Everyday Laurali Star

Life As a Solitary Green Witch!

Burrillville, RI, USA

A Simpler Place in Time: The Nostalgia of Capturing Wildlife on Camera

You might be surprised to know that many of my posts are inspired by nature photography.  I'll usually start with one picture and before I know it, I'm inspired to write an entire post.  While I do lightly plan some posts and have them waiting in the queue, most of my writing inspiration stems from wildlife photography!  With that being said, this post is inspired by a simpler place in time where the nostalgia of capturing wildlife on camera is at the heart of everything I do.

Most people wouldn't believe that nature is a lifestyle but it is.  I've made a living out of it!  Really, what I practice is kinfolk style, slow living in a tiny, seaside fishing village in Florida where I live.  I live my life as if it were a simpler place in time and much of my photography style hits the same notes.

My life is about as simple as one can get from my little apartment by sea to my fern trail hiking adventures.  I lead a quiet life where I spend a lot of time blogging and outdoors in nature with my camera.  I'm living the dream.  Well, sorta.  It could always be better, you know.

While sometimes I do wish I could live the nightlife, I've come to know who I am.  I'm a cheerful morning person who spends hours on her mind, body, and soul in the morning with a spiritual routine that includes letters to the universe, gratitude lists, morning affirmations, and an hour or more yoga session with vinyasa flow.  Sure, I wish sometimes I could be less routine and predictable, but I'm happy with where I'm at.

I'm the kind of woman that is best friends with her daughters.  Two of them live only a half-hour away and my oldest lives three hours away on the other coast.  When I see them, it comes together like magic.  We always plan for a photo shoot in nature.  It's become such a tradition that even when I'm not there, like right now, my kids carry the torch without me.  Too cute!

It just takes one great picture and I've got a story to tell.  Sometimes it's with my girls, sometimes it's without.  Nature continues to be the inspiration behind everything I do!
Blur Photography and Moody Summer Hues in Sunkissed Gold and Mint Green

A Simpler Place in Time: The Nostalgia of Capturing Wildlife on Camera

As you can see in the pic above, it is the same photograph with a different filter!  It still contains the essence of a simple living lifestyle where the bird's chirp and flowers dot the forest wildly.  It says to me that everything will be alright as long as you always remember who you are and where you came from.

The thing about nature is that it keeps you grounded in reality.  So, if you're living a simple kind of life then you won't get caught up in what the rest of the world is doing.  It's as if you have spiritual self-awareness but you are kept in a warm, protective bubble.  You get to pick and choose what you keep in that bubble.

The best way to capture wildlife photography is by being open to new experiences and being imaginative enough to go with the flow.  I'm a bit of a free spirit when I'm out in the hammock, bouncing from an adventure like a squirrel to a tree.  I kind of let nature lead the way.

To capture my minimalist life of slow living, I use the camera to capture my point-of-view in how I see the world.  Sometimes, I even feel like it captures the essence of my spirit!   Even though I'm a 42-year-old woman, I have a childlike side to me.  The side of me that turns into a kid when she discovers a waterfall or a new hiking trail or picnic spot.

The photograph that I took, no matter which filter I use, holds the secret ingredients to who I am.  I feel like if I'm made up of anything it's simple flowers that reflect my innocence and at times childlike nature.  It's funny, because, just like nature I still have that harsh nature, bittersweet.  I'm ferociously protective and like to be free to run wild.

Fun Project:  Have you ever taken a photograph of nature and instantly connected to it?  Give it a second look.  It might be worth looking into.  The wildlife photo you took might be holding up the mirror to your identity.  Look within.  If you don't have a photograph that resonates with you yet, go out and find one!

Tips for Capturing Botanicals on Camera + Blur Photography

While blur photography really deserves its own post, I'm going to try to go into it a little here.  Blur photography is where you focus on an object that is far away and zoom all the way in until the rest of the background is blurred.  This makes your focal point pop!

The key to capturing botanicals on camera is by trying your hand at blur photography, in order to make the wildflowers and herbs pop onto the screen with bright colors and sun-filtered dreams.  If it's a specific mood you are trying to create, you can also work with mood photography.

Mood photography often works in shadows and lighting in dark, whimsical places like woods and wonderlands.  Wherever there's a dark forest, there's a shadow light you can capture on camera.  Some people even create a combination of both mood lighting and blurred photographs.  This creates a mood that tells a story in your pictures.

Botanicals create a mood depending on the time of year it is.  It is captured by way of weather, mood, and season.  It can be festive and delightful or creepy and dark, depending on what you are going for.  Your goal, whether it be a field of red poppies or a mushroom growing in a dank, dark place, should be to capture the mood and a pop of color then texture and blur the background of the photograph.

One way you can do that is by getting a piece of your hair in the photograph or the bottom of your ruffled red dress.  The angle of a summer picnic basket filled with veggies and jams or the softness of your hand as you hold a dandelion.  Work within the magic of what you have!

What I've come to observe is that the forest changes on a daily basis. The mushrooms there today, might not be there tomorrow, so live in the moment!  The rain comes and changes the landscape to a dewy, raindrop filter while a rainbow arches over cloudy skies.  Things are taken down by the nature spirits and then put up again.  Nature is fickle and we've got to work within her changing moods.

The best way to practice wildlife photography is to take a simple nature walk and let your camera instincts bubble over.  Practice makes perfect, although I live for the flaws and imperfections that woodland photography brings.  What does your wildlife self-portrait say about you?  Tell me all about it in the comments!

Hi, I'm Laurali! I write about moon magic and seasonal shifts and all things faery. about me


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