photo of mountain under cloudy sky
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This week’s photos of the week is a wonderful collection of “TRAVEL PHOTOS”, taken by photographers of places around the world. Perhaps you too, will find some place to go to, by the photos you see here today:
Photo by Mark Basarab on Unsplash
Taichi Bagua 特克斯县 – Photo taken by Zongnan Bao
mountainous valley with evergreen forest against misty sky
Photo by Krivec Ales on – EUROPE
antelope canyon
Photo by Paul IJsendoorn on – Slot Canyons, Zioins National Park, Utah
woman in green kimono standing near a river
Photo by Yaroslav Shuraev on – JAPAN
great wall of china
Photo by Paulo Marcelo Martins on – CHINA
drift wood on seashore
Photo by Christina on – ALASKA
brown wooden house on green grass field near snow covered mountain
Photo by GaPeppy1 on -WYOMING
assorted color houses beside body of water
Photo by Frans Van Heerden on – Beautiful Italy
building surrounded by parking lot under clear day sky
Photo by David McBee on – KANSAS
ethnic father and son standing on beach
Photo by Julia Volk on
taj mahal india
Photo by Sudipta Mondal on INDIA
architecture building dark dusk
Photo by Pixabay on – BELGIUM
landscape photography of snowy mountain
Photo by Jens Johnsson on – CHILE
photo of rock formation near sea
Photo by Efrain Alonso on – MEXICO
sydney opera
Photo by Rijan Hamidovic on – AUSTRALIA
tower bridge
Photo by John Smith on – GREAT BRITAIN
photo of houses
Photo by Evgeny Tchebotarev on
city road people woman
Photo by Lenny Furman on – FLORIDA
zebras on zebra
Photo by Pixabay on – AFRICA
bird s eye view photography of lighted buildings
Photo by Ethan Brooke on – KOREA
white concrete building under white clouds
Photo by Artem Beliaikin on – USSR
bridge lampposts body of water and buildings during day
Photo by Amy Burry on – SPAIN
photo of hot air balloons on flight
Photo by Adil on
wood dawn landscape sunset
Photo by Todd Trapani on – MISSISSIPPI
photo of ships
Photo by Michael D. Camphin on – PANAMA
green island in the middle of the lake during daytime
Photo by Ketan Kumawat on – NEW ZEALAND
rainbow mountains under white clouds on sunny day
Photo by Hector Perez on – ARGENTINA

Yes, it’s that time of year when you go traveling. This is a beautiful world, and I hope you all get out to enjoy it.

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Today’s subject on the list is “taking photos of your “someone you love”.

When taking photos of the people around you, it involves some real feelings, at least that is what we all hope. Your family, your girlfriend or boyfriend, your baby, your parents, and on and on. So many people to think about when you are thinking of your loved ones. One thing I want to mention right now is that you NEED to take photos of your loved ones regularly. One of the most tragic things you can have happen, is to lose someone, and then not have any good pictures of them to remember them by. Please plan on taking photos of your loved ones.

Here are some good tips to taking pictures of your loved ones:

  1. Take serious photos, like portraits, of the people you love for a real remembrance of them. Tell them you need to practice taking portraits.
joyful adult daughter greeting happy surprised senior mother in garden
Photo by Andrea Piacquadio on

2- If you have older people in the family, especially get some close-up photos of them. And tell them how much you love them. It will bring a smile to them.

family of four walking at the street
Photo by Emma Bauso on

3- Have someone help you take a picture of your own family, doing something you like to do, or enjoy. This way you capture your own family. Don’t forget that.

4- As a photographer, you too need to have your photo taken. I know I always took photos of the family, but, later on in life, there was no pictures of me, because I was always taking the pictures. I was the one behind the camera.

five women laughing
Photo by nappy on

5- When you have family together, have your camera ready to take photos. Get those moments of the family having fun, laughing, really seeing the love you have in your family. Take a lot of photos, because then the family will expect that there will be good photos taken, because you take a lot of pictures.

wood bridge cute sitting
Photo by Pixabay on

6- Pets can be a very important part of a family. If you have pets, get the photos of the pet interacting with the family member. Then you have photos of the family member and the pet, and that is a winning photo, years down the road.

child sitting on bench with dog
Photo by Sam Lion on

7- Take photos at school events or other events that the family might be involved in. Those are just memories to keep forever.

