I started this blog as an outlet for my amateur photography.
I have no ‘official’ photography skills, taking photos just makes me happy. I take whatever looks pretty to me.
I don’t use photo shop (yet) whenever I try to figure it out I suddenly feel a headache coming on – I do want to learn a little photo shop for small photo enhancing, but I don’t think I like to over manipulate my images, that’s just my preference.
I use a Nikon L120 Coolpix, and recently I started using a Canon T4i. I took a little 4 session photography class, and I’m trying to use some of the things I learned, but it was a little bit of information overload! Practice, Practice Practice!
Thanks for taking the time to look around, I truly appreciate all the likes and comments 🙂
Your photography is beautiful! Congratulations on starting your blog! Best of luck with it.
Thank you Eileen! I’m still trying to sort out how this blog site works! I’ll get the hang of it sooner or (most likely) LATER!!! Thank you for all your help, and support, it really means a lot to me!
Good luck Linda. I am looking forward to your beautiful pictures!.
Thanks for dropping by my blog, I really appreciate the like. Some great stuff here, I think you have a good eye. Keep it up.
Thank you – I am hoping to take a photography class soon, so for now it’s all just for fun! I loved your pics!
Your photography is wonderful ! I use a Canon A590 IS & a macro lens. I’m also learning my way around this site.
Thank you for all the wonderful comments, they made my day 🙂
Thanks for liking my blog. Good luck with yours.
You have beautiful photo shots here!
Keep it up! 🙂
Thank you so much!
Beautiful pictures. Keep it up. As for Nikon vs Canon, it is about what you always wanted to carry. Both make superb cameras.
Thank you for taking the time to stop by and take a look 🙂 I am starting to figure out that I love macro photography, and so I guess my choice should reflect that, we shall see!
thanks for dropping by to my blog…
regarding your ‘upgrade’ thing, it doesn’t matter if Canon or Nikon, what is important is you have that ‘image composition’ thing in you, and as i can see thru the pictures here in your blog, well, you have it. The camera is just an instrument, our EYES is our camera.
Have a nice day!
Hi, for some reason I am just seeing your comment today – thank you so much for the compliment and for taking the time to look around by blog!
Thanks for visitng my blog and liking my post about the parakeets
Thanks for liking my Gull in Flight, looks like you have some lovely photos on your site too.
I hope that you will eventually manage to upgrade your camera though I wouldn’t get too hung up about the make both Nikon & Canon are good and it really comes down to what you can afford and what feels right. I’ve used both over the years, and a multitude of others too. One thing to remember is that once you start with a particular make it is often difficult to change latter because of the investment that one normally makes in the lenses.
It’s the photographer and not the camera that makes the photo.
Thank you Louis! Good advice, exactly what I wanted to know. Your photos are fantastic, I loved them!
very lovely blog, wonderful photographs. i enjoyed my visit.. : )
Thank you so much Dianne! I visited your blog as well and I loved it, just beautiful!
When you have a moment – watch this guy at youtube – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2YFm4UkD5I – his name is Frank Doorhoff – quite famous. Just like you I am learning photography myself. When I started my blog in January, I was shooting P (as in professional – wink wink -) as the project progresses, I started shooting P and S and occasionally even M (as in on My gosh).
Brand wise, it doesn’t really matter (as much) – the key is the lens – not the body (Frank said it, not I) – have fun.
By the way, just like you, taking photos makes me happy.
Thank you Thank you! I started watching it, I will go back and finish it later – love it so far 🙂
Thank you for liking my recent blog post devotion and for allowing me the opportunity to become introduced to your blog. I really enjoy the playfulness in your photos and the close nature photos. I am looking forward to exploring your blog more in the next several days. God bless! Julie
Thank you for stopping by, so glad you enjoyed my pics!
Thanks for stopping by my blog; I’m enjoying looking through your beautiful shots! 🙂
Thank you !
Hi, Lynda! Thanks for liking my post. I’ve recently also started doing photography and having a great time with it. You’re doing great! Hope to see more of your shots soon. 🙂
Thank you so much! I loved your blog also 🙂
Good luck with your photography. The key is to take many photos. Your eye develops and your skills grow with time. Enjoy the process and thank you for the follow.
