Sunday, April 19, 2009

landscape photography

Landscape photography is the supreme test of the photographer - and often the supreme disappointment.
--Ansel Adams (1902-1984) American Photographer

A farm in Gray, TN. Tom Ang suggests in his book Digital Photographer's Handbook that there are three essential elements of landscape photography: place, time and means. I certainly found a wonderful place for this photo, and I especially liked the old tree leaning in, and the old gravel road leading the eye into the scene. In terms of means, I used a graduated neutral density filter to hold back the highlights in the sky, while allowing the detail of the grass to be exposed. If I have a disappointment about this shot, it's the timing -- I didn't get there in time to get the golden rays of the setting sun lighting up the barn in a warm glow. But hey, two out of three ain't bad. :) Hang around landscape photographers long enough and you'll hear lots of sentences beginning with the words "Next time..."

Details: Nikon D90, 18-200mm lens at 48mm, f/29 for 6 sec, ISO 125

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