NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY IN SHARP FOCUS
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Windy conditions always poses a challenge for landscape photography. Not only do your subject may move around, but so does your tripod and camera. During these times it becomes challenging to get sharp photo. So the question is:
Can you effectively photograph during windy conditions? Do you put your camera away when it gets windy? Or do you pull it out and let the windy conditions paint a picture for you?
I took the above shot on a stormy afternoon in Vestrahorn, Iceland. I wanted to capture the feel of the moment – not just the heavy storm clouds over that beautiful, black sand – but the biting wind, too. I put my camera on my tripod – made sure it was steady with the help of my camera bag – and used a long exposure to capture the movement of the grasses as they fluttered in the wind. In fact, I waited for a really strong gust so I could get the look I wanted. I believe in embracing the weather – as long as it’s safe to do so.
I took the above shot in Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada – once again, with the help of a tripod and a long exposure. The beautiful alpenglow on the mountain was awesome, but I wanted to tie it in to the foreground. So, I used the blowing thistle flowers in the foreground to add another touch of purple to the scene. The blurred color fills the foreground, and provides a sense of place for the viewer. You can almost feel the wind!
Here are some tips for working in very windy conditions:
Here is another example where Jay used windy conditions to capture some unique landscape photos. On this particular days strong winds create top of the waves to be blown away as they curled their way towards the shore.
I took the shot below with my tripod low to the ground – and my hat pulled down around my ears. 😉 It was a chilly morning, and the wind was vicious… but with a sky like that, I wasn’t going to stay in the car! A long exposure captured the motion of the grass against the dark rocks behind, and provided a dynamic foreground that compliments a brilliant sunrise.
Of course, you can use these tips any time you are shooting a moving subject – whether it’s windy or not. I often use a tripod and a long exposure when I’m photographing waves, too. With a shutter speed of a second or two, I can capture the motion of the water as it moves, creating smooth patterns and flow lines.
Each shot of a moving subject will be completely unique. So get out there, and have fun with the wind!
There is nothing more remarkable to me than the power of nature. It is both cataclysmic and subtle. Slow and continuous erosion by water and wind can create landscapes every bit as astonishing as those shaped by catastrophic events – and minuscule details can be as breathtaking as grand vistas that stretch from one horizon to the other. Nature is incredibly diverse. Burning desert sands and mossy riverbanks… Brilliant sunbeams and fading alpenglow… Silent snowfall and raging summer storms… Each offers a unique opportunity. I am irresistibly drawn to the challenge of finding my next photograph, and mastering the skills required to capture it effectively.