The First Shots of 2013


Happy New Year friends! Hope you brought it in like it was 1999! This morning I had an immense hangover and am still in recovery now at 11:50 pm, but despite my head and stomach aches I decided to take a few pictures for today’s post.  Such passion. I only took a few and didn’t come out with anything great, but these are the best of the bunch. My first edits if 2013. Enjoy!

Shot: My 2012 in Pictures


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Hello friends. I came across a post today by Little Red Jenn entitled Weekly Photo Challenge: My 2012 in Pictures. Originally, I re-blogged the post to share her photos with you, but the new post showcased my photos instead of hers. Her photos are great and you can check them out here, but she inspired me to put together a collage of my own favorites from the passing year.

I started with a selection of 80 out of around 200 photos. From there I continued to cut the list down to what I thought were the very best. That was not the easiest of tasks because as you artists know, we are attached to our work. After some deliberation the group became what you will see below. If you follow this blog your’e probably tired of seeing some of these photos and I swear I will never re-post any again, but I thought this would be an appropriate post given the time of year. These photographs aren’t mind blowing or timeless, but I am impressed with them indeed. After all, I am NOT a photographer and most of them were taken with a phone.

I hope that you who are reading can appreciate these mobile photos and are inspired to share your best shots of 2012! I would Love to see them! Please Comment if you decide to do so as to direct me to your post. Thanks for reading. Enjoy! and Happy Early New Year!

Ameteur Photo Hr.


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A shot I took with my Cannon Powershot SX40 HS.  I’m a novice photographer with no formal training, but with the help of Scott Photo Graphics I was able to come up with some descent edits of this photo using The Gimp photo manipulation software. A free and open source equivalent to photo shop. You can view Scott’s “Dramatic Skies” tutorial here, and can download The Gimp here. It’s an easy way to beef up your digital photos.