A Personal Take on Nature Photography

When it comes to nature photography, the more you do it, the more you'll learn about it… and the more peaceful and re-connected with nature you'll become.

I'll write this blog based on my personal experiences and in my own personal way :)

Researching the location is essential, assessing light is vital, and being there ahead of the intended time is critical. That's why a partner who can be a supportive assistant is part of my modus operandi! My husband is always there to support me in the simple photography nature getaways in our country, to drive me to distant places on our trips abroad, to prevent me from going to some dangerous or secluded areas I often obsess about, and to tell me to take the photo anyway when the elements turn out to play against the photo I imagined.

Yes prepare yourself to be disappointed because, unfortunately, you cannot control all the variables that exist in nature photography… but by all means take photos, especially if it's a once-in-a-lifetime trip!

- Other photographers may be in your desired spot you located the previous day at a popular location in the lavender fields of Provence, even if you woke up at 4:00 AM to be there! It's fine, there would be plenty of other cool locations:

Overwhelmed in a Lavender Field

- The morning mist, that you oh-so-hoped to capture in a particular photo in the rolling hills of Tuscany, might not be there… but it will be there for other super photo spots:

Cypress Trees in the Mist

- The magical light & fog that the locals told you about might not happen on the day you went for the photo - even if weather forecasts gave it a high probability. If you go there another 4 times, you'll eventually catch it! It was easy for us because the location was in Lebanon, around 60 minutes away from home:

Trees, Valleys, and Mountains in the Fog

- You might arrive too late for the evening golden hour because the GPS decided it might be funny to test a scary mountain road instead of the more trodden one to the iconic Saint Jamnik church in Slovenia… it's fine, just capture it in the glorious light of the blue hour (I actually cried because of this, though):

Saint Jamnik Church in Slovenia

Other than that, just be hard-headed about having a vision and making it happen, even if your fingers get a bit stuck on the freezing metal of the tripod because you decided against wearing gloves to be comfortable taking the so-dreamed-about photo of Bled church. Amateurish I tell you... & as my husband told me before storming away, leaving me on that glacial morning to the warmth of our parked car!But I did take the photo after all, perfectly wholesome with the flawless water reflections, the chimney smoke beginning to rise, and the mist evaporating on the lake surface thanks to the first warming rays of the sun:

Bled Island, Slovenia

Be open to change your plans of reaching the Alphonse Daudet windmill on time upon spotting these 2 horses grazing in a meadow, engulfed by a dreamlike cloud of airy dust and flies that became ethereal fairies of light:

Horses in Surreal Light

And always, always have your camera on you because you never know when a great photo happens, even as you're heading back to the airport to end a nice trip in Luxembourg!

Cows on a Cold Foggy Morning

Photo credits: Eliane Haykal.

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June 19, 2019

Usataro

Wonderful^^)

June 17, 2019

Adammeadows12

wonderful nature photos!

June 13, 2019

Lehmanphotos

Thanks for this post, I appreciate your outlook...

June 09, 2019

Bbudlao

Awesome photos and writings about nature :)

June 05, 2019

Elianehaykal

@Dimamutoday: Unfortunately true...  @Harakternik: What happened to your blog? Was it in the contest you mean and admins deleted it? I thought you had trouble including multiple photos, which is totally legal & the norm!@Bwagner656: Thanks a lot :)

June 04, 2019

Bwagner656

Amazing photos!

May 27, 2019

Harakternik

An administrator for some reason deleted my blog

May 27, 2019

Dimamutoday

Nature is worth documenting. The natural environment is in danger. 

May 27, 2019

Elianehaykal

Thanks :)@Harakternik: just as you add a single photo, same process.

May 26, 2019

Rbrucew

Great use of light in your photos; well done!

May 26, 2019

Marcociannarel

Wonderful pics :-)

May 26, 2019

Harakternik

How did you post multiple photos at the same time in the blog?

May 26, 2019

Elianehaykal

Thanks a lot, I really value your opinions!

May 25, 2019

Osmar01

wonderful images! Brava Eliane!

May 24, 2019

Viocara

Good story! Marvelous photos Eliane!

May 24, 2019

Wisconsinart

Very nice

May 23, 2019

Luisfeescalona

Eliane, you are like painters, who achieve colors and moments to capture them in their canvases, you achieve them with light and special patience. All your photographs, a beauty. Luis Escalona Rangel

May 22, 2019

Elianehaykal

@Johnatapw, looking forward to read it. The contest is actually about nature and wildlife photography, so it would be a perfect fit for you :)

May 22, 2019

Johnatapw

I think you might have inspired me to write something for this blog contest. I'm a wildlife professional first and a photographer second so I might have a different take on things.

May 22, 2019

Elianehaykal

Thank you :)  @johnatapw: you're 100% right!

May 22, 2019

Johnatapw

They're great images. Sometimes you don't get what you want but there is always something if you use your imagination and make the best of what unpredictable nature has allowed you to view. Every image is special even though it might not be technically perfect it still allows you to capture memories of unforgettable places.

May 21, 2019

Komar

Interesting read and gorgeous images.

May 21, 2019

Shopartgallerycom

Nice article Eliane!

May 21, 2019

Elianehaykal

@Eternalfour: I did improve & still improving :D   - @Williamwise1: it is of my all-time favorites!!   - @Patrick57: thank you so much. I'm a fan of your work :)

May 21, 2019

Patrick57

Well written interesting blog Eliane and great pictures as always!

May 21, 2019

Williamwise1

Love the grazing horse photograph! William 

May 21, 2019

Eternalfour

lovely images :), great improvement over and over ... hope you had a good vacation

May 21, 2019

Elianehaykal

@Amitai, thanks a lot for your feedback :D Will check yours now!

May 21, 2019

Amitai

Amazing photos, very different style than my style and very inspiring.I especially like the foggy Tuscany hills and the blue hour church.Very clean compositions, and excellent technical skill shooting into the sun/back lit objects without flare.

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