Photo Feature: Nature
I enjoy getting out into the countryside (or even just in my garden to be honest) and taking photos. There are just so many incredible things to photograph in nature – from wild animals, to insects to flowers and trees. So here are some of my favourite nature shots and tips on how to take similar photos:
Garden (not mine unfortunately!): This was taken earlier this year in Stratford-upon-Avon. I loved all the greenery and the pretty flowers but walked around for a while before deciding where the best place was to take the shot from… take your time and find the best spot to take your photo from. I wanted to get some colour in the foreground and was trying to avoid getting people in my shot if possible (which is not easy when you’re somewhere as touristy as Stratford!). (Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS. Settings: ISO 200, Aperture f4, Shutter speed 1/160)
Male Mallard: I had to wait a while before an obliging duck finally sat still enough for me to take a photo – I have a number of slightly blurred shots of ducks to go with this one! With any kind of birds or animals, patience is key – it’s very rare that they are obliging subjects! You just have to stay still and wait, making sure you are ready to take the photo as soon as the opportunity arises. (Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS. Settings: ISO 200, Aperture f5, Shutter speed 1/200)
Landscape: I love a good landscape photo (and I do realise that this is also a genre in its own right, but it is still part of nature at the end of the day!). This one was actually taken from a train on the Fort William to Mallaig line (the Hogwarts Express!) so turned out better than it might have done! I opened the window at the end of the carriage and set a fairly fast shutter speed to freeze the scene, otherwise it would have been blurred from the movement of the train. I also took a few shots through the carriage window first but, due to the sunshine, there was just too much glare on the glass to get a decent image so I was forced to leave the comfort of my seat (sigh). I like this photo because of the depth in the shot – this is achieved by the layers of mountains receding into the distance, as well as the loch which stretches as far as the eye can see (and perhaps even further as you can’t actually see where it ends). Look for this kind of thing (objects getting smaller as they disappear into the distance), which lead the eye into your photo and give it the appearance of depth… (Camera: Canon EOS 40D. Settings: ISO 400, Aperture f16, Shutter speed 1/250)
Insects: I love this shot for several reasons… I love a close up (as you will have noticed from previous posts!) and I think the dew on the flower works well and adds a bit of interest to the flower… and the bee crawling down gives it a clear focal point. Again, I took several photos of this flower before getting one that I was happy with, mainly because there was a bit of a breeze at the time. For this type of close up shot, you need to find a good angle (particularly if it’s a very sunny day) and get in as close as you can… (Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS. Settings: ISO 100, Aperture f5.6, Shutter speed 1/640)
I hope you liked my photos and found some inspiration in my post to make you want to get out and take some nature photos of your own!
So what are you mainly photographing at the moment – let me know in the comments below?