Photographing Rainforests


Last week when I was in Apollo Bay we went to a couple of different rainforests, and, of course, took photos of them.  I have never really tried to photograph them before, and I have to admit, my first thought was, “how hard can it be”.  Well, as it turned out very hard.

As I went through all the images that I had taken I realised that the sun did ruin many images. The forest is too dark and the sun too bright and just not a great combination.  I should have had my tripod with me, and I should have done lots of different exposures, which I think if I were to go back, that is what I would do.

After going through lots of photos and trying to find one suitable to use for Monochrome Madness this week on my other blog, I found this one.


I do really like the way the light is coming through the trees onto the fern, the light then becomes the focus, rather than taking the focus away from something else.

I would like to get better at photographing rainforests, but I think I would need to go on overcast days, or very early in the morning before the sun comes up, which is doable, I like early mornings.  There is a rainforest about an hour from where I live, so I think I will have to investigate it some more, and see what I can get.  Might even be interesting to do when it is raining, though maybe straight after it had rained.

I did do another image, that I had to crop a lot and then made it black and white as well.


I don’t know if it is as powerful, but it really has me longing for a macro lens.  It was difficult to get with the lens I had.

I like both, but I think the first is the one I keep going back to.  What do you think?

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