What a landscape is and isn’t
Before I write anything else, thank you for being such a good sport about my April Fool’s blog yesterday. Until I see a way of giving photographer’s value for their money, I have no intention of offering workshops of any kind. The larger groups that I see advertised might be great as a source of income for the host “photographer” but as an actual tool for learning? Nope. I smell cash cow and golden goose all the way.
I’ve been adding photos to my website over the last few weeks. While working a full time job, having family responsibilities and squeezing shooting in there somewhere, the website was neglected. I’ve still not redesigned it. I’ve played with a few different versions of it on my hard drive. When I come up with something that I like, I’ll rework the whole thing.
It’s fun going through the old stuff. Because I only process a few photos from an outing there are always lots that are different enough to process. Processing is a huge part of my visualization. Unless you’re spending over three hundred days of the year outside with your camera, you’re not likely to get everything right so that no post processing is needed.
Looking at a few years worth of work it’s easy to get a better perspective on what you’ve done. One of the things that stood out in my mind was a similarity or continuity through everything that I liked. The same goes for what I didn’t like.
It’s impossible to preach to someone or lecture them on what or how they should be shooting landscapes because we might all like the same thing.
The kinds of photos that I did like were taken when the the sun was either low on the horizon or below it. That low light helps to give a feeling, a place and a time.
The pics taken when the sun was higher ended up looking like a record of a place that I had been.
Obviously for some photographers the important thing is to capture a beautiful place. It’s just that simple. Take a trip to some drop dead, gorgeous place and voila!, instant masterpiece. If it were only that easy.
A great landscape is all about evoking a mood or a feeling. You’re never going to get that if you’re shooting without thinking and looking. When you go to Vermillion Lakes or Abraham Lake you want your photographs to look DIFFERENT from everyone else’s. Don’t you? I do.