Creating Mesmerizing Photography

It is always preferable to take pictures of things a person enjoys looking at. Often my pictures are used as reference photographs for my sketches and other art projects, so I am compelled to photograph things I actually enjoy. I would not take pictures of things I do not like, such as snakes. I have photographed a couple of snakes in nature, but it creeps me out to look at the photos of these. Not every image is destined to end up in a museum, even though it would be nice to have a few there. What is most important is the capture an image that is truly exhilarating. This often happens when we are not looking for the perfect capture. So there is not need to focus on photographing what everyone else thinks would make a popular photograph, and to simply focus on taking pictures you will enjoy looking at. The photographs on this hub are of things that have personal meaning to me, and I feel like my subjects always shine through.

Three patty pan squash surrounding an acorn squash.
Three patty pan squash surrounding an acorn squash.
Another picture of the three patty pan squash surrounding the acorn squash.
Another picture of the three patty pan squash surrounding the acorn squash.

The patty pan squash and the acorn squash in the pictures above come from an organic garden, and these are beautiful to photograph. Also, I must say that patty pan squash tastes delicious when used in stir fry, or lightly sauteed with herbs and tomatoes.

Patty pan squash forming a circle around an acorn.
Patty pan squash forming a circle around an acorn.
Another picture of the patty pan squash surrounding the acorn.
Another picture of the patty pan squash surrounding the acorn.
The circling of the patty pan squash.
The circling of the patty pan squash.
The acorn is looking for a way to get out of the patty pan squash circle.
The acorn is looking for a way to get out of the patty pan squash circle.

I took several pictures I made with an arrangement of patty pan squash with a little acorn from the San Bernardino Mountains. Since I had displayed the patty pan squash with an acorn squash, I thought it might be interesting to create another arrangement with the patty pans circling an actual acorn.

Here I am wood burning a palm tree on the top of a wood box.
Here I am wood burning a palm tree on the top of a wood box.
Here is another picture of the palm tree I am wood burning on the top of a wood box.
Here is another picture of the palm tree I am wood burning on the top of a wood box.
Here is a close-up of the palm tree frond I wood burned on the back of a box.
Here is a close-up of the palm tree frond I wood burned on the back of a box.
Here is a picture showing what the entire wood burned palm frond looks like on the back of the box.
Here is a picture showing what the entire wood burned palm frond looks like on the back of the box.

The pictures from above document the pyrography project I am currently working on. Taking pictures of pyrography artwork is gratifying for me, and I also use these images for cards that I design.

Black and white self-portrait.
Black and white self-portrait.

The other day I was playing around with my camera, and I took a couple of self-portraits that came out blurry. One thing I like to do with blurry pictures is change these into black and white photographs, which gives the imagery more of an old fashion and nostalgic feel.

Picture I took of the Pinnacles back in 1988.
Picture I took of the Pinnacles back in 1988.

The picture above is one I took of the Pinnacles back in 1988. I scanned and used photo editing software to enhance the photograph. Actually, the scanned version of this photo looks better than the original. I used to love hiking to the top of the Pinnacles up in the San Bernardino Mountains and seeing the view of Mount Baldy in the distance, and Lake Silverwood below.

Here is a picture out of a page in my art scrapbook.  The sketch featured here is of a vase of flowers that I drew back in 2000.
Here is a picture out of a page in my art scrapbook. The sketch featured here is of a vase of flowers that I drew back in 2000.

I am creating an artwork scrapbook, and I often take pictures of the progress I am making on this project. The picture above is of a sketch I made of flowers in a vase.

Picture from my art scrapbook of a sketch I made of the pyramids.
Picture from my art scrapbook of a sketch I made of the pyramids.
I photographed a sketch I made of a cat.
I photographed a sketch I made of a cat.
Here is a picture of the sketch I created of my nephew out at the Pinnacles.
Here is a picture of the sketch I created of my nephew out at the Pinnacles.
Here is a picture I took of two drawings I created of cats.
Here is a picture I took of two drawings I created of cats.
Here is a picture I took of a black and white photograph I placed in my art scrapbook.
Here is a picture I took of a black and white photograph I placed in my art scrapbook.

Taking pictures of the artwork in my scrapbook helps me to document my various projects. If you read my hubs on a frequent basis, you will see that I enjoy taking pictures. Stay tuned for my future photo essays!

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RNMSN 5 years ago from Tucson, Az

very nice!

I am also a pyrographyer,am currently burning a dragon, well duh that's nothing new they are my fav subjects :) onto the top of a circle wood top hubby got me from Lowes

wonderful to meet another fire lover :)


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SweetiePie 5 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Hi RNMSN,

I love pyrography, and I have been getting into doing palm tree designs on wood. Lowe's sounds like a good place to pick up wood pieces, and I might try that next time. I also recommend checking out CS Alexis's hubs if you like pyrography.


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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

A very interesting hub.

I did notknow much about pyrography and have certainly never tried turning my hand to it.

But who knows......................

Thanks for haring.

Take care

Eiddwen.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

Hi Sweetie Pie, Your hubs are always so interesting, I love looking at your pictures and sketches and your palm tree frond looks amazing on the box.

Thank you for sharing


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

I love this lesson and I love taking photo so much. Thanks for share these tips. It's very valuable for us. Vote up and up!

Prasetio


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MaryCola 5 years ago from Georgia

I enjoyed your pictures,the art is amazing. Thanks for sharing.


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alekhouse 5 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

I love your art work, Julia. Thanks so much for sharing.


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SweetiePie 5 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Eiddwen,

You could purchase a pyrography kit at a craft store and see what you think. It is a relatively easy enough craft if you want to try.

Movie Master,

Thanks for your comment about my palm tree fronds. I enjoy holding the universal tip at a 45 degree angle, and I find it is easier to burn these on.

Prasetio30,

Glad you enjoyed the pictures.

MaryCola,

I appreciate your reading and comments.

alekhouse,

I always appreciate you reading and commenting on my hubs!


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Alladream74 5 years ago from Oakland, California

Thanks for sharing your hubs.I always enjoy seeing creativity in play to the artists personal satisfaction.


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SweetiePie 5 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Glad you enjoyed reading this alladream!


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Peggy W 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

You are obviously creative in many different areas. Thanks for showcasing some of your obvious talents.


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SweetiePie 4 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Thank you Peggy!


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agvulpes 4 years ago from Australia

G'day SweetiePie, another great hub showing us how talented you are! As they say a picture is worth a thousand words and your diverse images of the scenery and wood-burning are all very interesting to see. Thanks so much for sharing :-)


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ripplemaker 4 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Your passion shines through SweetiePie. Blessings always. :D


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SweetiePie 4 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Aguvulpes,

I appreciate your thoughtful comments on my hub.

Ripplemaker,

Thank you for your nice comments regarding my work.


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fullheartteacher 4 years ago from Philippines

I love your hub when I read it. I has inspired me and stirred my interest in photography and maybe later in pyrography. It is new to me. Thanks for the idea. You are a blessing to me.


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SweetiePie 4 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Thank you, fullheartteacher. I think you would enjoy pyrography because there are many interesting designs you can create with this art form.

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