Mountain Photography

The Various Aspects of Mountain Photography

In most places, the golden hour which is just before sunset or just after sunrise are the best times to shoot landscape photography.  The warm light which spread across the landscape looks very beautiful. In fact any scene looks fantastic. However, while shooting near tall mountains, you may not get the golden hour.

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Generally the light coming out from the sky hits the landscape in an even manner. In the mountains, you may find that the ridge is totally in the shadow and the bright sky right above it. In this case, the sky has to be blown out. If you do not do this then the shadow details would lost.

There were times the trees would open up to a distant view where you feel that you can see the eternity. To the naked eye, the views of the pine trees and mountain tops in the distance were mesmerising, but the pictures of the scene simply did not cut it.  The reason is that there was no balance or clear focal point in the scene.  Just because it’s beautiful, does not mean it is going to be a beautiful photo.

Another problem may arise while shooting photographs of mountains. If you try to get sweeping vista shots in the mountains, you may often see a blue haze over the mountains produced by the atmosphere.

Also, it is difficult to find a focal point for a shot of the mountains to catch the attention of viewers. If you cannot get a proper focal point, the photograph loses its sense of depth. This problem arises because there are trees, rocks and streams everywhere and it is difficult to find the perfect spot to focus in the foreground while capturing a photograph.

One of the characteristics which make a photograph really good is that it makes the viewer feel like they are looking at a complete picture instead of just a fragment of the landscape captured by the lens. If this aspect is missing, the viewer may be dissatisfied with the final result and will feel that the scenery is incomplete. Thus, avoid cutting off the tops of the trees. Make sure to stand at a distance so that you do not have to cut out a part of the flora and fauna which will be apparent to anyone at first glance.

If you are interested in getting a beautiful photograph of the mountains, you should also be ready to face overcast skies as well. Mostly people try to avoid this problem and simply crop off the sky from their photographs. But the problem with that is that you miss out on the opportunity to capture the mountain peaks. The best option is to use grad filters for this purpose.

Clear night sky can also provide good conditions for mountain photography. A rising or setting moon can create the same kind of aura that a sunrise or sunset can cast. It is not visible to the naked eye but will be visible if you use a high ISO camera sensor with a long exposure.

Thus if mountain photography is what you want to excel in, your timing is not the only thing that is important. You also need to know the different problems that may arise and the way around them to capture the perfect shot.