5 TIPS ON PHOTOGRAPHING ABSTRACT SUBJECTS IN NATURE

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The abstract qualities of a nature photograph can fall across a wide spectrum, from subtle abstract qualities where the literal subjects are still quite clear to the viewer to a fully abstract rendition of a natural subject in which the viewer has to deeply consider what they are seeing and in some cases may be unable to identify the subject at hand. When creating my own photographs, I seek opportunities across this spectrum. For example, cactus plants are clearly the subject of one photograph in this post. In this case, the abstract qualities come from the repeating patterns in the plants, the green lines throughout, and how light hits the scene. The scale is pretty clear since the subject is familiar. Some of the other examples in this post are more abstract. The subject matter is harder to discern. With no obvious sense of scale, it is hard to tell if the subject is very small or very large.

Caption: While the subject of this photo is somewhat clear (a close-up of an organ pipe cactus), it has some abstract qualities and the scale is difficult to discern (this subject is quite small – maybe three inches across). Looking beyond the literal subject (the cactus) to qualities like radiating lines, shapes, and repetition is essential when learning to see abstract qualities in nature.

 Caption: While the subject of this photo is somewhat clear (a close-up of an organ pipe cactus), it has some abstract qualities and the scale is difficult to discern (this subject is quite small - maybe three inches across). Looking beyond the literal subject (the cactus) to qualities like radiating lines, shapes, and repetition is essential when learning to see abstract qualities in nature.

Caption: While the subject of this photo is somewhat clear (a close-up of an organ pipe cactus), it has some abstract qualities and the scale is difficult to discern (this subject is quite small Рmaybe three inches across). Looking beyond the literal subject (the cactus) to qualities like radiating lines, shapes, and repetition is essential when learning to see abstract qualities in nature.

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