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I’m Jim Feldkamp, nature lover and photographer. Ever since my first adventure in the great outdoors with my friends, I’ve been hooked. I spend a lot of time in the city, which is why I cherish every minute I have in nature preserves and hiking trails and camp sites. The change of scenery recharges my batteries and keeps my heart and soul at peace. If only I had the chance, I’d make the transition to a more nature-inspired life and live in the mountains. But as it stands, I’ll need to save up for it first.
Going back to what I said about my first adventure in the great outdoors, I remember how much help my friends were. Being veteran nature photographers, I discovered then and there all the essential equipment I had to bring. Some new photographers don’t bring enough gear. I on the other hand, brought too much, and I ended up having to haul them up and down hiking trails.
So, for all of you who are new at the game, here are the essential must-brings.
The best bag you can afford
A good camera bag is a great investment for so many reasons, the most important of which is protection. Make sure the bag is water-resistant since you’ll be going up against the elements, and big enough for your camera as well as the accessories.
Water bottle (or thermos)
The water bottle is one of the most overlooked pieces of equipment in any adventure in the great outdoors. Not only does it store much-needed nourishment (which is especially important if you’ll be hiking in desert areas), it also eliminates the need for plastic bottles which are harmful to the environment.
GPS (or a smartphone)
While you may argue that you’re out there to get away from technology, you won’t need to bring out your smartphone with a GPS tracker unless you truly need it. And believe me, it’s much better for you to have it in your bag when you don’t need it, than not have it when you do.
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My name is Jim Feldkamp and I spend a lot of time in nature, taking pictures and admiring what the world has to offer. People have to understand the abundance of natural beauty in the world. You could spend your entire life traversing the planet […]
I’m Jim Feldkamp and I’ve been on enough nature shoots to know that as beautiful as the world is, it still possesses some inherent dangers. Maybe it was the excitement of the adventure ahead, but many of the people I know who’ve had accidents […]
I’m Jim Feldkamp. I’m very passionate about hiking and taking photographs, and I’m in love with our natural world. I believe that what we have today needs to be preserved for future generations. It is our responsibility to leave the world as beautiful as it is to our children and their children.
Last year, my friends and I visited a nature preserve in Asia and sad to say we all left very disappointed – not because the place wasn’t beautiful. It was. What disappointed us was that so many irresponsible tourists and visitors were oblivious to the rules of the area.
We arrived in the morning and hiked over three small mountains that took us the entire day. We camped for a night, and headed back to where we started. On the way back, we saw so much trash left along the trails. We tried to pick up as much as we could with the time we had but there was just too much. It got me thinking of all the rules and regulations people need to follow while visiting nature preserves all around the world.
First of all, always bring a trash bag. Odds are there won’t be any trash bins on the trail. There might be in camp sites. So, bring your trash with you. Don’t leave any plastic bottles of mineral water or food wrappers lying around. Not only do they look horrible and make the place unappealing, the wildlife may also be attracted to it and God knows that it can be harmful to the creatures as well as the ecosystem.
Speaking of creatures, don’t bring pets. There are animals in nature preserves that may be disturbed with the introduction of domesticated dogs and cats. It also goes without saying that local wildlife may also be harmful to the pets themselves.
As the saying goes, take care of nature and it’ll take care of you.
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3 Reasons to Visit Acadia National Park by Jim Feldkamp
As many of you know by now, Jim Feldkamp is passionate about nature photography. Growing up, he spent his summers visiting national parks in the East Coast with his family. The very first national park he visited with his parents was Acadia National Park. It’s his favorite park on the East Coast, and often, he’d ask his dad to go with him for unscheduled visits. If you’re into nature photography, this park has everything you could ever want. It’s the perfect place to hone your skills!
Below Jim Feldkamp shares his reasons for visiting Acadia:
The Atlantic coastline
Picture this: turquoise water against an azure sky streaked with hues of yellow and orange. Perfect sunset shot. Sunset shots are probably the most popular nature shots ever, says Jim Feldkamp, so your take on this should be unique if you want your photos to elicit powerful emotions from opposite poles: joy and sadness, hope and despair, peace and chaos. It’s all how you render the scene before you, and at Acadia, you get different scenes from the same sunset backdrop.
When you’re at a national park like Acadia, it’s not uncommon to come across a few wildlife species. The national park is home to snowshoe hares, foxes, muskrats, chipmunks, moose, beavers, squirrels, and white-tailed deer.
This is your chance to up your nature photography game and include wildlife in your photos.
Believe it or not, there are 26 peaks at Acadia National Park. The most popular is Cadillac Mountain. The U.S. National Park Service notes that “the rising sun touches the slopes of Cadillac Mountain before any other place in the United States.” So, if you’re looking for that perfect sunrise, schedule a visit to the mountain before dawn. You should first check with park services and ask about the earliest time you can visit, because it may differ per season.
Jim Feldkamp hopes that this post has inspired you to grab your camera and head to Acadia National Park this summer.
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