Nature Photography Tips - Begin in Your Own Backyard

Subjects for Nature Pictures Are All Around You

Beautiful Monarch butterfly snacking on yellow sunflower.
Beautiful Monarch butterfly snacking on yellow sunflower. | Source

Tips on Nature Photography

So, you want to take some beautiful nature pictures, but you are just a beginner and you don't really know what would make good subjects or how to get those really great shots. You don't have to go very far to find subjects for nature photography. I have found many, many subjects to photograph right in my own backyard. No matter what area you live in there is always a host of subjects to photograph. Whether you live in an arid area with desert and cactus or have flowerbeds, trees, and wildflowers. There is always an abundance of subjects to photograph. Here are a few nature photography tips for beginners.


Birds Are One of My Favorite Nature Photography Subjects

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Tufted Titmouse on Branch, Taken Through My WindowHummingbird Waiting His Turn at Feeder.Mockingbird on Clothes Line CordMale Cardinal on BranchMale Bluebird on Flower StandFemale Cardinal on Bird FeederMourning Dove Eating Sunflower SeedsHummingbird on the Ground
Tufted Titmouse on Branch, Taken Through My Window
Tufted Titmouse on Branch, Taken Through My Window | Source
Hummingbird Waiting His Turn at Feeder.
Hummingbird Waiting His Turn at Feeder. | Source
Mockingbird on Clothes Line Cord
Mockingbird on Clothes Line Cord | Source
Male Cardinal on Branch
Male Cardinal on Branch | Source
Male Bluebird on Flower Stand
Male Bluebird on Flower Stand | Source
Female Cardinal on Bird Feeder
Female Cardinal on Bird Feeder | Source
Mourning Dove Eating Sunflower Seeds
Mourning Dove Eating Sunflower Seeds | Source
Hummingbird on the Ground
Hummingbird on the Ground | Source

Birds

One of the first things people think of when taking nature photography are birds. Birds are always a great subject and you can find them anywhere! Birds come in all shapes, sizes and colors. If you have a bird feeder or a hummingbird feeder at your house, you should have plenty of subjects to photograph. If possible, set your bird feeder up near a window in your house. I have taken some really good pictures through my front windows.

Sometimes leaves and tree branches can get in the way of a good shot. Here is a little trick I use to get a clear shot. I walked around and found a long dead tree branch and removed all the old dead leaves and small branches. I left a branch on the end for the birds to land on. The branch was almost as tall as the height of the bird feeder. Then I leaned the branch against the tree near the bird feeder, with the branch at the top. This gives the birds a branch to sit on, without all the leaves in the way, while they are waiting their turn at the bird feeder. So now I can get a good, unobstructed shot of the birds.

Inside or outside, a tripod is a great item to use if you can, but it you don’t have one, try to hold the camera as still as possible. Depending on the type of camera you are using you may want to brace your elbows on something sturdy to reduce camera shake. Using a zoom lens is going to give you your best shots. Don't try to zoom in to close, you want to get some pictures of the birds as they are flying to the feeder too. You can always crop the picture if you need to. Try to pre-focus your camera on a limb or branch where the birds tend to land before they actually go to the bird feeder. If you have the type of camera that can take pictures in “bursts”, use this setting. You may get some pictures of the birds as they are in flight, which is always a great shot! Use your flash or a high speed on your camera to reduce any motion blur. Now be a little patient and take lots of pictures. You may be surprised at some of the good shots you will get!

