Beautiful scenes deserve to be captured on camera, but landscape photography isn’t always easy. Lighting is tough. The best shots require patience—waiting for the right light, the right weather, the right clouds in the sky. Equipment like a tripod and filters help, but ultimately, it’s up to the photographer to capture a great shot. If you need some inspiration for your landscape photos, here are eight excellent examples.
Image Credit: Mike138
The foreground is the key to this image. The water reflects the sky perfectly, an effect typically achieved through the use of a polarizer filter. The sky is dramatic, and not overexposed, which isn’t always easy to do. The tall tree in the background placed off to one side draws the eye in and adds more visual interest to the shot.
Image Credit: Rino Peroni
The fog creates an amazing dreamlike quality to this shot—a perfect example of why the time of day is so important in landscape photography. Rino Peroni took this photo with his Canon EOS 6D and a 24-105mm f/4 lens. He captured the exposure with a f/8 aperture, a 1⁄200 shutter speed and an ISO of 50.
Image Credit: Giuseppe Milo
This is a great example of using a focal point in landscape photography. The windmill draws the eye in to the photo, so much so that you almost don’t see the other buildings in the background. The field of wildflowers is an excellent foreground, while the sky is a bright blue, not overexposed. Giuseppe Milo took the shot with a Sony a7, with an f/8.0 aperture, 1⁄320 shutter speed and ISO 100.
Image Credit: Pawel Pacholec
The lighting in this shot is simply beautiful. While there’s nothing amazingly spectacular about the scene, the light falls just on a natural pathway that leads the viewer’s eye into the image. Lighting is huge in landscape photography, and it certainly makes this shot. Pawel Pacholec took the photo with a Canon EOS 50D and a 17-70mm lens. The aperture was set at f/5, with a shutter speed of 1⁄100 and an ISO 320.
Image Credit: Dave J. Doe
Landscape photos don’t have to be limited to just the natural elements. Here, Dave J. Doe creates a nice juxtaposition of the manmade and the natural with a deteriorating mill. A long exposure blurs the water into a smooth blur and creates a nice effect. Dave used a five second exposure at ISO 50.
Image Credit: Ian Sane
Lines are great tools for drawing the eye into the photo. This photo by Ian Sane is a great example of that. The tree trunks create lines, and they create a fading path into the distance, adding more drama. There’s beautiful color both on the ground and in the trees. Ian took the shot with in St. Louis, Oregon.
Image Credit: Jaime Gonzalez
Just after sunset is an amazing time to take landscape photos. Jaime Gonzales managed to capture the landscape, the end of the sunset and the start of the stars in this one shot. He used a Fujifilm X100T with a thirty second exposure, f/2 aperture and ISO of 800.
Image Credit: Jonathan Combe
This simple country scene makes a nice landscape shot. The time of day is perfect, creating a dramatic sky and nice soft lighting. Lines heading off into the distance draw the eye in. Jonathan Combe shot this landscape with the Nikon D7000. A one second exposure helped get an accurate exposure with a low ISO 100 and a narrower f/8 aperture.