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By: Ed Maxim
Impressionistic landscape photographers use photographic techniques that result in images that have elusive, surreal qualities. These photographs may seem less tangible and more unreal than other photographs, giving the impression of a landscape rather than the tangible reality of one.
Representational, this style of photography results in pictures that show realistic, natural scenery. The representational photographer uses no props, visual manipulation, or other components. This means that light, weather, and timing all play a crucial role in a successful representational photograph, as well as patience on the part of the photographer.
Abstract, in abstract landscape photography, components of scenery are treated as graphic elements, and can be manipulated and rearranged for composition purposes. Colors can e changed, as well as the shape of natural structures.
Choosing a Subject for Landscape Photography
Plants and trees, many photographers recognize the beauty and complexity of plants, trees, and other flora, and strive to shoot them in their natural state, while others have no qualms about altering conditions around their subject in order to get the best photo possible.
When you are choosing plants or trees as subjects for your landscape photographs, experiment with lighting and close, focused shots as well as shots at a distance. Remember that the time of day can also affect the quality of your photo, as some plants and flowers bloom at different times.
Mountains, most landscape photographers strive to get as much of the mountain in the shot as possible, which requires a powerful zoom and magnification lens in most cases. Study the mountain carefully before you begin photographing it, and look for interesting angles of shadow and light, as well as the shape and contour of the mountain itself.
Fields, ponds, and other open spaces when photographing these subjects, look for interesting focal points on which to center your photographs around. Try to photograph them at times when there are few distractions, such as animals and people present.
As with all types of landscape photography, the style that you choose when taking the photographs plays an important role in deciding how much artificial manipulation of the medium you should implement.
Landscape photographs are wonderful records of the beauty of the natural world, and many people, not surprisingly prefer landscape photographs over portraits and wildlife photos. From the simplest leaf to the tallest redwood tree, and mountain peak, nature has inspired generations of landscape photographers, and will continue to do so for generations to come.
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