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Photography: Shooting Random Photos

Updated on March 10, 2010

I'm the one at any family function who always has a camera ready. I absolutely love photography! Ever since I can remember, my dad was the same way. Whether it was playing with the dog outside, birthday parties, days at the beach, anything. My memories include so many with my Dad shooting photos. I believe that's where my love for photography began.

It's awesome that something so simple as a photograph can be an item of unimaginable value. Portraits especially fall into that category due to the personal connection in that photo. What I enjoy also, is being able to collect random photos. We take for granted the everyday visuals in life, such as the palm tree out in the front yard, or the bottles sitting in the garage. Maybe it's just me, but I like to think that sometimes the simplest things force you to view them in not so conventional ways. The world behind the view of my camera is something I own. I love that with people and events I'm able to capture a slice in time that will forever be recorded. That smile, that laughter, that feeling you had at just that instant, that moment of surprise, pain, or joy. It's the satisfaction of capturing those moments in the best way possible that keep me ready and waiting to shoot.

It's just as satifying to go out on any given day and just take shots of anything around me. It's challenging sometimes to tell yourself, "Okay, walk ten feet out your door and shoot anything and everthing from that spot." Which is a great way to practice shooting from different angles. When it comes to shooting photos other than portraits, you get the opportunity to choose how you want to portray that subject. I'm no professional, just have a passion for photography, I truly enjoy my world through a lens. I love the challenge of finding different ways to record images.The everyday things that surround me work best for excersising and experimenting my view and angle of what I want to shoot.

Here are some of my random photos taken of different subjects other than people. These photos are what inspire me to go out, shoot more, and strive to be a better photographer.

All photos by Cheryl

Fairies that hang from my daughters room above her bed.
Fairies that hang from my daughters room above her bed.
Bottles of black cherry soda stocked in our garage.
Bottles of black cherry soda stocked in our garage.
Backyard flower
Backyard flower
My birthday cake, shot right before everyone sang happy birthday lol!
My birthday cake, shot right before everyone sang happy birthday lol!
River that runs through a local park.
River that runs through a local park.
More backyard flowers.
More backyard flowers.
The closest I've ever been to a peacock, there's quite a few near the river at a huge local park.
The closest I've ever been to a peacock, there's quite a few near the river at a huge local park.
This is the end of my table runner on the dining table.
This is the end of my table runner on the dining table.
Another flower photo shot in my backyard. I had to play with the exposure on this one.
Another flower photo shot in my backyard. I had to play with the exposure on this one.
The first lily that bloomed last spring by our front door.
The first lily that bloomed last spring by our front door.
Our dog Mushu.
Our dog Mushu.
Small palm tree in the front yard.
Small palm tree in the front yard.
An old water mill at a local park.
An old water mill at a local park.
Another random photo.
Another random photo.
A swing at our park.
A swing at our park.
This is a bucket of cherries (30 lbs!) that we picked on a family day out cherry picking.
This is a bucket of cherries (30 lbs!) that we picked on a family day out cherry picking.
The Burb
The Burb
Another local park
Another local park
Lampost in the backyard
Lampost in the backyard
My little bamboo plant.
My little bamboo plant.
My niece
My niece
Our backyard fence.
Our backyard fence.
Very random shot of what was laying around when my husband was changing his brakes.
Very random shot of what was laying around when my husband was changing his brakes.
My husband with his funnel cake.
My husband with his funnel cake.
Caught this shot while shooting in my backyard.
Caught this shot while shooting in my backyard.

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      arlene morfin 

      6 years ago

      Wow, While reading your editorial, i was amazed the you and i think very alike. Im 25 and all my life ive taken pictures and yes im the crazy one in the family that takes pictures of everything even the non important to other viewers. i recently started selling my stuff and i really love your work. i have a page were i sell my work at http://instacanv.as/lovearrlenee, if you have any time just to see what i have and in your opinion is it worth selling. thank you. arlene morfin

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      _cheryl_ 

      7 years ago from California

      Kenneth, I really, really appreciate your comment. I've been so busy with my photography taking it to another level for myself and will be sure to post much more of this passion of mine very soon! Your words have truly made my day, thanks!

