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If you enjoy landscape photography, you can find no better place to visit than the Isle of Skye. Photographers worldwide come to this area located on the northwest corner of Scotland to point their lens at some of the world's most dramatic landscapes and wildlife. Skye is the second-largest island in the Hebrides, with a population of around 10,000 and an area of 640 square miles. Human habitation dates back 10,000 years, and today tourism is the most important element to the local economy. Skye is mostly reached by automobile. Most visitors take flights to Glasgow or Edinburgh and...

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I want to say that my very first film camera was a Nikon but, that honor belongs to a Yashica Palmatic 110 pocket camera in the early 1970s. Not even my second camera was a Nikon; it was a Canon Canonet rangefinder-style camera in the mid-1970s. The Canonet was the first camera that gave me some manual control of exposure. The first Nikon camera I received was an FG SLR as a gift at college graduation in 1982. This was my first true SLR and gave me full manual control of my exposures, and it came with the standard...

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National Parks had become popular in 2020. Indoor entertainment has been put on hold for at least a year, people have searched for more outdoor options, and National Parks fit the bill. This is both a good thing and a bad thing at the same time. It's good that everyone is enjoying the National Parks, and it a bad thing that everyone is enjoying the National Parks. The latter is particularly challenging for photographers. When practicing the craft of landscape photography, fewer people is better. I guess that just added to the challenge that is 2020.

This year is like no other. No need to rehash the reasons everyone is keenly aware of how and why 2020 is unique. The effects on those that like to travel to take photos have been severe and total. Landscape photographers are part of the worldwide travel and tourism industry. That industry has been halted until further notice. Landscape photography in 2020 is limited to what you can explore via your private automobile. While destinations may be limited, photo opportunities have not. Just because a location is within a few hours' drive of your home does not...

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Few compositional elements bring a smile to a landscape photographer's face than a well-placed reflection. Reflections generally signal other favorable conditions are present for impactful images. Conditions such as mist and low winds generally help create sharp reflections. Mornings offer the best opportunity to find crisp reflections. The presence of a reflection increases the compositional impact to an otherwise pedestrian composition and increasing compositional opportunities tenfold. While the opportunities are endless, you will need to maximize your efforts to bring more impactful images. Like any other compositional element, it needs to be appropriate to the subject...

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The Quiet Landscape

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Photography comes in many genres and styles. Landscape photography provides me everything I enjoy about the hobby. I can be in the forest or some secluded shoreline for the start of a new day or watch it end from the top of a mountain. I get to experience nature in all weather conditions, and your subject never complains. The best part - you are free to practice anywhere. Landscape subjects come in all shapes and sizes. They come big or small, busy or barren, simple or complex, epic or simple and loud or quiet. I like them all; however, the quiet landscape is...

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