How many times have you been out with your camera, looked at the landscape
and thought how nice it looks? If only I could capture the scene on film.
After some deliberation, you search for your camera and within seconds
the moment is captured for ever.
You arrive home and eagerly await your prints only to be disappointed
when they arrive. The scene you originally saw looks different in the
photograph. The cascading vista with light bouncing from one mountain
to another has changed to a small section of the landscape which looks
so different from the original scene we photographed.
Unless you're using a panorama camera or a wide-angle lens, you will
only capture a small amount of what you will see with the human eye. The
eye can see a lot more than the lenses on most cameras. Unfortunately,
panoramic cameras can be very expensive and unless you intend selling
your work or have unlimited funds, most people will opt for conventional
Wide-angle lenses will present a different problem, one where perspective
alters. Objects appear further away as the angle alters. Whereas telephoto
lenses make distant objects appear closer as the angle alters.
One way to overcome disappointment is to concentrate
on part of the landscape? Sometimes a little can say more than a lot. Next
time you're out with your camera, instead of looking for that open vista,
take a look at objects in the landscape. Look for patterns, textures and
shapes and photograph a small section of the landscape instead of the rolling
hills and mountains.
Try to isolate the objects by using a telephoto or zoom lens. If you're
using a standard lens, go in close to the subject and fill the frame,
use a tripod to accurately frame the subject and remember to use a small
aperture to ensure good depth of field. Obviously, this type of approach
can be done in conjunction with photographs you would normally take.
When you get your photographs back, compare the difference between one
image and another. You may find that you still prefer the photographs
you would normally take, but at the end of the day, there is nothing to
stop you producing other types of images as well as your normal photographs.