Wildlife. We seem to be so disconnected from nature due to our fascination with technology whether it be cell phones, laptops, or the latest kitchen appliance shown on TV late at night. However, there is one positive side to the rapid growth of technology: DSLR cameras. It is a tool that can be used anywhere, including the forest or at some isolated waterfall in the Appalachian mountains. It brings us back to nature no matter how much we may deny it.
Landscape photography is extremely popular because it is a simple case of getting the timing right, owning a DSLR and a couple of lenses, and then a steady tripod for long exposure opportunities that might arise when the lighting conditions aren’t so great. Here is an example of landscape photography:
This photo was taken in Utah and at sunrise. There are times where absolute self-discipline is needed for breath-taking photos while everybody else is asleep. This is a perfect example.
Another aspect of nature photography is the wildlife roaming the forests, seas and skies. It is quite fascinating how much time it takes for a half-decent photograph of any kind of animal. I would know. I vividly remembering witnessing something incredible: a line of squirrels parading along the top of the wooden fence at my previous home. The pack included 10 or more squirrels, perfectly lined up and evenly spaced from each other marching to some unknown destination. Wanting to capture the incredible moment, I took out my Sidekick 2 and attempted to take pictures, only to find that the cell phone did not offer zoom capabilities and had terrible quality. The most tragic moment of this attempt was: the fascinating parade had disappeared into some tree, so my tiny window of opportunity had closed, never to be opened again.
Below are some excellent examples of wildlife photography:
To me, this photo is absolutely extraordinary, but ordinary at the same time. It is perfectly normal to observe the basics of nature taking place: a predator capturing and devouring its kill. On the other hand, it is difficult to take photos of such a grisly scene and getting the composition right so that the viewers can clearly understand what is going on with the picture. Mats did an excellent job with this one. I think a bit of luck was involved because during the feast, very few animals dine like the french. Their heads and claws will constantly be moving. The intense eyes of the male lion was captured well here. It evokes me to think that even though the lion has successfully made a kill, it still has to remain wary for those pesky hyenas.
Another excellent example of wildlife photography also incorporates macro photography, as seen below:
Upon sight of the picture above, one can only wonder how many attempts it took for the determined photographer to capture the bee doing its natural duty: collecting nectar from what seems to be a fresh dandelion. It is tough to get a clear picture when the bee is moving so quickly. I am going to take a wild guess and say that this shot was taken with a 100mm macro lens, one of the most popular macro lenses out on the market.
Some of the examples of nature photography I placed above is only a small insight into the wonderful world of photography. I have always appreciated the tough and motivated photographers that take these type of shots because it is a lot of work for a single digital file. To conclude, photography is an excellent motivator for us to go outside and spin the creativity gears in our heads while re-connecting with nature through a lens.
Blink with meaning,