Photographing changing landscapes ...


"Landscape photographers thrive on variety. It's a bad idea to shoot the exact same image as someone else, and, while not quite as bad, shooting a very similar composition to an existing image usually isn't considered much of an achievement. A good landscape photo should be original in at least one way, and finding a unique composition, a different, fresh look, is an important part of originality. But the photography world is booming, and every other photographer has images of iconic locations.

"Year by year people shoot the popular destinations, metaphorically grinding them to photographic dust. Change the angle, catch different light, go lower, go higher - a rock is a rock is a rock, and unless you're thinking about cryogenically freezing yourself to wait thousands of years for the landscape to erode - you're pretty much stuck with it, and compositions will eventually be exhausted. One method of dealing with this is avoiding iconic locations. What good is a shot of rock arch that's already been shot a million times, iconic as it is?

"Perhaps you'd be better off looking for other features in the area, such as a less-noticed boulder, and shooting that instead.

"A better solution is to shoot changing landscapes to begin with. Landscapes that change quickly with time and with the elements provide an infinite variety, effectively solving the originality problem one faces with constant landscapes. In contrast to slowly eroding stone that can take eons to change, some landscapes can take days, minutes or even seconds to change the way they look and contribute to your shot."

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