Flowers are Always Popular Nature Photography Subjects

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Purple Striped Bearded Iris with Dew in my Flower BedTickseed Growing WildPurple Thistle Growing WildWhite Wildflower, Unknown NamePurple and Yellow Bearded Iris from my Flower BedWhite Bearded Iris from my Flower BedBright Yellow Daffodils from my Flower BedPurple Morning Glories from my Flower BedPink Four O'Clocks from my Flower BedLarge Red Hibiscus from my Flower Bed
Purple Striped Bearded Iris with Dew in my Flower Bed
Purple Striped Bearded Iris with Dew in my Flower Bed | Source
Tickseed Growing Wild
Tickseed Growing Wild | Source
Purple Thistle Growing Wild
Purple Thistle Growing Wild | Source
White Wildflower, Unknown Name
White Wildflower, Unknown Name | Source
Purple and Yellow Bearded Iris from my Flower Bed
Purple and Yellow Bearded Iris from my Flower Bed | Source
White Bearded Iris from my Flower Bed
White Bearded Iris from my Flower Bed | Source
Bright Yellow Daffodils from my Flower Bed
Bright Yellow Daffodils from my Flower Bed | Source
Purple Morning Glories from my Flower Bed
Purple Morning Glories from my Flower Bed | Source
Pink Four O'Clocks from my Flower Bed
Pink Four O'Clocks from my Flower Bed | Source
Large Red Hibiscus from my Flower Bed
Large Red Hibiscus from my Flower Bed | Source

Flowers

Another favorite subject for nature photographers is flowers. Wildflowers or planted flowers in your flower gardencan make beautiful nature photography subjects. Don’t limit your pictures to the entire flower-bedor the field of flowers, get in close too. Even if you have taken pictures of the flower previously, experiment and try something new. Stand on top of something and shoot down on the flower, or just the opposite, get down low and shoot up from the bottom. Different times of the day can really change the image. Try some pictures early of a morning, then mid-day and late afternoon. You may be surprised how the different lighting will change the effects of the picture.

Taking pictures of flowers right after a rain or with dew on the petals is always a wonderful idea. Raindrops on the petals can make for an amazing picture. You can even take a spray bottle and spray your flower lightly with the water for a great shot. Be sure to look for butterflies or perhaps ladybugs on your flowers. Try zooming in a little tighter than usual, as on this Bearded Iris, you may find some interesting shapes or textures.


Wildlife is Always An Interesting Subject

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Fox Tail Squirrel Sitting on Branch, Taken Through WindowWild Tom Turkey Walking Through my Back YardFour Tom Turkey Cruising Through my Front YardTortoise I Found While on a Walk White Tail Deer in my Front YardRafter of Turkey Running Across my Pond DamWhite Tail Buck Running Across my Front YardFox Tail Squirrel Eating Sunflower Seeds Beneath my Bird Feeder, Taken Through Window
Fox Tail Squirrel Sitting on Branch, Taken Through Window
Fox Tail Squirrel Sitting on Branch, Taken Through Window | Source
Wild Tom Turkey Walking Through my Back Yard
Wild Tom Turkey Walking Through my Back Yard | Source
Four Tom Turkey Cruising Through my Front Yard
Four Tom Turkey Cruising Through my Front Yard | Source
Tortoise I Found While on a Walk
Tortoise I Found While on a Walk | Source
White Tail Deer in my Front Yard
White Tail Deer in my Front Yard | Source
Rafter of Turkey Running Across my Pond Dam
Rafter of Turkey Running Across my Pond Dam | Source
White Tail Buck Running Across my Front Yard
White Tail Buck Running Across my Front Yard | Source
Fox Tail Squirrel Eating Sunflower Seeds Beneath my Bird Feeder, Taken Through Window
Fox Tail Squirrel Eating Sunflower Seeds Beneath my Bird Feeder, Taken Through Window | Source

Wildlife

Everyone has some type of wildlife in their backyard, maybe its rabbits, squirrels or the occasional deer. Maybe you live in an arid area and your wildlife is lizards and jack rabbits. They are all interesting and beautiful members of nature. I like to get up just as the sun is coming up and sit outside with a cup of coffee and just watch the “critters”. Sometimes you really don’t know what you might find until you just go outside and look around. Again, a telephoto or zoom lens is a great asset. A good zoom lens is going to give you more flexibility.

If you have a bird feeder, you probably have squirrels raiding it! We had to find a way to squirrel proof our feeder as they were eating all the bird food. Maybe there are rabbits munching on your garden or flowerbed. Nature photography can also be lizards or even snakes can be beautiful, but do be careful there!

