Look Back & Sideways
Dear Friend, one thing that sometimes happens when I head out to make landscape photos, would best be described as uneasiness. You see, I’m talking about the moments when you arrive at a location and you are free to shoot what you want. No conditions are imposed, you’re taking photos for yourself and for your audience. You’re there on your own time, not getting paid, and doing what you love. Making photographs. Finding what to shoot and how to compose and expose is entirely up to you. Once you have found the spot, don’t forget to look back and sideways.
There are times when you are en route and something catches your attention. You stop, make a photo, are rather content with the outcome and continue. Sometimes, however, you arrive at the destination and don’t “see” what you will be making a photo of. You walk up and down a bay, climb a tree, take different photos and you feel the onset of uneasiness. Because you haven’t found the spot, you haven’t made that photo. You think about not getting a single good shot. This is the type of uneasiness I mean.
Once You’ve Found The Spot
Once you have set the tripod up, got the composition sorted and are just waiting for the right (natural light) conditions to make that special photo, don’t forget to look back and sideways. Often, there are other great photo opportunities, but we are too focused on looking into the viewfinder only. Here’s an example: The first photo shows what I decided to concentrate on, what caught my attention. The second photo is basically a result of turning 90 degrees to the left and crouching to get a lower angle. The centre of my mass didn’t move, I was still in the spot.
Best wishes, Ben