Tips On Shooting Landscapes
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How To Capture Perfect Vistas - John Gravett has a few tricks to help you capture that perfect view.
Views over valleys – pretty straightforward isn't it – get high, find a valley, point the camera and take the picture. If only it was that straightforward – let's look at some of the options.
So the basic principle is true, but there are a few more things to take into account. Firstly, and most significantly, the weather. Check weather forecasts (I check them on-line twice a day – as they change regularly) and don't assume that a sunny day is best. It depends upon the area and time of day – low, raking sun across a misty early-morning landscape can be fabulous, as can afternoon sun, casting tree shadows and picking out dry-stone walls across rolling fields. However, a lake district landscape topped with a stormy sky can similarly look really impressive. The only type of skies to avoid might be a plain grey overcast, which gives both no detail in the sky, and no texture across the land; or a clear blue sky in the middle of the day, which offers little modelling to the landscape. Blue sky with clouds allow cloud shadows to break up the otherwise flat lighting.
Clear conditions can allow impressive detailed views over many miles, which with good lighting and texture can be effective, on the other hand, misty or hazy lighting conditions can provide an ethereal, delicate landscape and emphasise the depth within the scene.
If your landscape shot includes the sky, you might find that an ND graduated filter will help you control the contrast between land and sky. A polarising filter can darken blue skies and often can cut through slight haze – giving better clarity, and even reduce the hazy blue cast, warming up the image at the same time. A good way of excluding excessive sky and foreground is to stitch a series of pictures to create a panorama.
Article by John Gravett - www.lakelandphotohols.com