Thank you Ann 🙂
See my most recent post on atasteofmorning.com Because I enjoy your blog so much, I have just nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award and the One Lovely Blog Award.
Laurie, Thank you so much! What a great way to start my day, waking up and finding your nominations! I truly appreciate you thinking of me, and I will figure out how to pass it along (I may need my teenagers help, lol) Thank you again and have a great day :)))
Beautiful pictures, wow! I’ve really enjoyed browsing here. Good luck with your work! 🙂
Thank you so much, and thanks for stopping by!
I sooooo enjoyed looking through your photos! Taking pictures because it makes you happy is the best reason to photograph. It made me happy, too!
Buy either Canon or Nikon, doesn’t matter. Buy the best lenses you can afford. It’s the glass that matters.
Thank you for the compliment and the advice, both very much appreciated!
Nice to meet you too! Look forward to following your blog as well. Try photoshop Lightroom. A pared down version of photoshop, easy to make small changes and small corrections. Boys are fun, aren’t they?
Thank you – I will check it out! Yes, boys are fun!
Appreciate your visit to my website!
Your photography is beautiful. Thank you for visiting my blog and ‘liking’ my photograph. I appreciate the feedback! Keep up the good work;)
Thank you so much! I enjoyed your blog very much!
Hey Lynda, I’ve tagged you. Go here for details: http://allthingsboys.wordpress.com/2012/06/13/wonderful-awards/
Thank you for visiting my blog and for following. I can relate so much. Like you I have no formal background in photography. I just love taking photos :-). I think if you have that attitude, it’s like instinct that you can capture a wonderful composition after shooting something. Confession:- I don’t even know how to use photoshop to be honest! lol
Have fun and just enjoy!
Hi Mafey! Thank you so much……and I don’t know how to use photo shop either!
Thanks much for visiting my site. You have some nice images here. It’s the image that counts, not what camera took it.
Thank you Steven!
I use the same camera as you do Lynda…don’t you love how great it does for what is still consider a compact camera. If you ever need help learning the manual settings just let me know. I am amazed at how awesome it can do close up photo. In fact if you have not seen the one I have of the moon that I took with this camera you really need to check it out! You can see the mountains, craters and other stuff on the moon! http://southern-wild.com/2012/06/07/celestial-body/
I would LOVE to learn how to use the manual settings on this camera! I tried to take shots of the moon with it, and failed terribly! I do agree that it is a great camera – I’m going to check out your moon pics right now!
Lynda – Thank you for signing up to follow my blog! Maybe we can learn photography tricks from each other!
Yes, maybe we can!
I’ve nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award. If you choose to accept the rules are posted on my blog: http://geniespeaks.wordpress.com/2012/06/18/one-lovely-blog-award-4. If you choose not to accept, just know that I enjoy your blog.
Hi – thanks for dropping by my blog again. It looks as though we started about the same time …..
You’ve got some great shots here and are doing really well with your Coolpix – keep going!
As for cameras, personally I’m a Nikon fan. I couldn’t decide between Nikon or Canon until I went to the camera shop and held them – the Canon was OK but the Nikon was a perfect fit in my hand and that made the decision for me. It’s something you’re (hopefully!) going to spend a lot of time with so it needs to feel good. Also, as others have said here, it’s better to get a good lens and budget camera rather than the other way around. That leads me on to something else to consider when choosing your brand – Nikon have used the same lens mount for a long time so older lenses will fit (auto exposure etc. may not work) so it’s possible to get some real bargains. Whatever you get – YOU have the vision, the camera is just a tool. Good luck 🙂
Thank you Noeline, I appreciate the advice! I may just go with the Nikon, as I am using one now. Also, you answered my question about the lenses!
Keep going down the path you have chosen, ie choices on what to shoot and what not to shoot. As others have said it’s the photographer not the camera/gear. Go with what you think will make a good photograph, not what you think others would think would make a good photograph (let them take their own!). I particularly like your current direction.
