Landscape photography

Take a view or take a few? The first maybe for some of you. The latter for me no doubt.

Take a view | landscape photographer of the year 2008 website. Deadline for contest entries is upcoming.

Nature photography refers to a wide range of photography taken outdoors and devoted to displaying natural elements such as landscapes, wildlife, plants, and close-ups of natural scenes and textures. Nature photography tends to put a stronger emphasis on the aesthetic value of the photo than other photography genres, such as photojournalism and documentary photography. Read the full Wikipedia article.

Ansel Adams, The Tetons and the Snake River – 1942

It’s this time of year again : upcoming holidays and change of scenery. I will be taking a few views in a Nordic country.

Landscape photography is all about light -and great skies for me-. They say that the light is of best quality two hours within sunrise or sunset, in rain and fog. So, I must comply and do some more brisk morning walking and (misty) shooting. Luckily early nordic summer rises are much more do-able than nordic winter night rises.

To get into the mood, I’m browsing the following websites:

Hans Strand

Jan Töve

Ian Wallace

Nanpa

Great outdoors 2008

And reading / viewing intrigueing:

Edward Burtynsky | exploration of landscape as transformed by industry

Richard Misrach | cultural landscapes

John Pfahls | altered landscapes

Andreas Gursky, Google Earth, and the Achievement of the World Picture

New York Art review | It’s Boring at the Top

Artlovers/report/kamiokande*

Stern | Andreas Gursky: Meister des Monumentalen – 8 photos, incl. Bahrein landscape

I wonder if I will come across a scenery like this next month … : Nordic moods | Arken museum | Nordic moods, landscape photography.

Often the most impressive landscape photos were made with a large format camera (or a medium format camera). It’s of course the details, sharpness and the quantity of information (DOF) that amazes us and makes us look twice or more. This summer I must read more about large format camera’s. (Wish I could borrow a light and simple one). However, I will go out with my antique medium format camera and/or my digital SLR and enjoy as usual calm beautiful but non-overwhelmingly spectacular countryside and archipelago. And I will have both eyes wide open (though still sensitive, my right eye is healing) to spot and capture the ‘exotic’ and extra-ordinary in the ‘ordinary’ out there. A good combination of theme, viewpoint, composition, light and or colors or concept, that’s what I need. Looking forward to my holidays…

* Super-Kamiokande or Super-K for short, is a neutrino observatory in the city of Hida, Gifu Prefecture, Japan. The observatory was designed to search for proton decay, study solar and atmospheric neutrinos, and keep watch for supernovas in the Milky Way. The Super-K is located 1,000 m (3,281 ft) underground in Kamioka Mining and Smelting Co.’s Mozumi Mine in Hida’s Kamioka area. It consists of a cylindrical stainless steel tank that is 41.4 m (135.8 ft) tall and 39.3 m (128.9 ft) in diameter holding 50,000 tons of ultra-pure water. More on Wikipedia | Super-Kamiokande.

updated 15.07.08