Landscape photographers often try to capture a feeling of peace and tranquillity in their images. If you are out with your camera at dawn, you will want to freeze the moment and capture that feeling of quiet stillness. David Hay has the story
Many of the best landscape photographs are taken in still conditions. The ever popular “Misty Morning” relies on there being little or no wind to disperse the mist.
Beautiful reflection pictures are possible only in the calmest of conditions. The current craze for using a 10-stop ND filter turns large bodies of moving water into millponds. This creates a “visual silence”. I wonder sometimes whether the introduction of video to our cameras, which I think few landscape photographers use, has triggered instead the desire to flatten moving water.
Most landscape photographs that sell well feature a tranquil mood. People seem to prefer a restful image on their wall to a “busy” one. If you are going to look at it every day, a quiet image with hidden details rewards repeated viewing in a way that a high-impact image might not.
The photograph this month was taken recently on Corfu Island in Greece, which I visited with Earth’s Beauty Tours, the photographic workshops’ and tours’ company. We arrived at the location, Vlacherna convent, in the pre-dawn light and set up our tripods on a narrow concrete causeway, just wide enough for our tripod legs. I used a…