Inspiration, Photographing The Natural World

Nancy Austin By Nancy Austin, 22nd Apr 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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Do you have an interest in photographing the natural world? Could you use a little inspiration? Follow me as I photograph the lakes and ponds of East Texas. I'll describe the creative process and you'll think of new ways to inspire your photography in and around the water,

Nature, My Photographic Inspiration

For inspiration a photographer can find plenty along the roadside and in the natural world. Your resources could include lakes and rivers, a near by forest or your own back yard. What's important is to reach the destinations that matter to you. Photography has taught me most of these places aren't too far away, but you can take your camera anywhere in the world. The stories you carry home will keep the family hearth warm for years to come. The pictures you take today will keep you company in your golden years, because memories don't fade as quickly on film.

Back in 2008 I took an iconic picture of my son on the beach while on vacation in Galveston. My concern wasn't that he was going to dig up the entire beach. Surely, I would have watched him through-out the duration of his excavation-exercise. This is how nature photography can turn into an adventure for the entire family. Take them along for the fun and maybe they can even join the subject of your photograph.

Photographing Ponds

Living in a lake town allows for loads of photo opportunity. If we made our home on the coast, I would take advantage of the sea life every day. My best advice is to interest yourself in the natural resources your location has to offer or take a short trip. Something as simple as a pond filled with lily pads makes for a note worthy, post card picture. Meet up with your local ducks and befriend them with scraps of bread while you get their impressions on film.While I have plenty of inspiration from the lake, I occasionally enjoy finding a pond and taking pictures there. In the photograph here I was inspired by the duck checking out the Bluebonnets in the month of April. This photo was actually taken just outside a sonic in Kemp, Texas. So, it's hard to say where the inspiration is going to come from along your way. Trust it will be there when the time is right.

Photographing The Lake

Here is one of the lake. Photographing water reminds us to just relax and let our inspiration flow. You never know what you might encounter whether a rare exotic bird to spark your imagination or a wild plant your eyes have never seen before. There's always plenty to take into consideration as a possible photo opportunity when studying the water-front.

Keep in mind, you might want to capture more than the typical moments. A boat sailing to shore or a fisherman reeling in his daily catch all make for memorable portraits, but you can also shoot still life's of the algae and plant life growing in or near the water. Other intriguing images include sea shells, oysters and foot prints left behind by visiting birds. Put your images in a collage or album and maybe even make educational cards you can laminate for your kids. Perhaps, you want to write articles for science or just conduct an amateur study for a personal website. It's your choice what you make of your inspiration. Just be inspired today and carry on with your photography. Enjoy snapping those pics, learn a lot about nature and make a splash.


Nature, Photography On The Water

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author avatar Nancy Austin
I'm a freelance writer interested in poetry and social issues, gardening and the outdoors. .

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
23rd Apr 2015 (#)

I do enjoy taking pictures of the natural world but I also like taking pictures of the obscure. Thanks for sharing these good nature photography tips.

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author avatar Legend
11th May 2015 (#)

Wonderful tips and pictures

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author avatar Nancy Austin
11th May 2015 (#)

Thank you, readers.

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