Every place is worthy of the creative energy of a landscape-hungry photographer.
Some of the greatest names in all of photography, in fact, built their careers largely from photographing landscapes, such as Edward Weston, Galen Rowell, and, of course, Ansel Adams. These legendary photographers - each an explorer in their own way - took their cameras to great wilderness areas and brought us images of places most of us might never otherwise see.
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Beautiful Landscape Photography: A Leading Pursuit of Photographers Since the Beginning
Landscape photographs, of course, are not limited to pictures of the American West, nor are they even limited to pictures of nature - or even pictures of land for that matter. A photograph that contains only sky and sea, for instance, is still technically a landscape (OK, call it a seascape if you have to!). Nor do landscapes have to be grand or spectacular or encompass great spaces - a photograph of your neighbor's vegetable patch is still a landscape.
Very simply, a landscape is a picture that describes a place. That place can be any place: it can be the parking lot at the mall, the streets of Paris, a Caribbean beach - or even the local hotdog stand.
Not to sound too much like Forrest Gump, but "everywhere you go, there you are." Every place is a place. A city park is a place. Your neighborhood is a place. And the Grand Canyon is a place. Here's more:
Beautiful Landscape Photography: The Suburbs
No matter how suburban the place in which you live, you live in an area overflowing with landscape ideas. Your yard, your street, the pond you grew up fishing at, the mini-mall where you shop, the ball field where your kids play little league - these are all the temples of the modern world. They deserve to be recorded.
Beautiful Landscape Photography: The Rural Landscape
There is something immeasurably calming and welcoming about the rural environment that is hard to find in any other type of environment and, judging from its popularity of wall calendars, it is a subject that has a universal appeal. Whether you're photographing a forgotten barn on a long-abandoned family farm or a country lane leading to a covered bridge, the world beyond suburbia is infinitely charming.
So, whether you live in the beautiful hills of Wisconsin, the Ozark mountains, by the beach, in the mini-mall-obsessed suburbs, or even in a busy urban center, the landscape is waiting for you to photograph it.
This article has been excerpted from a lesson in Jeff Wignall's online course at BetterPhoto.com:
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