I reckon nature photography is my favorite photography genre.
Every time I see this wonderful image taken by one of our graduates Gary Nichols I marvel at the great job Gary has done in capturing the real essence of this setting.
The subject in this case is a beautiful snow monkey (Japanese Macaque)
If you are ever in Japan take the time to visit Jidokudani perhaps while on your way up to the snow at Shiga Kogen.
The Jigokudani Yaenkoen park which opened in 1964 is the place to go to see the Japanese Macaque. The Japanese Macaque (Macaca fuscata) is a monkey species native to northern Japan, and is the most northern-living non-human primate, surviving winter temperatures of below -15 °C. They have brown-gray fur, a red face, hands and bottom, and a short tail – and often seem remarkably human like.
In the wild they spend most of their time in forests and feed on seeds, buds, fruit, invertebrates, berries, leaves, and bark. The monkeys have a body length ranging from 80 to 95 cm. The males weigh around 10-14 kg while the females are usually around 5.5 kg.
The park is located in the Yokoyu River valley, which flows down from Shiga Kogen. At an elevation of 850 meters, the area is called Jigokudani (“Hell’s Valley”) due to the steep cliffs and hot water steaming out from the earth’s surface. It’s also a fairly harsh environment in winter with snow on the ground for a third of the year, but it is also a paradise for the couple of hundred monkeys that live there. How good is it that visitors can enter their world and watch them enjoying themselves. Watching the monkeys play and just go about their daily lives is a lot of fun. All the time the monkeys basically just ignore their human watchers and just get on with whatever it is they want to be doing.
It was very inspiring to see Gary develop as a photographer while he studied with us and it was evident early in his course he had a lot of talent and a great eye.
Our courses really do help improve anyone’s photography skills and knowledge so come on and join the family at Online Camera Ed and let us help you release your inner photographer.
Thanks Gary for letting us share your work.
A great example of nature photography here by our Diploma of Digital Photography student Frank McKernan.
The Tawny Frogmouths in this image are simply quite spectacular.
Frank has been able to capture the recently born baby with Mum. A great demonstration of the wonders of nature and the joy of capturing it with your camera.
This quality image has been aided by some great setting choices to give beautiful clarity in the front of the image with a nice depth of field.
Great job Frank and thanks for letting us share your image.
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Nature photography is very rewarding and can be challenging at times.
The subject of this image is a good example. The bird is an Australian Miner and they can be very skittish at times. There is just no way that they will let you get too close to them.
My solution was to use a telephoto lens. I was in full manual mode using settings which were a compromise between fast shutter speed as the bird and branch were both moving and wide aperture to create depth of field, reducing distractions in the background.
Nature photography requires you to be able to make changes on the fly as things change rapidly. Having a good understanding of your camera and available settings is hugely important. Our online photography courses will give you this level of understanding and put you in charge of your camera.
I hope you enjoy this image and that you get the opportunity to take some nature shots also, they are great fun.
Recently while travelling to Canberra we had a lovely chance encounter with this great flock of sheep crossing the main highway. This is an absolutely great experience and I just loved watching the expertise of the farmer and his working dogs as they managed this lot over the road.
The day itself wasn’t the best for photography as we had received a lot of rain and when this shot was taken a fast shutter speed was required but the shot was definitely hampered by poor available light on such an overcast day.
Still sometimes you have to make the best of what is dished up and I was never going to miss recording one of these iconic rural Australian scenes.
Travel photography is a ton of fun as you never quite know what to expect next and it will have you using all of your expertise in being able to adapt to the given situation. Light, subjects etc are not always at optimal but you adapt and that is part of the fun of it.
Photography is a lifelong learning curve and our online photography courses can help give you a solid foundation and set you on your path to a greater understanding of your camera, photography, yourself and what is around you. If you want to study photography then we would love to help you out.
This image by student, Bruce White showcases the beauty of The Blue Mountains. Perfect motion blur on the water as the light filters through the trees, giving excellent detail and colour. Great work Bruce. You have really captured the magic in this one! Thanks for allowing us to share your image. f/22 5.0sec ISO100 Click here to check out some of our other great Student Images
While seemingly placid, this little guy has long sharp claws. He was happy enough to ignore me if I kept my distance. Combining a fast shutter speed to freeze movement with a wide aperture to blur the background was a good option here to capture the shot before he took off back into the bush. Nature and Wildlife Photography are popular areas of interest for a lot of photographers.
Canon 6d f/5.6 1/400 ISO100