One of the keys to a great picture is variety in the tones. If there is no wide range of values it is going to be a bit boring. Pull the saturation way down and see if the photo is still super strong even when black and white. The camera is a $70 Canon PowerShot A1400. Figuring out the logistics of taking photos with the aperture and whatnot is a detail that I am still trying to wrap my head around. Getting pictures of my own so that I can complete a few paintings. Finding a nice day has proven to be a challenge.