Adventures in photography. My recent experience from the nature trail!

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Lythrum Salicaria / Purple Loosestrife

So guys, as you may have guessed from the title of this blog, I have decided to do something different this time. I have decided to write about my recent photography experience.

A couple of days ago, I left my house on one of my usual strolls on the nature trail, it is a great way for me to gather my thoughts, think about things, and generally release stress after a hard day’s work. However this time, before embarking on my stroll I decided to carry my camera, just in case inspiration struck and I felt the urge to capture a beautiful subject.

As you guys may or may not know, I have a great interest in photography. This interest has been in me for a long time. However, it’s not until roughly a year ago that I started really thinking about taking this hobby to the next level. Since I am by no means claiming to be a professional (I would barely consider myself an amateur at this point), and I plan to  dedicate a chunk of my time to improve my photography skills and hopefully get good at it, I decided to dedicate this walk to taking photographs, more importantly ‘Bokeh’, as it is most commonly referred to as. Here is an example of this form of photography.

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Papaver Rhoeas / Corn Poppy

According to Merriam-Webster, Bokeh is “the blurred quality or effect seen in the out-of-focus portion of a photograph taken with a narrow depth of field.” The end result is something quite astonishing I must say. It’s so awesome to take a photograph and look at the finished product and realize just how beautiful the object really is. I have been fascinated with this form of photography for quite some time, and I wanted to dedicate this day primarily to this type of photography.

Now for the gear I used to take these photographs, which honestly wasn’t much, as I had a specific goal in mind and I knew exactly what I wanted to carry along with me on this endeavor.

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Phytolacca Americana / American Pokeweed

The camera I used to take these photographs is a Nikon D3300, the only DSLR I own currently and works just fine for my current needs, (and also happens to be a great beginner camera for those interested)with a Nikon AF-S FX Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G Lens with Auto Focus. As previously mentioned, I am no professional, YET. Having said that, I have to admit, this lens, at least in my opinion is simply amazing. The clarity and sharpness of the pictures taken from this lens is quite something else. This is not part of the kit lens that came with the camera. From what I have heard the kit lenses are not the best quality, and don’t do justice to the photos taken with those lenses. I had to go out and buy this lens separately just to be able to get the full effect of Bokeh. But if you are a beginner photographer, and need a good lens, I would highly recommend this one. It is a bit pricey though. Depending on your budget, this lens costs roughly $220 USD. But compared to some of the other Nikon lenses, especially those used for wildlife photography, this price point is not so bad. What I have come to realize over time is that, it’s not so bad.

What I have come to realize over time is that, it’s not necessarily the body, the camera

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Lobelia Cardinalis / Cardinal Flower

itself that makes purchasing gear for photography expensive, its the lenses that make it expensive, but if you want the best quality photographs for what you are trying to achieve, every now and then you just have to give in and, for lack of a better word, suck it up!!

Over the next few months to years, I would like to get into landscape and wildlife photography as well, as I love nature, and there is so much natural beauty that surrounds us, if we just bother to stand still and look around for a moment. I love capturing beautiful things that stand out, and I hope to dedicate a lot more time to this hobby of mine and improve on it with every experience. So to my viewers, look forward to seeing a lot more photography in my blogs!

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