Nature photography for city dwellers - yes, you can!
There has been much debate amongst dpreview users about an issue that is relevant to most of us: whether or not you need to live in a stunning environment to take decent nature photos. I have read many comments to the tune of "OK, it's easy for you because this fantastic coastline is right at your back door." Let me make some arguments against that claim and illustrate my point with some of my photos. (I'm not saying those are the greatest nature photos, but I do think they help make my point.)
I am a hobby photographer living in Budapest, the capital of Hungary. I'm not very interested in taking pictures of the admittedly nice architecture of the city; I'm more of a landscape and macro guy. I have a freelance job and a family to support, so the time and budget that I can allocate to my hobby are limited. While I have driven my car extensively across Hungary in search of photo locations, nowadays I prefer to stay within a 60-km radius of my home.
Finding an interesting or beautiful nature photo opportunity around or even inside a city does require a car and some time for discovery, but I think that a person who can afford a DSLR and a few less expensive lenses is likely to have the means to own and use a car.
Local online photo communities and Google Maps can be extremely helpful in identifying photo opportunities.
I took most of the following photos within 30 km of my home, and it's only for the last that I drove two hours (to escape from light pollution - see below).
If you like these shots, feel free to browse my shamefully unsorted online gallery at:
At the location of the photo above, I have also shot more than 900 pictures for a simple one-minute time-lapse movie. Just another idea for you. Watch it in 720p HD on vimeo.com.
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