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Nature and Landscape Photography

Book Description

What happens when you bring two of your passions together? Magic, of course. Photography offers a perfect outlet for creativity and emotions. Nature provides peace, serenity, and a wellspring of energy. To combine both—to photograph nature—is a unique and fulfilling experience.

In this book, renowned Swedish nature photographer Martin Borg shares his experience and insight along with 71 of his beautiful images that illustrate each point. He offers helpful advice for beginning to intermediate photographers, ranging from technical tips, to aesthetics, to philosophical thoughts on the essence of being a nature photographer.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Contents
  5. Foreword
    1. The Foundation
    2. The Equipment
    3. Digital Polishing
    4. Keep the Joy Alive
  6. CHAPTER 1: THOUGHTFUL PHOTOGRAPHY
    1. 1 Up and at ’Em
    2. 2 Searching for Harmony
    3. 3 Recognizing the Right Opportunities
    4. 4 Less is More
    5. 5 Don’t Forget About People
    6. 6 Beginning at Your Front Door
    7. 7 Discovering New Environs
    8. 8 Keeping an Eye on the Weather
    9. 9 Make It Fun
    10. 10 After the Sun Goes Down
  7. CHAPTER 2: FINDING THE RHYTHM
    1. 11 The Right Flow
    2. 12 Paying Attention to Balance
    3. 13 Playing with Shapes
    4. 14 The Golden Ratio
    5. 15 Framing the Subject
    6. 16 Considering the Corners
    7. 17 Employing the Edges
    8. 18 Discovering the Primary Lines
    9. 19 Taking the Viewer by the Hand
  8. CHAPTER 3: CAPTURING LIGHT
    1. 20 The Blue Hour
    2. 21 Exploiting Backlight
    3. 22 Basking in Grazing Light
    4. 23 Bad Weather is Good Weather
    5. 24 Keep Your Finger on the Trigger
    6. 25 Isolated Light
    7. 26 Polarizing Filters at Night
    8. 27 Collecting Light
  9. CHAPTER 4: LANDSCAPES
    1. 28 The All-Important Depth of Field
    2. 29 Elevated Vantage Points
    3. 30 Wide-Angle Photography
    4. 31 Condensing with a Telephoto Lens
    5. 32 Intimate Landscapes
    6. 33 Adding Ambiance with Clouds
    7. 34 Norway’s Secrets
    8. 35 The Utility of Maps
    9. 36 Bringing Order to the Chaos
    10. 37 The Changing Seasons
  10. CHAPTER 5: THE DETAILS OF NATURE
    1. 38 The More the Merrier
    2. 39 Soft-Focus Effect and Blur
    3. 40 Isolating the Subject
    4. 41 The Charm of Close-ups
    5. 42 Making the Ugly Look Beautiful
    6. 43 Natural Wallpaper
    7. 44 Painted Pictures
    8. 45 Searching for Groups
  11. CHAPTER 6: WATER
    1. 46 There’s No Need to Fear a Storm
    2. 47 Playing with Reflections
    3. 48 Ice Is Water Too
    4. 49 Freezing the Moment
    5. 50 Portraying Water’s Flow
    6. 51 Staging Reflections
    7. 52 Lakes as Mirrors
    8. 53 Capturing the Dramatic
  12. CHAPTER 7: UNLEASH YOUR CREATIVITY
    1. 54 Creating Illusions
    2. 55 Multiple Exposure
    3. 56 Painting with a Flashlight
    4. 57 Shake, Please!
    5. 58 Breathing on the Lens
    6. 59 Nature’s Assistance
    7. 60 Challenging the Rules
    8. 61 Depicting Subtle Landscapes
    9. 62 Finding Your Own Style
  13. CHAPTER 8: TAKING THE NEXT STEPS
    1. 63 Ugly But Interesting
    2. 64 Between Fantasy and Reality
    3. 65 Revealing Nature’s Strength
    4. 66 Mystical Nature
    5. 67 Follow Your Instincts
    6. 68 Telling Stories
    7. 69 Becoming a Surrealist
    8. 70 Crossing Borders
    9. 71 Threatened Nature
  14. Epilogue
  15. Index
  16. Footnote