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      Kenneth Avery 

      7 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      _cheryl_YOU are truly an artist! GREAT hub in text, artwork and lay-out. I loved this work. Keep up the fine efforts and I am so glad that I found a creative person like you on hubs. Thanks for your talent.

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      _cheryl_ 

      8 years ago from California

      Hi sherrylou57, thanks for checking out my random photos. Always glad to hear from a fellow photographer! =)

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      sherrylou57 

      8 years ago from Riverside

      Nice, Cheryl. I also like photography!

    • _cheryl_ profile imageAUTHOR

      _cheryl_ 

      8 years ago from California

      Thanks so much samsons1, I appreciate that.

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      Sam 

      8 years ago from Tennessee

      voted up & beautiful! love your random pix...

    • _cheryl_ profile imageAUTHOR

      _cheryl_ 

      8 years ago from California

      Hey mikie! How are you doing? Thanks for checking out my very random photos lol! I'm due for more shots though...soon! Take care. =)

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      mikielikie 

      8 years ago from Texas

      Hey lady! I have got to hand it to you. Your photo's are great. I love how random they are. So fun and beautiful. The most common things can be so dramatic through the lens of a camera. You are so great at everything you do. Keep it up.

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      _cheryl_ 

      8 years ago from California

      Thanks so much Granny's House!

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      Granny's House 

      8 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

      great photos. fun hub

    • _cheryl_ profile imageAUTHOR

      _cheryl_ 

      8 years ago from California

      Thank you elayne001, it's always nice to hear comments from another fellow photo fanatic! =) I'll be sure to check your photos out as well...Mahalo!

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      Elayne 

      8 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      Great photos. I love photography too and have made a couple of hubs including some of mine. You really have an eye for beauty. Aloha!

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      _cheryl_ 

      8 years ago from California

      Thanks so much lovelypaper! More to come =)

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      Renee S 

      8 years ago from Virginia

      I've been here before, but I came back to look again. Spectacular!

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      _cheryl_ 

      8 years ago from California

      Thanks Jill! That's definitely something I would love to do!! Maybe when the kids are all in school full time, and I gain more experience. Till then, I'll continue to shoot whatever I can as much as possible! =)

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      oneinajillian 

      8 years ago from So.Cali

      beautiful! i love your photography. you should start a business.

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      entertianmentplus 

      8 years ago from United States

      Nice pictures. Great Hub

    • _cheryl_ profile imageAUTHOR

      _cheryl_ 

      8 years ago from California

      Thanks for viewing my photos Dave and Kaye, glad you enjoyed them!

      Lisa- thank you! I pretty much just play around with taking photos too, digital is awesome allowing you to take a million photos and learn in the process.

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      Lisa 

      8 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Wow,these are some very good pictures.I have just started playing around with photography.Random pictures are my favorite!

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      kayecoubert 

      8 years ago

      those pics are good, i shoot random pics also and i think that random pics turn out better than others, so good job keep up the good work.

    • _cheryl_ profile imageAUTHOR

      _cheryl_ 

      8 years ago from California

      Thanks Dad!

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      deegle 

      8 years ago from Ventura County California

      Cheryl has always had a good eye for photography. I'm quite proud of my daughter.

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      _cheryl_ 

      8 years ago from California

      Thanks arshumum, I'm glad you enjoyed them!

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      arshumum 

      8 years ago

      one of the comprehensive pics at hub community, thanks!

    • _cheryl_ profile imageAUTHOR

      _cheryl_ 

      8 years ago from California

      Thanks for your positive feedback, I appreciate it.

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      Renee S 

      8 years ago from Virginia

      You have awsome talent for photography!!! I am amazed. Some of the best pictures I've ever seen.

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