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Flower and Nature Photography

Updated on August 17, 2014

Cherry Blossom Flowers

cherry blossom flowers
cherry blossom flowers

Nature Photography

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My Photography

I taught myself how to photograph with an SLR camera I bought years ago. The best one to start with I think at least is the Nikon D5100. It is the one Oprah gave away in one her last Christmas shows when her show was still on. It is what I got and I still love it even though I also have an upgraded one now. The Nikon D5100 has a guide on it that is very helpful when you just learning this kinds of cameras and want to go beyond automatic for taking pictures. It tells you on the guide how to set up a shot for macro so that you will get a good background blue or what settings to use when you want no blur in the photograph. And what is great is the same lenses I use on it I can also use on my new one since it is also a Nikon.

The cherry blossom flowers are from Spring 2014. I took them with my newest camera which is a Nikon DSLR camera. I used a zoom lens on that particular photo which is my favorite to use for taking pictures of flowers and birds. I will sometimes use my macro lens for flowers. I discovered while on a trip to Kauai and not taking a close up lens that I should have. I only brought my zoom lens and so getting close ups on the beach did not work out well.

Floral Photography

Hawaii

Kalapaki bay in Kauai, Hawaii
Kalapaki bay in Kauai, Hawaii

Zoom Lens

The palm trees and the bay in Kauai (above picture) was taken from my balcony with my zoom lens so you can see how well it zooms. I love this lens. Getting a close up when you are standing on the beach was trickier and I ended up realizing that my point and shoot was better for that only because I did not bring a close up lens with me to Kauai.

Close Up of beach in Kauai

Kauai beach
Kauai beach

My Photography

Close up

The above picture shows what my zoom lens does when I am photographing a beach shot. I would prefer a wider view where the ocean was also in the picture.

Video of My Photography

The video is one I put together with some of my photography taken over the last few years. It has mostly flowers I love to photograph as well as birds I have come upon while out taking pictures of flowers.

Spouting Horn

Spouting Horn in Kauai
Spouting Horn in Kauai

Spouting Horn Blow Hole

The picture of Spouting Horn which is a blow hole where the ocean comes through the rocks was a cool one to take with my zoom lens. It was not close but because of my lens it looks like I was close to it.

I took this picture on windy day and I do not think you can even tell which I owe to my camera's lens which has image stabilization which I talk about in my favorite lens.

My Favorite Lens

My favorite lens for taking nature pictures such as trees, insects, birds and flowers is the Nikon 55-300. It is a zoom lens and gives photographs a very good bokeh or blur to the background. I like this best in photographs as I think it adds beauty to an image and makes the image itself pop.

If you have a Canon camera or prefer them I am sure they have a comparable lens in their zoom lenses.

For closer up macro photography I do still love my 55-300 lens but I also do have the 40mm lens and a wide angle lens that words great for macro photography and even low light and indoor. Although my wide angle lens does not have image stabilization on it like my zoom lens which is a very important factor in how images will come out unless you use a tripod for photography which takes away the problem of hand shake. The zoom lens I use is heavy so it is important for it to have the image stabilization. I find it too bulky to carry a tripod around and set it up.

DSLR Camera

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Your Rating

5 out of 5 stars from 2 ratings of Nikon D5200

Equipment for Nature Photography

  • A good zoom lens is something you will want to have when photographing nature especially flowers and birds.
  • A good tripod
  • A good quality memory card (SLR cameras have large file sizes so make sure you get a memory card that will store quite a few photos.
  • A good backpack to carry your camera and extra lenses.
  • Extra lenses (pick out lenses that are compatible with your camera besides the one that goes with your camera kit if you buy a kit rather than just the body.
  • You will need filters to protect the lens glass. I think this is important. Every lens of mine has filters on them. It is best to get a decent quality filter also as that will make a difference in your images.
  • A lens cleaner and cloth
  • Books on flower photography can be helpful
  • Extra batteries. I like to have an extra one that I have charged so I always have a full battery on hand.

© 2014 Patricia

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      Dan Harmon 2 years ago from Boise, Idaho

      Some beautiful shots! I especially like the spouting horn. Things like that can be difficult to catch just right although the digital "film" makes it easier.

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      Jim 2 years ago from Kansas

      Enjoyed the photos. I especially liked the one from Hawaii.

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      Patricia 2 years ago

      Thank you for the compliments everyone!

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      MartieG aka 'survivoryea' 2 years ago from Jersey Shore

      Very nice photos--I just joined our local photography club and I love going out to shoot nature and the beach scenes.

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      Susan Zutautas 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Your photography is beautiful. I've always loved taking shots of nature. I took a few courses in college decades ago and still have my 35mm Fujica camera that I first started out with. I usually use my Olympus point and shoot or my iPhone for taking pictures now.

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      Fay Favored 2 years ago from USA

      Your work is beautiful. I would love to take photos like this, and your video really highlighted your talent. So lovely!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 2 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Beautiful photography. I really enjoyed your video, too! I love nature so appreciated each and everyone of your great shots.

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      Lisa Roppolo 3 years ago from Joliet, IL

      Nice photos!

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      Cassandra Kuthy 3 years ago from Ohio

      beautiful shot, I love flower photography!

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      Rebecca Mealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      I can almost smell those blossoms. Welcome to HP, you have come to the right place.

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      Mazlan 3 years ago from Malaysia

      Welcome to HP and look forward to more of your photography hubs. I love your Kalapaki bay shot. It has good composition with great visuals.

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Your photos are beautiful! This is a very enjoyable hub. Welcome to HubPages, ZenandChic.

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      Robin S 3 years ago from USA

      I've always loved your photography. Beautiful Hub.

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      Indigo Janson 3 years ago from UK

      Beautiful photography here. Hawaii must have been a dream destination to visit as a nature photographer.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Very nice job on your first hub. I hate to think back to what my first hub looked like. Welcome to HubPages and best wishes on this leg of your writing journey.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi zenandchic, well done teaching yourself photography. Great pics too. I only use a digital camera nowadays or an iPad etc, but my daughter has an SLR and is a good photographer. I saw a comment on a hub by Billybuc that you write poetry. That is my great love, so I came here to see if you had any poetry hubs. I guess you are new here or from Squidoo, so I'll check back in a few days. I am a poetaholic, and love writing and reading poetry. Anyway, congratulations on writing your first hub.

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      Mary Beth Granger 3 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Love your photography...looking forward to following you on Hubpages

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      Susan Deppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Gorgeous photography! I really need to get serious about getting a better camera. I could really use a good zoom lens and I really want a DSLR camera. Then I guess I'll need to go to Hawaii... :)

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      Susie Lehto 3 years ago from Minnesota

      You certainly are featuring some great shots on this hub. Beautiful!