The Nature Photographer episode #19 on Wild & Exposed podcast
Full-time nature photographer Alyce Bender reveals her secret to better wildlife images and to traveling safely alone: be a better naturalist. Hear how observing animal behavior helps Alyce stay aware of her surroundings and anticipate a great action photo. Plus, find out how boredom in the field and a desire to make the best of an imperfect opportunity—like a pronghorn in harsh light—inspire Alyce’s most creative imagery. This expert car camper and military veteran has lived all over the world, including 10 months traveling the U.S. in an RV with her two dogs. Hear about some of her favorite locations, including where she went this summer—logging 12,000 miles in just 11 weeks!
One day back in late fall, 2013, I made the hour-long drive from my home at the base of Wyoming’s Beartooth Mountains to meet a friend for lunch at one of the few restaurants in the small farming community of Powell. The town is located in the middle of the Bighorn Basin, about a half-hour’s drive northeast of Cody and an hour and a half from Yellowstone National Park’s east entrance. Powell is also the home of Northwest College, a small two-year community college known, in part, for its excellent photography program, which is where my friend was teaching.
Summer is here, and a great time to get out and photograph. As you are capturing all that summer has to offer, I want to remind you of the impact that fundamental design principles can have on your photography.
Are you photographing a mountain or beach? Where you place your horizon line can help you to create depth and dimension in your photo and also help call attention to the hero in your photograph. Consider referencing design tools like the Golden Ratio, Rule of Thirds or the Fibonacci Spiral when setting up your composition.