authenticity. beauty. courage. creativity. curiosity. exploration. inspiration. transformation.
These values have become the focus of my life over the 25 years I've been consistently practicing nature photography. They are my constant guides and I keep them in focus by regularly getting out into nature with my camera. I’ve found that by taking on the challenges of making meaningful images with a camera, I've also been presented with ample opportunities to become more aware of my surroundings. And taking advantage of those opportunities has slowly transformed the way I see the world.
Yes. It’s absolutely possible to make great images using your camera on automatic and pointing the lens at nature’s stunning beauty. To tell your story through images, though, takes self-awareness, thoughtfulness, an understanding of the way your camera sees, and an ability to navigate manual settings - even on a cell phone.
Here's a non-technical experiment to get you started:
Strong concentration of bright light casts long, dark, harsh shadows. Next time, try photographing from within the shadows - where all the fine details and subtle nuances come to life. Read life lessons from nature photography and two more experiments here.
I believe being thoughtful, understanding, and capable in making images inspires the same in living life. Personally, I’ve found that photography has helped me to become more aware of my values, go safely and confidently into the world as an introvert, and more easily find calm in times of stress and change.