So I got a camera...

If you read my post about our recent Florida Keys vacation you may already know that for my birthday this year I received a new digital camera.  It's nothing horribly expensive or fancy, but it's easily the highest quality piece of photography equipment I've ever owned.  It's a Canon Powershot SX280 HS for those who are curious.

Ever since I was little, my mom can attest that I enjoyed picking up whatever camera might be close by and clicking the shutter button while pointing it at anything.  I mean anything at all.  In my early days I took many fuzzy close-ups of floors, doors, walls and ceilings and that doesn't even approach the number of heads and other limbs I must have cut off in picture after picture.  I just enjoyed capturing what I was seeing.  Having a camera around all the time wasn't really a thing in my family so much as I'm sure it was in other families.  My mom usually had one, but rarely ever thought to take pictures.  Compared to the age we live in now where everyone has at least one camera on them at all times, I would say we took relatively few pictures during my early and middle years.  

As I grew up and finished High School, however, I occasionally had an itch to take pictures again.  I ended up with a couple of cheap digital cameras in my late teens and early 20s, using one all the way up until 2009/10.  As is often the case (I imagine), the more pictures I snapped the better I got at framing them and making them interesting.  I'm still terrible at all that, by the way, but now that the flow of my life is changing I find that I have more time to think about photography than I did in the past.  In that spirit, I'm going to occasionally share some of my favorite pictures with you here and maybe you can tell me what I'm doing right, wrong or just pitifully.  All shots in my photo posts will be from my Canon Powershot SX280 HS unless otherwise stated.  I use GIMP for very minor edits to photos (contrast, brightness and color saturation primarily) so most photos are as taken or very close to it.  I hope you enjoy them!

Kentucky sunset from my backyard.  Canon SX280 HS

A frosted rose in a bouquet for my girlfriend. Canon SX280 HS

Just a bird on a post in the ocean from our Marathon, FL vacation.  Canon SX280 HS

Our pride and joy puppy, Roxie.  She thinks she's people and expects to be treated as such.  Canon SX280 HS

One of my favorites.  Caught outside a Cracker Barrel.  Canon SX280 HS

So there you have it!  A few of my recent photos, at least the ones I'm proud enough of to showcase publicly.  I'm really looking for opinions and criticism on what I do well and what I could do better.  So leave some comments and let me know!