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Landscape Photography Anecdotes - Planning - Martin Pettinger shares his thoughts in the first of a new weekly series. This week concentrates on the importance of planning.
I was at a birthday party last week and divulged I had a passion for
Now Bert was looking a bit confused at this point, whereas some other guests were listening with interest.
what’s planning got to do with landscape photography? Well
it increases your chances of capturing a landscape that’s
“Sometimes you can have the
light, the reflections and the sky but still have no landscape!” I exclaimed.
To finish I am reminded of a business maxim: “To fail to plan is to plan to fail”, so next time you plan to take some landscapes try a little planning!
Full Moon Rising
taken with a Canon D30 and Sigma 18-50mm The exposure was f/11 at 30sec on ISO100 and no filtration.
The images above are examples of planning. In both instances I had worked out the position of the moon rise and moon fall as well as calculated the best time to ensure the best quality of light. For the bridge shot I also knew I needed reasonably high water – i.e not low tide to capture the reflections and clearing skies to get the lovely blue sky shortly after sunset. It also helped that I knew the bridge lights would be on even though it wasn’t even tea time!