Thank you, what a nice compliment!
Hi there…I’m really grateful for the ‘like’ on my blog, thanks very much indeed.
I’ll repeat what others have said, it’s not the camera its the eye……plus a bit of imagination…
You seem to have both big style.
Enjoy your photography.
Thank you very much :)))
Hi LyndaMichele:), just wanted to say thank you for stopping by my blog with your “Likes” and “Following”, I can assure you that it`s very much appreciated and inspiring! I look forward to continue following your blog as well, I have enjoyed what I found here so far – lots of lovely and interesting photos! Have a marvellous day:)
Shoot away no matter what you have! I use a Canon S-100 and it fits in my pocket nicely.
thanks for visiting my blog For the Love of Clouds, and for the follow. I enjoyed reading your “About” and can certainly relate regarding shooting out the car window or holding the dogs leash 🙂 Have a wonderful day. I will be following you as well..
Thank you! I loved your clouds 🙂
Having fun and learning 🙂 that’s what I am aiming at too :). Nice to meet you LyndaMIchele!
Thank you for reading and enjoying my Poem, Lynda. Your photos, and, your attitude, are both inspiring. I can identify. Let’s keep on keepin’ on!
You’re welcome, and thank you!
Hi, lyndamichele. Thank you for the like on my blog. You have some beautiful and fun photos here! Have a great weekend 🙂
Many thanks for finding my blog and deciding to follow. Enjoy.
Many thanks for stopping by my blog with some ‘Likes’. Like you I also started a blog for fun and for my amateur photography. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. 🙂
Keep up the great work on your blog! Sounds like you’re having fun, and that’s the most important thing when it comes to photography! The familiarity with different settings will follow with some patience and studying. Thanks for stopping by my blog.
thanks for liking my recent post and for bringing me here. Your photos are stunning. I am also an amateur photographer and just enjoy capturing special moments with my camera. You might like to explore my blog further, as I am doing here on yours. Under the tag photography there are lots of nature photos as well as photos of India. And of course if you enjoy travel shots, you might like my India Journal: http://janesindiajournals.wordpress.com
with love light and JOY
Thank you so much for the compliment Jane! I look forward to seeing more of your blog as well!
Your photos are just beautiful.
Thank you Angeline! I saw that you are using picmonkey, I love picmonkey! I have only used it to touch up ‘people’ photos, for some reason I haven’t thought to use it on my wordpress images. Maybe I’ll give it a try 🙂
Thanks for looking in on my blog and liking ‘There’s a bright golden haze’ It encouraged me to visit your site and I’ve had a very enjoyable trip. You have some super work here. To help your progress you might like to reflect on the advice I was once given: ‘A photo should be ABOUT something not OF something.’
Thank you for taking a look ~ I absolutely will take your advice and try to use it! That is the first time I have heard it, and of course it makes perfect sense 🙂
You have some lovely photos and it doesn’t matter what camera you get as your talent will shine through with even the least expensive and fancy one. I have friends with super expensive kits yet their work is appalling then I have friends with point and shoot compacts and they create stunning photography. Don’t get pushed into spending loads because you feel you need to in order to get good photos. 99% the photographer and 1% the camera !
Thank you! I’m still learning my way around and I’m a little afraid to spend that kind of money on a big ole camera just yet!
Very lovely photos, I especially like the dragonfly ones. Thanks for coming by my blog today and following. I appreciate it (your spiderweb photos definately outshine mine – they are fabulous).
Thank you so much Janet! And I don’t know about mine being better than yours 🙂
Thank you for liking my latest blog entry “The Heat Is On!” I checked out your blog and enjoyed the lovely photos. I am now a follower! 🙂
Thanks for the like on my blog. Your photos are beautiful and I have no doubt that you have what it takes…follow your passion!
Beautiful photo blog… Love your photo blog… 🙂
Thank you for taking the time to look around, and for the compliment :))
Coming to your blog late. I love the image of taking photos with the camera in one hand and the dog’s leash in the other. Thank you for sharing your photos.
Thanks for stopping by!
