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| p.1 #6 · Southwest landscapes (added photo) |
Wonderful comments from all -- very helpful. I have concluded that landscape photography is actually quite difficult (and not really my thing). I tend to shoot for the features in the scene and not think enough about POV. The first image was tough -- the arch was backlit and the sky was bright with no distinct clouds. The best I could come up with, after waiting, was a bit of glow on the rocks as seen through the arch. I could do with a little more patience and should have bracketed the exposure and moved around more.
At Tent Rocks, I have many pictures of the rock formations and some very interesting surfaces, and also in the slot canyon, but the tree was the thing I was after in the shot I posted -- not much room to negotiate a shooting position. For those who can go there, it's about half-way between Albuquerque and Santa Fe, just a few miles off the interstate and (now) accessible on good roads. The park itself can be a problem during the late-summer monsoon season because of powerful water running through the canyon -- but the light is fantastic when the clouds have built up over the area.
You are definately on the right track to landscapes. Your pictures are very nice so don't give up the ship. Its a learning experience just like any other type of photography.
I have found by scouting out locations first and getting a better idea when the light will be right for that particular subject I put it on a list and go from there.
If I see that the light and conditions are looking good for an image I want to shoot then I head over there and give it a shot. Usually I check the night before and then make plans on what and where and hope for the best.
There is never any guarentees though. Plenty of times I have went to a location to shoot and the scene never developed. DOOOOHHHH.
Thats the way it goes though.
But you keep on trying and eventually you will percevere and catch what you are looking to get.
Thats the tough part of landscapes. You have to be at the right place at the right time.
Anyway enough rambling. Its just fun to get out and shoot the outdoors. Its freedom for the soul.