I am on a photography journey. Having taken thousands and thousands of photos my whole life, I should be better at it, you would think. I never took the time to learn in detail what all the functions on my camera were for, until now. I am tired of being left with grainy, blurry, unfocused special moments. Since having kids, I am pushing myself to learn my camera’s MANUAl mode and capture those moments perfectly the first time around.
This week the lovely Jocelyn at Reading Residence has a lesson from Through Niks Lens on landscape photography. Nik provides us with some amazing points on what to look out for and prepare for when taking landscape photos. Since I didn’t have time to go out and find some landscapes around where I live, I thought I would share some landscape pictures I have taken recently, before I had learned all these fabulous new tips.
I find that if I study my old pictures from before I started this photography journey, it really helps me point out: my bad habits, what I could have done better, and what common mistakes I make time and time again. Things I never would have picked up on or noticed. Every time I learn a new lesson I go back over my old pictures and try to see I could have done better, then if I can I try to go take those pictures again. Obviously some of these below are a little further away to redo.
The first two are from my beloved parents’ house, right off their front porch. It’s a surreal place to be, especially here in the morning when the sun is peaking over the mountain and you can hear the ice crackling in the river. I love it’s stillness and beauty. I could have done better to focus on something specific, rather than just pointing and shooting. There was no thought here, I just snapped.
Same with this lovely snow filled one from the other side of my parents’ house. It’s grainy probably because I shook, I am horrible for shaking in my photos. Something I need to learn to do is be steady, or lay off the coffee! I was attempting to capture the water rapids, but here they are out of focus.
The next two pictures are through a window, so there was little I could do, but the view was too breathing taking, not to capture. The first one is over the Rocky Mountains in America, and the second one is looking out of the Hancock Tower in Chicago. Mountains or coastal landscapes are gorgeous. They prove just how strong mother nature really is, so don’t go messing with her. Timing wasn’t good on either of these because they were both really late at night past that perfect dusk light. I also only took one of each, which is a rookie mistake.
The next two were taken in our trip to Lanzarote last month. The first is the sun rising above the water in front of our hotel and the second is the sun setting from our bedroom balcony. I think I could have timed them both better, I didn’t think of the location enough on the first picture. The sun is intense at that angle which caused more shadows on the sand where I was focusing on Mr P and my footsteps, walking along the shoreline. Could have been a really romantic picture, could have been but wasn’t!
Here at sunset, watching from our balcony, I was attempting to capture the gorgeous crescent moon and her outer linings. In person you could see the full circle. It was beautiful. The orange glow over the water as the night life started to wake up and buzz. The picture didn’t capture what I truly felt at that moment, but at least it brings back those memories.
And last but not least I give you the landscape behind our house, rolling hills, and fields of grass to picnic, play, and roll around on. We love going up on the hills and playing soccer with Buba, while Missy Moo rides on one of our backs in the rucksack.
So my biggest things to concentrate on right now is focus, location, timing, visualise. Oh wait that’s just about all of them. lol I clearly have things to work on. Photography is a slow journey, but a journey I am thoroughly enjoying.
Thank you for the lesson Nik, I enjoyed learning some helpful tips and next time I am out taking pictures of landscapes I will be sure to keep them all in mind. Hopefully my next set of landscape photos you will all see my improvement!
Thanks Jocelyn for hosting another great lesson and sharing with us. If you want to link up your landscape photos, click on Reading Residence above.
What do you think of my landscape photos above? Any advice I would love to hear it, comment below.
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