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Shoot Before It's Too Late!

25 Nov 2008 9:17PM   Views : 264 Unique : 237

... Or at least before the landscape changes drastically!

What got me thinking about this, was a combination of a thread on the forum and a newsletter article from the makers of Outdoor Photographer (not Outdoor Photography, the UK publication, but Outdoor Photographer, the US publication).

Now, I've written about photographing popular places before. Although I agree with those who suggest we should always try, if we can, to find new angles, new compositions, new views when shooting popular landmarks and other much photographed subjects, I also feel that we should not let the popularity of the subject keep us from taking yet another photo of it ... and another ... and another ...

Last week we saw a surge in uploads with a common theme: Rannoch Moor. Someone who had either re-discovered the boring old subject of "Why should we photograph Rannoch Moor because it's been done so many times before", or words to that effect - or who was so bored that he just wanted to stir things up - had actually motivated people to look through their files and find their best shots of the place. I loved seeing all the different viewpoints, lighting and weather conditions, mono and colour images - all so different that this alone completely warranted uploading them. Who cared if the subject was often the same? I'll tell you something - seeing the same subject from so many different angles and viewpoints actually helped me. It taught me something: Approach your subject from as many different angles as you can, try out everything you can think of!

And I just came up with another reason why we shouldn't let ourselves refrain from shooting even the most popular places: The landscape is constantly changing!

Not only should we want to photograph the landscape because it's changing, but it could change so much that those popular landmarks that others have photographed before but you haven't, or I haven't, could soon not be there at all, or look very different.

A good example is Wall Arch in Arches National Park, Utah, USA. Last August it was lost forever - totally gone after losing the battle with gravity and the elements, completely collapsed into sandstone boulders.

Now, the landscape near you and I may not change that much, or that drastically, but we don't want to miss out on a good thing, don't we? Even if the changes are just the weather or the climate, these changes will effect the way the pictures we take of the landscape look, so let's all go out and shoot those different conditions!

And let's shoot the landscape before it's too late!

Popular landmark or not, I really don't care: Don't let it stop you...

Tags: Landscape Shoot Landmarks Too late Popular Changes


Coleslaw 12 13.4k 28 Wales
26 Nov 2008 7:13PM
I have never bothered with all those sayings.

Those shots you saw are someone else's, not yours. So, get your own, even though it is the same scene.

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JJGEE 13 7.1k 18 England
26 Nov 2008 8:02PM
Not only places but I suggest taking pictures of people as well, especially family.

My sister often browses through all the family photos ( prints & negatives still in the original envelopes from the processing lab ! ) especially those of our mum, who sadly is no longer with us.

The holiday photos are really great as we remember them just as if they were yesterday and recall things that happened / or did not happen.
conrad 13 10.9k 116
26 Nov 2008 10:09PM

Quote:I suggest taking pictures of people as well

Good point, people may even change more than the landscape, and pictures really do help us remember special moments, and how people used to be.

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