Why landscapes are so hard

If you are interested in landscape photography and wondering how to get that great shot then the answer lies in sheer hard work or being very lucky.

Why hard work you ask?  Well its like this: to get a very good landscape you need a reasonable bit of kit such as a range of ND filters and a way to put them on your camera, a tripod and perhaps some graduated filters.  The graduated filters are an option because one can take a number of shots with different exposures and blend them, unless one is photographing waves in which case blending is a little bit harder.   The second factor is the much harder part of doing landscapes, you must be prepared to go and go again and again until you get the shot that is worth publishing.  Additionally you must be familiar with your camera and its settings so that as everything changes around you , especially the light you can react and react quickly.  This if course takes a lot of practise.

Oh and one more thing I spent from around 2pm until 7pm lugging gear and standing around taking shots and waiting for the changing situations to evolve.  So all in all it was about 8 hours work for three shots not counting processing time.

For the photos below taken at Spray Point on the Mornington Peninsular I have driven round trips of two hundred kilometres at least 5 times but it may be more.  All of the trips until this last one have been fruitless as far as producing really good shots.  Moreover I still will go back again as I am sure that there are even better shots waiting for me in just one small area of the Victorian coast.

Now enough ramblings to the photos:

surfing-lr breaking-wave-lr Spray-Point-lr

If you can see one of these hanging on your wall then drop me a line and we can discuss price and delivery.


2 thoughts on “Why landscapes are so hard

    1. johnholding Post author

      Thank you Lisa, yes i like the blue, comes from late in the day long exposures and is mostly the blue sky reflecting in the water.


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