Thanks for liking my butterfly photo. You have some beautiful work. I especially like the dragonflies.
Thank you Susan 🙂
No formal training here either, thank goodness for friends with cameras that were willing to share. And if photoshop is too difficult, try Lightroom, much more intuitive, and a lot less $$$. Believe me, if I can use it without putting a bullet in my head, anyone can 😉
Thanks Jeff, that is exactly what I need, something much simpler! I will give it a try!
I am enjoying your blog. I look forward to seeing more of your work. I shoot with a Nikon D7000 and love it. But whatever camera you choose, you will love what you can do with it.
Thank you so much! I think I might be upgrading pretty soon, I’m excited!
I’m an amateur as well. I bought a Nikon D5000 about 2 years ago. Recommended by a pro who I work with a lot. I had it for about a year before I really began to learn how to use it.
It depends a lot on what you wan to do. But it sounds like you really want to learn photography, not just take pretty photos for your blog.? If that’s true then yes, upgrade to a DSLR and start learning how to use it. The best way is to go out and shoot. Read the manual. Read tutorials on line. And just shoot a lot. Try new things. Make mistakes. It’s all good.
Hope this helps.
So glad you stopped by to check out my blog and I am so glad you like it. I enjoy sharing my work with others to show what I see through my eyes of all the beautiful things out in Nature and whatever else that I might find interesting to share.
Thanks for enjoying my images. You only mention Canon and Nikon but you should really check out a mirrorless interchange lens camera. These are smaller in size, allow you change lenses, and have the same type of features as full size DSLR in a body not much bigger than your current camera (meaning you can hold a leash and snap a picture!). Olympus, Panasonic, Sony, Nikon, Samsung, and Fuji all make them. Prices range from the $200 with a kit lens up to $1300 for a body only. It may be just what you are looking for to make the leap into the world of DSLR type cameras.
Someone also mentioned Lightroom for managing and editing your photos. Give it a try. It’s fairly intuitive. Adobe gives out free trials so you can try before you buy. Just try and do a photo a day and you will be stunned at the results.
Thank you so much! I had no idea about the smaller cameras!
LyndaMichele – thanks for stopping by my blog and liking “Yellow Inside” I think your Photo Challenge Merge is fantastic. I too have no formal photography training and would like to learn Photoshop. I do use Lightroom to organize and keep track of my photos. I use a Canon Xsi. Early this year I picked up a Nikon D5100. Why 2? Well I have a zoom lens on one and a macro on the other. So when I walk up on something, I can just shoot, no need to switch a lens. I’m not lazy. I’m just older now and can’t do the switching as fast as I once could.
Thank you for the compliment on my photo – and I think having 2 cameras is an excellent idea – one of the things I thought about with getting a fancy camera was that it would be kind of a giant pain to set up for one type of photography and miss an opportunity for something else!
Thank you for coming by and liking!
You’re welcome 🙂
Thanks for ‘liking’ my photo. I am a canon lover myself.
I did an excellent camera course which was a good starting point just to learn the technicalities of my camera based in Oxford which has really helped. Although of course, I don’t know where you live! http://www.oxfordschoolofphotography.co.uk/
Hi Tessa! I’m in the US, so I don’t think I can make it to the class, LOL But I do need to take a class very soon!
To heck with skills, you have talent. I’ve enjoyed poking through. There are so many to Like.
Thank you for the compliment Melanie! I have a looonnnngggg way to go, but I love it!
Hello from a fellow amateur photographer! Amateur or not, capturing the beauty of creation through our photographs is so rewarding, and it’s a double joy to share them with others. Keep up the good work and thanks for liking my post.
Thank you 🙂
As many said, it’s not the equipment that matters… creativity and passion are enough for class A photos. Goodluck, am also just an enthusiast not a pro 🙂 thanks for dropping by or I wouldn’t have chanced upon your blog.
Love your photography. You seem to be on a similar trail as mine… photography makes me happy, too and I am taking a lot of photos of what is in my backyard in order to practice and better learn my camera. I have a Canon Rebel T1i and am really enjoying it as I learn the settings, but I hear the Nikons are also good.
