02.24/Landscapes

I’ve captured a number of landscape or scenic photographs through the years, but it’s definitely not my speciality. I’m not a very good landscape photographer. I admit it. I accept it. And I’m trying to improve.

I’ve often said that I don’t “see” landscapes like other photographers do. Where they see lines and angles and colors and symmetry, I see a bunch of trees or a field or a stream. 

It’s odd that when I’m in a large city I see the lines and angles and color and  …  Continue reading

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Fall colors reflecting around Canada Geese in lake, Sharon Woods Metro Park, Westerville, Ohio.

A stream winds through a snow-covered forest in Slate Run Metro Park, Canal Winchester, Ohio.

Overcast sky and buildings reflected by the reservoir in Central Park, New York City.

The sun rises behind Newport Fishing Pier in Sunny Isles Beach, Fla.

Walking through the woods on an autumn morning, Sharon Woods Metro Park, Westerville, Ohio.

Sun beams around a cliff on the Old Man's Cave Trail, Hocking Hills State Park, Logan, Ohio.

A road travels through the forest in Blendon Woods Metro Park, Westerville, Ohio.

The sun rises behind Newport Fishing Pier in Sunny Isles Beach, Fla.

Shadows of a split rail fence darken a trail in Blendon Woods Metro Park, Westerville, Ohio.

The Marblehead Lighthouse stands on the edge of Lake Erie in Marblehead, Ohio. The lighthouse was completed in 1822.

Water flows over the rocks of the Upper Falls on the Old Man's Cave trail; Hocking Hills State Park, Logan, Ohio.

Fall leaves reflected in the pond in Central Park, New York City.

Looking through Shangra La Arch, a natural bridge in Carter Caves State Park, Olive Hill, Ky.

Water rushes past rocks in a stream in Highbanks Metro Park, Lewis Center, Ohio.

Boulders in the creek bed, Conkle's Hollow, Hocking Hills State Park, Logan, Ohio.

Water flows over Hayden Falls, Hilliard, Ohio.

Moss-covered boulders line a creek bed in Hocking Hills State Park, Logan, Ohio.

A fisherman wades in Big Darby Creek, Prairie Oaks Metro Park, West Jefferson, Ohio.

Rocks and leaves fill a creek bed on an autumn morning on the Old Man's Cave trail, Hocking Hills State Park, Logan, Ohio.

Water flows out of the Devil's Bathtub on the Old Man's Cave Trail in Hocking Hills State Park near Logan, Ohio.

Geese fly over Schrock Lake, silhouetted by the rising sun, Sharon Woods Metro Park, Westerville, Ohio.

The trail to the Slate Run Living Historical Farm goes from shade to sun, Slate Run Metro Park, Canal Winchester, Ohio.

Canada Geese float on a foggy lake in Sharon Woods Metro Park, Westerville, Ohio.

Boulders in a creek bed, Old Man's Cave trail, Hocking Hills State Park, Logan, Ohio.

A view of the Cedar Falls area, Hocking Hills State Park, Logan, Ohio.

Hillside in a fall forest near Ash Cave, Hocking Hills State Park, Logan, Ohio.

Visitors stand in Ash Cave, Hocking Hills State Park, Logan, Ohio.

Haze obscures distant hills in Conkle's Hollow State Nature Preserve in the Hocking Hills, Rockbridge, Ohio.

symmetry in the architecture. I think that’s because I’m actively looking for those elements when I’m walking a city with my camera. 

When I’m in the wild I’m usually carrying a long lens for wildlife photography and don’t spend time studying my surroundings for the compositional elements that make eye-catching landscape photos.

But in the last few years I have made several trips to local parks with one goal: landscapes. I leave my super telephoto wildlife lens at the house and carry shorter lenses, a tripod and other equipment used for landscapes. And I study my surroundings, looking for scenes that capture the mood of the area.

It’s not easy. As a matter of fact, it’s hard work setting up for a shot with a camera on a tripod, composing the scene in the camera’s viewfinder, capturing the scene, then breaking everything down again to continue my hike. But I think I’m getting better.

One of my favorite places to pursue landscape photos is in the Hocking Hills, an area with unique (for Ohio, anyway) terrain that’s a little more than an hour’s drive from my house. The waterfalls, deep, rocky gorges and towering, forested hills make Hocking Hills State Park a perfect area for landscape photography, even for someone as landscape-challenged as I am.

I’ve also found several other parks closer to home that have provided some interesting landscape opportunities. And I’ve captured some landscape scenes in cities, an area where I seem to see landscapes better than in the wild.

I’m still not a very good landscape photographer, but I do have some usable photos in my collection. I’ll just say I’m a work in progress.

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One of my favorite places to pursue landscape photos is in the Hocking Hills, an area with unique (for Ohio, anyway) terrain that’s a little more than an hour’s drive from my house. 

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