Go Back   Steve's Digicams Forums >

LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old Jul 20, 2003, 4:40 PM   #1
Senior Member
Soundengineer's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2003
Posts: 313
Default Lanscape problem! Advice needed!

Are there any tricks to taking lanscape photoes that I do not know of?

I look forward to your comments
Soundengineer is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Old Jul 20, 2003, 10:42 PM   #2
Senior Member
eric s's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2002
Posts: 5,803

Unfortunately for you, I am no expert here... or really have any experience with landscapes. I have read a little bit about "nature photography" which includes what you were doing, though.

The only thing I remember was that you shouldn't be afraid to put the human element into the picture. Be it a building, a person... whatever. It shows our connection to the scene, which can be used as a powerful statement. It could be an oil tanker in front of an oil slick covered shore or a person diving into a beautiful, smooth lake. Think about what you are trying to convey with the picture and then use what is around you (even your bike!) to bring that picture about.

Also, the human element adds an aspect of scale and connection that the viewer can view them and understand more of what they are seeing… and see themselves there. It’s easy to imagine myself in the picture with the dock… I stand on docks all the time. (And I’d love to have been there!)

Some of your pictures are only for you. They are to remind you of what you saw and where you went. Others are taken to show people something specific that you want to convey. Those are much harder to make.

I spent the last week at a music camp for adults. I went to a concert with one of the best flat picking guitar players in the world, and had the pleasure of singing with him during jam sessions afterwards (he was an instructor there.) I have pictures of him playing and the jam sessions. They mean nothing to almost everyone else in the world, but I will definitely put them into the photo album for that vacation. I might bore my parents with them, but I won’t take them to work to show people what I did. Instead I’ll bring a CD of his work and say “I played with him!”

eric s is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Jul 21, 2003, 12:25 AM   #3
Senior Member
dcrawley's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2003
Posts: 392

One thing that I am learning is to elements as a way to lead the viewer to what you reall want them to look at. You shot of the wood deck pier is a great example at leading the eye from the bottom of the shot and almost sweeping you eye back to the right The picture with your bike has the road which leads the eye from the bottom right diagonally up to the left up to the barns and the peak with the sky.

My favorite is the wood deck pier. For me, it is the easiest for my eyes to follow.
dcrawley is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Jul 21, 2003, 5:30 AM   #4
Senior Member
NHL's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: 39.18776, -77.311353333333
Posts: 11,599

Great compositions!

Are there any tricks to taking lanscape photoes that I do not know of?
A polarizer would greatly enhance the 1st three pictures... actually when there's great expanse of sky and water combined with good sun, a polarizer is ideal to increase the contrast as well as controlling the water reflection!
It might tune out some of the haze too...

You may need to step up a little bit higher on the 3rd picture to lower the railing below the water horizon: The excellent foreground took more than 1/2 of the picture and make it more preponderant, but the railings are not the highlights of the picture!
NHL is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Jul 21, 2003, 2:00 PM   #5
Senior Member
Soundengineer's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2003
Posts: 313

Thankyou all for your comments and suggestions. I will take all that to heart and use it when I take lanscapes. Great!
Soundengineer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Jul 22, 2003, 1:32 PM   #6
Senior Member
digcamfan's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2002
Posts: 3,422

Keep shooting, soundengineer

I really like the perspective on the second shot
digcamfan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Jul 25, 2003, 2:56 PM   #7
Senior Member
tuanokc@hotmail.com's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2002
Posts: 610

All of the pictures can be greatly enhanced by a polarizer filter since you are the perfect angle with the sun (90 degree using your thumb and index finger), a little tweak in post processing with photoshop will improve the results as well, the third picture would look more natural if you add a little more sky to it (rule of third). Overall, your compsosition looks good.
tuanokc@hotmail.com is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:25 AM.