The Story Behind A Landscape Photograph (Part One)
by Dave Mobbs – April 4th, 2018
Landscape can be one of the easiest photography subjects, but you will often find that there is much more to this subject than meets the eye. In this two-part blog series, we sat down with our talented Coloratti Ambassadors to hear more about their experiences as landscape photographers.
“I love travelling and getting to know new places and countries. In nature, away from the stress of everyday life, I’m the most relaxed, and photography is part of this. I’m intrigued by lighting in natural landscapes and interested in the ways lighting can transform textures, shadows and colours in the environment.
My passion for photography began with a journey through southern Europe to Morocco. It was for this trip that I bought my first DSLR camera. But my most memorable landscape photograph was taken in an ice cave, during my recent trip to Iceland . We hiked over a glacier to the ice cave. For over an hour I was able to enjoy the surreal scenery and intense colours in the noon sunlight.
In my landscape photography kit I always carry an X-Rite ColorChecker Passport Photo to create camera profiles, check the colours captured in the image and perform necessary colour correction. In addition to my Canon EOS 6D with Laowa 12mm lens, NiSi Filterholder, Polarizer filters and Benro FTA29CV1 travel tripod.
For those looking to start landscape photography, I would recommend going out and getting to know your camera. Experiment with its possibilities. You should also use the best light of day; I typically photograph early in the morning or at the end of the day. Most importantly, landscape photographers should be adventurous!”
” I’ve always had a passion for photography and when I moved to La Spezia in the north-west of Italy, I spent my spare time roaming in the beautiful sea town. I really felt that nature gave me a sense of peace and detachment from the rest of the world. As I am a completely self-taught photographer, I haven’t followed the same path as everybody else. Instead, I’ve developed my own personal style and vision. Whilst continuing to travel in search of new landscapes to photograph, I now work in Milan collaborating with companies and magazines for the diffusion of photographic culture in Italy and around the world.
Personally, my favourite picture is ‘Elements’ and I shot it in Iceland, in late winter. We had been with battling challenging weather conditions, but on the last day of my trip the storm cleared. It was the perfect moment to capture the image, due to the particular shape of the cloud. With my Nikon D810 with Zeiss Distagon T* 3.5/18mm and NiSi Filters, I jumped in the car and drove to the location that I had been thinking about all week. I just had to press the shutter button on my camera and nature did everything else for me!
My advice to those starting out in landscape photography would be to never underestimate planning. Everything that you can check at home is time saved in the field. Additionally, you should regularly calibrate your monitors to ensure that the images you are editing on screen accurately represent the images captured during the shoot. I use the X-Rite i1Display Pro and it helps me to streamline my workflow with guaranteed colour accuracy.
Ultimately, don’t give up, follow your intuition and visit the location again and again “.
“Based in Maderia Island, I am a Portugeese economist who also happens to be an amateur landscape and seascape photographer. I started shooting in 2010 in an attempt to capture family moments. The subsequent passion for landscape photography stems from the fact that I love to be in contact with nature, and it helps me to meditate.
One of my favourite images is called ‘Soul Seeker’ and it was captured in Pico do Arieiro, Maderia Island, Portugal. After a frustrating outcome the day before, which involved getting out of bed at 5am on a windy and cold morning, we tried our luck again at sunrise.
We finally reached our destination and found a spot high above the clouds. But the sun wasn’t due to rise for another 30 minutes. Over 1800 meters high at Pico do Arieiro, accompanied by a cold cutting wind, we found ourselves facing a blanket of clouds. After a few shots with my X-Rite ColorChecker Classic, I saw an opportunity to capture the image. I used my Canon 5D Mark III and Canon 16-35 with F11, ISO 100 and 30″ exposure, Nisi Filters, FLM Tripod and Remote Shutter.
With very little result the day before, it would have been easy to stay at home… Fortunately, it all paid off and I was able to take one of my favourite shots of all times!
As a self-taught amateur photographer, I can say that determination is crucial to becoming a successful landscape photographer. You will always face challenges that will push you to give up, but in order to get through, you must have a great love for photography and continue to practice, observe and talk with other photographers”.