Edge of The Woods – Nature and Wildlife Photography

art photography, art shows, photography, photography tips

If you love nature, landscape and/or wildlife photography, then this guest photographer feature will catch your eye.

Portrait
Bernadette Chiaramonte-Brown edited by her daughter

I met Bernadette Chiaramonte-Brown, this past December when we were participating in The Crary Art Gallery’s, first PA Wilds Invitational Show.  I was amazed by the rich textures and colors in her photography and started to follow her on her Facebook page, Edge of The Woods Photography, where almost  daily she has something new and beautiful to share. I am in awe of her wildlife photography, I would love to watch her shoot some day. But for now, she will share some tips at the end.

And YOUR challenge for National Photography Month will also be at the end.

Bernadette’s photography life in her own words:

“Waking up in the morning with excitement for the day….how many can relate?

The Edge of The Woods Photography

That sun that has been hiding all night is now just calling my name! All of life seems to feel the same way at sunrise! Birds, flowers, insects, bees, frogs, dragonflies….are all waking up also!

As I jump into my car all equipped with my camera gear, I proceed to take on the early morning world!

Quietly and slowly I start hiking through the woods, towards the streams, search the trees…the skies….all in search of the best surprises of the day!

The Edge of The Woods Photography
Black Bear

Being retired I am so excited to share the beauty and excitement around us.  I know people are usually so busy and just making a life!

Working as a Critical Care Nurse on the night shift for many years has given me an appreciation for doing what you love, NOW,  before a life changing event turns your world upside down!

Anyway, I have a tendency to perhaps see beauty that others overlook! I see every photo as a blank canvas.  Composure is the most important component for me personally. Every photo must tell a complete story in a very short glimpse! With the digital age, everyone has the opportunity to document what they feel is important without worrying about the cost!

I personally have a tendency to shoot many photos at different exposures not only to get it right but a good scene is like a great dessert! You just don’t want to stop enjoying it! When I finally return to my art studio, I delete, delete, delete…only leaving the best!

The ability to lift someone’s spirit or evoke a favorable emotion from my photos is my goal and the reason I use photography as my medium! It is an immediate gratification! I also oil paint but find it difficult to sit for hours/days to complete my canvas. Being a self-taught photographer has afforded me a blank slate to experiment, break the rules and learn in the field.

I also would like you to see the photo that “started it all”! People told me they loved this photo and the rest is history as they say!”

 

Bernadette Chiaramonte-Brown Photographer
Sunflowers and Church

 

 

The photograph that she is most proud of is this one, which I was lucky enough to see in person at The Crary Art Gallery when we were in a PA Wilds Invitational show together.

“I spotted the Amish Loggers working and drove by about 3 times before I got the courage to ask to take this photo. They were very accommodating as long as I didn’t get them in the photo! It has won many contests and has even been made into a puzzle. Right place…right time!!! ”

by Bernadette Chiaramonte
Amish Logging Horses by: Bernadette Chiaramonte

What is on your photography bucket list? “My bucket list includes Alaska, Yosemite Park and Glacier Park. I would love to visit and photograph all the National Parks because of their extensive history and the wildlife they have.”

BEST TIP: “start early out in the morning. Be quiet and patient. Carry the least amount of equipment….”

Favorite Lens:  Tamron 150mm-600mm

Camera: Nikon d800E

FOLLOW HER HERE:

The Wilds Cooperative of Pennsylvania

The Edge of The Woods Photography

Edge of the Woods… online gallery to shop

NOW YOUR CHALLENGE: Find your favorite nature or wildlife photography piece that YOU have taken OR a nature or wildlife photograph that you would like some pointers on and share it on the facebook thread