Why I like to shoot landscapes as quickly as I can
That applies to almost everything. You won’t catch me sitting by my camera on a tripod waiting for the perfect light to happen. I can’t stay still. It’s like I’ve got ants in my pants.
Maybe I miss that magical moment while I’m flitting about like a hummingbird? Maybe not.
I don’t believe that you need to be or can be outdoors all day shooting landscapes. There is a very small window when the weather and the light combine to give me the look that I strive for. When the sun is rising or setting and the light is quickly changing, my head is on a swivel looking in every direction, not just towards the sun. There are usually shots in every direction that I look. I’m only limited by how much time I have before the light is gone.
My routine is pretty simple. The camera is always on a tripod with a cable shutter release. Aperture priority is always used. I focus the camera, usually a third into the scene, stop the lens down, I have to do it manually with the camera body lens combination that I use, fire away five brackets, pick the camera up, look in another direction and repeat. A sunrise or sunset usually yields a half dozen completely different looks.
Because I’m not really in love with my photographs, I don’t fawn over them longingly, I tend to forget about the other three or for shots that I didn’t process from an outing. My mind is always on the NEXT photo not the ones that I’ve taken.
The picture at the top of this post is one that I had long since forgotten about. I’ve been going back through old images today looking for more to post on my website and use for stock and this sunset over a wheat field caught my eye. It might have taken half a minute to shoot and then on to the next shot. This is one of the small reasons that I prefer not to use any kind of special effects filtration. That kind of stuff only slows me down and gets in the way of the creative process. There’s nothing really that I can’t do in a few minutes in Photoshop that a filter can do and I think that I can do it better than a filter. To beat a dead horse, again, go over the the Singh-Ray blog where they have “featured” photographers praising the wonderful landscapes that filters allow them to take. Look closely and you’ll see over darkened skies, skies that look unnaturally colored, etc. They really should be more selective about who they showcase because their filters end up looking bad. I’d never want the skies that I see on that website. I’m not singling them out, ALL special effects filters have a really limited use in landscape photography. The use of filters is usually to make a bad situation better but it’s like putting lipstick on a pig. It’s still a pig.
Well, enough time sitting here writing, off to run the dog. LOL