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Photography: landscape photography

Woden Road South July 2012

I took this photo in 2012 with my Fujfilm S5600, since then I’ve moved on to a Nikon DSLR and have more experience. I think my style of photography has also changed. The scenes change too and the weather changes with the changing seasons. You don’t need an expensive camera to take good shots or to experiment.

1 Wood Street Footbridge resized

You don’t need good weather for a good photo either. You can see the ice on the tow path in this picture and most of the picture was in shadows. I did go back and take the same shot again when I had more light, for a shot to enter in a competition.

111 competition shot.

I went back several times to get that shot again. I arrived about an hour before sunset to get this shot and I think the angler in the shot improved it.

1 lake resize

This is in the same place as the first photograph, but I took this shot in winter with my Nikon D3200. I think the larger sensor does give a better image, the lighter colours of winter make it a good picture too. You don’t have to have a DSLR to do landscape photography though. Many cameras have options for ‘special effects’ such as making the picture ‘warmer’ in editing or in soft focus. I prefer to use software for editing, but the Nikon does allow me to shoot in sepia or black and white. I’ll be trying those options out and I think shooting video in sepia will be interesting too. Period television dramas like Downton Abbey use those effects and you can try it yourself with some cameras. You can also shoot stills in colour and then convert them to sepia in editing. Those techniques are good for cosplay when participants are wearing period costume.

What have you been pointing your camera at? Please share your thoughts in the comments box. You can also follow me on Twitter.


5 responses

  1. Great photographs, and you are so right (from my humble experience anyway), you don’t always need an expensive camera, or loads of kit to get a good shot.

    25, March 2014 at 2:49 pm

    • Hi Sophie,

      It is more interesting with the Nikon. I can change lenses and play around with filters, but you don’t have to spend a lot of money. I still use my Fuji and I’ve even started using my phone! Holding the phone still is still a problem though.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment. The rain has started again, but I am going to try some shots with the camera set on sepia soon. Probably people and buildings.

      25, March 2014 at 3:06 pm

  2. Hi Mike, Beautiful shots! I actually like the first tow path shot the best. The clouds in the sky seem to be at a right angle to the tow path giving the photo a wonderful structure.

    Do you prefer to use your camera for effects such as sepia or use editing software later? It would be interesting to see an article explaining your opinion on this. For example, you could take a photo using the sepia setting on your camera, then take one with the regular setting which later was edited to make the photo sepia. You could put them in the article to let the readers see the differences.

    Perhaps you don’t need a great camera but great software instead?

    25, March 2014 at 6:25 pm

    • Hi Carolyn,

      I have been practising with sepia because our local history group is going to meet again. I thought if everyone wore an old fashion hat I could take their photo in sepia, edit it to make it look at little like a vintage photo and we could do a rogues gallery. I did lot of photos of our Christmas party and I have a picture in the calendar too. Our next meeting might be a picnic in the park, unless it rains then it’ll probably be in the pub! I’m going to experiment with the filters too. I think I need to do a post on Cokin filters because that is quite specialised. I need to get some more and make sure I get the right size. Not only the attachments are different sizes for different lenses but the filters too. I have all the attachments for different lenses, I need more filter now. I really want a sepia one to try. They can be quite expensive though. The software does a good job without removing all the colour, so I’ll see which is best. My software doesn’t do video and shooting some video in sepia could be interesting! 🙂

      25, March 2014 at 6:49 pm

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