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Landscape Photography

landscape hdrPhotography is one of the best hobbies and careers that you can get into. It allows for artistic expression and lets you get free of the mundane daily doldrums of everyday life and just become yourself. Personally, I like to photograph nature. I enjoy landscape photography and I like to take a lot of pictures of the ll different types of landscapes to really expand my horizons.

There is a sort of inner peace which comes from being outdoors: you become at one with  with the nature around you. It helps you to alleviate any anxiety you have by being in the great outdoors and open and free. Furthermore, you can take some really good photos when you are out in nature.

Timing is very important when taking photos of the landscape and plays a major role in the quality and mood of the photographs you end up with. A lot of the iconic images in the world have been took due to the photographer being in the right place at the right time. At Dusk with the sun setting in the late afternoon sky, provides brilliant rays contrasting nicely with the darkness of the clouds that are absorbing it. Images like this are truly iconic and it is really one of the best times to take photographs.

There are some other great images that you can get from landscape photography, particularly if you are in the mountains looking down on open fields. The open fields can be a great gathering place for wildlife allowing you the opportunity to capture them in their natural habitat. One technique that I have been experimenting with to take especially good photos is HDR (High Dynamic-Range Imaging) which really does add the personality of the picture.

mountain hdrHDR allows you to take combine shots of the same scene at the same time, all with different exposures. This allows you to increase the depth and contract of th image and bringout any light or washed out areas increasing the range. HDR can allow you to capture all the beauty of the scene like never before.

It also allows you to add intense personality to your images too which can really captivate the person who is viewing the photograph. In nature there are some very vivid colors and scenes which can be captured such as the lush greenery of the vegetation or the rawness of the Sun’s rays.

A good photograph should make the person who is looking at it feel like they are actually there. It should be so vivid in color and contrast that it helps place the viewer in the photograph. By taking photos at different exposures, HDR lets you build up a high contrast picture of the scene you are capturing.

There are certain places where landscape photography really excels, such as, at the top of a mountain or a in a valley which contains many geographical features. Places which contain an abundance of deep colors such as a green forest are also ideal locations to take photographs.

Essentially, when looking to really enhance your photographs, HDR is a technique you should look into.

Popular City Best Attractions

Best City Attractions To Photograph

Chicago Millennium Park

Chicago Millennium Park

The cities of Los Angeles, Chicago and New York are a photographer’s dream. There are so many best attractions that give an unbelievable number of photo opportunities that you can only scratch the surface of the sites that are available for taking fantastic pictures. Just imagine the unforgettable photographs you can take at these sites.

Battleship USS Iowa – Los Angeles

This historic “floating museum” and “battleship of presidents” allows you to experience some of the 70 years of service of the West Coast’s only battleship, which was one of the most powerful and fastest ships that ever set sail. You step through time as you get up close to the giant guns and other weaponry that spanned from World War II through the Cold War, the Captain’s bridge, the sailor’s quarters, and hear stories from actual Navy veterans. You get to tour the spaces used by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, numerous Five-Star Admirals, and others.

Getty Center’s Central Garden – Los Angeles

A wonderfully lush garden, such as this 134,000 square foot one, is an extraordinary photo taking experience. A stream descends to a plaza with bougainvillea arbors and then continues and ends up in a cascade of water over a stone waterfall into a pool filled with azaleas. Specialty gardens surround the pool. The foliage has been selected to accentuate the interplay of color, light, color and reflection.

Millennium Park – Chicago

Part of the larger Grant Park, this is a showcase for modern architecture. It is considered to be the largest roof garden in the world because it was built on top of a railroad yard and parking garages. The park’s highlights include the McCormick Tribune Ice Skating Rink, the Joan W. and Irving B. Harris Theater for Music and Dance, the Chase Promenade, and more.

Other major features are the 120 foot high silver band shell which anchors an outdoor modern design gallery, the 50 foot high Crown Fountain, and the famous polished reflective mirror-like steel Cloud Gate sculpture known as “the Bean.”

Navy Pier – Chicago

Navy Pier is a 3,300-foot-long municipal pier on the shoreline of Lake Michigan, which was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1979. Built for the staggering sum of $4.5 million back in 1916, it was to serve as a mixed-purpose public infrastructure. Although its primary purpose was as a cargo facility and warehouses for lake freighters, it also provided docking space for passenger excursion steamers and a place for family-oriented gatherings and entertainment. Said to be “Chicago’s lakefront playground,” there are now over 50 acres of parks, promenades, gardens, parks, restaurants, shops and attractions.

Greenwich Village – New York

The Greenwich Village Historic District was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1979. Although a largely residential upper middle class families. neighborhood on the west side of Lower Manhattan, its fame was established in the 19th and 20th centuries as a Bohemian and artists’ haven and became the East Coast’s birthplace of both the 60′s and Beat counterculture.

Today it is enjoyed by walking through (and taking pictures of) a fancy and picturesque neighborhood that also has a low key vibe, old houses, off-broadway shows, wonderful restaurants, boutiques, and a fun time.

Central Park – New York

New York Central Park

New York Central Park

This 843-acre urban park in Manhattan is visited by approximately 37.5 million people annually from all over the world, which makes it the most visited urban park in the United States. Opened in 1857, it was designated a U.S. National Historic Landmark in 1963 and added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1966.

Appearing to be a beautiful natural area, it is actually entirely man-made except for the glacier scarred rocks. It is said that more earth was moved in its construction than in that of the Panama Canal! You will find a vast lawn, formal gardens, bridges, arches, hills, lakes, hidden roads, and forest. Recent years have seen a great deal of renovation and restoration.

In addition to the magic photography of the above natural areas, you can observe and record local artists displaying their wares, the Obelisk at the back of The Met, ducks on the pond, families riding the carousel, a romantic couple taking a horse-drawn carriage ride, and so much more.