Pictures…who doesn’t love pictures?!

Is there anyone these days that doesn’t take pictures?  Personally, I’ve been a shutterbug since way back.  How I would have loved having the ease and convenience of today’s digital world, when I was growing up.  Back then, you had little point and shoot cameras, but you had to make each shot count because you had to pay for them to be developed, not to mention buying film.  But who didn’t love the excitement of getting that envelope full of prints and ripping into it, then getting lost in reliving each and every one?!

Many years ago, I dreamed up a phone that would allow you to take pictures and send them right from wherever you were.  I thought we should be able to take a picture at a store of an item, and send it to someone to see if it is what they wanted.  Unfortunately, I didn’t “invent” it, I just dreamed it up.

Since the iPhone has come along, even my dad, who is 82 whips out his phone to takes pictures and even videos.  My mom has one too, and she does take pictures, but it doesn’t occur to her as often as it does my dad.  I love getting pictures either from text or emailed to me from my dad.  He’s not much of a talker, so when he makes an effort to communicate with text or email, it’s special.

Someone gave me this “Shutter Bug” back in 1982.  He has been with me ever since, but my fondness of photography started long before that.

Shutterbug

I’m now shooting with a Canon 60D and I love it.  It has 18 megapixels which makes for amazingly clear shots, although my iPhone 5 can produce some stunning shots as well.  It’s really nice having my iPhone handy when a photo op presents itself and my Canon is not with me.

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When you take pictures, do you ever consider just using a portion of your subject?

Barn

Guitar

Candy

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When you only photograph a portion of the subject, it seems to give it more interest, don’t you think?

What about zooming in on your subject?

Coffee

Anchor

Mushrooms

Or maybe a different vantage point?

Reflection

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Here I got part of the bronze panel that has every victims name inscribed into it, and the panel surrounds the south reflecting pool of the 911 Memorial and the picture also includes the north tower.

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What about landscape?  This is almost the opposite of a closeup!

HouseonPrairie

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What about in the doctors office?  Do you dare take pictures in there?  Why not, they leave us in there long enough, right?

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  It would be hard for me to pick a favorite type of photography.  Each picture records a moment in time, one that we can never get back, we can only revisit through photographs.

What is your favorite type of photography?

 {As a side note: While doing this post and gathering photos, I learned that I do a lot of closeups, and partial photos of my subjects, I never realized this.  I guess everyone’s artistic eye is a little different}.

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  1. I love photography. I went to photography school for commercial photography. I love your tips. Not everything has to be straight on. Trying different angles and positions make for some great pictures. Your pictures are beautiful btw :=)
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  2. We were just talking about this the other day! I love digital photography, but there’s something about film that’s thrilling–the excitement of opening the envelope to see what turned out, what didn’t. It’s incredible what high quality photos iPhones produce. I’ve been playing with my phone a bit more, but I will always love my Nikon SLR most. I feel like I have more control. The downside to digital photography is sorting and editing photos! I came home from a Garden Bloggers’ Conference, and I’m still sorting more than 2,000 photos of spectacular gardens. Yeesh! I also tend to lean toward close ups and partial shots–leave a bit of the story to the viewers’ imaginations.
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  3. I totally agree Julie, it is so easy to take tons of photos with a digital camera and I am not fond of editing either. I have no doubt you got some wonderful pictures at the Conference. Would love to see them.
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  4. Thank you Liss! I have had no formal training to speak of, I just do what I think looks good. Maybe I can see some of your photos sometime.
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  5. Wow, you are an amazing photographer. I love taking photos from different vantage points, but I’ve never focused on taking a pic of only of portion of my subject. I always try to get the whole subject in. I will definitely give that a try. Thanks for inspiration!

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  6. Very interesting composition tips! I’ve been learning a lot about photography lately (mostly adjusting lighting settings on the camera). But it’s nice to learn some things about composition, which is what I think makes a good photographer!

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  7. I am envious of your talent. Those are beautiful pictures! Your comment about taking pictures in a doctor’s office made me laugh. You’re right, they do leave us in those rooms for so long we might as well take advantage of a photo opportunity! I love photography and wish I had the time to learn more about it. I tend to get snap happy so I usually have pictures that start far away and then get closer.
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    Vee Reply:

    Thank you for the compliments! I’m glad you got a chuckle out of my doctors office shot…
    I’m sure the more pictures you take, the better you will get. Photo editing is our friend!!! The far away ones can always be cropped.
    Keep using that camera!!! 🙂

    Thanks for your comment.

