Shooting My First Landscape Photo
Written 7 years ago by Lee Milthorpe
Two weeks ago I set myself a goal for the new year. That goal was to take a landscape photograph. A resolution so simple that I couldn’t possibly fail and I’m pleased to tell you that within 7 days I achieved my target.
Most of the world seems to have been covered in thick clouds of snow recently. One of those places was right here, where I’ve been quarantined in my own home by the weather for the last couple of weeks. I did manage to break free on one occasion though, armed with my camera, tripod and about seventeen layers of clothing and I set out for the park!
When it comes to shooting landscapes, I’m a complete beginner so I was heading out, not entirely sure what I wanted to capture. I knew roughly what camera settings I would be using, I also knew that to get the perfect shot, I would need the perfect lighting. The sky had been a dull grey colour for days but luckily the day I broke free was the day the sun decided to join me, creating a warm glow over the otherwise freezing landscape.
About an hour and 50 shots later, the sun had set and my first day of landscape photography was over. I was hopeful that I had managed to capture the combined feeling of cold and warmth somewhere in the mix but I also half expected to get home, download the photographs and end up with a folder full of garbage.
I would love to tell you that I had 50 breathtaking images but the truth is, I didn’t. Not even close! There was however 1 image that I quite liked and it was the very last photo I had taken. It was far from being perfect but it had something that the other 49 images lacked. It made me feel like I was back there in the park, taking the shot all over again. It wasn’t just another photo, it had meaning. At least to me anyway.
That’s what photography is all about.
After loads (and I mean loads) of post processing trial and error, I had something that I think I’m happy with. Here is the final result:
You can see a larger version on Flickr.
I’d like to hear your thoughts from a photographers perspective. What would you have done differently? How could the shot be improved? What do you like or dislike about the photograph?
Don’t hold back, I’m ready for any criticism you can throw at me and hopefully we’ll all be able to take something away from the discussion.