Get outside early, before it gets too hot. The animals are easier to find early of a morning or late of an afternoon, when the weather is cooler. Animals usually take the same route as they go out to find food. The deer cross our pasture at the same place nearly every time. The turkey usually use the same path as well. Remember where you have seen the wildlife in your area and set up ahead of time. For more detailed information on wildlife photography you may find "5 Wildlife Photography Tips for Beginners" helpful.

Insects Make Interesting Subjects Too

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Praying Mantis in My Flower BedWildflowers and Butterfly in MeadowWildflowers and Butterfly in MeadowMonarch Butterfly on Sunflower, Taken While at the ZooPurple Cone Flower and Bee from my Flower GardenBee and Purple Cone Flower from my Flower GardenHoney Bee on Yellow Wildflower in Meadow
Praying Mantis in My Flower Bed
Praying Mantis in My Flower Bed | Source
Wildflowers and Butterfly in Meadow
Wildflowers and Butterfly in Meadow | Source
Wildflowers and Butterfly in Meadow
Wildflowers and Butterfly in Meadow | Source
Monarch Butterfly on Sunflower, Taken While at the Zoo
Monarch Butterfly on Sunflower, Taken While at the Zoo | Source
Purple Cone Flower and Bee from my Flower Garden
Purple Cone Flower and Bee from my Flower Garden | Source
Bee and Purple Cone Flower from my Flower Garden
Bee and Purple Cone Flower from my Flower Garden | Source
Honey Bee on Yellow Wildflower in Meadow
Honey Bee on Yellow Wildflower in Meadow | Source

Insects and Bugs

Don’t’ forget the smaller members of nature. Look in the grass or under the leaves of your flowers, there maybe some interesting little insects hiding under there. Insects and bugs can me interesting subjects to photograph. Whether they may be spiders, ladybugs or grasshoppers, there are usually plenty of little visitors in your backyard. Of course, butterflies always make beautiful photography subjects, but so can spiders and their wonderfully woven webs. I have taken a spray bottle and lightly sprayed water on a spider web to get a very beautiful picture. Insects and bugs are going to be much easier to photograph as they usually are going to be sitting still. Zoom in on them as much as possible, get really up close and personal! While watering one of my flowerbeds, a praying mantis ran out from under some flowers. I don’t think he much liked the early morning shower he just got.

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Summary

Take your camera and get outside! Train your eyes to really see what is there. Challenge yourself to learn something new by re-visiting the old. Remember, your backyard has a host of subjects. Whether flowers, birds, or bugs, using these tips, you can take some great nature photography, right in your own backyard!


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sgbrown 17 months ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

I know what you mean about the rogue squirrels! Although we have found a way to keep them off the feeder. With the bird feeders, I can get plenty of pictures of birds and squirrels. Thank you for stopping by!


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poetryman6969 17 months ago

I never really thought about it but one good reason for a bird feeder, besides feeding those damn rogue squirrels, could be to get some bird photos.


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Titia 2 years ago from Waterlandkerkje - The Netherlands

So many people don't see what close to them. My dad, who was an artist, taught me to see the beauty in little things. He always said: even a square meter of concrete has beauty, but your mind must be open to see it.


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sgbrown 2 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Thank you kerlund74! :)


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kerlund74 2 years ago from Sweden

You sure can get really great photos in the surroundings:) Great photos and hub.


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello lifeintheworld! Great job! Disguising the bird feeder and using the remote worked great for you. I would love to see your pictures. Do you post your pictures anywhere, like RedGage or Flicker? I'm so glad you stopped by and let me know how well that worked out for you. Thank you for you comment and kind words. Welcome to HubPages! :)


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lifeintheworld 3 years ago from The World

I recently built a bird feeder that I hung outside my balcony. I covered it with branches from a tree right next to it, and set my camera up pointing at it on a tripod.

