For years now, I’ve been a firm believer that vivid imagery drastically improves the readability of blog articles. In the past, I’ve always searched the creative commons galleries on Flickr. These galleries are filled with vivid, exciting photos and the images are free to use with appropriate attribution to the photographer.

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been exploring the hobby of photography. Each day, I grab my Canon EOS Rebel, jump in the car, and scour the farmlands around my community looking for good photo opportunities. You can see my exploits on my Flickr Stream.

All of these photos have been taken in or around Amboy, IL, the small town where I live. Here are a few highlights:

Three Horses


The Moon


The Windmills


The Combine Harvester


The Amboy Depot Museum


The Horse in HDR


The Horse in HDR #2


I’ve been working with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, the Google NIK Collection, and a few other plugins for tweaking the color in an effort to really make the colors pop. So far, it’s been a very exciting journey.

I’ve been using some of the images to illustrate blog posts here over the past few weeks. If you’d like to use any of my images in your own blogs or websites, feel free to do so. Just consider linking back to this blog or to my Flickr page as a form of attribution.


Are you into photography? If so, what kind of camera are you using and what programs do you use to process your photos?

Be sure to leave some feedback. As I’m fairly new to photography, I need to learn as much as I can and a great way to learn is to get feedback from folks who are more experienced than I.

Also, if you’re on Flickr, please hit me up with a link to your profile so that we can connect and enjoy one another’s photos. Again, my Flickr stream can be found here.

Nicholas Cardot

About Nicholas Cardot

It's my personal quest to enable every person that I can to unlock that dormant potential concerning their online influence. Also, I'm a geek.


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