A confession: I love landscape and nature photography. I don’t consider myself a landscape/nature specialist, although nature photography was my very first photography love. Backpacking in the Appalachians as a teenager, I attempted to photograph the beauty that I was experiencing with my Instamatic (read ‘point and shoot’) camera of that era, and was sorely disappointed in the results. That led to my first ‘real’ camera, a Konica 35mm rangefinder that shot beautiful, sharp photographs….the beginning of my continuing photographic journey.
Here are some landscape and/or nature photography articles or sites that I think you might find interesting. Bookmark the ones you like!
‘The Light Fantastic’ by Ted Leeming & Morag Paterson at The Luminous Landscape.
Wow! Read through this story of personal discovery—or rediscovery, really, of the naive wonder of nature photography, expressed in a truly intimate, personal way. You won’t come away without new questions for yourself about your own approach and results. Beautiful, impressionistic photographs from the wilds of Scotland.
Quality vs. Value at The Luminous Landscape—A thoughtful, carefully-worded trek through the world of digital camera costs vs. value as multi-megapixel sensor advances have flattened out and we’re left to ask what we’re paying for, along with some beautiful images from a photo safari trip to Antartica. A great read!
Perserverance at Serious Amateur Photography
Jeff Lynch is a landscape/nature photographer in Texas whose writing style I find particularly engaging and easy to read. Here’s a piece about what it takes to shoot great landscape photos. Don’t let the “Amateur” in the title of his blog fool you, these are seriously nice images!
Neil Creek is an Australian photographer who many of you may be familiar with (he’s got an ebook selling online right now at the Digital Photography School called Photo Nuts & Bolts). But I want you to go to his site and check out his pans. They are beautiful and done with a little piece of software that allows you to ‘go into’ the photo and mouse around, scrolling and looking at different angles of the image. This sounds like I’m describing a gimmick, but in this case it really works. His panoramas are stunning!
Eliot Porter revolutionized landscape photography. He was the first of his generation to shoot color landscape photographs, using a dye transfer printing method which conferred upon his images something close to the archival quality of black and white prints. (Up until then, color was too short-lived to be taken seriously by art photographers.) These are stunning images. Unfortunately I haven’t found a web source that does them justice. You really need to see these images in the original full-sized, ‘coffee table’ books, most of which are still available. Appalachian Wilderness, Glen Canyon, The Color of Wildness (Aperture) are three amazing examples. Might want to hit your local library too to see if they have any of his original hard cover editions.Eliot Porter page at Amazon.com
Paul Butzi’s Musings on Photography blog
I love reading Paul’s blog. I go there when I want to slow down mentally and take a moment to reflect upon why we do what we do…not strictly a nature or landscape site, but Paul’s imagery tends to usually be naturalistic. Here’s a takeout from his March 22nd post:
“It’s staggering to me that so many photographers think photography is about sitting at a computer and reading stuff on the internet, or sitting with a book and reading about photography in their den. And it’s really about – dare I utter the phrase? – *making photographs*.”
Go poke around Ted Orland’s web site and you won’t be disappointed. His pans remind me of the Polaroid work of David Hockney, really interesting and sometimes challenging to view. The hand-colored stuff is great too. Orland is one of the co-authors (with David Bayles) of the best-selling Art & Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of ArtMaking. Highly recommended. Art & Fear: Observations On the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking
Anybody have a favorite nature or landscape site? Favorite article on the subject? Favorite book? I’d be interested to see what inspires others…
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