Guest post by Joe Farace
I’m not a serious landscape or nature photographer but I do enjoy making these kinds of photographs for fun. And one of the guiding philosophies over at my own blog is to have fun with your photography.â€ Back in the Jurassic era, as a student at the Maryland Institute, College of Art in Baltimore, I developed a series of guiding principlesâ€•you can callâ€™em suggestion if you like, on the â€œwhatâ€ and â€œhowâ€ for photographing landscapes that I still follow today.
These four principles are not cast in concrete and are presented here only as guidelines for your own explorations in genre of landscape photography. Feel free to useâ€™em or loseâ€™em:
1. Photograph locally
2. Use a wide angle-of-view
3. Create the maximum depth-of-field
4. Saturate the colors
Letâ€™s look at #1 today: While it may be a gross oversimplification to say that anybody can make a great photograph in Monument Valley the truth is that that the art of landscape photography often seems to get confused with the real estate business because of itâ€™s emphasis on location, location, location.
Tip: Each weekday and some weekendsâ€•no matter the weatherâ€•I take a three-mile walk and usually take along a camera because I never what I may want to photograph. Using images captured during these walks, I produced a presentation called â€œRight in Your Own Backyardâ€ that I present to various groups and people are always surprised what I can find within a short walk from my home. You can do it too; just give it a try.
A four hour drive may not be â€œlocalâ€ to some people but thatâ€™s how long it takes to get to Aspen from where I live. The Maroon Bells in the Elk Mountains near Aspen Colorado consists of two peaks. South Maroon Peak (14,156 feet) and North Maroon Peak (14,014 feet) that are separated by about a third of a mile. This view is often cited as most-photographed spot in Colorado and thatâ€™s because itâ€™s an easy one to make if the weather cooperates. You get off the shuttle bus and can walk up to the side of Maroon Lake and click! I was lucky to catch the effects of the first snow of the season and on my wifeâ€™s birthday.
Visit Joe Farace at his blog â€œSaving the World, One Pixel at a Time.â€ (www.joefaraceblogs.com)