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The Photos I Love to Take

Updated on February 4, 2013

By Joan Whetzel

Taking photos is not an innate talent for me, but I am growing into it, discovering the compostion that makes a good photo and what would make a good photo better. Changing from film to digital has created its own unique challenges. Among the thousands of pictures I have taken, a few of them have turned out reasonably well. The categories I tend to take photos include: animals, scenery, nature and skies, people, extreme close-ups, and photos that go along with a story or article I am writing.

Animals

Some of the local and Texas State Parks, visited with family, are rich in animal life, which makes them great photo opps. Photos taken include: alligators, butterflies, deer, turtles and egrets at Brazos Bend State Park, ducks at Bear Creek Park, and a zebra on a small farm raising horses in Brookshire, Texas.

American Alligator
American Alligator | Source
Ducks splashing
Ducks splashing | Source
butterfly
butterfly | Source
white tail deer
white tail deer | Source
Egret
Egret | Source
turtles sunning on a rock
turtles sunning on a rock | Source
zebra
zebra | Source

Scenery

The scenery pictures are often taken on vacations or road trips. Photos of Galveston, Brazos Bend State Park, and San Felipe are some of my favorites.

I loved the look of this house.
I loved the look of this house. | Source
Start of a hiking path.
Start of a hiking path. | Source
George Observatory
George Observatory | Source
The hiking path continues around a lake.
The hiking path continues around a lake. | Source
View from Galveston Seawall.
View from Galveston Seawall. | Source

Nature and Skies

I love sunsets, so I try to take pictures whenever I can. I also like wild flowers and the climbing roses in my yard. One night time picture I love is a photo of the Hale Bopp Comet when it made its appearance.

Texas Bluebonnets
Texas Bluebonnets | Source
my climbing roses
my climbing roses | Source
flowers growing wild in my yard
flowers growing wild in my yard | Source
another sunset from a Houston parking lot
another sunset from a Houston parking lot | Source
sunset in New Mexico
sunset in New Mexico | Source
Hale Bopp Comet
Hale Bopp Comet | Source

People

Can't have a photo collection without including a few people. Some of the better photos have included children and grandchildren. Some, however, were taken at events like the Texas Renaissance Festival, a local park with a train ride, and an air show at a local airport.

Train ride in a local park
Train ride in a local park | Source
Renaissance Festival fairy
Renaissance Festival fairy | Source
Barbarians at the Renn Faire
Barbarians at the Renn Faire | Source
my kids at the beach. they were much younger then.
my kids at the beach. they were much younger then. | Source
my oldest granddaughter at a local fire department event
my oldest granddaughter at a local fire department event | Source
My youngest granddaughter, 6 months.
My youngest granddaughter, 6 months. | Source
air show at a local airport
air show at a local airport | Source

Extreme Close-Ups

I have recently become intrigued with taking extreme close-up photos of various items. Some of the items getting the zoom-in treatment, include a couple of large glass ornaments (one blue and one magenta), a jar full of marbles, a pine cone, some sea shells, and a jar of cool looking rocksI collected during a visit to Washington State.

blue glass ornament
blue glass ornament | Source
magenta glass ornament
magenta glass ornament | Source
marbles
marbles | Source
pine cone
pine cone | Source
jar full of cool rocks I found on a trip to Washington State
jar full of cool rocks I found on a trip to Washington State | Source
seashell
seashell | Source
seashell
seashell | Source

Photos that Illustrate an Article

Some of my favorite photos, taken for article illustrations, include the store front of a local train club, a black light with glow in the dark items, an historic cemetery, and a county line marker that marks the point within the City of Katy, TX where three counties meet - Ft. Bend, Waller, and Harris County. Each side of the marker faces the direction of the county it stands in.

black light story photo
black light story photo | Source
Store front for a local train club
Store front for a local train club | Source
Katy, TX historical cemetary
Katy, TX historical cemetary | Source
tri-county marker for Harris, Ft. Bend, and Waller Counties Texas
tri-county marker for Harris, Ft. Bend, and Waller Counties Texas | Source

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      Eileen Goodall 5 years ago from Buckinghamshire, England

      I wish you'd put all the photographs in full size, to open each one individually takes ages, it would be much easier just to scroll down and see them all - good photographs, thanks for sharing.

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      Joan Whetzel 5 years ago from Katy, Texas

      THanks for letting me know.

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      Eileen Goodall 5 years ago from Buckinghamshire, England

      Oh that's much better, makes your hub so much more accessible, thanks for responding so quickly, I'm sure you'll get more views this way :)

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      trusouldj 4 years ago from Indiana

      Excellent photos. I too have stumbled across photography.

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      Joan Whetzel 4 years ago from Katy, Texas

      I am finding it and interesting hobby. I say hobby because I still get more bad pictures than good ones.

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