The Nature of Travel
Joe Van Os Photosafaris asked me to put together a video post discussing what Olympus camera equipment I carry with me when I am out traveling or photographing in the field.
Here is the YouTube link:
I have been able to keep myself busy guiding and planning new trips latley for the well established Joseph Van Os Photo Safaris. If you are interested in my up and coming workshops and trips stop by the JVO website http://photosafaris.com and give my schedule a look. The direct link for my trips can be found at: My trip schedule with Joseph Van Os Photo Safaris
I have been working for Joseph Van Os Photo Safaris guiding and developing new photo trips this year. I started a new project using video to show potential travelers the photo gear our guides take into field with them. This series is called It's in the bag. Check out the pilot episode where, I film the video, edit the video and star in the video. So far it has been a fun project.
Let the challenges guide you.
As I finish up this week of posts, the one thing brought to mind is, I am not a writer. I enjoy the writing but I enjoy the photography even more. Why, maybe I am just a visual person. Before I finish up my entries completely allow me to cover one more thing that not only applies to flower photography but all types of photography.
There are days, or nights, you go out and images don't come easy. Nature gives us many challenges and just the thought of overcoming them will discourage some photographers. I find my vision grows more when challenged by these constraints, be it rain, wind, clouds, my mood or what ever the environment throws at me. When this happens get out and see the beauty in the rain, or the clouds the wind. Unless it is a safety issue, please know your limits, you will be amazed at how these elements can help you focus your attention on your natural world.
I hope you can use some of these ideas to go out and let them lead you into new adventures and growth in your photography.
A little breeze, arnica and lupine. A field of flowers can convey more about a place when other elements are included in the scene.
Don't forget photographing flowers in the bigger landscape. It might be in the forest or it may be in the meadow, flowers add a great deal of color to the landscape. When shooting landscapes I always try to find some foreground subject to add interest to the scene. Flowers can be a strong compositional element to add to any landscape. Getting in close on the lupine here allowed for some strong foreground detail and draws the viewer into the larger image. In most cases the blooms will add extra element of color or texture to help attract some attention to the photo in creasing the dynamic nature of your landscapes.
Tripods are still a good option for these kinds of shots as they can let use use the small f-stops needed to increase your depth of field, getting crisp focus on foreground and more distant background scenery. This is where a wide angle lens works well for flower photography, or you might try a tilt shift or perspective control lens in these types of images to help grab that extra crisp focus. This is also a good image to add the use of a circular polarizing filter that can help with adding saturated color by removing reflected light from the surfaces of petals and foliage, providing for rich colors.