Every now and then we come across the most beautiful landscape. It may be on holidays or a weekend drive. We go back and visit it time and time again if we can, feeling in awe of its beauty and magical quality. I really believe that places are like people, we feel connected to some more than others. With a combination of an understanding of how light affects the environment and camera know-how we can take some beautiful landscape images.
In my recent landscape series I have focused my story on beautiful isolation. Some people see my images as lonely and others see them as peaceful because of the absence of distraction. I personally find isolation peaceful. I find life can be busy and noisy and love to have time out. I guess the whole point to this series is to reflect that feeling. What’s true for you tends to come out in your images. You can always see into the heart of a photographer by the theme of their images. For me, it’s a love of peace and stillness.
You’ll see a couple of images with the same Photoshop tone. This is called a “treatment”. This really describes what we do to images in the editing process. The editing process is what refines the detail of the image so we can enhance the story. Editing might include getting rid of small dust marks, removing small distracting elements on the horizon, colour tone change and sharpening. All these things are done in a way that brings a stronger story to the image.
In the first image I have kept the grey, dullness of the day. Sometimes a grey day can work to bring about feelings of sadness, calm or even foreboding. Grey skies can be quite dramatic. If I changed the tone in some way, such as turned it black and white then this feeling would be lost. Do I want you to feel sad? Calm or weary about an approaching storm? I guess the final interpretation is up to you.
All these images are different sizes. A vertical image tends to be a little more formal than a square or rectangle. Squares are rectangles are a little more pleasing to the eye. Vertical images tend to have a little more dominance to them. It’s subtle but us photographers know how to shoot to create a story.
Have a look and see what you get out of the images. I’d love to know your thoughts. Which image is your favourite and which is your least favourite, and why? Leave comments in the box below.