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.
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
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.
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