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A Slightly Lame Landscape Photography Advice: Finding A Favourite Place

Spring is slowly (too slow in my opinion) taking over and the launch of my photographic season is getting closer. Since the next vacation and the possibility for visiting locations further away is still way ahead I will use the time to re-visit some of favourite locations close by.

This reminded me of a talk that I have been holding during a presentation of my work at the end of the last year and I would like write a bit about one of the topics that I have talked about: the importance of having a local, favorite place.

Why do I think this is important?

I guess only a few of us have the pleasure, or privilege, to live right in the middle of a wonderful location, say the Lofoten Islands, Scotland, Iceland… you name it, therefore finding inspiration in the surroundings is crucial. Of course, it is exciting and inspiring to do trips to remote locations and photograph the scenery there, but for me it is as important to have to have the chance to go out and photograph the landscapes in my close neighborhood once the conditions are right.

Not only it is important for my own mental health but also to learn about a certain location, to learn about how the light develops, to learn about how a location not only changes in certain conditions but also during the course of the year. Or simply to learn about composition in general and challenging oneself finding a different view or a different approach to a yet familiar place.

Re-visiting a certain location and really trying to understand what to expect there under certain conditions is crucial, and it naturally is beneficial for all other locations that one might want to visit. I have a few places here close-by which I visit frequently once the conditions are right and I also have time to take benefit of these.

To make my point I will feature a new series here on the blog in which I will write a little about these locations, my preferences and post images from these locations which I took over the time. I hope you will enjoy these kinds of posts.

The first post in this series will be published in the next week.

  1. As you say, one of the most important things is to get to know a certain location, know the lighting, position of the sun or moon, many landscapes are wonderful under moonlight, get to know the time of the day and the season of the year. Great post and very nice images.

  2. I too really like to have a favourite spot. Not only can you count on it in those times when your imagination fails you to find a new spot, but it can exercise your skills in trying to find a new way of shooting the same thing each time.

    • Hi Anne!

      totally agree with you Anne. Spots like that are useful in many ways. I hope that will be also visible in my upcoming posts.

  3. There’s nothing lame about this advice and very nice to have seen your work as well from one landscape shooter to another. Look forward to the next post.

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