I sat inside and when birds landed on the feeder, I used the remote to take pictures so they wouldn't get scared away. I got amazing pictures of sun birds and song birds and because of the tree it looked like it was a natural shot!

Thanks for the info here - love the tips :)


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello Marion! I was really lucky with my praying mantis picture. I always take my camera with me when watering my flowerbeds. I just happened to see this little guy crawl up on the rock all wet, I grabbed my camera and got down on my knees and got this shot. It is one of my favorites too. There are almost always some type of interesting insect around my flower beds, you just have to be ready. Thank you for stopping by and commenting, it is always appreciated. Have your camera ready and have a wonderful day! :)


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello shrutiwrites! I'm glad you enjoyed my article. I love sharing my nature photography, it is my favorite hobby. Thank you for stopping by and leaving such a kind comment, it is always appreciated! Have a wonderful day! :)


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marion langley 3 years ago from The Study

The praying mantis picture was my favorite...I should look into photographing insects...think I've been missing something special there. Thanks for writing.


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shrutiwrites 3 years ago from Mumbai, India

Great tips! And your photographs are beautiful! Thanks for sharing it all.


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hi Shyron! I love to be out in nature with my camera. We live in the country and I try to walk everyday, weather permitting. Nature photography has always been my favorite hobby. I'm so glad you enjoyed my pictures. Thank you for your kind words and all your support, it is greatly appreciated! Have a beautiful day! :)


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Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago

I love to look at the beauty of nature. I love to look at the pictures you have taken.

Voted-up, Awesome, Beautiful and shared and pinned to my Art and Writing board.


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Thank you Imogen! When I got my first "good" camera, I was outside constantly taking pictures of every flower and creature I could find. One of my first really good pictures was of a frog! The more pictures you take the more you learn. I'm so glad you enjoyed my hub. Thank you for your kind comment! I hope you have a beautiful day! :)


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Thank you Suzette! I love taking pictures of just about anything in nature. I'm so glad you enjoyed my hub. Thank you for your kind comments! Have a wonderful day! :)


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hi Mary! Wow, you are going to make my head swell! Thank you for such a compliment. I will be watching for your new hub, I'm sure it will be just as awesome as all your others. I appreciate the link! I apologize for the delay in replying to your wonderful comment here, yesterday was a very busy day.

Your pictures are always awesome! Thank you for your very kind comment and votes! You have made my day today! :)


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Imogen French 3 years ago from Southwest England

This is a fantastic hub sgbrown - your nature photos are so beautiful, and you have given us some great tips. This is an area of my own photography that I would love to improve. Thanks for sharing the info. Imogen :)


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suzettenaples 3 years ago from Taos, NM

Beautiful article and your photos are wonderful. You certainly know how to take nature photos. Thank you for sharing your knowledge with us.


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York

I am writing a hub about the beauty of nature and linking this hub to mine. However, I'm almost hesitant because your photos are so totally awesome I'm afraid they'll make mine look bad!

Voted up, useful, awesome, and beautiful.


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Thank you Suzanne! :)


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justmesuzanne 3 years ago from Texas

Well, it shouldn't disappoint you. It was just one of his many techniques, tips and secrets! :D


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

I did not know that about Ansel Adams, although that disappoints me a little in him, I am glad to know there is still hope for me! :)


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justmesuzanne 3 years ago from Texas

Yes, I know! My father was a professional photographer, but Ansel Adams is known for that particular technique, and that was advice that he gave. Take lots and lots of pictures so that you will have plenty to choose from. He would take hundreds of shots of a subject and destroy all but one or two.


