Landscape Photography is Enhanced by the Evoked Emotions
When There Is a Visible Subject, the Emotional Atmosphere of the Photo Adds Extra Emphasis
Sometimes, when there is a visible subject, such as a mountain stream, the emotional atmosphere of the photo strengthens its message and increases its interest.
That is why I use a lot of filters in my photography. In addition to their technical uses, such as allowing me to improve the dynamic range and correct overexposed or underexposed areas, filters allow me to completely change the atmosphere of an image to create a strong emotional impression.
How I Create My Landscape Pictures
My landscape photos are never created randomly or on the spur of the moment. First, I always go through the recognition phase that I have talked about in other articles. During this stage, I let my imagination run free as I look at the area around me. I try to define the emotions which the scene arouses in me. I describe it in words such as dreaminess, abstraction, melancholy, joy, sorrow, etc. Once I have done this, either I set up my equipment or I note the place and come back later when the lighting is more suitable for what I want. If I cannot define the emotional atmosphere of the landscape, I go away, because I will not be able to take good photographs there.
Creating a landscape picture is always very personal. Such a photograph will appeal to some people, but not to others. I try to take photos that people will be interested in. For me, the worst case scenario is for no one to be interested in my pictures. That means that I failed to convey any emotions through the photo.
I always say that I practice photography in order to be loved. I do it to express what I feel, and I am always happy when someone is interested in my photos.
I believe that a landscape photograph should be thoughtful and express the photographer’s emotions. If it does not evoke any emotion, the photograph is simply a picture, not a work of art. This is why Gwenn Seemel’s definition of art works so well for me. A landscape photograph has to come from the heart. When I am explaining this to people, I often say, “It has to come from the gut.”
Technical Mastery Is Also Essential
To create a beautiful landscape photograph, the ability to convey emotions through photographs is essential, but before this can be achieved, mastery of the technology and techniques must be attained. Technical mastery is the foundation of beautiful photography. When I mention technical mastery, I mean both knowledge of how to use the equipment, and of how to process the photo. When technical mastery and emotion converge, the product is a picture which will interest an audience.
Over time, landscape photography has become a necessary part of my lives, because it is a form of art that allow me to fully express myself. When I am on the field, recording nature’s beauties, I am always serene, calm and happy. It is in these moments that I find joy and discover answers to my questions. Landscape photography allowed me to find the balance that I had sought for so long.
Be humble, patient, constant, persevering, and persistent because the road to excellence is long.