Welcome to Week 2 of my 52 Weeks project! Last week, I introduced to you to the 52 Week Photography Challenge that I’m participating in (along with at least 9,000 other people in the Facebook group), and this week’s (Almost) Wordless Wednesday post features the Week Two prompt – traditional landscape.
When I saw the prompt for traditional landscape, I thought I would read a couple of tutorials about getting the best landscape shots. Like last week, there was an excellent post in the FB group with some things to keep in mind regarding landscape photography. And like last week, I left things too late.
There are lots of problems in this photo and lots of things that I would do differently when I go back to try again. One – it was hand-held, as are all of my photos. And two, I had the wrong lens attached to the camera. I need my wider angle lens. Three, I would have moved. I would have been over in the corner getting the red sailboat that you can’t see to have it in the foreground and the Back Bay behind it. (I didn’t move because there were some men fishing near where I needed to go, and I wasn’t comfortable being that close to them. Call me paranoid. I’m OK with that) I also think that the horizontal line isn’t level. I moved it and played with it and each time I thought I had it, when I came back to it, it was off again.
And in this one – in which I did move – I was playing around with the rule of thirds (everything in the bottom of the frame), but it’s just not the most interesting landscape back there.
On my way back to the truck, I saw the angle I wanted to shoot, the one that for some reason I hadn’t seen in the 20 minutes I wandered around that particular area.
I’m much happier with this one, but I’m irritated by the lens flare. I thought I was doing what I needed to in order to avoid lens flare – for once I was using my hood. I’m not good enough yet with Photo Shop to remove that spot. So I need to practice to work that in future practice. Hopefully there will some opportunities to get some much better landscape photos this weekend in New Orleans, while also shooting next week’s prompt – Red.
What are your best landscape photography tips? Share them with us in the comments!