The Photos I Love to Take
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.