Nature’s Playground

In recent months the guest photographer galleries I have published here have contained subjects from all over the map, so to speak. In and out of nature. Today let’s get back to what Earth Images is supposed to be about, nature photography. I hope you enjoy the eight fine images below.

What do you emphasize when you make pictures of Giraffes? Well their long legs and equally long necks are what makes a Giraffe a Giraffe. Mamma’s long legs and babies skyscraper neck work together beautifully in this image from Dins Barnett. The old compositional tool of framing is a natural in this picture. I guess that keeps the natural in nature.8contest-Newborn-giraffeDinsBarnett

I love these dusty shots of migrating African Wildlife and I especially enjoy the way we are so in tight with the herd in this photo. I can almost feel the rumble of Elephants and I seem to be choking on some dust. This shot came from the Glazemoo Blogspot.9ElephentWildlifephotography_thumb1Glazemoo blogspot

Simon Rich made this lovely composition of a beach scene on the Isle of Wight. This is clearly a long exposure by the blurred clouds and surf. They are in so much synchronicity that this seems to be a mirror image. It is not, because the waves make their own patterns independent of the clouds when that movement is motion blurred. This sort of picture, would be best viewed on a gallery wall stretched out to ten feet across.10Isle of Wight Simon Rich

Sometimes I forget that Europe, with its human development that is centuries old, still presents photographers with powerful opportunities for great pure nature landscapes. Roberto Moiola captured this beautiful moment of rock, water and sky in Italy.11Italy Roberto Moiola

Now we visit one of my favorite locations, The Badlands of South Dakota. The photographer, Ian Plant, is also one of my favorites. This shot of cracked South Dakota mud is beautifully composed in a vertical fashion using the small faults in the dirt, to lead us into the sky. Detail is ever so important when you are dealing with texture, as you see here.12Sunset-over-cracked-mud-formation,-Badlands-National-Park,-South-Dakota,-USAIanPlant

There is nothing better than great photographs that allow us to view beautiful birds looking at them from the bottom up. Wing and feather spread makes this shot by Amy Marques quite special.13Swallow-tailed Kit Amy Marques

I am not sure, but I believe that this is an owl of central Europe, and this expressive image by Michal Kupsa leaves us with an endearing attitude towards our subject. I love photographing owls and the wide-eyed innocence of this one belies the usual “wise old owl” feeling we get from these critters. He seems like a curious child. That is just how I feel when I look at him.14unnamedowl Michal Kupsa

There’s a million ways to photograph a flower, and just as many ways to capture a natural bouquet of them. Bobby Roy used the macro technique of selective focus, only in a broad shot, that even includes the sky. I was drawn to the unique composition and how my eye first fixes on the sharp group of flowers, and gently takes in those softly out of focus blossoms. Nice job.15Bobby Roy

There are a lot of creative and engaged photographers in the world, and for those who of you who prefer to remain in nature with your image making, the outdoor world is your playground.

Go out and play a little.

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In the early 1970s when I began making serious images, it was the first time that I put my lifelong fascination with light, to photographic use. I realized that the color, quality, quantity, intensity and direction of light all played a role in defining a finished image. I noticed that it was light that delineated the definition of subjects, via light against shadow. I experimented with artificial studio light of all kinds (tungsten, neon, etc), and then applied my manufactured results to natural outdoor light, in every way possible. Eventually, I forgot about manmade light, except in rare cases when I used electronic flash, and concentrated on what nature gave me. At first, I often altered nature’s light with diffusers and reflectors, and finally I put the natural back in nature and moved myself and my camera around, but left everything else the way I found it.

Light has everything to do with photography, and is in many ways, what photography is. The pictures I have shared with you today show that well. The high bright softness in the Giraffe photo, the detail delineating warm sidelight in the ocean picture, the backlight in the picture from Italy, or the bright (top and to the right) light punching up the colors in the flower picture, all make these pictures what they are, just as much as their compositions or subjects do.

When it comes to photography, light is both the question and the answer.

God Bless,                                                                                                                                         Wayne

 

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