36 Stunning Examples of Landscape Photography

36 Stunning Examples of Landscape Photography

Written 13 years ago by Lee

Over the past week we have published a series of articles relating to landscape photography, with tips and tutorials to help you improve your own landscape shots. Today we bring the series to a close with an inspiration post, full of stunning landscape scenes from three extremely talented photographers, that will hopefully give you new ideas or inspire you to get out there with your gear and get some brilliant photographs of your own!

Patrick Smith

San Francisco based photographer, Patrick Smith shoots wonderful landscape scenes, often with perfect fluffy waters and brilliantly lit rock faces.













Katarina Stefanović

The unique style of Katarina is what makes her photographs stand out, with vivid colours in every shot and sweeping lines leading your eye through the scenes.

Photo by Katarina Stefanović

Photo by Katarina Stefanović

Photo by Katarina Stefanović

Photo by Katarina Stefanović

Photo by Katarina Stefanović

Photo by Katarina Stefanović

Photo by Katarina Stefanović

Photo by Katarina Stefanović

Photo by Katarina Stefanović

Photo by Katarina Stefanović

Photo by Katarina Stefanović

Photo by Katarina Stefanović

Lucie Debelkova

Prague born Lucie decided to travel the world looking for new exciting locations to photograph and it pays off in her work as she captures some breathtaking scenery.

Photo by Lucie Debelkova

Photo by Lucie Debelkova

Photo by Lucie Debelkova

Photo by Lucie Debelkova

Photo by Lucie Debelkova

Photo by Lucie Debelkova

Photo by Lucie Debelkova

Photo by Lucie Debelkova

Photo by Lucie Debelkova

Photo by Lucie Debelkova

Photo by Lucie Debelkova

Photo by Lucie Debelkova

That concludes our landscape photography series. I hope you found these tutorials interesting and useful, it would be great to hear your feedback. We will be publishing a new series of articles in the coming months and as always, there will be regular tutorials, showcases and personal stories so if you haven’t already done so, subscribe to the RSS Feed to ensure you don’t miss a thing!

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wer  13 years ago

any non overphotoshopped examples? thanks

Lee Milthorpe  13 years ago

There’s only a couple in there that have had a fair bit of post-processing done to them, the rest are all straight from the camera.

I know Patrick Smith likes to get his shots perfect without needing to edit them and only displays his best work so what you see there is all just natural, no Photoshopping whatsoever!

Doson  13 years ago

Wonderful, Amazing & Brilliant Shots.

Hannu  13 years ago

To my eyes quite a lot of processing – too vivid colours, too p-shopped, supernatural.

Barry  13 years ago

Great post to end the series!

shaharudin  13 years ago

All are taken with really high end, very good quality dslr… I suppose… BUT the pics are stunning

Richard Arran  13 years ago

In response to the complaints of post processing, take a look at my work, totally natural.

sarmavvs  13 years ago

Fantastic, superb,sublime,par excellence,candid, vivid,unforgettable masterpieces each in its own. Eager to see see more such great works.

With great regards


Neal  13 years ago

sometimes photoshop can be used to let the viewer see what the camera cannot. Especially since the camera can only see like 5ev and our eyes can see 20 ev. My point is… photoshop and other postprocessing tools can be used correctly without actually “manipulating” anything.
*such as…most of the images above.

Mandy  13 years ago

Way too processed for my taste. I adjust my exposure occasionally, crop, flip to monochromatic but I really dislike these over-produced, over-processed images. I think that we should separate these images from true photography because there is a place for these images – the individuals who’ve worked hard to create their art – it’s important to respect and acknowledge that. Then there are photographs straight from the camera (digital or film) where very little has been done. I think that 2 separate and distinct fields are developing.

Candy Camarena-Dexter  13 years ago

I have to say Wow what awesome photos. I myself did not see alot of PS, they looked very natural and very gorgeous. Great work and thank you for sharing.


Jamie  13 years ago


lewis chode  13 years ago

Dude that rocks

Felicia Brokaw  13 years ago

I love the images posted here… Very Inspiring. The colors are beautifully vivid, even if by pshop, it’s part of the creativity. There’s obviously alot of skill and natural creative instinct taking place from these photogs as can be seen by composition, sharpness, etc. I appreciate their work… thanks! : ) I tend to chase big cumulus clouds myself… it really lends.

Mike  13 years ago

Could you label the ones that are HDR/Post processed vs. the one that are not for a true comparison of what is possible


Franz  13 years ago

nice one!

Shockmotion  13 years ago

Cool shots! Love it!

onlinecamerawarehouse  13 years ago

absolutely incredible shots!

Jason  13 years ago

It’s very interesting to read the comments on these images. There is a clear dichotomy between photographers that understand what their equipment is capable of, and the novice that believes any vivid images are “shopped”.

It begs the question: If you were to show a group of young people a collection of Ansel Adams images, without using his name, how many would think they were done in Photoshop?

Lee Milthorpe  13 years ago

That’s a great comment Jason!

It could be interesting to to do a survey on that to actually find the answer.

Matthew Adam  13 years ago

many of these are beautiful shots but from our long experience in the businesses are unfortunately equit over photoshopped! This isn’t to say it’s a problem – a lot of shops both online and off tend to like the “glossy” nature of heavily post-processed pictures, but many other people like to see genuine “organic” pictures.

bodatnow  13 years ago

I see nothing wrong with photoshop processing. It’s the end result that counts. Use you judgment to decide if photoshop enhances or spoils the image. Can anyone pinpoint the true reason why there seems to be, among some photographers, and deep dislike and mistrust for using photoshop as another interesting tool?

