Coastal Landscapes

I found an article that was of particular interest to me, as it covered a topic that I have recently been working on. It covers tips and ideas on how to capture a dramatic coastal picture.

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Digital Photo | May 2014

The image featured is by Guy Edwardes who is a professional landscape, travel and wildlife photographer based in South West England. Edwardes provides a wide variety of images for publishers and advertisers around the world and his images are of high quality and are creative and atmospheric. The picture was shot in Embleton Bay and shows the ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle at dawn. The foreground of the image was sharpened during post production.

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Dunstanburgh Castle, © Guy Edwardes, All rights reserved.

The best time of day to shoot a scene such as this is at dawn or dusk, this is the time that the sun floods the landscape with warm and golden light, creating an aesthetically pleasing image. To capture a shot such as this, you will need to extend the shutter speed and set your ISO as low as it will go (typically 100) and set the aperture to the minimum so as to decrease the amount of light let into the camera, then you can set your shutter speed for a long period without the risk of overexposure. It may be necessary to use a Neutral Density (ND) Filter to further reduce the amount of light, allowing for even longer exposure times. A tripod will be essential, especially when shooting with a slow shutter speed.

“Drama is on hand in the form of breaking waves. To capture this energy in your shot, extend your shutter speed”

(Digital Photo, 2014)

References

Guyedwardes.com, (2014). Guy Edwardes Photography. [online] Available at: http://www.guyedwardes.com/index.php [Accessed 29 Apr. 2014].

Shoot Dramatic Coastal Pics. (2014). Digital Photo, (181), pp.32-33.

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Landscapes – Landing the Best Landscapes

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Digital Photo Magazine | May 2014

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Digital Photo Magazine | May 2014

I came across more articles on landscape photography in my Digital Photo magazine. The article is very informative and gives comprehensive information and advice on all things “landscape photography” including the best ways to shoot and the best equipment to use.

Equipment and Approach

It is not essential to use specialist equipment but it will certainly help you and make the job a lot easier. The recommended lenses to use are wide angle lenses, typically 10-12mm, this will aid you to frame up a larger angle-of-view than a standard kit lens (18mm +). Taking control of your aperture is also a step forward into capturing a landscape, typically a smaller aperture (f/11-f/22) will help you to capture more detailed and focused shots. Tripods are also recommended, not only will this keep your camera steady to give you the sharpest possible shots but it also helps you consider your framing and your composition more carefully.

In this article they show an image from photographer Marc Adamus. Adamus is a landscape photographer based in Corvallis, Oregon, who specialises in Wilderness Photography. His images are striking and definitely worth a look. I have provided a link to his website here.

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Never Ending Light – Boundary Range, BC:Alaska Border. © Marc Adamus

The above image was taken with a 14-24mm wide angle lens. The dodge & burn tool were used in Photoshop to add more drama to the scene. A beautiful image that really captures the mood of the scene.

References

Adamus, M. (n.d.). Never Ending Light – Boundary Range, BC/Alaska Border. [image] Available at: http://www.marcadamus.com/photo/neverending-light/ [Accessed 27 Apr. 2014].

Landing the Best Landscapes. (2014). Digital Photo, (181), pp.28-29.

Landscapes – The Complete Guide. (2014). Digital Photo, (181), pp.26-27.

Marc Adamus Photography, (2014). Marc Adamus Photography – Unforgettable Wilderness Photography. [online] Available at: http://www.marcadamus.com [Accessed 27 Apr. 2014].

Capturing a Panorama

Whilst looking through my monthly subscription to Digital Photo magazine, I came across an interesting article which showcased a panoramic landscape photograph by an Australian photographer by the name of Jadon Smith. It explains how he captured the shot and the techniques that he used. His final image was made up from 5 individual images and he describes how he had to take the shots hand held, as he did not have a tripod with him at that particular time…something I can relate to earlier on in the week, when I forgot to pack my own tripod. The lens that he used was a 28-300mm, which is not ideally the best lens but he had to make do and I must say that his final image did not suffer despite this.

Smith shot in Aperture priority mode with the aperture set to f/13, to make sure that he obtained a deep zone of sharp focus. He shot in RAW and processed the images in Lightroom to get the overall exposure correct. Photoshop was used for the sticking (I prefer to use Hugin, as in my opinion it does a better job).

When shooting a multi shot panorama, there are some tips that can be very useful:

  • Although multi shot panorama can be taken hand held, it’s a good idea to use a tripod to keep your shots level.
  • Attach your camera securely to the head, then tilt it 90º so that you are shooting in portrait orientation (this means that you get more of the sky and the ground within the picture).
  • After each shot, pan across, ensuring that you incorporate a large overlap between shots (around 30% should be sufficient).

Jadon Smith’s image can be viewed by clicking on this link.

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Digital Photo Magazine | May 2014

References

500px.com, (2014). Yosemite HDR. [online] Available at: http://500px.com/photo/61659831/yosemite-hdr-by-jadon-smith?from=user [Accessed 26 Apr. 2014].

Capture the Full Majesty of a Scene with a Panorama. (2014). Digital Photo, (181), pp.22-23.