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  8. Thank you Liz! I appreciate your kind words and I hope I have inspired you to look at how you frame up your pictures a little differently.
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  9. Lovely photos! I love to take pictures, but mine are honestly more for memories than technique. Learning how to take better pictures was actually one of my 2013 goals, but I haven’t gotten very far on it yet . ..
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    Vee Reply:

    Thank you! Photographing for memories is wonderful, nothing wrong with that for sure.
    You have just over 3 months to complete your goal!! 🙂 You’ll be just in time to take some great Christmas pictures and winter shots!!

    Thanks for your comment.

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  10. I’ve never been really into photography, but I’ve worked really hard the past few years to improve my photos for my blog, especially food photos. I really like doing closeups and partial shots–it makes you focus on the details and is so much more interesting than the usual point-and-shoot type shots I do for the family.
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    Vee Reply:

    I totally agree! Good food photography will MAKE a post as far as I’m concerned. Now you’ll have to try and do some closeups on your family and “focus on the details”, as you put it. I bet you would get some great shots.

    Thanks for your comment.

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  11. I love these pictures. I’m a big fan of the camera too, but I really need to learn how to use mine. We got a new Nikon for Christmas, and i barely learned how to get it focused so far. Oh boy.
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    Vee Reply:

    Girl, you are a little behind!! hahaha Get that puppy out and start playing. Look at YouTube videos… you’ll get the hang of it. It’s SO much fun, and with all the photo editing software, you can do awesome things with them.
    Your assignment is to get your camera out and start using it. Take some pictures of the fall leaves… both far away and close up!! 🙂 Take it to a pumpkin patch… you could get some great closeups there too.

    Thanks for your comment.

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  12. Wow, beautiful pictures! I love photography too, and have gotten a bit lazy unfortunately. I use my iPhone way too much now. I get a ton of cute pictures of my babies that way, but I still wish I could capture more professional looking photos. They just move too quick!
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    Vee Reply:

    Thank you Angela! I agree that the iPhone is just SO handy for taking pictures, PLUS you can send them to someone right then, which is a big plus. I’m sure you do a great job of capturing moments in your children’s lives.

    Thanks for your comment.

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  13. Hehe! I am a shutterbug too, since as long as I remember! I don’t have a favorite type of photography… I love to shoot EVERYTHING!!

    Your photos are wonderful! Thank You for sharing!
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    Vee Reply:

    Hello fellow shutterbug! I bet you have some wonderful pictures… keep it up.
    Thanks for the compliment and for commenting.

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  14. Great photography. I love taking pictures, though I am not near as talented as you. We do have the same pictures from the fort in San Juan Puerto Rico! (the shot of the arches). I have not bought into the idea of using only my camera phone, and love my husbands digital Canon SLR!
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    Vee Reply:

    I’ve been to San Juan 2 times and each time, I just can’t get enough shots of the turrets on the fort and around the city. It’s just so amazing to stand in one and imagine what the fellow went through that stood in that very spot centuries ago.
    I bet you have some great pictures! We are always more critical of ourselves… just keep taking them and maybe you’ll come to love your shots too.
    I don’t think I could JUST use my camera on my phone. It just doesn’t do what I want it to do, although sometimes it blows me away. Mine has a HDR setting and that can produce a pretty cool effect.

    Thanks for your comment.

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  15. You have captured some beautiful photographs. I dream of the day I can get a “real” camera, besides the phone, but for now. Especially with my little ones, phone it is. 🙂
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    Vee Reply:

    Thank you Heather! You’ll get a “real” camera someday and you’ll love it, but at least you do have a phone in the mean time. You don’t want to miss out on all the shots as your kids grow up.

    Thanks for your comment.

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  16. I love preserving old photos and sharing the final pieces of work with loved ones. My site is about digital scrapbooking old photos. Thank you for sharing your lovely photos.
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    Vee Reply:

    I saw your site and I think it is wonderful that you love preserving old photos. So many people don’t care about that box of old photos that Grandmother had. Kudos to you!! You are doing future generations a great service.

    Thanks for your comment.

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  17. Beautiful photos! I’ve always admired photographers and hope to one day take a few classes to improve my photography skills. I think my favorite type of photography is candid photography that captures those unexpected moments.

