How I Got This Shot – Over & Under

I thought it was worth getting back to this blog series. I started it last year and I just didn’t get round to doing too much with it. So here it is again, full of promise that I’ll do more with it from now on…

The answer to this “How I Got This Shot” is very, very simple.

Experimenting.

Experimenting is key to advancing in photography. Yes, you can learn a lot about settings and gear but getting out there and giving it a try is really the only way you’ll improve.

So on our adventure in Japan, I knew I wanted to experiment with a few ideas when we got to Zamami Island in Okinawa.

I honestly took hundreds of photos of the water. Partly because it was outstandingly beautiful but also because I wanted to capture different images than the ones I usually do. And that took time and many, many clicks.

I played with shutter speed, angle, depth of field, where the light was and searched for different colours and textures to capture that told the story I was hoping to share.

This is just one of the images I captured that I felt happy with in the end. The shot was taken on the GoPro so I had little control over the actual settings. And I found that quite refreshing. I played more with angle and composition to get the image I wanted.

I was aiming for a peek into two worlds. Something a little abstract but still shows the beauty of this wonderful place.

Over & Under, Zamami Island

What do you think? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments. x

Highlights from Our Honeymoon

As many of you know, the Mr and I went off on another adventure last month for our honeymoon.

Japan was the destination and we did a tour via bullet train of so many amazing sights.  I’ll blog more in detail soon but here are a few highlights for you.

Japanese Macaque, Nagano

Inari Gates, Kyoto

Bamboo Grove, Kyoto

Coral Reef, Zamami Island

Over & Under, Zamami Island

Clear Waters, Zamami Island

Young Sitka Deer, Nara

Wild Woods

Into the Woods

Into the Woods

I love being in the forest. Being among the trees is instantly calming and I can feel the city-fueled tension lift from my shoulders. I always take a moment to enjoy the lush air, absorb the rich colours, and tune out the distractions that plague me when I’m caught in the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

I notice more. The smells: pine, earth, grass, flowers.  The sounds: swishing trees, cracking branches, rustling bushes. The movement: falling leaves, twinkling light, twitching grass.  A cracking twig or a movement caught in my peripheral vision brings the hope that I’m nearing an encounter with wildlife.

Knapdale in the Golden Hour

Knapdale in the Golden Hour

In the past few years though, I’ve really started to treasure the forests themselves. I’ve always appreciated them, but now I look forward to capturing the trees and finding different ways to share them, hopefully inspiring others to see their beauty.

Mystical Mammoth

Mystical Mammoth

Intentional Camera Movement (ICM) is a technique that I’ve come to love. Especially when photographing landscapes with trees. It feels more like painting with light ink and my paintbrush camera.

Paint the Forest

Wild Woods

Wild Woods

Glass spheres or “crystal balls” are also fun to experiment with but they take a little practice to get the shot I’m looking for.

Little Piece of Bavaria

Little Piece of Bavaria

I will continue to spend much needed time in forests and nature, hopefully finding ways to engage people to care for these essential places with images that capture their beauty.