Taking Pictures of Things You Like
It is always preferable to take pictures of things you enjoy 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 to the photographer, whether you be a blogger hobbyist like me or a professional. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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