KNIGHTDALE — First, it’s a regional library. Then it’s the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.
That’s the trajectory for Raleigh-based photographer Mike Boykin whose landscape photography is currently on display at the East Regional Library.
Boykin’s hobby is photography but he said he’s spent time over the past seven years researching technique and other ways to make his photography better.
“I’m very much a naturalist ... I love nature,” he said. “I do a lot of research and reading about it.”
Boykin has invested time in learning about sunsets, one of the subjects of his photos currently on display in the East Regional Library.
He’s learned how to tell which clouds will make for the best photo (he said the thin, whispy cirrus clouds make for the best light refraction). He begins watching the sky in the afternoon to know if he should take his camera out that evening.
In Raleigh, Boykin has spots where he knows he can get good shots of the sunset. He said Lake Johnson and Raleigh are some of his favorite local places.
“Any place that’s really wide open to the western sky (where I can) get back and have a wide view to the western sky (are good places),” he said.
In addition to sunsets, Boykin takes macro-shots of insects, which are on display in the Cameron Village Library in Raleigh. That display will move to the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in September for Bugfest, a display about insects.
Boykin has had other insect photography featured at Bugfest for the past three years.
In addition to bugs and local landscapes, Boykin also travels to the coast to get photos of the beach, but he said it’s hard for him to pick a favorite subject or place to photograph.
“The thing about it is, these are not just pictures, these are my experiences,” he said. “There’s never going to be another sunset like the one you just saw.”
Boykin’s landscape photography will be on display at the East Regional Library until March and will move to the Nature Art Gallery at the Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh, although that date has not yet been set.
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