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hi Suzanne! There is really more to being a good photographer than just shooting a lot of pictures, but practice is an important part of being a beginner. Digital technology has made photography much easier. Thank you for your kind words and votes, it is always appreciated! :)


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justmesuzanne 3 years ago from Texas

Great information and lovely examples. The great thing about the digital age is that everyone can be Ansel Adams. His secret to getting the great photos for which he is famous was simply to shoot and shoot and shoot then discard everything that wasn't perfect. That used to be far too costly for the average photographer, but with digital technology, it's a technique everyone can use. Voted up and interesting! :)


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hi Shyron. I know that the praying mantis are basically harmless, they eat little bugs, like afids. Next time you find one, place it out in your garden. Take the insect spray away from hubby! LOL Don't feel bad, you didn't know. :)


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Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago

The reason I asked about the Praying Mantis, there was one on my patio, and I went to tell my husband, because I was excited and had never seen one before. Hubby came with the insect spray and sprayed it. I felt like I had committed a sin. I was sorry I told him about it.


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hi Shyron! Thank you for your kind words, votes and share! I have to admit that all I know about the Praying Mantis is that they are a bug, and I really don't like bugs! LOL :)


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Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago

SG wonderful hub. voted up and sharing.

I need to ask a question, the Praying Mantis, what do you know about them?


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello frogyfish! :) THANK YOU so much for your wonderful and kind comments! You are so sweet! I want to tell you that I was replying to your kind comment on my "Walking in the Country" hub and I don't know what I hit, but it apparently sent my comment before it was finished! Sorry! Thank you for all your view and comments, you are too kind! Have a BEAUTIFUL day! :)


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frogyfish 3 years ago from Central United States of America

Your photography is dramatically beautiful! What else is there to say except THANK YOU so much for sharing all this on HubPages. I enjoy your close up views as well as those far away shots of the animals.

I voted for 'wildlife' because that included (sorta) all of the above and that would have to be my choice...all of the above, I guess.

Enjoyable hub, and its tips for great photos is appreciated!


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello Indian Chef! Thank for your kind words. I am very lucky to live in a place where I have nature all around me. I appreciate it you wonderful comment, vote and share! :)


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Indian Chef 3 years ago from New Delhi India

Beautiful Beautiful pictures. Looks like you live in the nature. I am kind of stunned that you live in that part of world which has such a diversified nature. voted up and sharing.


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hi Deborah! Thank you for the kind words. I love taking pictures around my place and the squirrel picture was actually taken out my front window. I have a bird feeder hanging in that tree and he was hoping to get to it! Thanks for stoppin by, I always enjoy hearing from you! Have a wonderful evening! :)


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DeborahNeyens 3 years ago from Iowa

Great photos and tips! I love the photo of the squirrel.


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hi Deborah-Diane! Many of my best pictures have come from my "backyard". Break out that camera and go for a walk in your backyard, you might be surprised what you find! Thanks for stopping in and commenting, it is always appreciated! Have a wonderful day! :)


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello thumbi! Thank you so much for your kind words. I'm glad you enjoyed my hub, I enjoyed writing it! Have a beautiful day! :)


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello Scribenet! I'm glad you enjoyed my hub. Thanks for stopping in and commenting, it is always appreciated! Have a beautiful day! :)


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello Audrey! I've been hooked for years! I rarely go anywhere without my camera. Except for winter, you will find me and camera going for a walk around our place. I really have too many flower beds, but I just can't help myself. It's like an addiction! I keep bird baths and bird feeders near the house so I can watch and take pictures of the birds. Thank God for digital cameras. Now I can take all the pictures I want and delete the ones that I don't want to keep. I really hope you enjoy your camera! I think I found you on Redgage recently, forgive me for not being sure, it has been a very long day! Upload some of the to Redgage so I can see them! Thanks for stopping in and commenting, it is always appreciated! Have a wonderful day! :)


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Deborah-Diane 3 years ago from Orange County, California

Amazing! I have a nice view from my backyard, but never thought of taking nature photographs there. Great idea!


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thumbi7 3 years ago from India

Wonderful photos.

Your camera has captured some amazing poses.

Enjoyed reading this hub

Thanks for sharing


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Scribenet 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

I'm glad this was shared, I missed the first post...the photos are so gorgeous and the tips greatly appreciated! :)


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AudreyHowitt 3 years ago from California

Great hub! I am starting to play around a bit with a camera and it is fun!


