How I Usually Take My Best Nature Photos

This week, I’m outlining the process I go through that results in some of my best nature photographs.

 

 

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First, I form a general idea of the kind of images I want to take. The following questions are examples of how to start making a plan:

 

-What is the subject going to be?
-What is my purpose for taking the photograph(s)?
-Am I going for a more scientific or artistic approach?
-Is there any way I can be creative, especially if the subject is commonly photographed?
-If possible, what would be the optimal time/conditions for photographing the subject?

 

It’s important to know the reasons why you’re doing what you’re doing.

 

 

Second, I prepare my camera with the lens I think will be the most useful in taking the kind of shots I want. Sometimes you won’t know what lens will work best until you begin shooting, but I find it helpful to be somewhat prepared just in case don’t have time for a lens swap. If you don’t have multiple lenses, that’s one less thing you have to worry about.

 

 

Third, I go outside and – squirrel!

 

 

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Squirrel!

 

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Squirrel!

 

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Squirrel!

 

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Squirrel!

 

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Squirrel!

 

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Squirrel!

 

 

Where was I going with this? Oh yes, more often than not, my best photos are captured when I have a plan and then see a figurative (or in this case, literal) squirrel. Having a process and purpose behind your photography is important, if only to better prepare you to take advantage of those squirrel moments!

 

 

 

 

 

Were you able to figure out what that green food was in last week’s Macro Mystery? Here’s the answer:

 

 

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Macro Mystery #11 reveal – an avocado (skin)!

 

 

How about another food Macro Mystery? (I’m only going to give the full clue from now on because I think the cropped clue was kind of pointless). Here’s mystery #12:

 

 

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Macro Mystery #12 clue.

 

 

Do you know what it is? The answer will be revealed next week!

 

 

On a side-note, you may notice some layout issues on my website due to a recent update. I apologize, and I am in the process of addressing those issues and looking into the possibility of using a different WordPress theme for my website’s layout.

 

On another side-note, The Blog is now called The Backyard Blog! Thanks for reading, and be sure to subscribe if you haven’t already!

 

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