Varina – Nature/Landscape Photographer

Varina Patel is an avid photographer specializing in Nature and Landscape photography. With an eye for the details and love for the nature She and her husband travel together to the most beautiful locations on the planet and capture the most visually stunning photographs. You can follow her on Facebook, her Website and her Flickr stream . There you will find a lot of resources and ebooks to learn from and also you can keep a track of when they are doing the next workshop. She is also part of the team of Visual Wilderness which is a very informative website on everything related to photography right from travel to gear to articles and videos, etc.


 She was way too generous to answer a few of my questions and I have posted them below: 

KK: When you look at a photograph (your own or your fellow photographer’s) what are the first 3 things (or more) you look at?
V  : Each photograph inspires a different response – but if I have to generalize, I’d say that I usually notice the light first… whether it’s a spectacular sunset or a more subtle scene shot in the shade.  Light is the most important element in the image, and it can make or break a photograph. Composition is probably second. And then distracting elements start to stand out to me.

KK: When you compose a photograph, are you always sure that this composition would be the best or do you take multiple shots from different perspective and decide later when you download it to your computer?
V  : I generally know before I shoot that a specific image will be a favorite – but I do take multiple shots from different perspectives. Sometimes a photo will surprise me by being better than expected. 🙂 I’m my own worst critic, and I thousands of images have been tossed before they’ve been given a second look. I’d rather have a few good shots than a million mediocre ones.

KK: Being a Nature/Landscape photographer, you need to be at the right place at the right time. How do you figure that out?
V  : It’s not easy – but with a bit of research and planning, you can make the most of your time at any location. I don’t care as much for “icon shots” as I do for great light… so I chase storms. I watch for storm fronts, and try to place myself strategically to capture storm clouds, beams of light, and sunsets in the best conditions. I’ll work with whatever is in front of me, as long as the sky is looking good. And when the sky doesn’t cooperate, I make the most of my time by shooting details and macro shots.

KK: Do you have a favorite quote about photography? taken from others or your own?
V  : I don’t have a favorite photography quote – but this poem by Lord Byron expresses my feelings about wilderness photography.

There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society, where none intrudes,
By the deep sea, and music in its roar:
I love not man the less, but Nature more,
From these our interviews, in which I steal
From all I may be, or have been before,
To mingle with the Universe, and feel
What I can ne’er express, yet cannot all conceal.

-Lord Byron

KK: What is your advice for the new folks trying their hand at photography as a hobby or planning to go pro?
V  : Knowledge is far more important than equipment. Rather than spending your money buying the best equipment – take a few classes. You can also find excellent resources online. Post photos in forums and ask for honest critiques – and LISTEN to them. You won’t always agree with the critics, but learn everything you can from them. My photography is far better because I listen to my critics – and I’ll never stop learning.

  Pearl in the Storm

Thank you Varina for your time.

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