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.