your breath away.

I have a pond in my backyard, not a very big one, but it attracts frogs every year. The butterfly picture was truly a lucky one, it landed on the flower and I had my camera handy. I was jumping up and down after I got that one!

I love hummingbirds and am fortunate to have a collection of pictures of them. Of course I've had to stand for hours waiting to get them sitting still as they move so quickly and so often.

We are a family that loves dogs. There are seven in our immediate family and their breeds cover quite a range as you can see. The St. Bernard, Vedder, is everyone's favorite!

Local animal photographs

Backyard frog
Backyard frog | Source
Backyard butterfly.
Backyard butterfly. | Source
Lilies in my pond
Lilies in my pond | Source
Hummingbird in my yard.
Hummingbird in my yard. | Source
Family dogs; my daughter's whippet and my other daughter's havanese
Family dogs; my daughter's whippet and my other daughter's havanese | Source
My son's St. Bernard.
My son's St. Bernard. | Source
Photo of deer taken in a nearby field.
Photo of deer taken in a nearby field. | Source
Peacock photo taken at a local children's zoo.
Peacock photo taken at a local children's zoo. | Source

New York State - Scenery Photographs

Local area scenery can sometimes match that of other states, you just have to look around. Here in upstate New York we have many opportunities to take great photographs.

A local covered bridge, less than a mile from my house.
A local covered bridge, less than a mile from my house. | Source
One of five local lakes.
One of five local lakes. | Source
Binnewater Lake
Binnewater Lake | Source
Photo taken while Christmas tree hunting at a local tree farm.
Photo taken while Christmas tree hunting at a local tree farm. | Source
Photo taken in the Adirondacks area.
Photo taken in the Adirondacks area. | Source
Footbridge at Mohonk Mountain
Footbridge at Mohonk Mountain | Source
Chrysler Building in New York City
Chrysler Building in New York City | Source

Family Photographs

Last but surely not least there are the photographs you take of people, mostly your family. Here the opportunities are endless. I bet you have some wedding photographs that would rival any professional photographer.

Family Photos - Fun and interesting

My son looking on at a National Guard Ceremony.
My son looking on at a National Guard Ceremony. | Source
One of my granddaughters in a mini-grape eating contest.
One of my granddaughters in a mini-grape eating contest. | Source
My son in fencing gear - practicing in the backyard.
My son in fencing gear - practicing in the backyard. | Source
Grandson's feet in the hospital right after birth.
Grandson's feet in the hospital right after birth. | Source
The sad little king at Halloween.
The sad little king at Halloween. | Source
Another grandson, loving the first day of school!
Another grandson, loving the first day of school! | Source
I'm not afraid of the big bad witch says my granddaughter.
I'm not afraid of the big bad witch says my granddaughter. | Source
My son and daughter-in-laws engagement...he asked her on Mohonk Mountain.
My son and daughter-in-laws engagement...he asked her on Mohonk Mountain. | Source

The hardest part of this hub was selecting photos to publish. I hope these are representative of some of the photos I've taken and you've enjoyed seeing them as much as I've enjoyed taking them.

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dahoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

very nice pictures.


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diogenes 5 years ago from UK and Mexico

Thanks for sharing these lovely pictures with us...Bob


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

I did enjoy them very much. The nature photos are lovely and the people ones true to life, showing personalities. Those in Alaska are really gorgeous. It is a beautiful area. Thank you for putting these together.


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tillsontitan 5 years ago from New York Author

Thanks dahoglund, diogenes and hyphenbird. I had fun picking the pictures out and I'm glad you enjoyed them. My family definitely has their own personalities ;)


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Rosemay50 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

Your photos of Alaska are gorgeous, beautiful scenery.

I love the one of the sad little king.

Good luck with the contest


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tillsontitan 5 years ago from New York Author

Thanks Rosemay, that's my grandson after trick or treating!


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Simone Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco

I think you need to come out of the photography closet, tillsontitan! Your photos are fantastic. I especially love your people shots. You definitely have a talent for taking interesting photos!


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tillsontitan 5 years ago from New York Author

Thanks Simone...it's one of my loves; writing and photography top my list.


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Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

I see you as a brilliant nature/outdoor photographer. Simone said it and I want to repeat: its time to come out.

