The Nature of Nature Photography

by | Mar 5, 2020

Today’s Post by Joe Farace

A confession: I am not now or have ever been what most people would consider a nature photographer. But living here on Daisy Hill sometimes nature comes to me.

Nature photography is a wide-open field of photography that encompasses many different kinds of images of the natural world ranging from landscapes to wildlife. Along the way there are subspecialties such as bird and insect photography or mammal photography of everything from prairie dogs to elk. There are even sub-sub specialties such as moth and butterfly photography and these pursuits all have several things in common: They may require some kind of specialized equipment but they always demand lots of patience.

How I Made this Shot: The bee on the flower seen at right was (accidentally) photographed with a Canon EOS 50D and EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM lens. I would have liked to have used a ring light but didn’t have one at the time and instead fired the camera’s built-in flash. Exposure was 1/250 sec at f/16 and ISO 400. A plus one-stop exposure compensation was used when I checked my histogram while I was (originally) just photographing the flower. The bee just came along at the right time. Sometimes, it’s good just to be lucky.

I’m hardly a wildlife photographer either but sometimes they just walk into your own backyard, as was the case with this young mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus) that I photographed (below), literally, in my backyard.



How I Made this Shot: Several times a day individual and groups of mule deer stroll leisurely across Daisy Hill on their way to find nourishment, including my landscaping.

I started photographing this critter while standing on the sidewalk in front of my house with Tamron’s now-discontinued 14-150mm Di III Micro Four-thirds lens (at 150mm) slowly walking toward her until I made this particular shot and a few more until she jumped over the fence behind her. Exposure with an Olympus OM-D EM-10 Mark I was 1/320 sec at f/6.3 and ISO 400.

A zoom range of 14-150mm may not seem like a big deal until you realize that on the Micro Four-thirds format it produces the same angle-of-view as a 28-300mm lens but weighs less than ten ounces and is 3.3-inches long. When comparing it to my Canon EOS system, an EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM lens weighs 3.67 pounds and is 7.2-inches long.




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