Have you ever thought about the verse in Genesis, “Out of the ground made the Lord God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight . . .” As a landscape photographer keeping an eye out for the intricate beauty around me, verses like this intrigue me and challenge me to look at the bigger picture, to think about what God likes and says is beautiful. Here’s an article Does God Care About Beauty? that I read today and thought I’d pass along giving some insight into God’s perspective on natural beauty.
I took this picture last April on a walk through the woods on my way to work one morning. I was in the mood for finding the indicate wonders so characteristic and appreciated of spring weather.
What drew me to this particular twig of growth was that it was standing out against a solid background, a field of fresh green grass just on the edge of the woods. I purposely made sure there was no sky in the background because, being the brightest element in the picture, I knew it would draw the eye away from my subject.
Secondly, I liked the natural vignette in the background on the right created by some distant foliage in shadow, a frame being completed by the foreground leaves on the left.
It’s easy to forget composition when there are so many fun, little intricacies to photograph around us, but keeping composition tools in mind for even the smallest things will help your nature shots catch the viewer’s eye and make them as beautiful and intriguing as your landscapes.