Ian Brodie  12 years ago

I believe PS is just another tool in the art process. If we look at a painting do we scorn the overt use of colour or manipulation of what was real. In the same sense a photographic artist uses all the available tools to create art – whether it be minimalist or use of colour to create what THAT PERSON wants. It is art.

mktedman  12 years ago

2 photoshop or not that is the question. I use to use film and would often be let down by the post processing so photoshop gives back control

Domenico  12 years ago

Is it still photography?

Amit  12 years ago

i dnt think all the images are post processed few of them are just so mesmerizing n its really possible on the twilight time its also possible with the polarizer filters. nice viewing all the images..

Amanda  12 years ago

Thank you for posting these images! They are incredible. I am not a fan of photos that look overly photoshopped and I most of these really don’t seem that way to me. I have been getting inspired by Peter Lik’s landscapes. Check out his blog if you haven’t already: http://blog.peterlik.com/

Owen G  12 years ago

They are incredible but they look a lil over photoshopped

Rus Turner  12 years ago

Interesting reading the comments here. I take pics along these lines regularly. And often use Photoshop to colour correct/balance, or to add clarity, but not to add to, or change elements of the photo. it seems to me that a lot of the effects in these photos have been created by techniques such as creative timed exposures (for the fluffy waves for example) and the use of cokins, which are all too often mistaken for Photoshop tricks.

All of the pics on my site for instance (www.rusturner.co.uk) were taken on average DSLR’s without ANY PS manipulation. I use ND’s and polarisers as well as grads, and often manipulate exposure times.

I think that all of the pics above are perfectly plausable without PS trickery.

milena.  12 years ago

beautiful pics!

Erik Kerstenbeck  11 years ago

Love the use of wide angle lenses to grab the scope of the environment. I often use a 10-20 mm wide angle zoom to capture interesting foreground and horizon all in one shot. And always with a tripod and sometimes with a 3 shot HDR

Like this one http://t.co/3IuPmLu

regards, Erik

aljeane  11 years ago

it so very peaceful.. when i see that i amazed

Lucy Mcnell  11 years ago

Great collection! can i add my favorite landscape photographer Simon Beedle http://www.simonbeedle.com/
he has some stunning images from the Australian landscape.

neal  11 years ago

Brandon Riza is one of my favorite landscape photographers. http://brandonriza.com/

I like Patrick’s work alot, some of the shots are just right and crisp.

Sometimes landscape photography can be a battle because the photographer knows that those kitschy images are out there and they are constantly trying to find something original so they will not fall into that group. I work hard to make sure my shots do not end up looking too over processed or post card like, but in the end the viewer will always relate what they see to what they have seen before.

C H Paquette  11 years ago

“There’s only a couple in there that have had a fair bit of post-processing done to them, the rest are all straight from the camera.”

Please identify the “few” with post processing… they all look ridiculously overworked or HDR processed to my eye… like a bunch of Thomas Kincade paintings.

Dejan  11 years ago

In regards to comments to images which have been “overworked”, “photoshopped”, “HDR’d” and the great Ansel Adams. Ansel Adams did do a fair amount of “post processing” to achieve his vision. Taking a photo, anyone can do. Taking a photo or a series of photos with a vision and producing is talent. Taking a long nite time exposure of an arch at Arches NP and light dodging requires some vision. But to bring out the best of that image requires some post processing to achieve what you have envisioned and saw before your photo shoot.

I would not knock or criticize post-processing. It IS part of todays digital work flow and makes photography very appealing to those with yearn to be creative. Yes, there are those images which I consider “over-cooked” and is not appealing to me, but the photographer / artist is being creative and has something to contribute to the art.

Tom Gaitley  11 years ago

Look at the second to last image of the trees with light beams filtering. There is no way, in my opinion, that one could capture that image without any filters or post-processing and still manage to show the detail in the trees while still maintain proper light exposure of the light beams, BUT it is probably very close to what the photographer’s eye saw. Does that make it “unnatural” as others have stated. And what is the difference between using a graduated ND on the camera versus a merged exposure bracketed image? Both are holding back “light” in one part of the image while allowing more “light” through in another – one just happens to be more mechanical than the other. But, both approaches bring to life an image similar to the capabilities of the eye and overcome the limitations of a camera. And don’t fool yourself, unless these are all RAW, the camera is doing post-processing. Sorry to rant, but I’m getting tired of the tone-mapping/HDR bashing. I can understand if people don’t like oversaturated, HDR images – that’s a personal choice. Sometimes I like them, sometimes I don’t. But either way, the images above in my mind have all the fundamentals of good composition, depth of field, etc., look beautiful (my opinion), and evoke emotion from the imagery. Nicely done.

stewart  11 years ago

most of them photoshopped? weather they are or not they just don’t grab my attention. They just don’t look real enough to be beliveible.

Infrared Photography  11 years ago

What’s wrong with Photoshop, the most important is to get a beautiful picture at the end.

Julia  10 years ago

of course – I don’t have to reiterate how amazing these photos are. But – as a budding photographer with an entry-level DSLR looking to up the ante on her photo taking, have to ask – HOW do you produce these?

Paul Chong  10 years ago

These images looks breathtaking and inspiring. Wonderful post :-)

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