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hi Deb! Thank you. A good camera really does make a lot of difference. Hubby bought this for me a couple of years ago, just before we went on a cruise. You pictures are really pretty good! I too, love taking pictures of birds, animals, just about anything in nature. Thank you for your kind words! Have a wonderful day! :)


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aviannovice 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

What wonderful pictures you got! I know now that I need a better camera to get the shots that I want. I still enjoy myself, though. Very well done!


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello beingwell! Thank you so much for such an uplifting comment! I have a lot to learn yet, but I used to take photos professionally, now I just take them for fun. Thank you so much for your votes and share, it is always appreciated! Have a wonderful day! :)


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beingwell 4 years ago from Bangkok

Upped and shared to my friends! Seriously, WOW! Those shots are amazing! Are you a pro??


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hi Terrye! I love it when the wildlife come to me! In the last month or so, we have had about 20 wild turkey in the yard as well as many deer. I would love to have a big ol' 10-12 point buck come up in the yard where I could get a good picture of him! Thank you for stopping by, I always enjoy hearing from you! Have a wonderful evening! :)


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TToombs08 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

I have to agree, I have found some very interesting things to photograph within a mile of my apartment. Heck, sometimes they come to me (like the herd of deer). Excellent hub, sgbrown!


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello sujithbeta! Thank you so much for your very kind comment. I greatly appreciate you stopping in, reading and leaving such a wonderful comment. I'm glad you enjoyed my hub. Have a beautiful day! :)


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sujithbeta 4 years ago from Kerala, India

Beautiful pictures. All pictures are equally beautiful. I have spend time more on pictures than reading your hub. You have shown the beauty of nature through brilliant pictures.


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello Happyboomernurse! I walk almost everyday. I have a path that I take around our 40 acres and I usually travel the same path every time. There are so many different things to see that each time I find something new. When you are walking with your camera, you tend to see things in a different perspective. Thank you so much for your wonderful comments and votes. It is always appreciated. Have a wonderful day! :)


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello Christin! Luckily my hubby bought me a zoom lens for Christmas a couple of years ago and I use it to take pictures of my bird friends. I keep my birdfeeder full and always have plenty of birds to photograph. Look for some insects, they can be very interesting and sometimes comical too. Thank you for stopping in and commenting, it is always appreciated. Have a wonderful day! :)


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hi Cyndi! Thank you for your kind comment. Yes, there are so many different things to photograph all around us everyday. Thank you for stopping in and commenting, it is always appreciated! Have a wonderful day! :)


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina

Absolutely stunning photos proving your point that we need go no further than our own backyards to find interesting material to photograph!

Your tips are great and it's easy to see that your patience and planning really pays off.

That first photo of the monarch butterfly on the sunflower literally took my breath away!

The thing I like most about photography is that it does train our eyes to really see what is there. When I walk with my camera, my awareness of everything that's around me is greatly heightened which makes each walk fresh and new, even if I've taken the exact same path many other times.

Voted up across the board except for funny.


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christin53 4 years ago from UK

Very interesting and some great photos. I've recently become interested in photography but the local wildlife in my garden seem to be very camera shy they fly off when they see me approach, so most of my photos are flowers they stay still :)


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Cyndi10 4 years ago from Georgia

Great pictures. You are right, wonderful subjects are just outside our door. After all, if someone were to visit us, any of the shots they take are their travel shots.


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Wonderful article!


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello dahoglund! Since I have started writing here, I have not been taking pictures like I used to. I have been missing it. I need to get started back on my walks every morning, that is when I enjoy taking pictures. Thank you for your kind comment, it is always appreciated! Have a wonderful day!


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dahoglund 4 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

You are right.There is photo opprotunity everywhere. I am trying to renew and interest in picture taking that I had years ago. I learned back then that it might be best to limit the space one covers as a way to develop an eye for phot subject matter.


