Blog 10 of “Nature Photography- Tips and Techniques” series.
Today’s blog is titled “Composing a Landscape”
Please do check out the previous blog in the series titled “Catch Light”
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Camera: Canon 7D Mark II
Lens: Canon 10-18mm
Shutter Speed: 1/13Sec (First Shot), 1/15 Sec (Second Shot)
ISO: 200 (Both Shots)
“Composing a Landscape” here refers to one of the several million ways in which one could frame a Landscape Image.
Last week, I was visiting someplace, and waking up well before sunrise began trekking up a mountain top. Sun was about to rise when I reached the top. Looking to the west I saw the sky lit in beautiful, beautiful hues of Oranges, blues and purples by the first rays of the early morning sun (Seen in cold mornings and evenings). Leaving my path I jumped on to a rock, which provided a vantage view of the magic happening before me and took the above shot. The Image looked beautiful and looking at the camera screen I thought, Man, this is a amazing.
After soaking in the view for a while (few seconds), I hopped back to the path again. I was about to walk ahead, but not wanting to leave, stayed there a moment longer. It was then I realized that the rock on which I was previously standing could provide me with an amazing composition, better than the previous one. So this time I took a shot from the path and got the below image.
With the rock added in the foreground, the image looks so much more beautiful than the one without a foreground, the rock in foreground and the ridge with the green trees seem to act as leading lines, directing the viewers’ attention to the spectacle of nature happening in the background, which here are the magical colours in the sky.
Framing a Landscape Image (or any image for that matter) is at times very challenging, but the joy one experiences when he/she is able to compose an image to his/her liking is unparalleled.?
When shooting Landscapes, there is almost always a composition, although it may not be very straightforward at times. The point is to keep looking and not to give up.
So keep looking, Keep composing!!!! ?
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