Nature Photography I take in the yards.

One of the pictures I took in the yard. I added those winged creatures through editing but the plant is naturally real.
One of the pictures I took in the yard. I added those winged creatures through editing but the plant is naturally real. | Source

Nature photography from my own yards and from other places' yards with sample images.

Photography is a very interesting activity to many of us. In photography we can capture the world, keep it and make it be part of our life for ever. As one of the categories in photography, nature photography have million fans for giving a lot of attractions and can be done using any photographic gears.

I agree with those who say that in order to photograph nature, we don't have to go far to the wild out of town or to a place where jungles still exist. Not far from the place we live, nature also offers attractions which are not less challenging to be captured. Yes, subjects for nature photography are just around the corner in our yards.

It comes with various living things like tiny and small animals, plants as well as other components comprising their living places or habitats.

To attract animals to come to our yards, we can provide them with some conditions they need.

Making a garden or grow plants that have flowers is one effective way. Not only butterflies and bees love them, but other animals will be attracted to come including insects, birds, lizards and other creatures, components of the ecology there.

Provide a bird house in the yard with bird food and water for the birds to drink and bathe in front of it are other easy steps we can do. Place them at good, strategic locations so that you can capture them in good angle.

A chameleon is hiding among leaves in our mango tree.
A chameleon is hiding among leaves in our mango tree. | Source

Some important things to note, besides facilitating animals with things they need, also make environment in the yard with as less interruptions as possible. Interruptions like noises and people passing by in high intensities will only scare animals, our photo subjects to go away.

If you want to repel some unwanted creatures, applying pesticides is not a good idea. So never use pesticides to your garden. Not only will kill the targeted animal, insecticides also kill our ecpected-to-visit "guesses".

Always with you.  Two birds perching on wires in front of the house.
Always with you. Two birds perching on wires in front of the house. | Source
Somebody's lovebird might have run away and took some rest on mango tree.
Somebody's lovebird might have run away and took some rest on mango tree.

Special request from the dragon: Get ready with water spray.

Dragonflies love water droplets. They tend to be quiet and "freeze" when some water is sprayed on their bodies. So, it is a good idea to get ready with water om a sprayer when hunting for dragonflies and spray onto a dragonfly's body before you shoot them. You'll get an even jewel-like dragonfly images or some people even said that they look like Pixar Animation characters when their bodies are covered with sparkling droplets.

Suggested time and locations for animal photo hunting.

The best time to capture insects and birds are in the morning around 6 through 10 when they are active to start their day. Birds are active with their chirps and activities getting out of their nests while in that time many insects are still inactive and haven't left their nests.

Butterflies and bees love warm, sunny, and flowery places. They prefer small flowers with a lot of nectar.

Dragonflies and damselflies like to hang out near clear water. They also breed around areas with clear unpolluted water and are very active when the day is bright. You can attract them to come to your garden by providing a water pond with water plants like water lilies grown in it.

Water is needed for dragonflies to place their eggs and water plants are required for hiding places from their predators as well as for placing their eggs too. Another advantage if dragonflies are milling around our house that they can prey mosquitoes which many of us consider as disturbing animal.

Dragonfly in silhouette perching on a red palm.
Dragonfly in silhouette perching on a red palm. | Source

Dragonflies and many other insects are easily scared by slight movements and shadows. It is important to be patient and avoid making abrupt movements when we want to get beautiful insect pictures successfully. Avoid placing our shadow casts on them, so we should not place the light source or the sun light behind us to avoid shadow casting on our photo subjects. The sun lights is supposed to be positioned next to or at front of the subject although it may create back lit and silhouetted image. To avoid unwanted back lit, we can use flash with diffuser when capturing it.

Another beauty in the yard.
Another beauty in the yard. | Source

Some tips in capturing flower and plants.

Flower and other plants are parts of nature that offer indispensable beauties too. Here are some tips how to shoot flowers, plants or other static subject with your camera or your cellphone.

The best time to take pictures of flowers and plants is in the day when there is hardly any wind and when the sun shine is not harsh. Those conditions normally happen in the morning or in the afternoon although I prefer morning time to get fresh conditions of the plant including morning dew that gives added value to the floral pictures.

The macro of bell-shaped flower (Fuchsia sp) taken with cellphone.
The macro of bell-shaped flower (Fuchsia sp) taken with cellphone. | Source
Another macro taken with cellphone camera.
Another macro taken with cellphone camera. | Source

In the case the light does not sufficiently lit the subject, you can change the camera setting into HDR (High Dynamic Range).

Macro photography using DSLR camera with special macro lens may be not hard to afford, so our smartphone camera can help us take awesome macros too. Just get the camera of your smartphone close enough to the subject then tap the screen on the part of the subject that you want it to be in sharp focus. You'll have beautiful macro image with those just some simple steps.

