The Beauty of Landscape Photography
Looking out across a vast area and seeing a certain landscape for the first time gives a person an indescribable emotion. A truly beautiful site is one that leaves a person with few words, one that gives a person the chills, one that makes a person want to capture that moment forever. That is how I feel when I spot a marvelous landscape. I want to capture the image and never let it go. This sensation urges me to take hundreds of pictures of stunning scenery.
These pictures are a just few of the most spectacular views I saw this past summer throughout my travels across the United States and in Turkey. In the U.S., I was on a bus tour starting on the east coast, and finishing on the west coast. I also visited the highlights of Turkey.
One of the major things I focus on when I am taking a picture of scenery is the balance between close and far distance. The picture below was taken in the Palo Duro Canyon in Amarillo, Texas. I tried to focus on showing the enormous size of the canyon by including both parts of the canyon: the parts near me, and the part across from me. I love how the clouds look like they are rolling in above the camera.
Palo Duro Canyon in Amarillo, Texas
In the next picture, I tried to focus on contrasting the colors. I used the shadow in the trees near me to make a difference on the city below. This is a view overlooking Istanbul, Turkey. Istanbul is commonly mistaken to be the capital of Turkey (which it used to be). However, the capital of Turkey is actually a city called Ankara. My favorite part about this picture is that the city of Istanbul has the mountains in the background, and they provide for a perfect balance between the city and the sky.
The next picture is a place called Ephesus Ancient City. It is an old Roman city. I love the angle of this picture. I love the alleyway with the columns off to the right, with the mountain in the back. In many other pictures, the line between the mountains and the sky is a straight line, or the mountains are traditionally shaped, but I enjoy the decline of the mountains from the top left to the top right of the picture.
Ephesus Ancient City
I love the light source in the next picture. One of my favorite times to shoot landscapes is the sunset. I love the rays of sun behind the clouds as the main color in this photo. I like that the trees are simply just black, but the light illuminates their shape. It is my passion to study details like this prior to taking a shot.
taken from the Hierapolis Ancient City in Turkey
This final photograph is one of my favorites because of the trees on the edges that serve as a border to the mountains and the lagoon. All of these photos seem to posses more than what is on the screen. For me, I can imagine what lies beyond the edge of the picture. It allows me to use my imagination. It is a difficult challenge to attempt to capture the beauty of these magnificent landscapes. But it is this challenge that keeps me coming back for more. I love the difficulty of trying to balance distance with color. These stunning views cannot be ignored, they must be captured and treasured forever.
Blue Lagoon, Turkey
Sarah Nelson is a member of the Youth Travel Blogging Mentorship Program.
All photos courtesy and copyright Sarah Nelson