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    Vee Reply:

    Unexpected moments are GREAT! I love those too. I guess there’s not many aspects of photography that I don’t like, well maybe one, I don’t like being IN pictures. 🙂 I’m much more comfortable behind the camera!!
    You don’t have to take classes, just get out and start taking pictures of what you like. Check out photos online of shots you like, then try and immulate the things you like about them. You’ll be a pro before you know it. 😉

    Thanks for your comment and your compliment.

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  18. My favorite photographs are taken from behind. I like the walks down the trail of my children, or my husband holding my children’s hand on an evening walk.

    Thanks for the suggestion to photograph part of the subject. Your pictures are very interesting. Thanks for sharing.
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    Vee Reply:

    Thanks Tracy! I like the shots from behind too. Something you could try that incorporates your favorite subjects and trying to capture only a part of your subject is do a closeup of just clasped hands as they walk (I’m not sure if your children are of hand holding age or not), or if while they are walking, they are talking and their heads are turned toward each other, you could do a closeup of their heads. Or you could just do a shot from the knees down. Just try a few different compositions. I bet you’ll come up with something great!!

    Thanks for your comment.

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  19. Gorgeous pictures!! I love the perspective you used! I absolutely love photography, but only have the most basic skills. My favorite pictures to take are landscapes and florals.

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    Vee Reply:

    Thank you so much! I bet you have some beautiful pictures as well. Both of your favorite types of photography can produce stunning results. Keep it up!

    Thanks for your comment.

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  20. Amazing photos! They would look great all framed and placed around the house. You truly have a talent, keep it up!
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    Vee Reply:

    Thanks so much! Can you believe I don’t have any of my pictures framed and hanging in my house?? I have good intentions, but seems like it just never gets done. It’s on my to do list. Thanks for the comment.

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  21. Most of the pictures I take are of dh and munchkin. Not knowing how long he has, I’m trying to capture as many moments as possible too help her remember him later. I’ve thought a photography challenge would be fun.

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    Vee Reply:

    I’m so sorry to hear about your dh. I hope he beats the odds and is around for many more years. Wish he would do some natural remedies, there are so many with success. If we give our bodies what they need to heal themselves, they will. All those chemical drugs do is cover up the symptoms.
    A photography challenge would be fun, I agree.

    Thanks for your comment.

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  22. Great photography and beautiful pictures. You have a very good talent. My son went to photography at high school, he love it. Thank you for share with us your amazing pictures!
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    Vee Reply:

    Thank you for the compliments! I bet your son has some great photographs too if he loved it in HS. It is quite addicting.
    Thanks for your comment.

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  23. What beautiful shots! My favorite type of photography is portrait and lifestyle. I love capturing people and their stories!
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    Vee Reply:

    I am with you Michelle. I LOVE taking pictures of people and I think everyone has a story. Occasionally I see a person with a distinct face and I wish I could photograph them but my husband says, “you shouldn’t take a picture of him/her”, so I don’t.
    Thanks for your comment.

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  24. Your photos are stunning! My favorite is the guitar, I loved the perspective.
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    Vee Reply:

    Thank you Emily! I appreciate knowing which one you liked best.
    Thanks for the comment.

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  25. Wow, your photography is amazing! I especially like your close-ups and landscapes.
    BTW, you often commented right before me, so I came to know you a little through your comments – I’m excited to finally land on your blog! 🙂
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    Vee Reply:

    Thank you so much, I appreciate the compliment. As you can tell, I like closeups too, hahaha.
    And I’m glad to meet who I was following. 🙂
    Thanks for the comments.

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  26. Beautiful pictures! I am a shutterbug too! I LOVE to take pics. I have a Dslr that I want to learn to use. I am learning on my own so it is taking me alot of time to get good photos. Thankfully I have an iphone for those moments that the dslr is not around. I do have a goal of learning to take photos like you have posted here. They are beautiful!

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    Vee Reply:

    Thank you very much for the compliments. Sounds like we are kindred spirits; always have a camera handy!! Just get that DSLR out and use it, use it, use it. You’ll figure it out, you have the love of photography. Good luck.

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  27. You are a good photographer! Your pictures remind me of editorial photography, like for ads, and billboards and such. You might look into it for some local businesses. Or maybe freelance for a graphics installer. I enjoyed this very much!
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    Vee Reply:

    Wow!! Thank you very much! I would love to be able to make money off my photographs, I just really don’t know where to start. I appreciate the suggestions, I will definitely look into it.