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello Claudia. Thank you so much for your kind words and your link! I am humbled by your wonderful comment! I will look for your hub and will be very happy to reciprocate. Helping each other is a wonderful thing! Have a great day! :)


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Claudia Tello 4 years ago from Mexico

Great advice! I agree, inspiration can be everywhere and nature is definitely a never ending source of inspiration. I just wrote a hub on nature photography and photography tips with several flower photos I took in my own garden. I added a backlink to your beautiful hub using the anchor text "nature photography"; hope you don´t mind and thanks for writing interesting, high quality hubs that allow me to use this tool.


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hi moonlake! My close ups are taken with a zoom lens that my hubby bought me for my birthday some years back. I love it! I love taking pictures, of just about anything. Thank you for your kind comment and vote. Good luck with the bluebird! :)


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moonlake 4 years ago from America

Love your picture wish my would come out as nice. I have a kodak and it works but not great when I need a close up. Like today when I was chasing the bluebird around the yard for life of me I could not get a good picture.

Voted Up.


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello TripleAMom. I do love my Canon. I've never had any problems with it. I am always "playing around" with my camera just to try new things too. Thank you for your wonderful comment, it is greatly appreciated! Have a wonderful day! :)


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TripleAMom 4 years ago from Florida

This is excellent. I love my Canon as well. Love to try new things. Can't wait to read more of your articles to get new ideas.


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello PennyCarey. I'm glad you enjoyed my hub. I really enjoyed writing it. Thank you for your kind comment. Have a beautiful day! :)


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PennyCarey 4 years ago from Felton

Great hub. Love the photos!


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hi SanneL. Thank you so much for your kinds words! I appreciate your comment, vote and share! Have a wonderful day! :)


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SanneL 4 years ago from Sweden

You have captured some amazing shots with your camera.

I loved the praying Mantis with drops of water on his tiny legs. Fantastic! You are very talented photographer. Thank you for SHARING your beautiful work with us. Voted up and very beautiful.


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello brandrocker. Nature's beauty is all around us if we just open our eyes and our minds. Thank you for commenting on my hub. It is greatly appreciated! Have a wonderful day!


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brandrocker 4 years ago

There are beauties everywhere. You need to see through your mind. Absolutely agree with you.


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello Fiddleman. Thank you for your kind words! We live in a rural area as well and there always seems to be something to photograph. I take my camera with me almost everywhere I go, sometimes to the point of irritating my husbad. :) I am glad you enjoyed my hub. Thank you for commenting. Have a wonderful day! :)


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Fiddleman 4 years ago from Zirconia, North Carolina

Tremendous hub and I have wished many times I had my camera with me in my own backyard. We live in rural WNC and opportunities for those photo's such as yours are always in view. Enjoyed yours so much and thank you for sharing.


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hi Lisa! Thank you, you are too kind! I am self taught as well. I took a photography class many years ago, but have learned much through experience. Thank you for your kind words and vote, it is always appreciated! Have a wonderful day! :) :)


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hi craftdrawer! :) Nature is all around us, all we have to do is open our eyes. I love to plant flowers too and watch the butterflies. Thank you for your kind words, it is always appreciated! Have a wonderful spring! :)


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello mooboomoo! I have chickens also. They can be quite funny at times. I just love taking walks and enjoying nature. There is so much nature all around us, I just want to appreciate it. Thank you for your comments, vote and sharing. It is always appreciated. Have a wonderful day!


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hi WD! I walk around like a crazy person in my "back yard", which is the back part of 40 acres, so it's quite a walk. I take pictures of all sorts of strange things. I look forward to seeing what you find! Thanks for commenting, it is always appreciated! Happy bug hunting! :)


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WD Curry 111 4 years ago from Space Coast

I am going to let you be an inspiration. I'll put together a few shots from my back yard. There are all kinds of weird bugs around.


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Rusticliving 4 years ago from California

sgbrown! I love your pics. I also have a passion for photography (self taught). I love taking sunset and sunrises. Thank you for sharing your talent. Voted up!!!

