For this week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge (LAPC), Anne asks us to share photos that display our photographic groove–the area of photography that we love. Like Anne, it took me a while to figure this out. I used to take photos of just about anything and everything. Well, that can be overwhelming and doesn’t help when you’re trying to write a blog. I do have thousands of photos, but I’ve noticed that most of them are nature themed. Any time I find a cute animal, peaceful landscape, or intriguing macro-view of wildlife, I try to take a photo of it.
Some of my favorite photos are close-up shots. I have a work-around with those shots because I still don’t have a macro lens. I usually take the shot with my Nikon DSLR and either get real close with the 50-200mm lens or zoom in with my 300mm lens. Because they’re not taken with a macro lens, I typically label these photos as “close-up” shots instead of “macro”.
When I don’t have my Nikon close by, I grab my iPhone 12 Pro Max, shooting up close with it. I am still pleasantly surprised by the effect, including the details on the subject or the bokeh effect I get in the background.
When looking through my stash of photos, I noticed a trend within my nature shots. If I see animals, they’re most likely going to make the cut. You would think all of my photos were of the sunset or the ocean, but that’s not the case with this next photo of pigeons. I was intrigued because they did not look like the ones in the southwest and were not shy at all.
Disneyland is another of my favorite places to take nature photos, including the annual baby duck arrivals. I’m not as brave as some people who tote around their DSLRs at the park, so my Disney photos are taken with my iPhone.
With nature, the weather is always changing, which I find fascinating to watch and photograph.
The coastal areas are my particular photographic groove, whether it’s during a hike or just relaxing on the beach.
These next photos are from my Week 6 hike (1.34 miles) on a trail in El Moro Canyon at Crystal Cove State Park, culminating in a relaxing day at the beach, until it started raining (of course, we did not leave–stayed under the umbrella). The best kinds of hikes in the summer are when it’s overcast (but not thundering or lightning) and I get to take a lot of nature photos. Also sharing for Terri’s Sunday Stills — Summertime and John’s Cellpic Sunday.
While I love spending time at the coast and taking nature photos there, I also enjoy hiking other trails where there’s greenery and its peaceful–especially when I get can get some cool shots. For Week 7, we hiked the Shady Canyon Trail (1.77 miles) in Irvine, California. Fog can be seen drifting over the hills, which creates perfect summertime hiking weather.
I can’t resist taking photos in nature, even when I should probably be concentrating on what I’m doing. If the setting intrigues me or is just too beautiful to pass up, I will be photographing it, which is why I think that my photographic groove is nature photography.
I took these last shots while kayaking this summer at Dana Harbor in California. True to form, early morning fog covered the area, making it eerie yet peaceful. I may have rocked the kayak a bit to take the photos (I’m still a novice at kayaking), but I could not resist. Also sharing for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge (CFFC) – Connecting to the Present Moment because there’s nothing like kayaking in the calm bay waters through thick fog to ground you and connect you to the present; also sharing for Weekly Prompts Colour Challenge – Greyish and Jez’s Water Water Everywhere (for obvious reasons).
Nature is all around us, making it easy for my photographic groove to be tied directly to it. I look forward to sharing more nature photos with you all soon.
I hope everyone is having a peaceful week!