Don’t Settle for a Snapshot

Landscape photography is vastly different from wildlife photography, as I have come to learn. This is not only because of the difference in subject matter. In wildlife photography, you are often at the mercy of the whims of the animal that you are trying to photograph. Sometimes, they fly or move away from that perfect location right before you get the shot. Sometimes, they are hiding behind branches or other obstacles that ruin the picture.

Landscapes and Cityscapes are, for the most part, static environments that mean that you can take your time finding the perfect lighting and position. Taking that time is one of the hardest things for me to do but it is worth it in the end.

Landscape photography allows you the chance to play around with your settings. Try a higher aperture to get the light starburst effect. Change your shutter speed and move around. Don’t forget to look at the pictures you’ve taken. See what you like and don’t like and then change it.

This picture was part of a series of approximately 100 images. The first images didn’t have the starbursts so I raised the aperture. Looking at the images on the camera showed that the buildings were overlapping and the water tower was completely covering the building behind it. Moving up and down the levee revealed a new angle where these issues were corrected.

All in all, we spent at least an hour working on this shot and it was time well spent. Take your time and enjoy the shoot. Your photos will be all the better for it.

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