Lighting and Landscapes…


In most landscapes, it is the lighting that draws your attention to the subject matter. You will ignore a scene one day, but be arrested by it the next – because of the lighting ! It’s a good exercice to analyze why the lighting affects you so strongly. On a sunny day, pay special attention to the play of light and shadow, especially to parts highlighted by the sun. As far as I’m concerned, I do not really like these very sunny days. Lights too often squashes textures, because shadows are cast vertically and with intensity. On an overcast day, observe carefully the gradual transitions from one area of brightness to another. Feel the textures, touch the stuff with your eyes and select carefully your focus point. Tonal contrasts are always significant, both in landscapes and in photographs of them. They enhance or diminish the natural design  of the landscape, depending on their placement and intensity.

And here comes a recommendation I’d like to stress strongly : Very often, people ask me what camera they should buy, which brand, which model etc.. Honestly, I think all the available SLR will do the job ! Sure, if you plan to go in the desert, or Alaska, Iceland or Greenland, you will need pro stuff but for a standard use, it makes no sense to spend huge amount of money in high-end cameras… BUT, it makes sense to spend huge amount of money in a good lens ! Textures depend on the quality of the glass, focus and depth of field. Your lens is of paramount importance !

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