Meyers property, Battle River, Alberta (Photo by NCC)

Meyers property, Battle River, Alberta (Photo by NCC)

Through the lens with Daniel Greenways

Photographing nature (CC0 Public Domain)

Photographing nature (CC0 Public Domain)

According to Edmonton nature photographer Daniel Greenways, when you explore nature with a camera, you never know what you will capture.

Daniel often explores his favourite natural areas, looking for subjects. “It’s a hobby of mine, and it’s something I do a fair amount of,” he said.

After many of his images just sat on hard drives for years, Daniel decided it was time to publish some of them, so he created a calendar of his best wildlife captures.

Daniel felt it was time to give back to nature by donating all proceeds from the sale of his calendars to the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC).

“I wanted to support the wildlife I had been photographing,” he said.

Daniel chose NCC because he wanted to help protect places where he can go to follow his passion. “I want to give back to the animals and environments that I have been photographing for all these years.”

Spending time in nature is great for well-being, especially when there is something to focus on, said Daniel. “I find it very relaxing to be in nature; it’s a very important thing,” he said. “But sometimes it’s even more fulfilling to be in nature with a purpose — with a job I’m trying to do.”

Large-format camera lens (Photo by Wikimedia Commons, Image Gallery of the Agricultural Research Service (U.S. Department of Agriculture))

Large-format camera lens (Photo by Wikimedia Commons, Image Gallery of the Agricultural Research Service (U.S. Department of Agriculture))

Photographer to naturalist

Photography is a great way to learn about nature, including both species identification and natural history.

“It was only when I started photographing wildlife that I started identifying them and started to appreciate the diversity of life that there is in an area, or in Alberta,” said Daniel.

He recommends people grab their cameras, take some pictures, then grab a field guide or search online to identify what they captured.

Daniel’s nature photography tips

Finding species and capturing them with a camera can be tricky. But with these tips from Daniel, you will have a good chance at capturing something interesting:

  • Keep an open mind; you never know what you will encounter.
  • Focus on your senses.
  • Go outside the city.
  • Find where the locals go to spend time in nature.
  • Be patient.

Visit connect2nature.ca to find NCC natural areas to explore and practise your nature photography.

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