All images used with the permission of the photographers in our interviews.
Landscape photography is pretty tough to get right–but some Landscape Photographers tend to stand out more amongst the rest. In our almost eight years of doing this site, we’ve come across the work of many incredible Landscape Photographers.
The artists after the jump will inspire you to no end.
“It is simply all about where and when I point the camera and what catches my eye and triggers my imagination,” he said about his creative vision. “Not sure how to explain, it’s just an instinctive reaction to being in a place and gauging what it is which makes an interesting picture.”
“It is helpful to think about a scene in black and white, but that’s not where I start. Yes, it must have contrast and texture and shadows but more importantly, I know it will be a successful image if after excluding the extraneous it tells a story or evokes an emotional response. In some cases this means removing the color if it detracts from the story or the emotional impact of the image”
“I also don’t work on photography unless the weather is shitty.” says photographer Nathan Wirth, who was born and raised in San Francisco. He is a self-learned photographer that uses a variety of techniques— including long exposure and infrared— to express his unending wonder of the fundamental fact of existence by attempting to focus on the silence that we can sometimes perceive in between the incessant waves of sound that often dominate our perceptions of the world. This is partially the foundation for his project: Slices of Silence.
Read more in our interview.
“There is always a way to improve your skill or make your business more successful, but my main goal is to keep people inspired. Keep them wanting to explore mother nature on their own. I constantly try to push myself to the next level and I hope that I can creatively encourage others to do the same.”
“In Lee’s epic but also somehow minimalistic photographs, there’s a clear line between light and darkness, as if he just happens upon scenes where lone mountains, modest chapels, and waterfalls take center stage and literally have the one spotlight in the entire theater directed upon them and nowhere else. And not only does Lee have a knack for emphasizing his subjects, drawing his spectators’ attention immediately to them, he knows how to perfectly set the overall mood of his photographs, evoking emotions from their viewers.”
“I am quite a restless person and can’t sit still for a long time. So if there is something to photograph I am always inspired. Nowadays I have so many ideas of what I want to photograph so I just need to find time to do it. Since I have photographed so much, I have developed a way to see what could end up being a great image. And I am really glad that I am able to do so. It was so frustrating in the beginning when all my photos looked like crap even though I had, what I think was a good idea.”
Michael J Quinn
“After moving to Colorado I started to explore more of the Rocky Mountains and the west. I was amazed by how the water had carved the desert southwest, how the glaciers had carved their way through the Canadian Rocky Mountains, how the water had shaped the coastline of Oregon and Northern California. Traveling to the Arctic – Iceland, Svalbard and Greenland – just took this desire to entire new level.”
“Given the unpredictable nature of the weather and conditions that far north we wanted to ask Franz a little about how he approached the challenge. “It was the water and the wind.” Franz said of the environment, “It was very hard to stay dry and keep clean the lenses and filters especially during long exposures up to 8 min. with a ND 3.0 Filter.”
“Northern lights in black and white with a hint of toning were on my mind for a long time until last fall I got to finally create this series.” says Joni Niemelä. His work has been featured here on the Phoblographer before, but his Northern Lights images aren’t his true creative self. Instead, he explains that his other series called White Flames is more in line with his thought process. “I wanted to bring out more the shapes and luminosity of the Aurora Borealis and I think monochrome is the best method to do that. When you take out one element (colors) one can focus more on these features of the photo.”