By Kerry Drager
Finding nature doesn't have to involve a big trip to a big national park! By using a telephoto (to zero in tight on a small scene) and by seeking out dynamic light (to capture a subject in colorful lighting conditions), you can turn your back yard or a nearby parkland into your own personal nature studio!
In my little slice of the Northern California countryside, for example, a small pond offers many photo opportunities. Some thoughts relating to the accompanying images:
- A 80-200mm zoom helped to isolate the grasses, reflections, and colors while leaving out the surrounding - and potentially distracting - shoreline.
- Varying the time of day radically altered the look of the scene, with the pond reflecting the color of the sky.
- Switching formats (horizontal and vertical) can be a great technique for quickly altering a composition. Not all scenes work both in both formats, but it pays to check whenever possible - just in case!
That's it for now. Have fun discovering - and then exploring - those small wonders of nature in your part of the world!
Blue Pond Detail, Late Afternoon - by Kerry Drager
f6.3 at 1/4th sec.; 80-200mm zoom set at 155mm; ISO 100; tripod
Warm Pond Detail, Sunset Shot - by Kerry Drager
f/5.6 at 1/6th sec.; 80-200mm zoom set at 80mm; 100 ISO; tripod