Nate Hart has always loved photographing and especially nature and wild life – but like many – never dedicated his full time to it.
Tell us a little about yourself and your photography.
First I would like to say hello and thank you for sitting with me today. My name is Nate Hart and I’m from New Jersey. I’ve lived here most of my life. While doing mostly retail as a profession and going to college for marketing. Photography has always been a passion of mine, but not something I went to school for or trained to do.
Why did you start taking photos?
Photography was always an escape for me. A way to capture little moments I see everyday all around me. When I was younger, I would always have my old 35mm camera with me. Taking photos of everything that caught my eye. But as I got older and worried more about work, than this passion. I took less and less photos. And a few years ago, I started up again. And it was like riding a bike, picked right back up where I left off.
What is your secret when photographing landscape?
For me, I first just sit there and take in the moment. I look at everything around me. It can be the objects right in front of me, like houses or buildings. And it starts to develop right in front of me, all most like a painting. Then I see trees, wildlife, lakes or what have you. And you can start to see the flow of things. The wind might blow, which moves the trees in a certain direction. It’s like nature is telling me a story.
Your work with trees is really stunning. How do you catch the character of nature?
Honestly, trees are like many other objects and things we all see. But I relate them to people. They all have their own character. Meaning, some are young, some are old. Some can be very vibrant and some can be barely hanging on. So after inspecting the scene with the trees. I try to capture the tree or trees in the camera, as if the tree in the focus and everything else is a supporting cast.
What are some other photographic projects you enjoy working on?
I love doing black and white photography. It can be used in so many settings. There have been times where I just couldn’t capture what I was seeing with my own eyes. And once I did it in black and white, I got it. And lately I’ve been getting more into street photography. Which is more of an art of socializing than photography. It’s easy to take photos from a far of people. But taking the time to talk to people and get to know them a bit. And then try to tell a story of that person, through the lens is just awesome.
What kind of a camera and lenses do you primarily use and how do you select your equipment?
Well right now everything I do is digital. I’m using Canon EOS Rebel T5i and Canon SX30IS. I mostly use the Rebel for my landscape and nature shots. But when I’m doing street shooting or maybe less than desirable locations. I backpack the SX30IS and gear so I don’t have to worry about drawing too much attention. And it’s easier to pick and go as needed.
Can you name some tips for those who want to start taking landscape photos?
Well, just like in any type of photography. Shoot! Shoot! Shoot! Take lots of photos. While it’s easy to see the scene right in front of you, that doesn’t always mean you’ll capture it. And no sense only having a few photos of it. For me, this goes back to what I was talking about before. Take a minute without the camera. Look at it from different angles, once you find your spot. You’ll begin to use your method over and over again.
Thanks for the nice chat Nate – it’s been a pleasure.
And – if you want to check out more of Nate’s work – here is his site: