Why I will never be a great mountain landscape photographer
This is one the hardest blog postings for me to write – because I love landscape photography. I loved my trip through Zion and Bryce … the whole Southwest is amazing. The simple fact is I will never become a great mountain landscape photographer because I live in Florida J we don’t have that many mountains here.
The morale of the post is you have to make decisions about your photographer from time to time in your life. When I really started to take photography seriously more than just a hobby … when I got really passionate about it I was playing a lot of golf. Over that time I used to take my camera with me on every golf trip and I would capture the course and a story about the course. My whole genre was golf course reviews with pictures.
I believe my review of the courses were the dominant thrust of my posts at that time and with good reasons I got to play some great course… Mission Hills, Firestone and Sawgrass to name a few … although I took pictures, as well I don’t know that I was really a photographer yet.
For personal reasons I’m not playing golf but that of course didn’t stop my passion for photography if anything it grew it. I was living on the West Coast at the time and started doing some traveling through California, Utah and Nevada that of course hooked me on mountainous landscape photography.
I went through all phases of it including HDR, Panoramic, and Film so why do I tell you all this?!? Well – it’s because living in Florida now has taken away which I thought had been my only passion or photography genre… but it hasn’t! It’s helped me grow.
Now – Wildlife, Long Exposure and Sunset photography are my growth areas and I’m having a blast learning about ND / Grad’s and other filters… Golden, Blue and other hours of the day that have different effects on silhouettes, shadowing and positioning.
The only way for me to be a great mountain landscape photographer at this point is to travel to those areas. It’s expensive, it’s time consuming and it’s hard on equipment to ship it all around… I will get back and I will improve in those areas but if I could leave you with one thought … look around you. No matter where you live you have something that nature produces for you… for you to capture… to improve your art and skill and to enjoy.
The journey for me now is different than it was… only the path though not the goal. Capture the amazing beauty around me and share it through my lens…
Don’t stop shooting just because your subject has changed…. Change your shooting!!