I admit, I have a love affair with my camera. It goes with me almost everywhere, which is usually no where, but it is always stuffed in a pocket so that when something strikes my fancy I can capture it in a photograph.
Taking photos has been a hobby of mine for as long as I can remember. I remember as a little bit taking my mother's camera and taking pictures of everything that I could and using up all her film. Boy she hated getting a roll of film back from processing that was nothing but things I deemed picture worthy at 4 or 5. My first camera was a Kodak polaroid and while it was fun in 1975(boy I am dating myself ) to have developed film in an instant, I much prefer the camera of today. I absolutely love the fact that I can take and screw up as many pictures as my lil heart desires and it does not cost a buck a pop to do so.
I, to this day,use a cheap camera and still have no idea how to edit them . I know how to lighten or darken them and I know how to put a spotlight around them. That is the extent of my photo editing abilities. Some days, I think that I would like to learn how to edit and skew pictures into works of art and beauty, but then I think that true beauty is created and not built, bought or edited in. Altering them in ways that we are capable of today, in my eyes, would take away from that beauty.
One of my favorite photography subjects is the sky and I am lucky enough to have a beautiful place that is always offering up beautiful moments to capture in pictures. Here are a few of my favorite subject that have all been taken over the last two weeks. All have been taken right out my front door and the only alterations are adjusting the light in in some of them to bring out the highlights of them. While I can't speak for anyone other than myself, I think they are simply beautiful.