There is no doubt that with landscape photography, a little planning can help you get luckier. But even the best planning in the world does not guarantee you the perfect results. In the end you still need a little luck on your side. Maybe there is a lesson there, it's not always down to us, luck will always play a role.
When someone says something like "wow, you were lucky to get that image!". It is tempting to think of the planning and effort that went into it and feel that putting it all down to luck is somehow wrong. But on some level it is true and they have a point. On the other hand, when we come back from a day out and the images lack that wow factor, secretly which do we blame?
I must admit when I heard this phrase earlier in the week, it caught my attention. With all of the one click, attention grabbing, cliche filters out there, it would seem hard to believe. But even with these, despite the briefness of the exchange, the content of the image does plays some role in the final choice of settings.
Some images take longer to process than others, longer to find the right balance and mood. To bring out the qualities in the image that first attracted you. To show the viewer of the image what you saw. That is no surprise, each image brings its own unique qualities, and challenges. Part of learning how to post process images is learning to recognise the issues and the techniques that can best take advantage of them.
Anything more than 500 yds from the car just isn't photogenic. - Brett Weston
The best landscape images are not always when the sky is on fire or the peace of the blue hour leaves stills the world. If the landscape only looked great around sunrise and sunset then why can it take our breath away, just simply driving around a corner. Landscape images show us the world in all its moods and find the beauty within them.
Do you remember laying on your back, looking at the clouds in the sky and trying to see characters and shapes. Did you call out to our friends, hey look that's a rabbit.... or that's looks like a witch on her broom... Relaxing in the summer sun without a care in the world, this is the joy of childhood. Of course now we are adults we don't do that anymore, how silly...or maybe not. Do we take the time, make the time to just relax. Sure our lives are busier and we have more responsibilities, but that doesn't mean things like watching the clouds are only for children. In this case Kelly pointed out the dog on the cloud.
The image reminds me of lazy summer evenings at the beach, warm winds and relaxing meals. In truth the wind was cold, it is still early spring, and we were miles from the sea. Still it was a nice way to watch the sun set.