Traveling The Beaten Path
While walking down the unbeaten path often I find myself captivated by a mere glimpse of something that caught my eye, it may be a single flower or a spectacular view, either way I can not help but want to take a photo. In a way photography, for me, is like shopping for a blouse you may wish to wear out that night. You walk from rack to rack when suddenly a certain color or fabric catches your eye, you stop and pull it out and at times is what you are looking for and at other times you just place it back on the rack and continue on until something else catches your eye, photography is no different.
You would be surprised at what positions you would place yourself into in order to get the "right" shot. For instance, while walking through the National Redwood Forest, I found myself thinking how am I going to get this in one shot? Taking photos isn’t as easy as one may think. Sure I can just stand back and shoot or I can try to take a moment to position myself in a way that will make the photo come alive, bring you into the forest with me. For the picture below I wanted to make sure I captured the bright greens leafs of the redwood, for the colors were so vibrant, yet the trunk of the tree was so massive in growth with it’s dark red bark one couldn't help but feel it's strong presence, it was nearly impossible to get it all to fit in one photo. For this picture upon lying on the ground I was able to capture the new green growth as will as make the tree appear nearly 3D by allowing the trunk, which nearly rested at my head, come into full view.
As with many of these pictures positioning is paramount. Holding steady as to delete blur is also very important, if need be, rest your arm on something in order to achieve a steady shoot in order to obtain that sharp photo.
Next is the waterfall, Niagara. Upon walking up to Niagara Falls I felt the earth literally move under my feet. The power and force felt as the falls roared ahead were phenomenal, one can only imagine the force that these falls generated and exactly how many tons of water was needed to create such a force. That is what I wanted to capture, the power of the falls. For the second shot, although dangerous, I had someone hold me as I tilted outward over the partition and within very close range of the falls and took my shot. One only has to view the photo to feel the force I felt at that time. Again the photo draws you in, you can feel what I felt.
When taking pictures think to yourself, what do I want to show? How can I best demonstrate the magnificence of this place?
Photos don’t necessarily have to be from a magnificent spot either. Take for instance the red mushrooms below. What is so magnificent about them? Nature has a very funny way of growing things under the right conditions. While walking one may find, out of nowhere, one spray of dainty flowers growing in a very desolate spot, that intrigues me, it’s almost as if nature designates what will grow where and how. These are some of the factors that makes me want to take a shot.
Well, hopefully after viewing my photos you will be able to feel what I felt and not only see what I saw… Having a nice camera is good, but I have seen some photos that were taken with your basic camera that were outstanding. Position and steady aim are crucial, but most of all do not take that snap until you see what you are feeling and I promise an unforgettable photo. Enjoy