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Nikon® D7000™ by J. Dennis Thomas

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CHAPTER 10

Landscape and Nature Photography

Landscape and nature photography is done outdoors and is simple and accessible. Any local park or nature preserve is filled with birds, plants, flowers, rock formations — almost any type of flora and fauna you can imagine. To take landscape and nature shots, you don't necessarily need a lot of specialized lenses or lighting equipment; almost any lens will do and the sun provides the light.

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You can use photography to capture images of places you've visited. Exposure: ISO 200, f/5.6, 1/125 second using a Nikon 10.5mm f/2.8 fisheye lens.

Landscape

Landscape photography simply shows a specific scene as it exists within nature. Generally people and animals are excluded from the pictures so the emphasis is on the properties of the land.

You can take a landscape photograph in any type of environment — deserts, mountains, lakes, forests, skylines, or just about any terrain. One very interesting aspect of landscapes is that if you return to the same spot even as soon as a couple of hours after the first time, the scene will look different according to the position of the sun and the quality of the light. You can also return to the same scene months later and find it completely different due to the change in seasons.

There are three distinct styles of landscape photography:

  • Representational. This is a straight approach — “what you see is what you ...

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