Macro,  Nature,  Travel

Using Florida Nature Photography to Create Works of Art

I enjoy creating artwork using nature as my inspiration for the art.  I’ve used photographs of flowers, leaves, tree bark, weeds, and ice just to name a few.

Red Leaf Art

Red Leaf Art
Taken at Bailey Track of Ding Darling
Processed with Topaz Texture Effects

Normally my nature photography is occurs while hiking the woods and fields of the Midwestern United States.  However, I do love to travel and frequently travel to other areas for nature photography.

Recently on a trip to Florida, I decided to focus on the creation of nature art while hiking the trails in Southwest Florida.  Some of the parks and wildlife preserves I hiked while photographing these nature scenes were:

  • Tippecanoe Environmental Park in Port Charlotte
  • Sanibel Moorings Botanical Garden
  • Lovers Key State Park
  • The Bailey Tract of Ding Darling on Sanibel Island
Palm Leaf Art

Palm Leaf Art
Taken at Lovers Key State Park
Processed with Topaz Impression


I was also multitasking on these photo walks.  I carried my Canon 5d Mark iii with the Canon 100-400 Mark ii lens for bird and wildlife photograph.   I also had an Olympus OM-D E-M1 with an Olympus 60mm macro lens in my pocket for close up shots.

This was a nice combination of cameras and lenses to carry.  I used both the Canon with the telephoto lens and the Olympus with a macro lens to capture these artistic compositions.  I used a Black Rapid Camera Strap to carry the Canon 5d Mark III at my side and avoid neck strain.  This also made it easier to access and use the Olympus OM-D E-M1 for close up photographs.

Palm Tree Bark

Palm Tree Bark
Taken at Lovers Key State Park
Processed with Topaz Impression

I used a variety of tools to get inspiration and process the final art.  There are several Photoshop and Lightroom plugins that will help to give your photos an artistic look.  Here are a few of my favorites:

Written by Martin Belan

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