Photographing Sustainable Vegetable Garden Systems

Before I go over the photography gear you should know about, I want to share with you our new passion for Sustainable Food production that we enjoyed photographing, but came to realize the importance this has for the future of our planet. Last October, my wife and I decided that it was time we would use our photography to bring a light on the efforts of what many resourceful gardeners are doing to help excalate sustainibilty to food production. Aquaponics and it's older cousin Hydroponics, are systems that use no soil, minimize water usage, grow faster and healthier vegatables, and in some cases even produce their own nutrients.

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Aquapoinic systems even produce a secondary food from raising and harvesting edible fish. The more popular edible fish are Tilapia,  Crappie, Trout and Silver Perch, but there are many more that growers use in their Aquaponics Systems.

The fish are also a part of a symbiotic relationship with the rest of the system. They excrete solid wastes that ultimately are converted to nutrients that the plants need to thrive. The water that is pumped to the plant grow beds, returns to the fish tank(s) cleansed by the natural biofilter created from bacteria in the grow media.

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Basic Gear Every Landscape Photographer Should Have

Landscape photographs are one of the hardest to shoot. Unlike when the subject is human, landscapes aren’t able to project life on their own. It is the photographer’s job to capture a shot that will evoke whatever feeling they are aiming to get out of their audience and make them feel like they are actually seeing the landscape in person. The most challenging part is the fact that landscape photographers rely almost entirely on their camera and skill to be able to capture a particular scene perfectly.

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Although landscape photographers don’t go lugging around a suitcase full of lighting equipment, a few essentials are still required when they go on shoots. Here is a list of basic things I think every landscape photographer should have:

1. Camera

Of course, this is just self-explanatory. After all, how do you expect to capture a photograph if you don’t have a camera at hand? But what I’m talking about is having the right camera for landscape photography and not a digicam. The best camera for landscape photography is one that has an Aperture Priority feature.

Aperture Priority is a feature that allows a photographer to take a clear shot of everything from a leaf down to the ground. Ever seen a professional photograph of an eagle taking a fish out the water and you see that even the tiniest bead of water in the splash was captured in the shot? That’s what I’m talking about. You will never be able to capture something like that with a camera that does not have an Aperture Priority feature.

2. Lenses

The most important type of lens for landscape photographers is a wide angle lens. If you are thinking of what type of white angle lens to get, I highly recommend one that has a minimum focal length of 12mm for APS-C camera bodies and 18mm for full-frame cameras. Don’t worry if you’re on a tight budget, you don’t need a fast lens. My recommendations will be enough for you to be able to take stunning landscape photographs.

3. Tripod

It is very rare for landscape photographers to be holding their cameras in their hands when they take their shots. After all, their subjects aren’t moving objects that they need to follow around for a good shot. They find a spot that will allow them to capture a wide view of the landscape, set up their tripods, and manipulate the settings on their camera before they mount it.

The reason they do this is because most landscape photos are taken under high ISO settings. This means it takes a lighter longer for the camera to focus before it captures much like how it is when you take a photo using the Night Mode in your camera phone. A mounting a camera on a tripod before the shot is taken ensures that the details in the photo will come out crisp and sharp despite low lighting conditions.

Aside from these three things, the most important thing you will have to take with you when you take photographs of landscapes is your skills. Having the best camera, an expensive lens, and a tripod will mean nothing if you don’t have an eye for composition, this means you have the instinct to tell when the scene and lighting will come together for a breathtaking photograph.

 

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