Photographing Natural Cycles


I recently viewed a photographic exhibit of “Life in 1/60th of a Second”. This title reflects how we typically shoot. We capture an image of a subject in time, freezing it forever. But life doesn’t stand still and one of the beautiful aspects of nature is that it traverses endless cycles such as one rotation of the earth on its axis – a day, or a revolution around the sun – a year and birth through death through rebirth. Capturing these cycles requires both time and patience. We cannot rush them.

The following set of images are of an Amaryllis that I shot during states of its life for one of my projects. By focusing on this flowering plant over the month long course of the shoot I became intimately familiar with my subject in a way that would not have been possible had I taken one photograph at some stage in its development and walked away.

My wish is that this post encourages you to think and shoot in terms of natural cycles.

The Lifecycle Images

Here are samples from the shoot.

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This entry was published on September 17, 2016 at 6:23 PM. It’s filed under Photography Tips and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

3 thoughts on “Photographing Natural Cycles

  1. Cool…….

  2. wrdprsljc on said:

    Wow! Such clarity and detail. Well done. Makes me want to grow an amaryllis.


  3. These are very beautifully done, very rich. It’s great to do that type of project –

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