Congratulations to our Top Pic of the Week, Austin Rapp! Using his Fujifilm XT-1 and Fujinon 35mm f2 WR he captured these nature shots.  

Snowy log on river - Lustrum

I began photography back in high school and like a lot of kids originally learned how to develop using a darkroom. My first camera was a Canon AE-1 which I still think is the ultimate beginner camera. I’ve been shooting seriously for about seven years but I focus on graphic design for professional work. Photography helps me stay creative and keeps the passion high.

At the moment I recently just switched to mirrorless from a full frame DSLR. Before I used a Canon 5D MkII and a lot of larger lenses but have since begun using a Fujifilm XT-1. I only have one lens right now which is the Fuji 35 f2 WR. I really want a wide angle for landscapes again but I’m trying to be wise with my money and save up for it. Even though I’m “stuck”  with one fixed focal length, it’s been an interesting and unique creative process to make compositions work and it’s forced me to get more creative with my shots.

Shells underwater - Cochlea

Simplify your shots, not everything needs to be a grand vista or a long exposure of a sunset. If you compose an image correctly and you have decent light, you can make a rock look pretty. It’s all about composition and framing.

Also, it’s said over and over but shoot in RAW, especially if you’re doing any landscape or outdoor work. Using a program like Lightroom will make or break the creative process to edit and highlight good nature photos.

These were all shot around local NPS units in Atlanta, we have a big river that runs through the city called the Chattahoochee and the National Park Service has multiple mini parks dotted around town.

Grassy reed - Schoenus

Like I said, you don’t have to go somewhere exotic to get good shots - just practice and get out constantly. Pay attention to light sources, lighting is the most important thing for good photos and so many people overlook it.

Thank you, Austin for allowing us to share these photos! 

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