I am an amateur landscape photographer from Hoorn, a small city in the Netherlands. Here we don’t have the wide vistas, spectacular waterfalls, deep canyons and the beautiful maple groves as you show in your photographs and short movies. A lot of people here in the Netherlands therefore think it is much easier to shoot a spectacular landscape in the States than in a small and flat country like mine. But I believe that no matter where you live and how beautifull a place is in itself, we all have our own struggles to make a photograph that is different from the rest. And all of your blog posts, and especially this last one proves that there is no free ticket for a great photograph. It takes patience, skills and the right eye. I really admire the way you share both your successes as well as your struggles. Each of your posts is a learning experience in itself. Thank you for that.
Thank you very much for the well thought out post John. What you say is very true. There are many great opportunities for landscape photography here in the states, but that doesn’t necessarily make it easy. There are many scenes that look great at first glance, but then you notice something about the composition that doesn’t quite work. I’ve wandered the salt flats for hours at a time looking for just the right patterns, or the proper alignment with foreground and background elements. It’s often difficult to find just the right composition I have in mind, though I am often surrounded by beauty.
I think it’s important to give an accurate account of both my success and also my failure while in the field. There are many moments where the photo doesn’t turn out, or the conditions just aren’t right — but this only serves to make it even more sweet when I do manage to get a shot.