Landscape Photography Tips Part #7

Seascapes – Beach Scenes and Mountain Landscapes

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Seascapes and Beach Scenes:

Seascape Photography and Beach Scenes are two of my favorite sub-genres of Landscape Photography. I spend a lot of time at the beach and am always intrigued with the different unique qualities that exist at different beach scenes.

There are many different questions you want to ask yourself when shooting a Seascape or Beach Scene. One question I have posed throughout this Landscape Photography Tips series, what emotion does your Seascape or Beach Scene evoke? How are you going to convey it in your composition?

When dealing with a Seascape or beach scene, are you dealing with a tranquil relaxing beach? A rugged rock studded beach with ocean spray jetting up over the rocks? Maybe an angry storm pounded beach with large swells in the ocean? Now you must figure how to best convey these emotions.

Some things to consider when shooting your seascape or beach scene are time of day, season and weather. What time of day will provide the best light for your image. You may have to spend some time at the scene to decide what time of day best captures the mood. What season is best for your scene? Obviously you won’t be shooting a warm summer beach scene in february on the Maine coast. Weather is a great indicator of emotion in any composition, use it to your advantage. These are just some of the ideas to keep in mind when you are searching your location for the most interesting vantage points

Ashore In Hawaii Triptych

Getting to know your scene is one of the joys of Landscape Photography. Really spend some time exploring the scene. Find out what makes this seascape or beach scene unique, then use it in your composition.

Conveying emotion in your image is one of the most important components of good landscape photography. Once you have decided upon the feeling you want to convey, you must find elements to reinforce this in your image. Show waves crashing on rocks to show a dramatic beach scene or lush tropical foliage and palm trees Lining a beach to make it tropical.

Oahu Palms Triptych

A word of caution: Sand, salt and water are all enemies of your camera equipment. Be sure to take steps to protect your equipment at all times. Be careful to shelter your camera from sand and wind. It’s easy to get sand in your camera while opening the back or changing lenses on a windy day.

Mountains In The Distance Triptych

Mountain Landscapes:

As I have stated before, conveying the emotion of the scene is very important. Decide what the character is of the mountains you are shooting and how you will convey this. Do you get the sense of rugged wilderness, peaceful tranquility or maybe a cold, harsh, windy environment. Find elements in the scene you can use to amplify the emotion. Whether it be snow blowing from a mountain peak or maybe a tree in the Mount Everest Triptychforeground to show the scale of a massive mountain range. Other key components to help convey the emotion are weather conditions, time of day for lighting and your vantage point. Spend time at your location to determine when the best light is available. Look for any unique qualities or characteristics the scene may posses and use them in your composition. Weather and atmospheric conditions can be great for conveying emotion in your composition, so use it. Also keep in mind the Rule of Thirds when shooting a mountain landscape photography scene. Where you place the horizon is another key component to your overall composition.


Other Landscape Photography Tips Articles

Landscape Photography Tips Part #1
Landscape Photography Tips Part #2
Landscape Photography Tips Part #3
Landscape Photography Tips Part #4
Landscape Photography Tips Part #5
Landscape Photography Tips Part #6
Landscape Photography Tips Part #7