family preparing food in the kitchen
Photo by August de Richelieu on

8- And then don’t forget about your own special loved one, your wife, husband, or significant other. Make this picture special that you will hang on the wall.

smiling woman with red hair
Photo by Tomaz Barcellos on
Photo by behrouz sasani on Unsplash


When taking pictures of your family remember to include them in happy activities, and then be prepared to take photos of them in their best moods. Take close up or single photos of everyone in your family so you will always have a recent photo of everyone in your family. And finally, don’t forget to get a picture of you as well.


photo of dog inside mailbox
Photo by Noelle Otto on
51 Different subjects of photography…. and I’m going to do them all. Here is the complete list, so you can see everything I’m going to cover:
two yellow labrador retriever puppies
Photo by Chevanon Photography on

Taking pictures of your dog or puppy is a truly rewarding thing to do. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like their dog. If they don’t, they shouldn’t have one. But, these pets are truly “mans best friend”. They don’t care if you are feeling sad or happy, they are always happy and ready to lift your spirits.

There are several tips on how to get GREAT dog and puppy photos. Follow along with these tips:

  1. Know your dog’s personality or character. Also, with that, there always seems to be a time of day they are really “zoomy” and they are all over the place, and when they do that, you can generally see a “smile” on their face. If you can find that time they are so playful, take some photos of them at that time.
  2. If you are taking photos of them during “zooomy” time, then make sure you are using a fast shutter speed, and if you can’t get that, move your ISO setting up to 800 or even up to 1600 so that you can use a fast shutter speed.
dog with ball in mouth jumping over a fallen tree trunk
Photo by chepté cormani on

The photo above shows what great photos you can get by using a fast shutter speed. You are probably laughing already when your dog is in “hyper” mode, so, get that to remember them by. FAST SHUTTER SPEED, AND HIGH ISO.



3- Get down on their level to get the best photo. Everyone sees dogs from the top. The photo will be much better if you can get down to their space.

white short coated dog
Photo by Pixabay on

4- Be resourceful in getting the best image of your pet. The one thing I used to do when taking portraits of any dog, is when they were sitting still, I would make this small “squeal” with my voice, almost like a high pitched howl, but, kind of quiet. The dog would just stop doing everything to see where that noise came from, and I would get the perfect pose every time. It seems so cute, that they almost always tipped their head to the side, like one ear is better than the other. But, this is somewhat like I would get:

Dog Portraits - Mark Hewitson Photography of Thame, Oxfordshire
Photo by Mark Hewitson Photography

5- Choose the right location to take pictures of your dog. Your dog is more comfortable where? Inside your house? Out in the backyard? Your dog will react more normal, or not so scared, if they are also in their happy place.

black and tan long coat dog
Photo by Binyamin Mellish on

6- Bribery can go a long way for dogs. Always bring some treats so they will get rewarded for their great showmanship or good behavior. And, it’s not a bad idea to get a photo of them while getting rewarded:

dalmatian sitting white surface
Photo by Kasuma on

7- If you have a good relationship with your dog, then I really like to do a photo of the dog with the owner or spouse, or child in the family. This brings out the tenderness of the relationship between owner and the pet. It can truly be one photo that will be on the wall….

dogs and people off 75% -
Photo by U Sushi
Photo by Tamara Bellis on Unsplash


Enjoy the things you do with your dog, puppy and take pictures of them at their level, and you will be much happier with your results.

Make it a challenge to photograph “something boring”

photo of woman sitting on grass field
Photo by Alexandr Podvalny on
51 Subjects on photography, and I am going to do them all. The one on the list today, is to take a photo of something boring, and make it interesting:

Taking photos of something you consider boring, is certainly a challenge for anyone. I put this photo above, because I think Golf is so boring. How can anyone watch that. However, I could enjoy going on the course and getting great photos of the scenery. Most public and private golf courses have incredible scenery. It’s certainly a reward for the golfers. I am not sure they even appreciate it like us photographers.

green grass field beside body of water under blue sky during daytime
Photo by Pixabay on ——- What a beautiful photo of a golf course. They have an amazing amount of beautiful scenery. Too bad the sport is so boring (at least to me).

Now, take a moment to think about things that are boring to you.

Here is a list I found from Google, that lists boring things:

  • Being stuck in traffic.
  • Standing in line.
  • Being on hold.
  • Junk mail.
  • Slow internet connections.
  • Listening to politicians.
  • Watching TV adverts.
  • The routine of everyday life.

