What better way to celebrate nature in all its spectacular form than to capture its presence on camera. Landscape photography allows us to be transported to far away extraordinary places.
However, it isn’t just as easy as snapping what’s in front of you. A successful landscape photographer has to present the subject’s true spectacular form to their audience. But how can this be possible? A photographer is witnessing mother nature at her finest and they have to bring her home in a 15x30 piece of paper.
This is where the talent of a landscape photographer comes in. Precision, attention to detailpassion for the medium, expertise, admiration for the subject. All essential qualities.
We can’t talk about landscape photography without mentioning the father of the genre, Ansel Adams. Carrying a large-format camera with an f/64 aperture lens, Adams really set the bar high for his photographer descendants.
Adams dedicated his work to capturing the finest detail of the landscape. He produced work with such clarity and depth, the viewer can envisage the reality of the landscape. They really are transported there.
His love for nature wasn’t just depicted in his photography, he was an environmentalist, advocating against land development.
“We all know the tragedy of the dust bowls, the cruel unforgivable erosions of the soil, the depletion of fish or game, and the shrinking of the noble forests. And we know that such catastrophes shrivel the spirit of the people. The wilderness is pushed back, man is everywhere. Solitude, so vital to the individual man, is almost nowhere.” Adams, Ansel (1985). Ansel Adams, an Autobiography. Boston: Little, Brown, Pages 290-291.
Ask any landscape photographer and they would most likely include Adams in their list of inspirers. In today’s exponents we can still witness his legacy, as they go to incredible lengths (physically and geographically) to capture and celebrate nature’s beauty.
UK landscape photographer Lee Acaster takes his inspiration from the East Anglian regional vistas. His admiration for his native surroundings and his incredible patience and attention to detail is what makes him an award winning landscape photographer. He boasts a list of accolades including: overall winner for the International Garden Photographer of the Year 2017; overall winner of the Amateur Photographer Of The Year 2015 and overall winner for the British Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2014. Proudly following in the path of Ansel Adams.
Austrian photographer Roman Königshofer was inspired to take up landscape photography to capture his mountain adventures as a skater and snowboarder. He lives and breathes what he shoots and wants the viewers of his work to emotionally connect to this vision.