Getting A Impressive Look And Feel In Any Landscape Photos For Mora New Mexico

Composition - The Soul of the Photo

Composition is the core of the photo. Composition contributes to the work of art that starts from inspiration. Inspiration begins when you free the spirit to have the world around you and disconnect with the interior battles of everyday life. Actually being in the moment and experiencing nature links you with all around you.

Awareness of your surroundings without hindrance of external thoughts clears the mind, although it might sound like meditation and sharpening your perceptions. Where you didn't see them pictures seem. The components begin to art and align appears.

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Joseph Cornell in his book 'Listening to Nature How to Deepen Your Awareness of Nature' had this exercise. Walk into an area that you would like to photograph. Rather than setting up the camera and shooting. Sit down. Wait. Relax. Be still and feel the moment. Quite quietly become conscious of nature. The Native Americans called this 'quiet hunting'. You personally will be spoken to by nature, but you should be quiet. Nature talks gently. In case you are patient, nature will show herself to you. And unbelievable images will appear.

There are lots of times that I've entered the woods with camera in hand and not found anything that I needed to photograph. It may be that I was not ready or nature did not wish to show herself. That day, maybe she didn't feel photogenic. Scenes appear as if by magic, other days. If you can't find anything to shoot on any specified day, so do not be disappointed. Utilize that time to scout the place for future chances and revel in the fact that you've got an opportunity to be outdoors.

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Take this as an opportunity to plan for future shots. At these times think, what if the light was coming from another direction. A better image may be produced by coming back in the early morning or late day. The landscape changes. Perhaps shooting together with the foliage in brilliant colours, in the fall, or winter with a fresh layer of snow would create the photo that you want.

Don't run yourself when seeking that image. Time with nature is a delight all by its own self. The absolute joy of being one with the outside is worth the encounter should you not find anything to shoot.

For the photo hint of today, lets chat a little about landscape photography tips and techniques. This is going to be a review of matters we have discussed before, but many of us have not really tried using them. Set it as a goal for this particular weekend to get out there and use these landscape photography tips and methods to create something you could be proud of!

Light - with a portrait, we have total control. We can adjust the light levels, we can set our light where we want, we can put modifiers in front of it - like umbrellas, scrims, diffusion material, gobos and so on... We may do pretty much anything we want to get the image our mind has conjured up!

With cityscape and landscape photography, we're pretty much stuck with what nature provides us. There is not much we can do.

Or is there? With some preplanning, we can virtually guarantee a beautiful shot!

In an outdoor, landscape setting, there isn't much we can do to modify or correct the light, but we can become hyper aware of what light does at various times of day - and in various weather conditions.

First and foremost to achieve success as a landscape or cityscape photographer - you have to truly have a desire to lose sleep.

What am I talking about? Glad you asked! If you intend to start getting those dramatic landscape photographs with all the gorgeous colors, there is really only two times of day to shoot - at dusk and at dawn.

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But for a photographer, morning and twilight are a bit more enlarged than you are perhaps thinking. About twenty minutes before the sun first peeks over the horizon in the morning there's a 'false' dawn. You will be given those intense cobalt blue colors you see in contest winners, but have not been able to find in nature by this time of day!

As the sun gets closer and closer to the horizon, the colors will begin to get pinker. The colours you see at daybreak are NOT exactly the same as the colours you see at sundown. (They're more red and orange.)

So, drag yourself out of bed a couple hours before dawn in order that you will have the time to grab a cup of coffee (so you're awake enough to focus) and make your way to your predetermined spot, get set up and start shooting during the false dawn.

See what I mean about needing an urge to reduce sleep? Here's the good thing, the majority of your friends and camera club contest will probably be snoring away while you 'get the chance!'

Incidentally, there is a fictitious sunset about 20 minutes after the sun goes down. You're not spending that time watching TV are you?

Along with the fantastic colors, you also get excellent light angles!

Think of the last photo you saw of a body builder... Where was the light? I'd venture to guess that it was to the side. Actually about 90 degrees to the camera - version axis.

This peeking side light causes heavy shadowing around the muscles making them seem more defined and actually bigger. The light causes some specular highlights also - which makes the difference between highlight and shadow even more striking.

Now think of your cityscape or your landscape as a model that is muscle bound. The shadows brought on by the peeking sunlight will help define and accentuate the forms.

Next appearance for an interesting scene! Use foreground components to draw the eye into the photo. Use the rule of thirds, leading lines, diagonals and other compositional techniques to draw the viewer's eye to the 'star' of your photo. (Be sure you've got a well defined 'star!')

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Finally, throw in several clouds to reflect the sun's colors and add some visual interest to the sky and you will be well on your strategy to winning photo contests!

Do all of this at daybreak - then do a shot of exactly the same scene at noon. Ultimately, do it again at sunset and compare all your results. I think you will quickly begin to recognize just how important rules, techniques and all the photo hints we've been discussing really are!

Take record of these landscape photography hints and techniques, and make it a goal to USE THEM this weekend! Check back tomorrow for more...