In an ideal world, each subject that we would want to photograph would be super still and the lighting would be perfect every time. Yeah, it’s not an ideal world. When your subject is the environment, you have to just try to capture the moment! All those photos that you see in National Geographic and other Science Magazines have people with fancy cameras that take tons of pictures in one second. All you need is a camera that takes photos and has flash.
Nothing is perfect, you see, so you have to make do with what you have. Isn’t the whole point of photos to capture memories? So don’t get technical with Mother Earth, be loose and try the best you can!
For example, I saw this fox on campus. I was pretty stoked because I never saw a fox on campus before. I zoomed in and magically caught a moment when it was peeing on the lawn. Awesome.
Example two! Here are some goldfinches in a birdbath outside my window. I can’t open the door to get a closer shot ‘cause I would scare them away! But zoom is a pretty cool thing.
Example three! I was inching closer and closer to this Monarch butterfly (with zoom of course), but no matter how close I got, that freakin’ Queen Anne’s Lace dried up flower was in the way! I’m just happy the butterfly was spreading its wings.
And a final example, the sky. How wonderful the sky is! There are so many textures and it can display so many colors! But when you see that moment of beauty, take the chance.
So go out there! Find something new! Identify a plant you’ve never seen before (by taking a photo and looking it up in a book)! But don’t forget the real reason why we take photos. Enjoy the world out there, it's all of our one true home.
Oh my gosh! That picture of the peeing fox still has me laughing...
I'd like to thank Cassie for her contribution to Photographic September and I encourage all of you to stop by her blog to learn more about this activist gal.