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  28. It is amazing how much we can do with our phones these days! In fact – I’m a the point that I’m mad because the pics on my phone aren’t very good – and they’re better than older cameras could take. I think I got spoiled after I took a photography class… 🙂
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    Vee Reply:

    I am with you on how much we use our phones. I was sitting at the Chiropractor’s office last week and everyone in there had their phone out, so I refused to get mine out!!! hahaha
    They are really wonderful instruments. Hope you can get a camera that produces pictures you are happy with.

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  29. Not only do I still take pictures but I get them printed at Costco. I love to send friends a handwritten note with a few pictures.

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    Vee Reply:

    Good for you!!! I wish I was one of your friends because I would SO love getting that in the mail. Not only do we not print pictures much anymore, we don’t use the MAIL much either. I think you’re spot on!! Thanks for the comment.

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  30. Photography is on my bucket list. I’ve also wanted to do a 100 day challenge of taking a picture everyday. Your photos are beautiful even the one at the dentist’s office!
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    Vee Reply:

    Aww, thank you so much. I love taking pictures, as you can tell. A 100 day challenge sounds really fun. If you do one, holler at me…I might be interested too. Thanks for the comment. Loved hearing from you.

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  31. Awesome pictures! I always enjoy unique angles. You have a beautiful talent! I’ll have to try the partial subject trick.

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    Vee Reply:

    I hope you do try a partial subject shot and I wish you great success. Try a few and see how you like it. Thanks for the comment.

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  32. I’d have to say that my favorite photographs are probably those I manage to snap of my son before he realizes that I’m taking photos. There’s something about catching children when they’re doing nothing more than simply being themselves that makes such photos so much more poignant. Beautiful pictures.
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    Vee Reply:

    I remember those days when my son was little and I would grab a shot of him without him knowing and making some weird face!!
    Thanks for the compliment!

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  33. I remember taking photos to the shop to be developed and being excited about how they would come out. Some I am very surprised about and others I dread.
    I love having the phone to take pictures but I often forget to take a pic.
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    Vee Reply:

    I totally agree. The anticipation of opening that package and seeing what I captured was just like opening a Christmas present!

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  34. Hello! Beautiful beautiful pictures! I tend to take a lot of closeups as well. I also really love the alternate vantage point from the puddle! Thanks for these tips. 🙂
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  35. I was just having a conversation with my Mom about how it would have been nice to have a digital camera when I was growing up so that I could have better documentation of my life and experiences. Today, I really don’t think some people realize just how good they have it with the technological advances we now have. I’ve always wanted to learn how to develop my own film and take more professional-looking photos – I truly admire those who know how to.
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  36. you have a very unique taste in photography, like it. I am also a photographer by passion and i lovee capturing macro shots and Bokeh, and off course Food. 🙂 Glad I came to your blog through Blogelina!
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  37. Thank you Elizabeth! Aren’t closeups great?! Just a whole new perspective.
    Nice to meet a fellow shutterbug.
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  38. I have wished SO many times that I had more pictures of my youth. I guess the ones I do have are just that much more precious though.
    I don’t guess I was very interested in developing my own film for fear of messing up and ruining my shots. 😉
    Thanks for your comments.
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  39. Lovely pictures! I enjoy photography too – though I struggle a lot with landscapes! I find myself shooting most with my iPhone when I’m around town, though when I’m traveling, I have to have my dslr along 🙂
    I’d love it if you could stop by my photoblog and let me know what you think – or offer any tips on how I could have improved my shots. Here’s the link: http://invokingcreativity.wordpress.com
    Thank you :))
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  40. I too am a photographer – I have a Canon 40D AND an IPhone 5. I use my IPhone every day to take pics. Your photos are amazing! You should do more posts featuring your shots…A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. photography. I especially liked the barn and guitar shot.

    Thanks for visiting and commenting. Do you do any link parties? It’s a good way to get to know other bloggers.
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    Vee Reply:

    Well thank you for that glowing review of my photos!! I would like to have a whole section devoted to photography and have it where people could purchase and download the file. Just too many irons in the fire right now, but your encouragement has fueled the fire again!
    Have not done any linky parties. I’m a real newbie to this whole blog thing, so I’ve not attempted it yet since I don’t fully grasp the process.
    Thanks for coming over and checking things out (and words of encouragement).

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