Saturday, April 19, 2014

An Exercise In Awareness For Better Photography

I sat in a chair with my puppy Mosey laying on the grass beside me in my backyard. It was the warmest day of the year so far and a light breeze felt like Spring. I sat back and watched as a large flock of birds flew in a V high in the blue sky above. Their wings would catch the sun in unison with every flap and until they flew out of site I was mesmerized. A slight shift in the breeze and I began to follow the movement of the wispy clouds slowly swirling and drifting. Circling on these winds two hawks appeared climbing higher and higher. Their wings spread at full span as they glided so far into the sky that I eventually lost sight of them.

What does sitting in my backyard have to do with landscape photography you ask?

Photography at it's very core is the ability to be aware. From the vast landscape to the tiny droplets of water hanging from the leaf of a small flower. Every now and then just take a few minutes out of your hectic life and be aware. You will feel more tuned into your surroundings and at the very least a little more relaxed.

Nature photography by Nick Oman Photography.
A small section of sunset clouds