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Photographing Nature's Art

Updated on February 7, 2014
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In photography there are several projects that involve recording images of shape, form, lines, concentric designs, squares, and round subjects. Nature is full of such samples and seeking them out and photographing them is usually a fun project to follow.

This theme involves doing just that; seeking items that have a known form, usually a regular shape with which we can identify such as round shapes, square or triangular or a distinct pattern in color. One will be surprised at how many samples you can actually find and most of the time you don't have to go far to locate them.

Fist decide on what specific patterns will make your photographic project list; round shapes, square shapes, triangles and so on or if your concentration will be patterns without regards to specific shapes. Then conduct a research into the best possibilities and locations where to find such subjects, with the caveat that they must be naturally occurring or nature created.

A quick search of the net will probably offer one an abundance of samples. Rock formations are quite good to find square shapes as well as rectangular ones too. Often you may even find round subjects. Trees and plant life are full of patterns and forms; many leaves have specific forms to their shapes such as rounds and triangle as well as "heart" shaped.

Many fruits can also be the subjects in your search for forms, especially rounds. Tree trunks can often be counted upon to provide the best samples of oval and rectangular samples. You should also try to record images of mountain tops as many form a clear triangle shape.

If you have the equipment, then photographing snow flakes and mineral crystals will surely yield an ample supply of images; a regular microscope with a lens adapter to which one can attach a prime lens will usually be sufficient enough for this purpose.

Insects and insect wings are good subjects as are many natural occurring designs found on many animals such as the zebra patterns and those of giraffes. You do not need to solely concentrate of geometrical designs, any recognizable pattern which repeats is also part of the theme. Another variation is to photograph subjects that have a distinct "artistry" in them as if they were handmade by an artist.

Flowers do often provide usable subjects as do some cloud formations if you are fortunate enough to be at the right place and at the right time to record their images. Nuts and seeds are also full of usable subjects as well as the ocean.

Many seashells and many invertebrate marine life forms such as the common starfish and sea urchins form exquisite looking patterns. Do remember to return live creatures to their environment once you are through recording their images, unless off course you obtain them from curios shops which are plentiful in any seaside resort and many towns.

Also not to be overlooked are the many individual shapes of various animals when doing a close up or even macro since you can isolate them from the rest of the subject.

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For very small items and for macros use a black background and diffused light to isolate the designs and details and to avoid any distracting elements from interfering in the way your audience looks at the images.

If you have seen samples of macro shots you are likely to have noticed how a vast majority of them are done in dark settings with only the subject receiving the illumination as well as a mostly black background.

Bear in mind that for this theme to be realist to its principle, the subjects that you photograph must have whatever shape, form or pattern naturally occurring without the need for us to interfere other than to position or arrange a subject for a better angle, clean, buff or separate.

It is also acceptable to prepare some subjects in order to present their natural "artistry", such would be the case when opening a nautilus shell or cleaning and buffing some other type of seashells.

Minerals are some of the most interesting formations found in nature. There are literally hundreds of crystals which form under extreme pressures and create really pleasing artifacts.

Mica is a naturally occurring silica which can literary be peeled apart in layers. Geodes are naturally occurring volcanic rocks into which interior mineral deposit have formed and they have become very popular collectibles due to their many colorful mineral creations. Some of the better samples of geodes are form the agate family of crystals. Follow the link for other mineral items of interest. 13 Riveting Rocks or if you would like to own your own: Geodes and Agates.

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    • LuisEGonzalez profile imageAUTHOR

      Luis E Gonzalez 

      6 years ago from Miami, Florida

      Ania L: Thank you

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      Ania L 

      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      I agree with @Truckstop Sally, the cloud is beautiful. It reminds me that few days ago I've seen teh cloud in a shape of a horse - It's amazing what nature offers sometimes. Thank you for this hub, very interesting idea.

    • LuisEGonzalez profile imageAUTHOR

      Luis E Gonzalez 

      6 years ago from Miami, Florida

      Truckstop sally; Thank you, that's nice of you to say

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      Truckstop Sally 

      6 years ago

      The heart-shaped cloud is beautiful! Your hubs always offer such amazing visuals. Thanks

    • FloraBreenRobison profile image


      6 years ago

      I have never seen an ocean pearl in its original habitat in person. I think that is my favourite of the eleven photos.

    • LuisEGonzalez profile imageAUTHOR

      Luis E Gonzalez 

      6 years ago from Miami, Florida

      Stessily: Thank you I'm very glad that you have enjoyed it.

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      6 years ago

      Luis: I enjoyed losing myself in nature here. Lovely images! The chambered nautilus is so photogenic. Thank you for sharing this information and taking the time to select perfect photos.

      Kind regards, Stessily

    • LuisEGonzalez profile imageAUTHOR

      Luis E Gonzalez 

      6 years ago from Miami, Florida

      Thanks you Cardisa, collecting seashells is one of my favorite pastimes when I have the time .

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      Carolee Samuda 

      6 years ago from Jamaica

      I love this project! O collect stones and shells all the time. I just love natural art formations. Thanks Luis!


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