Thank you Sheri! I think I’m going to go with the Nikon, maybe for my birthday……
Wow! You sure generated a lot of comments here. I’ll admit I haven’t read any of them. Just wanted to comment that I bought a Canon t2i when it first came out and love it- though I would not have bought the lens that came with it if I could have afforded anything better. It’s a great lens but I’m always trying to get my images sharper through post.
I can’t wait to get a camera with a better lens, I know all my shots are not sharp enough!
Good luck, and from what I see here, you have the “eye.” I’ve been a photographer for many years. I too started because it made me happy. Then it became my job (first as a freelance, then as a photojournalist for a newspaper and now back as a freelance). It kind of sucked the happiness out of it, but I’m trying to regain that – thanks for reminding me why I do what I do. 🙂
Thank you so much for the compliment, Darla! And I hope you can rediscover the joy in your photography, I took a look at some of your photos and they are gorgeous 🙂
Thank you for following my blog. Drop in whenever you can.
And you have some lovely images here – just wonderful! Keep it up.
it’s very inspiring to see you jumping into the photography thing and blogging about the journey as you go! you speak for a lot of us as you do so. best wishes …
Thank you so much :))
Hi, LyndaMichele. Thanks for visiting and following my blog. I am very pleased to meet you.
Your photos are beautiful. I wish to learn Photoshop someday as well. But it seems so intimidating. 🙂
Thank you so much! Someday we must force ourselves to learn at least a little photo shop!
thanks for stopping by and liking my post. I grew up in Florida and went through many hurricanes. The photos you took in your neighborhood reminded me of the way my neighborhood often looked after the storms had passed. Life will eventually get back on an even keel and you will live with a new appreciation for what really matters in life. I would encourage you to join a local photo club if there is one in your area. I have learned so much from the competition critiques and the various forums my club has each month. It is a good place to ask questions of others who have already learned the lessons you are walking into. I use Lightroom 4 and Photoshop 6. Both have a learning curve but the work is worth it for the results you can acheive. I use Lightroom for 90% of my photo work and only go to Photoshop if Lightroom can’t accomplish what I want to do. It used to be the other way around when I first started with Lightroom 3. I would suggest starting with Lightroom. It is less expensive and you will have less of a learning curve to go through. There are lots of tutorials on the internet to help you learn how to use it.
Thank you, I think I will look into a club in my area, that sounds like a great idea!
Stick with Nikon 😉
Aaaaaaaah, no, don’t tell me NOW!!! LOL, I just got the Canon, but I’m not allowed to open it until my birthday 🙂
LOL. My sister has a canon and she loves it. I only said to stick with the Nikon as that’s what I have 🙂
Lets hope I love it cause I’m stuck with it now!! 🙂
🙂 What type is it?
Canon Rebel EOS T4i, and a also a 55-250mm zoom lens (it was a bundlee deal, with $100 off the lens and a canon camera bag). I can’t wait to start learning how to use it!
Not sure what one my sister has, but be careful when cleaning the mirror inside. They are more fragile than with other cameras.
Omg I have to CLEAN it???? lol
Well, she used a cloth, but I normally use a puffer bulb on mine and cotton buds if necessary
Well, she used a cloth, but I normally use a puffer bulb on mine and cotton buds if necessary
Thanks for the like 🙂
Thanks for stopping at my blog. Be in touch it will be interesting. I liked about you.
Thank you. I liked yours as well, and your photography is beautiful. I will keep in touch 🙂
Greet Lynda 🙂 You do enchanting photographs, emanating with the beauty and the vivacity. Visit of your blog is a huge pleasure. Successes, Andrew.
Thank you so much Andrew 🙂 I really enjoyed your photographs as well! Very beautiful!
Congratulations! I’ve awarded you the Blog of the Year Award 2012! Check it out here: http://allthingsboys.wordpress.com/2012/12/15/second-star-from-the-right/
Thank you so much!
Lynda, thank you for sharing your photography skills with us, and thank you for sharing my friend Oma’s blog about how to help the folks in Newtown, CT.
