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Nature Photography Tip Quickies: Textures

Fern Curl is a monochromatic nature photograph of a new fern sprout in the process of unrolling. This image was created at Winterthur Museum located in Wilmington, Delaware. Title: Fern Curl Photographer: Melissa Fague Genre: Nature Photography This image can only be licensed through Getty Images; for more info please visit: http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/photo/fern-curl-royalty-free-image/503827515Any surface that’s not perfectly sheen and has deviations in the form of patterns, or contours is a textured surface and can be used to create stunning nature photographs. There is a fine line between textures and patterns. When viewed from a distance, the shapes that make a pattern grow less important whereas a texture is formed because of the overall impression of the pattern’s surface. The texture of a leafs veins, the rough texture of a bark of a tree, surface of a pond indentations from a leaf or a twig, abrasive sand surface are all examples of textures.

Image Info:

Title: Fern Curl
Fine Art Nature Photographer: Melissa Fague
Genre: Botanical / Nature Photography

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Photography Quickie: Leading the Viewer

Leading the Viewer

Reedy Point Bridge Against Sky Landscape Photograph created by Melissa Fague

One of the best ways to give depth (3D) to a flat photograph is to provide the viewer with strong lines that lead their eyes into an image. Lines give a a photograph depth, they also show scale and can be a point of great interest in the photograph. Lines can also create patterns in your photograph. Using leading lines in your photography not only applies to nature and landscape photographs; it can apply to all types of photography, even portraits; a line doesn’t need to be straight to create a strong lead. The next photograph you create study the lines of your subject and see if you can use them in your composition.

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Photography Quickie Landscapes and Man-Made Elements

Landscapes and Man-Made Elements

Patriotic Barn in Field is a landscape photograph of an aging barn painted with patriot colors and star decorations on the wall. The weathered barn and house stand in the middle of a dried field of crops with a backdrop of colorful autumn foliage. The image was created because I loved how the early morning light covered the foliage and facade of the barn as I drove past on my way home from the beach. This image was created along the roadside of Route 1, in Delaware somewhere near Milton. This image is available in several versions; Aged Glass Plate Texture Vintage Black and White Texture Aged Traditional Color

Great landscape and nature photography is not always about finding the most picturesque scene with only natural elements. Part of the beauty I find in our world is the ability to exist with in nature. Even though there is a lot of damage caused by mankind, there are also very beautiful scenes in the world that mankind has touched and inhabit with minimal damage. Take a look at the effects of man on the landscape near your home and use them as photographic subjects. The incorporation of man made objects in your landscape can help create balance of life in the image and it could help the viewer connect to the scene.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, sharing the damage man creates in the landscape could create environmental awareness of a situation. Don’t be afraid to capture and share what you see; even if it is less than favorable scene.

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Trash that was left on the higher grade of a river bank after the flooding of Hurricane Sandy 2012

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Photography Quickie Get Out There

Get Out There

There’s no substitute for putting in a bit of groundwork before embarking on your nature or landscape photographic adventure. Research and find the best photo locations in your area, get a map, a compass and remember that you’ll probably have to get out of the car and walk to get the best shots so make sure you have the right shoes and other weather safety equipment needed for the trip.

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Beautiful landscape photographs are not just about the subject in the photograph. Most of the time landscape photographs are often defined and admired for the quality of light that they were taken in. Most people view the world during normal daylight hours, which has less contrast, as a consequence most people tend to overlook these photographs and even consider then mundane or flat.

In order for a landscape photograph to compel  the viewers, a photographer will need to shoot the subject in a different perspective that the audience has never seen before or at the very least rarely. One way to create compelling landscape photographs is to shoot early in the morning or during late afternoons when the sun is lower, or even during twilight. Each time period of the day will offer up something different in your subject matter, these time periods are called “The Magic Hours”.  The magic hours will give you more contrast in your scene and a variety of mood altering hues to work with that just aren’t present midday.

The same concept holds true to other fields of photography as well, if you add contrast you show depth and interest.

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