Whether on a beach or in the woods, one
will find a wealth of shapes, patterns, and colors from which to
choose: the jewel-like quality of a flower, leaf, or seashell. In
short, keep your eyes open and explore.
One can make successful nature
photographs with virtually any lens. There is plenty of time to search
out the best camera angles and to carefully compose the picture. I
generally limit myself to one lens, such as the 50 mm, because I am
then free to concentrate on the subject, not on equipment.
A DSLR with a macro lens is ideal for
extreme close-ups and opens up a whole new realm of photographic
possibilities. With this type of lens I am able to focus from infinity
right down to a distance of four inches. Minute details of a flower or
leaf can be captured on film and shared with others. Similar
magnifications can be obtained more economically through the use of
close-up lenses that attach to the front of the lens like a filter.
Extension tubes provide better resolution than close-up lenses but
require an increase in exposure.
By studying nature you can learn so much
about color and design that your own sense of pattern and composition
is bound to develop and, in time, help you take better pictures.