Wineglass Bay, Tazmania
Devon, South West England
Plitvice Lakes, Croatia
Socca Valley, Slovenia
Ourika Valley, Morocco
Dead Viel, Namibia
Here are my top ten photo locations from my recent travels. I have a love of travel, and a passion for wilderness. Landscape photography allows me to try and capture a moment in time, in the hope of being able to rekindle the experience in my mind on those dark and wet winters days. Each of these images represents a wonderful moment in time to me, when all the elements come together, the landscape, the light, and the photography. They are the moments that I live for…….
The observant amongst you may have noticed that I have only posted nine images because I want to know where you would add as the tenth. Please let me know in the comment box below.
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For those starting out on learning to take landscape photographs here are a few photo tips;
Improve your chances of taking a great landscape shot by planning, watch the weather forecasts, plan where you need the sun to be, check the tide table, study google earth if its a new location to you.
Start thinking more about the quality of light and less about the quantity of light. It is not all about getting the camera out only on the glorious sunny summers day, often dawn and dusk can produce the best light. Some of the best photos I’ve taken have been after the sun has gone down at dusk. Set up the camera on a tripod and take a series of images as the light drops away. Put the camera on self timer and keep shooting as the light drops away until you are using exposure times of 1, 2, 4, 8, 16 seconds and compare the results on your computer, you maybe pleasantly surprised with the results. Long exposures work well when taking seascapes and rivers as the resulting images will have a ‘milky’ water which often looks atmospheric. It is a simple effect that can be beautiful.
In order for a landscape photographer to really capture the moment they must learn to use filters. I don’t mean tacky filters take produce cheap effects but rather the use of graduated neutral density filters. A set of ND filters will quickly become your best friend, they come in .3 (one stop), .6 (two stops), .9 (three stops). The best quality are made by Lee Filters, but they don’t come cheap! The filters help to control the quantity of light hitting an area of the sensor thereby controlling the contrast, allowing the photographer to record a greater range of tones from deep shadows through to bright highlights such as the clouds. With a little experimentation the photographer will learn to use them in a subtle way to create atmospheric images. All of the above images have been taken using neutral density filters.
Leading on from above it is essential to ‘get it right in camera’. I come from a background of working on transparency film where there was no choice but to get it right in the camera. To put it simply you can’t add later what you didn’t record at the time. Yes I know for some photoshop is the answer to all mistakes, but it is time consuming, meaning you are not out there taking pictures.