Study nature – let your camera play

January 16, 2018

Give me a day to play with my camera in nature, and I’m in heaven.  I know if I let the camera do what it does best, without me trying to get the perfect picture, I will be amazed at what I see during editing.

There are many things I love to take pictures of, but at the top of my favorite’s list are shots of nature in action.  No matter which way I turn, there is something to take a picture of.  A session without an official “must get this shot” roster makes the lessons learned more enjoyable versus feeling as though it is a chore.

Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature.  It will never fail you. – Frank Lloyd Wright

I like to play with how I hold the camera.  I don’t always look directly through the lens.  Sometimes I hold it out in front of me at hip or ground level and click away.  I feel my anticipation grow when I do that.

Insects are fun to inspect in edit mode.  They look less intimidating that way.

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Bees are tricky – but the longer I stand still, the more shots I end up getting.  A busy bee is busy doing its thing, so it doesn’t mind me standing there clicking away.  I haven’t been stung yet!

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I adore the element of surprise when I see tiny objects or bugs I’ve caught in the frame.  Like ants – many times I didn’t see them with my naked eye.  I was too busy trying to catch the main attraction in the frame.

To acquire knowledge, one must study; but to acquire wisdom, one must observe. – Marilyn vos Savant

Almost as much fun as taking the pictures is the editing process for me.  I learn to investigate the results which help me appreciate what I hadn’t noticed at first glance.  Photography is a constant state of learning for me.

When you run into something interesting, drop everything else and study it. – B.F. Skinner

Elements of nature in action add a special touch of class to photos.  Oh, my, I’m looking forward to spring and summer…and the warmer weather…good thing I have lots of pictures to investigate until then!

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By Shelley

Letting my quirk out one post at a time.

21 Comments

  1. Reply

    nomaddernomadder

    Fantastic nature shots. I adore nature. Bees and their brethren are the only thing that will send me running in horror though.
    Donna

    1. Reply

      Shelley

      Thank you, Donna! I typically run from bees too, but when they’re busy collecting pollen, they seem to ignore me.

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        nomaddernomadder

        good to know.

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    cindimatography

    Shelly, what camera are you using? Do you set it to automatic or do you adjust the ISA and F stop settings???

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      Shelley

      Hi Cindi, I have a Canon EOS Rebel XSI and use just the lens it came with. I set on Manual and adjust the ISO and white balance manually. I’m very non-tech about it, just play around until I get the look I like.

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        cindimatography

        Ahh, a Canon girl. I have a Canon Rebel 5s. I love Canon. I think they make a mighty fine camera. Very nice photos!

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          Shelley

          Yes, a Canon girl I am! I love it. It was my daughter’s first “big” camera. She upgraded and I inherited it. It was intimidating at first, but I’ve grown to love it. I learned how to take the photos from FroKnows Photos back before it cost $67! https://froknowsphoto.com/fro-video-guide/ Thank you for your appreciation of my photos!

          1. cindimatography

            Fro Know has some great, *free* videos on You Tube. Thanks for the info!!!

          2. Shelley

            Yes, I’ve watched a few of those too! You’re welcome!

  3. Reply

    frazzledagain

    Do you use a macro lense? I hope to grt out this spring and take some photos.

    1. Reply

      Shelley

      Hi, I have used a different lens, but these were taken with the lens that came with the camera. I look forward to seeing the pictures in the spring!

  4. Reply

    singlikewildflowers

    How timely! Yesterday I gave my old digital camera to my six year old to start taking pictures of nature. He is so interested in getting the details of leaves and flowers. In the back of my mind I wonder if he is learning while doing this, but I know that appreciating nature and learning to observe are valuable life skills. Thanks for reinforcing this belief! I love the quotes you picked. 🙂

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      Shelley

      Hi, thanks for stopping by and for sharing your thoughts! When our kids were young we did the same thing…the pictures they took are so interesting. We have lots of doll photos, and dinos too! We were pretty happy when the digital cameras came out instead of film! 😉

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    singlikewildflowers

    Need to add to my previous comment: I just reviewed his pictures and there are many pics of trees and flowers he took on our walk, but he went crazy taking pictures of his dino toys and his sister’s My Little Pony ponies posing together. oy!!

  6. Reply

    shutterbug

    Beautiful photos! And I agree with you completely. It’s one of my favorite ways to spend my time.

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      Shelley

      Thank you, I appreciate you taking time to view them and reply. You, too, have beautiful photos on your blog! Hope today finds you having fun spending time with your camera!

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        shutterbug

        Thank you! I am highly addicted to my camera 😊 so most likely I will be playing with it this weekend 😊

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          Shelley

          Oh my, I think I have the same addiction and will be doing the same thing! 🙂 Glad to hear you have great plans ahead!

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    shutterbug

    Beautiful photos! And I agree with you completely. It’s one of my favorite ways to spend my time.

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    Wind Kisses

    I completely relate. A camera captures a moment in time. I like when I back to look and say, oh, yeah, I forget about that one. Or the one I ay hmmm, not sure I got that, and it’s just right. 🤗

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      Shelley

      Aw, what a great perspective, I do that too!! Thank you for sharing your feedback – you do catch GREAT shots no doubt!

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