It seems, we are on the same boat "writing and photography"


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tillsontitan 5 years ago from New York Author

Thanks Vinaya -- hope our boat sails with us on it!


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rjsadowski 5 years ago

Nice photographs. I once had money in my pocket and used to take pictures, but then I got married and adopted two Russian orphans and now I have pictures in my wallet where my money used to be.


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tillsontitan 5 years ago from New York Author

I'm sure the pictures in you wallet are worth more than any pictures you could take! Thanks rjsadowski.


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snakeslane 5 years ago from Canada

Wow! you have some really beautiful photos in this gallery tillsontitan. The peacock is amazing, the hummingbird really sharp, many more, I shall return, snakeslane


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tillsontitan 5 years ago from New York Author

Thanks so much for your help snakeslane. I had to add words to this one but wouldn't have known without your help. Glad you like my photos.


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emichael 5 years ago from New Orleans

Excellent photos.

And, as a closet photographer myself and a very recent acquirer of a good DSLR camera, I will tell you that you will catch on to aperture and shutter speed settings very quickly. It's just a matter of understanding some very basic principles and then just practice.

So if you can, I say go for it. You'll be glad you did :)


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tillsontitan 5 years ago from New York Author

Thanks emichael, think I'll add it to my Christmas list and hope for the best!


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emichael 5 years ago from New Orleans

If I may add my 2 cents toward your decision, I have a Canon T2i (550D) and couldn't be happier with it. Takes amazing pictures and really, really sharp video. I opted to not get the kit lens with it and got a separate 35mm prime lens instead. Allows for some wonderful portrait shots if that's your thing. But it's always smart to do your own research and find what best suits your needs.

Best of luck!


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tillsontitan 5 years ago from New York Author

Thanks emichael for your suggestion. Guess I have to do some homework and come up with something better than my point and shoot!


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emichael 5 years ago from New Orleans

Good luck. I hope Santa is good to you this year :)


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

damn girl come out the closet... those photos are amazing...


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Emichael - as soon as I stop dropping my camera I might get a new one ;)

Frank - glad you enjoyed!


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Brett.Tesol 4 years ago from Somewhere in Asia

Great pics! I would love to visit Alaska too one day, definitely understand why you couldn't put the camera down.

Thanks for SHARING.


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Thanks for looking Brett. You really need to see Alaska it is absolutely incredible!


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

I'm glad you're coming out of the closet with your passion. All the pics are great but I like the animal ones the best, especially the otters and the bird silhouette. Voting this Up and Beautiful.


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Thanks alocsin, it makes me feel good to have others enjoy. Nature is always a treat to photograph!


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas

I think you take extraordinary photos and I always enjoy looking at them. Great photos and lovely grandchildren. Think I saw the same grandson? in this group of pics, this time on his first day of school.

Voted you up, interesting, beautiful, and awesome! Sharing.


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Nope, that's a different grandson. The one you saw before is still only three years old. Glad you like my photography, I so love taking pictures and it's nice to know others like what I do. Thanks for the votes and share.


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Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

Hi Mary... a correction is in order... eliminate the word closet from your Title... you are an excellent photographer. I so appreciated all the work, especially the Alaskan scenes. They are close to my heart as I spent many years working in the Yukon and Alaska. I once worked for a chain of hotels as a maintenance engineer owned by Bill Sheffield the Governor at the time. Well done indeed...

Hugs from Canada


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

You continue to impress me Rolly ;) ...traveling AND working in the Yukon and Alaska.

I'm learning the best photographer is one who picks the best things to photograph!


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

Great pictures, I came back for a second visit.


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Thanks sooo much Vinaya!


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

Mary gorgeous photos. The Alaskan ones are so pretty, you could frame them. The marmoset looks like he has sharp teeth :o) Your family photos are also very good -you have an eye for this I think.


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

I would love to have an eye for this...so much to photograph! Glad you stopped by and enjoyed Jools.


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK

Mary- these are beautiful pics- you've the knack of capturing the moment, the beauty and the mood. I love the natural pics of your family where you've captured moments so well. They tell so many happy stories. You are a true artist!


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

I consider your remarks the epitome of compliments....anything coming from one who is a true artist with an artist's eye is certainly a compliment. You realize now I'll never put my camera down :)

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