You’re welcome Lenore, such a nice way to aknowledge the first responders, I feel like everyone would love to help in some small way, even though nothing can really help at all……I did the first of my ’26 Acts of Kindness’ today, and it felt good 🙂
We’ve nominated your blog for an award (or two, or three…), if you accept them. If not, just consider it a token of our esteem! 😉 See our post at http://windagainstcurrent.com/2013/01/13/award-appreciation-we-thank-our-readers-for/
Thank you so much, I really appreciate it 🙂
Thanks for becoming my newest follower, Lynda. I’ve admired your posts for quite a while.
Thank you 🙂
Thanks for checking out my blog I have enjoyed checking out yours as well. -Steve
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I have nominated you for the Super Sweet Blogging Award
I nominated you for an award, but I think it went into the spam folder
Thank you, I will check it!!
I have just come across your blog, I love your photos! Beautiful
Thank you! I’m so glad you liked them 🙂
I read you About section with interest. One small piece of advice I would give – when it comes to upgrading your camera don’t discount Pentax, they also make great cameras. I’m not saying you should definitely get a Pentax, just look at them as well.
Hi! Your work is beautiful! Looking forward to more beautiful shots from a fellow Jersey Girl 😉
Thank you so much Lisa! Love your work as well, you have a really nice style to your photography 🙂
Very nice blog. You have a good eye for photography.
Thank you 🙂
Thank you for all your likes and visits to Ryan Photography… it is greatly appreciated.. Love reading your blog.
Thank you, and the same to you, love your photos!
I Nominate you for the Wonderful Team Member Readership Award
Please accept & oblige.
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Thanks for liking my cloud photos. I like yours as well. Beautifully done. I just have a little point and shoot. Some of my cloud photos were taken with an older 35 mm camera some years back. You can probably tell from the quality.
Hi Lynda — Some wonderful images here – I love the bench series. Good to see how you’re exploring the world with camera and dog – very sound.
Thank you so much! I’m so excited to get back outside now that our weather here is finally warming up!
Hey, Thanks for taking the time to stop by my blog and have a look around, I hope that you enjoyed what you saw. Looking forward to seeing more of your posts, 🙂
I’ve nominated you for the Sunshine Blog Award, because your posts always bring a ray of sunshine to my life! You can find the rules and information on this at this link: http://dwelchel.wordpress.com/2013/05/13/sunshine-bloggers-award-i-feel-so-loved/
Thank you Darla!
you are very welcome!
Stunning photogrpahy, you a very beautiful blog! I look forward to see a lot more of your fine work in the future, I’m your new follower. 🙂
Greetings from the Far North
Hi, thanks for stopping by my blog which led me to yours… your photography is beautiful! I am very much enjoying browing through your posts 🙂
*browsing* opps! 😉
Thank you!~ I’m so glad you enjoyed them!
Thanks for stopping by and liking my recent blog post. I will enjoy exploring your blog as well. I like to check out the blog links WordPress provides for people who’ve stopped by. I’ve met many interesting people with a wide variety of hobbies.
Your photos are always lovely, Lynda. How do I follow you by email?
Thank you Sylvia 🙂 are you no longer on WP? I believe you can choose to follow me by email on the right sidebar, there should be an option to follow by email, I hope!
Really enjoyed your posts and thanks a lot for sharing…
Have a great day 🙂
Thank you so much Sreejith 🙂
Beautiful pictures Lynda! I nominate you for a Christmas Bouquet Awards, http://silviaavigo.wordpress.com/2014/01/22/christmas-bouquet-awards/ not to make you feel obligated to accept the awards, it’s because I like your photos, especially birds and the autumn landscapes. Saludos! Silvia 🙂
Your photos are very inspiring!
Thanks for following!
Thank you so much Stacy! 🙂
I can appreciate your desire to keep to the originl image. I feel if you don’t edit the image it teaches you to become a better photographer, one: you notice the “hiccups” you make, and two: want tostrive for that perfect shot. Overall it develops your shot and how you see things, so keep up the good work. 🙂