Morning dew hanging on  papaya.
Morning dew hanging on papaya. | Source

Any cameras will do.

To satisfy our passion in nature photograph around home can be done using any cameras we have. Cellphone camera, pocket digital camera, or DSLR camera will do and give results correlating the camera features respectively, and of course our photography skills also determine the results significantly.

Recommendations from professional photographers that DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) cameras with macro and tele lens are the best options for nature photography should be taken into account wisely regarding their not cheap price.

I myself use all kinds of cameras mentioned above in taking pictures. The photos I use in this hub are taken using either my smart phone camera, pocket digital, prosumer or mirrorless camera. I have to admit that the mirrorless camera has given better quality that the others due to its bigger sensor size that has the same sensor size as DSLR with crop sensor, optically better lens and faster in speed.

Pierced sunset seen from upper floor of my house.
Pierced sunset seen from upper floor of my house. | Source

A poll for a while.

What is your favorite subject to be photographed ?

See results without voting

Thank you for reading this hub and I hope you find the pictures in it enjoyable. I would be very glad if the hub gives you positive influences to like nature photography not to mention loving nature in which we play essential roles in its conservation.

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billybuc 13 months ago from Olympia, WA

Very beautiful! You have an excellent eye for composition.


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agusfanani 13 months ago from Indonesia Author

billybuc

Thank you !. Your visit and comments are encouraging.


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tillsontitan 13 months ago from New York

I thoroughly enjoyed this hub. You gave many useful suggestions and your photographs are beautiful! I really loved the macro of the fuchsia, (your spelling was correct) and the dragonfly though they are all beautiful.


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agusfanani 13 months ago from Indonesia Author

tillsontitan

I'm very glad to have your positive comments on this hub. Yes, with cellphone camera we can get macro picture and I've done that on fuchsia. Thank you very much for your pleasant visit and appreciation.


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FlourishAnyway 13 months ago from USA

What a beautiful job you have done here. You have inspied me to take more time to photograph nature. Very nice photos and helpful tips.


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agusfanani 13 months ago from Indonesia Author

FlourishAnyway

Good morning (Indonesia time). I find photographing anything around is soothing my mind, so if you also do it I hope you'll get those benefits as well or even more. Thank you very much for your encouraging comments and pleasant visit.


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aviannovice 12 months ago from Stillwater, OK

Very nicely done.


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agusfanani 12 months ago from Indonesia Author

Thank you, aviannovice.


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Nell Rose 12 months ago from England

Beautiful photos, and the tip about the dragonfly is really helpful, wonderful hub!


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agusfanani 12 months ago from Indonesia Author

Nell Rose,

Thank you for kindly visit and leave comments on my hub. Have a nice day !.


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DDE 12 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

A nicely presented hub. The photos stand out.


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agusfanani 12 months ago from Indonesia Author

Thank you very much DDE.


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teaches12345 11 months ago

Your photos as so clear and speak volumes! Thanks for the tips and advice on photography.


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agusfanani 11 months ago from Indonesia Author

Good morning teaches12345

You are welcome. Thanks a lot for enjoying my hub and leaving nice comments. Happy New Year !


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How to - Answers 11 months ago from Ireland

Your photographs are amazing. I take a lot of photos too mainly for articles so I will use some of your tips too


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Missy Smith 11 months ago from Florida

Very pretty! I really liked this hub, because I love to take pictures of nature and the different skies we have at dawn and sunset; dusk maybe my favorite time though, great hues of color at that time.

Birds, for me, are very difficult to capture, but I love birds! I admire another writer/photographer here that captures birds, and is tremendously knowledgeable when it comes to all types of birds. Her hubpage name is aviannovice. I noticed she has already commented here. :)

I think photography is another type of art form, and it doesn't matter if it's pictures of nature, or pictures of a woman in the field of flowers; if captured right, it is beautiful.

You have some really pretty pictures here!


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FlourishAnyway 7 months ago from USA

I'm back to admire your beautiful photos. You have a gift for capturing nature at its most serene.


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Peggy W 6 months ago from Houston, Texas

You captured so many beautiful photos and it was a delight to view them in this hub. I would never have thought to spray a dragonfly with water. We have many of them in our area because of a nearby greenbelt area that usually has some water in it. Of course we also have our birdbath in the backyard which has fresh water daily.

Sorry it took me so long to respond to your comment on my snake hub. I have been busy with my own website. Enjoy your day! Always nice hearing from you.


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agusfanani 6 months ago from Indonesia Author

Peggy W, I'm happy to hear about your own website, would you mind sharing the name of it ?. Photography is my intense activity nowadays and I think I will dig my potentials in this field more seriously.

Thank you very much for your kindness reading my hubs and leaving supportive comments.


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agusfanani 6 months ago from Indonesia Author

FlourishAnyway, thank you for dropping by. I'm so glad that you like the pictures in this hub.

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