Lisa


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craftdrawer 4 years ago

I agree nature can be discovered in the best places. We plant lots of flowers to attract butterflies and always enjoy the photos. Great Hub!!


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mooboomoo 4 years ago from London

Great Hub, I too love taking photographs in my backyard, especially when I find a new bug or my chickens are being funny. Voted up and shared!


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hi Peggy! You photos are wonderful! Thank you for your kind comments. I appreciate the vote, comment and share! You have many hubs I am going to like, I will be visiting again very soon! :)


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

A lady after my own heart! I love taking photos of things in our own yard and garden. It is obvious that you have a much better camera and lens than I do...but my simple digital Panasonic does the trick for me and makes me happy. That wet praying mantis photo is amazing! It has been a while since I have seen one of those. Voted useful, beautiful and will share.


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello peoplepower73! Glad you stopped by one of my hubs. That is very true, sometimes we just over look what we see every day. Thank you for your kind comment and for sharing! Have a wonderful evening! :)


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peoplepower73 4 years ago from Placentia California

Great hub. When you are looking for things, you see things in a different light. It's as if we have filter out things until we have a reason to see them. Thank you for SHARING.


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Thank you savingkathy! I'm glad I inspired you to go take more pictures today! I hope you get some great ones! Thank you for stopping by one of my hubs and for your kind comment! Have a wonderful time! :)


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savingkathy 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Great hub! I agree - there are a lot of potential subjects to photograph right in your own backyard, or pretty much anywhere you might go. I really enjoy taking photos of the flowers and plants in my garden at different times of year, as well as trees, birds, butterflies, squirrels or whatever else I can find. You've inspired me to go take some more photos today. Thanks!


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello Kris! Thank you for reading my hub. Yes, there is so much around us to appreciate. I can't wait for warmer weather so I can get out every morning and water my garden and take pics! Thanks again for your comment and have a wonderful day! :)


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Thank you Brett! Yes, I was lucky. I take my camera with me every morning when I water my flowers. Thank you for commenting and sharing my hub! Have a great day! :)


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Kris Heeter 4 years ago from Indiana

Wonderful hub! There is so much our backyards have to offer. I always get excited when I see turtles coming up out of the woods to visit our gardens. And often we have baby squirrels that come out of a next each year that are a blast to watch while they play (but too fast to catch with a camera).


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Brett.Tesol 4 years ago from Somewhere in Asia

Up and Awesome, loved the praying Mantis pic. I saw a baby one of these years ago, really cool to watch, but unfortunately didn't even have a mobile camera with me. You were lucky to catch that shot!

Thanks for SHARING.


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

I completely agree! I love to walk in the mornings, when the weather is not too bad. Hopefull spring will be here soon, I am so ready! Have a wonderful day! :)


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catchadream 4 years ago from Lakeland, Florida

Yes I take pictures, I love just going for a walk with my camera and take pictures of everything nature. I usually take a lot of pictures of what may look like the same thing but the slightest difference in angle, distance and setting can make each picture special.


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Thank you catchadream! Glad you agree, do you take pictures also?


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catchadream 4 years ago from Lakeland, Florida

Great Hub, I could not have said it better myself.


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Thank you for you follow! You turned your comment into a wonderful poem, such a cleaver idea! Thank you for bringing a smile to my face so early this morning! Following back and visiting your hubs. :)


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cleaner3 4 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

Great pictures.

Nature is beautiful,this is true

The pictures you have taken

were created by God for you

Now that you have captured them

glad you share them with us all

Mother Nature never takes a break

Summer,Winter,Spring and Fall


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

@Movie Master, thank you for the kind comment and vote! :)


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

What a wonderful inspiring hub!

Thank you for sharing and voted up, best wishes MM


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

Beauty and interesting everything is in our own vicinity. Thanks for inspiration.


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Robin Anderson 5 years ago from United States

I was going to write about this subject today, and you beat me to it.


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Robin Anderson 5 years ago from United States

AMEN... I agree, you don't have to travel to get great shots.

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