There are times and moments where even the best autofocus from the most advanced cameras won’t be able to deliver the image that you really want from them. In a situation like this, more advanced photographers often opt for a different method: zone focusing. Way before autofocus was even a concept, this is the method that was tried and true from many photographers out there. Lots of the world’s most iconic images were taken using this method and what you’ll find overall is that this old way of doing things can greatly help you out.
All images by Chris Carr. Used with permission.
“As a photographer I pride myself in always looking at things differently.” says photographer Chris Carr. “My photography has come from my desire to share the beauty of this world from many years of traveling. From these travels I have developed an eye for capturing images which elicit a particular feeling, time or place.” Carr’s images have a surreal feeling to them in some ways–or at least his “Puddle Reflections” series does. These photos look to capture landscapes from reflections in puddles. They’re fun and they seem to merge worlds into one another.
All Images Copyright Franz Sußbauer. Used with Permission
Landscape photography is so much more than driving out to a remote location and snapping a few images. It takes time, dedication, planning, and lots of trial and error. When we first came across these incredible images from Franz Sußbauer for his series ‘Winter in Norway,’ we that they were something special. Anyone can go out and snap some landscape snapshots, but capturing nature’s emotion, the ebb and flow, and to do so in such detail – that takes talent and know how. “My plan was to make great pictures of a great landscape. Pictures like paintings with a hyper-realistic mood.”Franz said of the series.
All images by James Wigger. Used with permission.
Some of the coolest and most creative things in the photo world are often done with analog cameras and film– and some of the work of photographer James Wigger is a big testament to that statement. He was born in Farmington, Missouri in 1957 and has had work exhibited in Scotland, France and the Netherlands along with a number of galleries in the US while also having been featured in numerous magazines and books. James lives and works in Brooklyn, New York–which I guess you can say makes him one of the cool kids.
James has a very interesting method for what he calls his Liquid series. He would shoot an instant film photo, cut it open, spray liquid inside while it was developing, and look at the really cool and almost painteresque results.
If you’re a photographer that has ever shot during the Blue Hour, then you’ll understand how the lack of sun but still having little light can really help you to create potentially beautiful photos. There are loads of photographers who purposely don’t shoot during sunny days or the Golden Hour. Some photographers bill it as the softbox effect while others just like to go out and shoot. It works for photographers like Nathan Wirth and many more.
So if you’re feeling down about the weather, then here are reasons why it should motivate you to get out there and shoot.
All images by Michael J Quinn. Used with permission.
Photographer Michael J Quinn is a landscape photographer does lots of work in the Arctic. His project, Saga of Ice, has been featured on the site before. While it’s the main thing that he’s pushing these days, he also works on another project: the Forgotten.
The Forgotten is a project documenting the landscapes of Colorado and tries to specifically analyze how the pioneers and those who came after tried to shape the land. Much of the project can be seen on Behance, but like many fine art photography projects, the intent isn’t necessarily clear.
So I talked to Michael about it.
All images by Andrea Securo. Used with permission.
Photographer Andrea Securo is quite lucky. He’s a geology student that lives by the mountains and that has a great talent for photographing dolomites. I found his work via Behance and was intrigued by his sense of composition, use of contrast, etc. He’s studied the work of many photographers such as Chris Burkard, Sebastian Salgado, Ansel Adams, and more. If he keeps at it, his work may even be up there with those wonderful photographers.
All images by Bjørg-Elise Tuppen. Used with permission.
“Through the Enchanted land series I wanted to convey not only the beautiful and dramatic landscape up here, but also the feeling it afflicts on you when you dwell in it” says Bjørg-Elise Tuppen about his project called The Enchanted Land. Bjørg-Elise lives in northern part of Norway; and received a Bachelors degree in Graphic Design from the University of Herefordshire. But this is more than just a series of landscape photos.
On finding his work on Behance, you’ll see two parts of a project that he calls “The Enchanted Land.” But what you’ll notice about the images is an almost ethereal look to them.