My photography life -dreaming big
First and foremost, thanks Lara for giving me the chance to guest post on your blog and talk about my photography life.
Hello everyone, my name is Anas Shami. I am from Pakistan and I am a nature enthusiast.
In addition to that, I am also an amateur photographer. By combining these two interests of mine, I have been capturing nature as a hobby for a while now. I aspire to be a great photographer whose work will be one day adored by the masses. I consider it my obligation to photograph natural beauties, show them to people and make everybody love them.
Below is a collection of some of my best pictures.
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About me – a passion being passed on
My enthusiasm for photography is, essentially, genetic, my father has always loved photography, that I remember. When he started to take pictures, he owned a mere Nikon F401. He used to take pictures of us as toddling siblings.
Even now the pictures I am going to post are either taken by me or my father, some even required both of our efforts.
Growing up watching these photos developed my interest in photography. I bought my first pocket-camera with my own savings when I was around 15. I used to take pictures of different objects with my friends. They were mostly natural wonders.
A few years back, my father bought another camera ( a Canon SX520HS). It had 42x zoom and I found it so fascinating that I would maximize its zoom in order to take pictures of the tiniest objects that I could find. This is actually when I started to love macro photography! However, to focus at such magnification was extremely difficult. So, we decided to start using actual macro filters and macro lenses.
The reason why macro photography is so enthralling to me is that when I scrutinize an object – and get to see the details that are not visible to the naked eye – its nature takes a backseat in my mind. It does not matter if it is big or small, scary or delightful, pretty or ugly. The beauty a magnified object carries is totally incomprehensible and completely mind-blowing. The feeling is similar to that of being the first to make a discovery, unknown to the world.
Photography and Nature – use your mind
Taking good, interesting pictures does not only depend on the kind of equipment you have, it is also about how far your imagination can go.
Equipment helps a lot, but I believe one should know what they want to achieve before actually going for it.
Every photographer has a different way of taking pictures and everyone has a different vision and a different perspective.
Among these photographers, some love sceneries, some love wildlife, some enjoy their time in the limelight and love doing fashion and wedding photography. I – on the other hand – love capturing natural beauties and their macro details. Just to give you an idea of the marvels of nature that we are unaware of, most of the pictures that I have taken so far are from less than a quarter mile radius from where I live. It is amazing how one can capture thousands of different photos in their surroundings. All I have to do is waiting for different seasons to come, the weather to change, different plants to grow, and different insects to visit my courtyard.
Be one with Nature – ease your mind
As a Muslim I solemnly believe that nothing we humans produce can compare with the beauty of the nature. Nature is not something just to gaze at like mindless cattle. It is something to feel, to smell, to taste, to touch and to breath. Viewing natural beauties not only soothes one’s spirit, but also it improves one’s mental health.
Once a person starts interacting with nature and goes into tiny details, they start to see the hidden beauty present in every living being be it a plant, an animal or an insect.
The more one scrutinizes it, the more beautiful it becomes and this is, in short, the splendor of Nature Mother.
My love for photography has strengthened my bond with nature and made me a better human being.
Thanks again for this opportunity Lara, it has been both a pleasure and an honour to write a post for your blog. Hopefully your readers will enjoy it.
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