Photographing the Details of Wonder

Every photographer wants to share his or her unique vision of the world. In so doing, we use composition, light and shadows, shooting angles, contrast, pattern, repetition or color to capture our vision. Some photographers swear by expensive lenses and high-end cameras. Others use phone cameras or point-and-shoots. With today’s equipment, it’s easy to get good pictures.
I’m a snap-shooter myself. I like to notice the wonderful details that sometimes escape us when we’re looking for the big picture, like this striking beetle that perched for a moment on a weathered stair step. A little research revealed that it’s a banded alder borer.

Below are a few tricks a photographer may use in photographing the wonderful details of the world around us:

Rain adds interest to floral compositions. Or, mist with a sprinkler to provide your own raindrops.

Shoot up for an interesting angle and simple background. Light shining through the petals can give a stained-glass effect.

Try focusing on the detail of a small part of your subject.

Or shoot down….for contrast, color, and composition.

I liked the way the rose in soft focus echoed the color, shape, and softness of the clouds.

Light and shadow adds drama, even on a miniature scale.
Carpenter ants at work in a rotting log. A good macro lens would be a plus here.
Fast speed or slow…closeups of water are fun to try.
Sea creatures depend upon rocks to anchor and disguise them.
It’s not a view from space. It’s the design left in sand by the first wave of the returning tide.
Lines, light, and weathered wood make a pleasing abstract design .
Who knew that slugs like fresh mushrooms for breakfast?
It only takes a rock and some rushing water to make a river!
Faces look back from the strangest places. Or perhaps you see the repeating shapes, curves, and angles of an abstract design.
Maybe not a good photo in terms of clarity, composition, or design…but great for humor or shock value. Three garter snakes seeking the warmest spot on a chilly morning.
A newly-hatched killdeer in the nest, born with eyes open and ready to follow its parent.
A serendipitous frame for the subject of the photo.
While trying to compose another shot, I almost stepped on this little guy framed in grass and shadows.
Spiderwebs on a frosty morning. I liked the contrast of lacy white filigree against the solid red of the hydrant.

What makes you stop and take a second look? Keep your camera handy and record a memory. You won’t be sorry.

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