Many of us would choose a genre to stick with a short while after we developed photography as a hobby. A big chunk would settle with landscape while others have gone crazy with macro, street photography, or portrait. Some may still be on the fence.
For me, I chose wildlife or specifically bird photography seriously as my genre of choice about five years ago after trying out macro and landscape. I emphasized the word seriously because the amount of investment poured into the gears which unlike those needed in landscape, macro, or street photography, the entry barrier in terms of cost is somewhat steeper.
Many would argue landscape is much easier to shoot than wildlife since your main subject is static/fixated rather than moving around like in wildlife. To me that is along the lines of a stereotypical statement. It may look easy and straightforward that you can take your own sweet time since the subject will not fly away.
However, once you get into it and try to match the images you have seen online, it won’t take long to know that you were wrong. No doubt the subject is always there but that is not the only element that makes up a good frame. You will find that other factors such as lighting, angle, timing, composition, and creativity at post processing are also part of the equations in creating an impeccable frame.
Sunrise and sunset shots are part and parcel of every landscape photographers; however, not every photographer produces the same shot even though the landmark or subject being captured is the same. This is where the other elements of the equations play a big role in making a masterpiece.
Often times working harder with high motivation tend to yield a better result. For example finding a sweet spot of the location a day before or much earlier before the golden hour. Many beginners would just want to be there right on time, shoot, and leave. That usually does not work out well.
Sunset sand sunrises do not wait for photographers that want to be there just in time to shoot and leave. Many have learned that the extra two minutes waiting to get a parking spot made them miss the golden hour altogether, not to mention scrambling to get the correct settings on the camera.
Just like what I mentioned in my shooting in the rain blog, just having the determination to get out there by getting up early for the sunrise shot and will definitely get you something, and you will no longer have to wow at the others works.
You may not get a jaw-dropping shot in the beginning, but at least you get the shot that others would wow simply by being there at the right moment of the golden hour.
Just like wildlife photography, trying to be different with landscape requires you to work extra, looking for unique spots, and when you’ve covered every single corner of local spots you would have to venture further out looking for new species sort of speaking. Some places may require more than a day hike, but your shot would definitely make others envious.
So who said landscape is easy?
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