How to Capture Light in Water Droplets and other Natural Light Photography Tips

   Landscape photography needs basic painting techniques and ideas of permanence you, the viewer, bring to a beloved panorama.For example vanishing points traditionally located in the center of a photograph can be located to the left or right of the photograph causing the importance of one subject to advance and another subject to recede in the same photo. Twisting the vanishing point instead of achieving the point at the end of a straight line gives more depth to a photograph. Most people would consider a French Impressionist group of flowers as out of focus.  Note that some photographers who must like French Impressionist art always include a fully presented bloom or small group of blooms in the foreground and allow the background flowers to carry the impressionism artistry of the photograph. I have played with white space in a geometric way at edges to try and convey a sense of in completeness to an image. Another technique is to allow a line from the landscape you admire and are photographing to portion your horizontal space without dividing the space in two. Tree trunks and stems of flowers or tall grasses of a different color are appropriate. Sometimes such as with a sturdy tree trunk this technique will give the photo a more intense real feeling.

   Landscape panorama may be vertical as simple as the canopy of a tree of bare branches as purple, yellow, orange or pink petals fall coloring the base of the tree reflected in a puddle of water. A landscape photograph may be more complex vertically as a misted gulch corner reminiscent of a Chinese landscape painting however in Your Town, USA you must snap as you are driving down the road. Snap it! Hold the camera firmly in one hand and high above you. Do not let your arm or hand rest on any part of the car and snap it! Speed will give you some distortion close to you but not far away.

   Both vertical and horizontal landscape photographs became more interesting with panorama single use cameras even more interesting than Single Lens Reflex (SLR) cameras. Studying their images I believe that one cannot experience for shortening with the use of panoramic cameras specifically the vertical plane.

   Reflections from water are one of the most successful ways to create beautiful landscapes. Capturing water droplets with an overhead sun, or sun above the plant will cause your photograph to look as if you have light rain drops normal shutter speed and a simple camera will do. Sunrise behind me allows me to capture a series of white ginger blossoms against a black background with hints of color from green grass and the blue of the sky reflecting on leaves.

   White flowers need a panoramic or telephoto lens no matter what the light is and a higher film speed in the tropical area I live in. Shaded light gives little definition to the layers of petals so often intriguing as places of shadows, shadows overcome by the florescence of most white flowers.

   As you look at a precious image, do the limbs or flower stems invite you to look at one bloom? Can those diagonal lines create a point that ends your photograph to the left or the right of the center-centering does not allow for the asymmetrical balance natural of nature. As you center a beloved flower include seeing that flower supported by its contexts aged bloom behind it leaning representing generations among large vertical plant movements supports your beloved metaphor in its home.

   Knowing what light will do to any foreground or background will help you take expert photographs of natural landscapes or city shadowed realism more than experimenting with shutter speeds. I photographed the sun and moon over Hilo Bay once breaking the rule that the light source for photography is best behind you. I find that is often not true with natural landscape photography.

   I find shutter speed adjustments more applicable for indoor lighting so you do not have to worry about them for landscape photography but it is important to have the right film speed for the sun you will photograph. Film speed of 400 is really important in bright sun. I never find very good light contrast from 200 film speed.