Nature Photography in Your Own Backyard
by Kristel Schneider
Nature Photography in your Backyard sounds easy but you still have to walk around and look for the right light, different angles and backgrounds to create an interesting image.
Yesterday afternoon I decided to remove the dust from my Sigma 150mm macro lens. I noticed that lately I was stuck to my 300mm L 4.0 lens for close-up photography so I made myself walk around with the Sigma lens and I looked for a nice insect or a nice flower.
This little Crab Spider (Thomisidae) was waiting for its next pray. I did not see the spider at first because it was white and sitting on a white flower.
For me ‘the white on white’ was interesting so I looked around for some nice soft background light. I turned and turned to get another flower in the upper part of the frame to make the composition complete.
The white little spider has two orange/red stripes and while I was looking for different angles I noticed an orange Lily nearby. In my mind this could be a nice repetition of the two colors and the white from the flower against the orange background would provide a nice color contrast. While waiting for the little spider to move into the right position on the flower I walked around and tried out different angles and positions.
Both images were taken with a Canon 5DMII -Sigma 150 Macro lens, natural light.
Nature backyard photography tips:
Look for an interesting subject (flowerbeds, insects, different details, water movement, etc.) and study it.
Think about different compositions.
Look for the right light (natural light or fill flash, reflectors)
Look for a nice background color and/or elements.
Walk around your subject and try out different angles.