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The art of nature inspires great interaction - January 7, 2014

Beauty, inspiration, relaxation, dynamism. These are just a few words people use to describe the natural world — the animals, plants and landscapes that surround us everyday. Interest and interaction with nature has been a major part of human evolution. From our humble beginnings to our modern day tech-heavy lifestyle, humans have always been fascinated with the great outdoors and the organisms that live there. So it should come as no surprise that for centuries art focusing on the environment and nature has been prevalent in all societies throughout the world.

From carefully crafted haiku poems to Leonardo Da Vinci’s sketches of the everyday world, to Instagram photos of picturesque beaches and breathtaking mountains, humans have always tried to capture the beauty and majesty of the great outdoors and the myriad of emotions associated with nature. And now, more than ever before, there are more ways to capture the images, sounds and emotions we get from being outside and enjoying our natural world.

Ever since the advent of the smartphone, nature photography has easily become one of the fastest growing fields of interest for people throughout the world. Because cameras are now integrated with our phones and other wireless devices, we do not need to spend thousands of dollars on cameras and expensive equipment in order to take good quality photos of our natural world.

This accessibility to cameras and, almost as important, the social media sites that allow users from across the globe to instantly upload their photos and videos has created a huge boon in amateur photographers interested in nature photography.

Just as smartphones and tablets have reignited interest in nature photography for amateurs, photomicroscopy and digiscoping have reinvented nature photography for novices and professionals alike. Both photomicroscopy and digiscoping operate under the same broad principal but differ in key aspects. Both processes use at least one but sometimes a series of lenses, scopes and focii to optically zoom in on an object without sacrificing picture quality.

Photomicroscopy uses high-powered microscopes and lenses to capture beautiful photos of minuscule and microscopic objects, from a single drop of dew on a spider’s web to fluorescent-injected single cells. Digiscoping uses a similar principle in that it uses lenses and portable scopes to optically zoom in on an object some distance away while keeping the integrity of the original picture quality. Digiscoping is used heavily in bird photography, especially for birds in flight.

Photomicroscopy has been used for years by the educational and scientific communities. However it has become more prevalent as technology becomes cheaper and more and more people can afford the series of microscopes, lenses or cameras necessary for taking these amazing photos.

Apart from photomicroscopy and digiscoping, there are many specialized fields of natural art and photography that have also seen an increase in interest over the past decade. Underwater videos and photography have become much more popular as the accessibility of waterproof cameras has increased and the cameras have become cheaper, less bulky and more reliable.

Wildlife cameras allow photographers, scientists and wildlife enthusiasts to take images and videos of animals without having to use expensive lenses and scopes. These cameras are especially popular because they can take extremely candid photos of wildlife without the photographer startling or in any way changing the behavior of the wild animals.

Film making about nature and the environment has seen a huge boom in interest over the past decade with hits like “Blue Planet,” “Planet Earth” and other popular TV shows focusing on nothing other than our natural history. These nature documentaries show people the almost surreal beauty of nature and our world, taking us to places we could never normally go like hydrothermal vents on the ocean floor or the side of a sheer cliff high up in the Himalayas.

As technology advances, the communities of individuals and groups interested in outdoor and environmental art have become larger and larger. The network of interested individuals for nature photography and film has grown immensely because of the numerous websites that allow photo, video and multimedia sharing. Instagram, Flickr, YouTube and other media uploading websites have created a large market for nature photographers to show off their works and see what other people are doing in the field.

These photo sharing websites promote not only professionals but amateurs as well, and creates a place online for people to interact, share stories and tips and become further engaged in the already active natural and outdoor art community. Social media and media sharing websites are great places for professional and amateur photographers to network, expand their brand, and possibly even make some money selling their prints, photos and other items.

Over the past decade, art, photos and films focusing on our natural world have become more and more prevalant in our everyday lives. From screen savers on our computers, to backgrounds on our smartphones, to vacation photos sent from family and friends, we are almost constantly in connection with natural art. Our innate love of nature, the amazing diversity of our natural world and the advent of new technologies have created the opportunity for us to stay connected to each other and nature with the click of a button or a tap on a screen.

 

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