I adore a good landscape image. And it goes without saying that few things can take your breath away quite like an incredible image of mountains, valleys, spires, oceans, even castles and cities. After all, what is larger than life, or at least larger than us, can be far more awe inspiring than most portraits. However, the craft of landscape photography is hardly a matter of planning a vacation and bringing a tripod, which is about where my landscape "skills" end.
The good news is, the best landscape photography artists do far more than simply go on holiday with their trusty Manfrotto. In short, I am fully aware that they work harder for one image than I do for several magazine pictorials over several weeks. And because of this, the inspiring photography that they create is out there for us to behold. But the good news doesn't end there, as today I'm happy to showcase, quite simply, the greatest landscape photographer you've never heard of.
He goes by the name K. R. Whitley, and when he isn't jetsetting all over the planet, he is based in Texas. Seeing a Whitley piece for the first time, I immediately assumed I was witnessing the work of a highly acclaimed, 30+ year veteran in the commercial landscape imagery world. Made sense, as his photos were staggeringly beautiful, overwhelmingly so, and as I already mentioned, I know very little about this genre of photography.
The fact that Whitley has been shooting landscapes around the world for less than 3 years, blew me away. I knew I had stumbled on to something special, and immediately reached out to him to learn more about what he does, and best of all, how he does it. The bad news is, how he does what he does is a feature coming to Fstoppers in January, so you have to wait on that one. The good news (it just keeps coming, huh?) is that I have compiled some of his finest masterpieces here for you to drool over, right now.
Images used with permission.
And check out a few behind the scenes of Whitley and his team on one of his many treks to find the perfect shot: