I seem to be seeing a lot of landscape photography lately. You Tube has lots of photographers filming themselves going about their business, taking us to locations we can only dream of going to. Social media, when not showing us what some people had for dinner, is also well stocked with landscape shots, rising and setting suns. There is nothing wrong with this, it’s good to see what people are doing in the great outdoors and some of the pictures are truly wonderful but I prefer urban landscapes, something with a building in the picture, maybe.
So the picture this month is a bit of both. A lakeside scene within an innner city park. There are houses in the background although at 18mm they are a little difficult to clearly see. I have included some foreground detail, as landscape photographers do, and selected an fstop of f11 to keep focus from front to back. A good interesting sky, whispery stretched out clouds, and choppy water adds to the texture of the picture.
A true landscape photographer may have used a 10 stop Neutral Density filter and possibly a graduated ND filter or a polarisor and consequently a tripod.This would have smoothed out the water, blurred the clouds, lowered the highlights and taken the shine off the water. There’s no reason why I did not use any of these for this particular shot other than I did not have them with me! This is my local park, this is where I walk my dog, I just took the picture.
I converted the RAW file to black and white because I think it looks better that way. I did it in colour to start with but I could not get it quite how I wanted it and went to black and white to see how it would look. I liked the effect so kept it.
I may do the same, or similar, shot using my tripod and filters and see what the results are like. I should probably venture out a bit further and take in some landscape photography, slow down and see the picture! As I have been told time and time again, it’s all about the composition, composition, composition.
Nikon D800 18-35mm f11 1/160 ISO 100