Nature Photography I take in the yards.
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.
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".
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A poll for a while.
What is your favorite subject to be photographed ?
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.