Do any of these subjects hit home with you. What do you find boring? I know some people who are still in school may find certain subjects boring. I did. So, in relation to photography, how do you make this a challenge? I looked at the most boring thing, and discovered that golf is boring, but to get out on the course and take photos of a golf course can really be beautiful.

Let’s take a look at the list above and see how we can take a boring thing, and apply something photographic to it.

  • Let’s take another one I hate, and that is : BEING STUCK IN TRAFFIC !

I have been thinking about this a bit, and decided I could take pictures of the scenery around me, using a photo from the street, like this below:

Photo by Chase Charaba on Unsplash ——- Washington Boulevard in Ogden, Utah, looking toward Ben Lomond in summer 2020. Photo by Chase Charaba. @ChaseCharaba on social media and YouTube.

I was surprised to find a photo from my photo sources of a street that I am familiar with. Mount Ben Lomond in front of us, with the street view.

While you are stuck in the car, consider some tasty snacks for the drive. Click on the red link and see what great snacks are available now. So many delicious things to choose from.

Another idea would be to take photos of good looking cars I might like:

I do like a good looking sports car, wishing I had one, and I can see that taking pictures of one, and hanging it in my office. Try something like that.

I know some people think that reading is boring. How do you make books a piece of photography art? Here’s an idea I like, and you can do this with several other “boring” things.

Take the book, or books, and make a still photo, like this:

Photo by Alina Nichepurenko on Unsplash ——- This is what you can do with boring books, Make them into a special “still photo”.


Taking photos of boring things is a challenge. Why would we even want to do this type of challenge? Because it will excercise some creativity in your mind and you may come across some skill you didn’t know you had, plus, create something unique. If you want to try this, we would love to see your photos, and we can even post them on this blog, to help with the 51 photo subjects.

Tips on photographing your favorite fruit or vegetable !

Photo by Immo Wegmann on Unsplash
51 Different subjects on Photography! And I am going to do them all. Check previous blogs for subjects done.

Taking photos of your favorite vegetable or fruit, and still be creative, is a challenge. This photo above of the tomato, is technically a fruit, but used as a vegetable in most servings. (The tomato is the edible berry of the plant Solanum lycopersicum,commonly known as a tomato plant. – Wikipedia) To me, this is one of my favorite fruits or vegetables. There are many varieties of tomatoes, and I am growing in my own personal garden, about 8 different types of tomatoes, to see if one tastes better than all the rest. If I find I like most of them, then next year I will grow a nice tasty variety.

But taking pictures of tomatoes is an art. There is two ways to take this photo. 1- to make it look real yummy, I like the photo above, because the photographer had some water splashed on it, to give it that freshly picked, washed, ready to eat look. If that is the way you like it too, then notice it is placed on a dark background. That makes the tomato stand out than letting your eye wander to something else. Plus, it is a very nice photo to hang on the kitchen wall for decoration. 2- Get a photo of the tomato on it’s vine or plant, such as the one below:

Let’s look at another favorite of mine: the Pineapple. Funny name because it doesn’t look like anything from pine, and it doesn’t look like an apple, nor grows like either one.

Oh, mmmm, that looks so good. (The pineapple[2][3] (Ananas comosus) is a tropical plant with an edible fruit and the most economically significant plant in the family Bromeliaceae. — Wikipedia) To get a photo of any fruit or vegetable, get a plain backdrop like you see with the pineapple, and the tomato (above). That seems to be the most popular way of getting a good photo. For some people, it might be hard to get a photo of the actual pineapple plant, because it is a tropical plant. But, other ways to get photos of the fruits, is to show it in the bowl, ready to eat:

But, how do you take a photo of a very small fruit or vegetable, if that’s your favorite? I would recommend you either get a macro lens because it is designed to focus extremely close to the subject. And they make a macro lens for cell phones now as well.

The other idea, of course is to use close-up filters. This is a very inexpensive way to get close to the subject. I would recommend you get a set of 4 close-up filters so you can get as close as you need:

Make sure you get the right size for your lens.

And here is a couple of pictures of small fruit, using either close-up filters or a macro lens.

close up photo of a cherry fruits
Photo by Pixabay on
close up photo of stacked chocolates bars beside raspberries
Photo by Lisa on

If you are taking a photo of your favorite fruit or vegetable, get as close as you can, with a plain background is the ideal way to do this. Or, like the photo above, use the fruit alongside other things you are going to eat.

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