Welcome back to My First Travel Photos. This week we look at landscapes (and cityscapes). This week we look at:
Ah yes, landscapes are always one of the most beautiful and moving styles of travel photography, unless you have no idea what you are doing. Take this beaut for instance:
A beautiful scenic horrible photo of a nighttime cityscape. Forget using a tripod and long exposure. Let’s handhold the camera and use a flash so only a random car and reflective street sign are in view. No buildings, no trees, no, well, anything of notoriety or interest. Well played.
Since nighttime didn’t work, let’s try a cityscape in the day. Again, a bunch of random cars and a street sign, but this time lets skew the horizon and put a random post in the photo. Let’s also not actually get any landscape. Brilliant.
Here’s a great landscape shot. Despite the blurriness, (which is due to a low resolution scan, the actual slide is in focus-ish), but the color cast is very off and the details are way too dark. Again, a tripod and longer exposure would have made this a million times better.
This photo is almost good of the shore of Komiza Harbour on Vis Island. Maybe with a bit more saturation and not a random part of a boat with a blue sail, hanging out in the bottom of the photo, it would be better. Because barely identifiable things at the edges of photos isn’t distracting at all. Also, that white thing in the bottom left is driving me nuts.
Ah yes, giant wooden stick-pole and barbed wire fence in front of foggy morning mountains is always amazing. So is not backing up to get more of a view, or getting closer to cut out the fence and wood. Let’s just split the difference and go with this.
I don’t even know what to say. If there was an idea here, I am totally lost as to what it was. part of what I think is a wall, a top of a tree, and an obscured mountain is one of the greatest combinations ever.
A beautiful sunrise over the harbour in Vis City, so let’s make sure we also get a couple of vans, and the loading dock obscure the ship, the harbour, and everything else landscapey.
Here’s a nice landscape of a cemetery in Sarajevo. This is such an awesome photo, I can’t even tell you if this is the Infamous Jewish cemetery the Serbian snipers hid in. All I know is that the tree and road are awesome. Because I am an American, and walking a few feet to the left, and down the hill to get in front of both, is just WAY too much effort I guess….
Because taking photos out of closed bus windows is always a good idea.
(I think I’m sitting next to Spider-Eyed Satan Rabbit. WTF is that?)
It’s almost something. I did almost fall off the cliff getting this shot outside of the Beograd Castle in Serbia, but maybe that’s because this shot sucks and shouldn’t be gotten. I’m a real fan of the distant person, even more distant radio/cell tower, and totally blown out city. ‘Cause who needs city when you have a wall and some vines. Though, I am really interested to know what is in that cave down there.
I tried with this. I really did. I actually love this gigantic chess game I found in Sarajevo, but wish the person in the background was more visible or someone was next to the pieces so you could see just how big they are. But there is no details in the trees and the front chess pieces are not totally in focus. I also cropped the chess board a bit funny. But I tried.
So what do you thing about my first Landscape photos? Yes, some are cityscapes, but same concept…same sucky-done concept. Good thing I have a tripod now.
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About Dani Blanchette
I am a freelance travel and music photographer and creator of GoingNomadic.com.
I love music, food, and exploring cities without guidebooks. I’ve flown a helicopter, hitchhiked down the east coast USA, and once snuck into the back of a zoo (in Serbia) and pet a lion.
I am always up for an adventure, and sometimes I videotape them.