I believe that there are few
photographers in the world who don't like to photograph landscapes.
Many beginners, and nature lovers especially, start out by thinking of
little else but recording the wonders of unspoiled scenery.
Getting a really good photograph of any
subject is never as simple as it would seem by looking at the final
picture. Merely finding an interesting landscape, pointing your camera,
and shooting isn't enough. The result will nearly always be
disappointing. One way or another, you must find a way of emphasizing
the particular feature that made you want to take the picture in the
first place. It may be a dramatic cloud formation, unusual colors,
shadow patterns, or possibly a feeling of height or of space.
Emphasizing a specific aspect of the
scene is likely to increase your percentage of successful photographs.
The way different photographers do this sometimes becomes their
I find both the 35- and 28-mm lenses very
well suited for landscape photography. I occasionally use a polarizing
filter either to eliminate unwanted reflections or, for instance, to
darken a blue sky and thereby emphasize cloud formations.
A photograph of the same scene taken at
different times of day, not to mention times of year, will produce
quite different results. As a rule, I try to avoid photographing at
midday because then the lighting is at its flattest. When you are
traveling and time is limited, you have to take things as you find
them, but if I am given a choice, my preference lies in the early
morning or late afternoon, when the sun casts longer shadows and a warm
glow permeates the entire scene.