I am not going to knock all those wonderful and amazing photographers out there with camera equipment in the thousands that take hours setting up their shot to wait more hours for the right time of day to then have something fly through at the wrong moment and all is lost till the same time next year.
I am afraid not one of these … I am a mother of two small children and as most of you out there know that limits all space and time to do anything let alone set up for the perfect nature shot. I am too impatient to wait any length of time for anything and also having children means that YOU don’t think of spending a dime on yourself until absolutely everybody else has had their fill.
So you can guess where I am going with this ……….. NO ….. I do not have a really good camera … YES … I have spent some money on the one I have and it is not a disposable bought from the newsagents down the road but it is by no means the top of the range either . When I went into the camera shop and asked for a new camera I found the one that had the most auto function settings I could find…. and ended up with a Nikon D5000.
My secret to a GREAT image …..
Being in the right place at the right time and using your senses to really see what is around you from every angle. Set the camera to sunrise or landscape or portrait which ever you are doing and then pray as you hit that button.
Now I can see you all rolling your eyes by this time and saying it is alright for me to say and that I have some freaky talent that allows me to take amazing photos. Well you may be right but I still don’t believe that we don’t all have this talent just some of us choose to use it and nurture it and some don’t . If you really couldn’t care less about photos have no opinion about a good or bad one then it stands to reason that when you are asked by some tourist at the local jetty to take their photo you are just going to say where is the shutter button square your feet stand up straight and take a photo as the camera is.. There is nothing wrong with this shot and it will give those lovely tourist all the visual reminders they need … but …. what if … what if you had stood to the left a little and got that beautiful jetty in the shot as well … or if you had crouched down and made the light shine better on the peoples faces … what then?? … you don’t have to be excited about taking the shot or even want to but if you just take in the scene before taking that shot you may just be surprised at the difference that can be made.
Well I think I have typed my way off track and said way too much already … so let me get to some photos and give you a few examples from the Rainbow Farm Photography range
Starting with a favourite subject from Rainbow Farm
The guardian of the gate that beautiful dead tree that is sitting at the front gate to Rainbow Farm .. on it’s own in the bright light of day it is nothing much but when it is lined up in front of a beautiful sunrise or rainbow .. with clouds to die for behind it … well it is amazing and none of those things have to do with a good camera or even a really good photographer it is nature plain and simple and you do have to be in the right place at the right time.
This shot I took without out any zooming in just on normal landscape auto setting with straight standing up and would you believe feet squared away ..lol.
You would notice amongst the Rainbow Farm Photography albums and archives (which can all be found on the facebook page HERE) that there aren’t many shots like this because although it gives some factual value in that it is Rainbow Farm’s front gate it isn’t really all that pleasing to the eye ..
it is when the sun rises behind this tree.
Now this is taken with the sunrise auto selection and have zoomed in to make the tree and sunrise the main focus the difference in the two images is so wide and all it took was to get up before the sunrise and walk to that same spot and change a setting and move the zoom button a bit and if you don’t have a “fancy camera” that can zoom in that far you would just have to walk a bit closer to the gate or tree.
Rainbow’s are a bit trickier and you have to be aware of them and looking for them I see so many rainbows because I know if it’s raining and the sun comes out there is going to be one and I go looking … but that is just the first step … have you ever tried to get to the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow??? If we are honest we all have and i know a few friends that have wanted to start digging round Rainbow Farm for it ..lol… but you know that when you go to the end of the rainbow it’s not there anymore it has moved and this is what you need to keep in mind .. so many times I have raised the sunset or a rainbow in the car until I could find a spot that was a nice landscape shot and with this tree you usually have to have your small wide angle lens on and start walking to get the rainbow in the right spot .
Always look for new ways to see something by zooming in on just the top of the tree and using it as the main focal point of the image it really stands out against the beautiful clouds highlighted by the rising sun.
So the moral of the story is to stop look and see what is around you visually do a little dance on way to see a shot from different angles use the light as your guide you know that a rainbow is not going to be next to the sun so when the sun comes out after the rain start looking for it on the other side of the sky notice where the sun comes up in your favourite picnic spot and maybe use it for a sunrise or sunset shot. Don’t be afraid to get low to the ground and you don’t have to get dirty to do it either just a little practice at holding the camera one handed you can put it on the view finder at the back stick your hand down and press the button (another trick I do with the fence shots ) no getting dirty here
This is but a few ideas and tips to get you out there and noticing nature more don’t be afraid to practice and wait for that shot to turn up.
Enjoy nature and if your still not happy with those nature shots your always welcome to buy one of mine 😉
which means no pinching them and all the images on this blog are in small files and not the best quality for this reason.