Photo Essay

Wild but beautiful

House fly at rest

Sometimes when we move around any landscape or even we pass on by the roadside, we notice many unnoticed flowers and plants which are tiny in nature. Sometimes they are colorful but we do not care much because we feel it is unwanted. But photography point of view such wild plants bearing small flowers or fruits are really amazing. Surely we need much patience to capture it and showcase in such a manner, you often love to see them. Being an amateur photographer such photography means a lot for me and I try to capture the tiny flowers and plants.

Photographing these kinds of smaller scenes feels more meditative than photographing other areas like landscaping, portrait making etc. as the process often includes seeking out details of structure of flower or leaves and its color , and taking time to photographing of sometimes tiny structure of any part of plant and the association of any insects in it . Plants like those featured in this post can be found either sometimes as medicinal or edible in nature may give us a message, if we know this plant. Our curiosity then develops to know whether it is available throughout the world or certain part of the confined area from where this photograph was taken. Therefore it can be easy to find compelling subjects close to our home or any part of the country. And, since many photographers pass by these kinds of scenes without a second thought, you have ample opportunity to make unique, creative photographs. Though for such photography 100mm macro lens is highly necessary, but not essential. The composition, the background, light and the color of the flower is important to make the photograph more creative with a tripod. Nature offers up all sorts of patterns and textures for the careful observer. By taking the time to explore and notice the details of a place, photographers can identify all different kinds of small scenes worthy of capturing. Next time, when you are out with your camera, set aside some time just to look for these kinds of patterns in nature and try few close snaps. Even few dew or rain drops adds the beauty of nature. However, I have tried my best to showcase some of the cases and I am sure, you will try once.

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11 responses

  • Lynn E. Harvey

    Lynn E. Harvey gave props (11 Aug 2017):

    Beautiful...voted! Your words Satoj, are so dear to my heart and respect I have for nature. We do have so many components of life to appreciate from a mediatative perspective and to appreciate the wonder of our envrironment. Thank for your your images and words in this story!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (11 Aug 2017):

    Very well written and nature is soothing therapy when there is so much unrest in the world that we need to appreciate what the good earth has of beauty to bring sense to our existence.

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain said (11 Aug 2017):

    Thank you Lynn for your kind words. I know you being a nature lover will appreciate such photos and story. I am really gateful for your comments.

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain said (11 Aug 2017):

    My deep sence of gratitude to you Andrea as you have inspired me before when you find such story or photograph. Thank you very much for your kind nomination for this story. You have given your best comment for me. Thanks.

  • Andrew Dutton

    Andrew Dutton (Deleted) said (11 Aug 2017):

    Great story and beautiful photos! I shot in Korea for four years with the same system (Nikon D90 & 18-105 Lens), but could never get the beautiful results you have achieved. Goes to show, it's not the camera that takes great photos but it's the photographer behind the camera that makes these beautiful images!

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain said (11 Aug 2017):

    Thank you so much Andrew for your kind props and comments full of inspiring words. I am grateful.

  • Brenda Steward

    Brenda Steward gave props (11 Aug 2017):

    I am at a loss for words! You have a gift with words and cameras!

  • Brenda Steward

    Brenda Steward said (11 Aug 2017):

    I agree that seemingly insignificant plants are shown in their glory when caught and magnified by gifted photographers. All the better if an insect, perhaps unnoticed, happens to be in the shot.

  • Lynn Pepper

    Lynn Pepper said (12 Aug 2017):

    Well spoken Saroj! As photographers, we often miss these smaller scenes, but there is so much beauty that can be realized if we only stop to smell the wild flowers.

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain said (16 Aug 2017):

    thank you brenda steward and lynn pepper for your appreciations

  • Judith Hays

    Judith Hays   said (31 Aug 2017):

    Brilliant and vibrant photography. The article makes me want to grab my camera and head out into nature in search of small plants and insects.

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