I wanted to pass on a website that I got directed to from another blog, Nature and Photography. Rob Sheppard’s post is called Context or No Context.
I also vote for having context in wildlife and landscape photos because it says much more about the habitat of the subject. I have shown how easily context can be misconstrued just by an angle of view in the post Capture the Context.
From that post,” Any design has the element of context and story, sometimes in opposition of, other times in concert with and other times in deference to. Context gives a sense of time, place or even social norms in photography.” I also showed pictorially with the common sight of Niagara Falls, how I can skew perception of place and environment.
But there is two sides to every coin.
To isolate a subject from its environment can place emphasis and focus the viewer directly to the subject. I did not take the “no context” approach in my post on context.
The site doing this beautifully is Meet Your Neighbours. They take an inspirational look at nature photography where the goal is to raise awareness of animals and plants around the world through the uniformity of the photographs. Thirty photographers have contributed to the site sharing the stories of their images and the process used to create the art.
There is a particular way to photograph the subject, using studio lighting techniques and placing the subject against a white background for consistency of images. My images were masked out and isolate the birds from their background through Photoshop.
Their photography process is very precise and would be difficult working with birds. I really loved how they took the creature out of context and made it of utmost importance. You will see jaw dropping images at Meet Your Neighbours.
Each image is a work of art. I especially like the colorful flowers, photographed similar to botanical prints.
The beautiful macros would make art worthy of a gallery showing. I hope you take a look at this simple and clean presentation.
Also, read Rob’s post because he explains the use of context in nature and why it is important. The world is more than macro, and as beautiful as shallow depth of field photos are, it says much more about the animals and flowers if you see them in context. It is also why I often stress a wide shot of home gardens.
Up next, a post that was inspired by this post. It questions blogging with value and why there is so little of it. I have had time think as I am recuperating from surgery.