Photography communicating with nature
even during “the drabbest fall ever,” there are plenty of opportunities for shutterbugs to preserve memories with their cameras.
“the colours are not particularly vibrant,” Paul chivers explained to a group of camera enthusiasts saturday at the Laurier Woods trails at an interpretive hike focusing on nature photography for the novice.
chivers, who has been a nature photographer for almost 40 years, told the small group that despite dismal conditions saturday morning, it’s still possible to find some breathtaking shots.
you just have to make allowances for the conditions.
there was heavy overcast, he explained, so the emphasis in those conditions is to avoid the sky and “concentrate on the details.
“Isolate little pieces of the forest,” he said, anything from individual leaves to bark, the patterns that present themselves among the tree trunks or on the boardwalks.
chivers says more people are turning to photography as they become more aware and concerned about the environment.
“Photography allows people a creative outlet, and a lot of people, nature photographers, find in it a way to communicate with nature.”
Photography, he says, “helps explain the connections between people and nature. I look at it as a journey in discovery. It opens your eyes to things you might not otherwise notice.”
Photography, he said, is highly individual.
“today, we might all stand in front of the same scene, and we will all come back with a dozen different pictures. I think that individual interpretation, that opportunity for individual interpretation, is what attracts people.”
the advent of digital photography has also had a profound effect on photo enthusiasts, he said.
“you look at the back of the camera and right away you can see what you have captured. you can get immediate feedback, and that allows a photographer to grow quicker. It allows the skill level to advance quicker.”
a photographer now, he said, can see what they have done right – or wrong – immediately and modify their approaches, instead of waiting a week for their exposed film and prints.
It has also prevented a lot of “dashed hopes” for what was sometimes a once-in-a-lifetime shot that didn’t quite work out.
“those kinds of things are now avoidable,” he said.
this fall, chivers said, has been a disappointment colour-wise. the normally bright reds and yellows of the changing leaves have been absent, while there are a lot more browns in the leaves.
the session was one of a number of interpretive hikes offered by the Friends of Laurier Woods through the summer and autumn.
there is no charge for the interpretive hikes, and participants are reminded to wear appropriate footwear.
Photographer Paul Chivers takes aim at Laurier Woods, Saturday.