I Got One of My Best Photos from an Average, Boring Forest

The inner journey of our photography careers are often more interesting than the outer. I experienced that first hand this summer, when I got one of my favorite photos of 2019 from my “backyard”.

Over the past couple of years, I have been traveling to and spending more time in some of the popular landscape photography destinations than most photographers have. Iceland offers a great variety of unique and interesting landscapes and the Faroe Islands are big, raw, and more epic than most landscapes you will ever see. What traveling extensively to these two countries have taught me is to appreciate what I have. I have started to see what is special for my own country, Denmark.

In my brand new video, I go for a walk in an average, “boring” forest close to my home. A forest like any other in Denmark. Beech trees and plantation with different kinds of pine trees. Here I went for a walk the day before and let my curiosity and photography experience guide my path. I found several different scenes with potential for photography. I came away with one of my favorites from 2019. Check out the video above where I emphasize the calmness of the forest and describe why I think it is one of my best photos.

Have you had similar experiences? Let me know down below.

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Jerome Brill's picture

I still find it funny how b roll is filmed. Drive up the path, setup camera, drive back down. Drive back up again and quick enough so no one steals your shit and get out like, oh hi there! lol.Just making fun but it's still funny to think about.

Anyway, nice photo. I had a similar experience with this kind of light.

Mads Peter Iversen's picture

Ha! Yes, I also only do it very rarely, but what can you do :P Great one ;)

C Fisher's picture

Add staying in the wilderness for 7 days and Survivorman is born!

Jerome Brill's picture

My shot was actually taken on a BWCA trip so your about right. Only a 4 day trip though. Location of photo 48.212512, -90.976260

Carl Irjala's picture

Hi, and thanks for a very nice video! I've been following you on YouTube for a while and I like what you produce.
I enjoy photography nearby my home. When traveling you are to a large extent bound to other people's experiences. In our own space is it easy to relax and tell stories with photos that no one else has come up with. In fact, my best photos have been taken within a radius of 10 km from my home. My photos that National Geographic has published are taken within a radius of 20 km from my home. The pictures that I have made most money on have been taken on a radius of 5 km from my home.
The amazingly beautiful place are closer than we often think. Even in urban environments is it easy to find interesting and exciting nature experiences.
More from Denmark please!
Kind regards from me here in Finland.

Mads Peter Iversen's picture

Thank you very much, Carl! More from DK will come for sure :)
I can't say the same in regard to what photos have made me the most money, however, I don't sell many photos anyway.

Gion-Andri Derungs's picture

I don't think there are bad/boring spots or places. The only thing that counts, is what you make out of it. The only boring thing IMHO is a cloudless sky! ;)

Mads Peter Iversen's picture

Hehe doesn't that neglect what you first said? :P

Gion-Andri Derungs's picture

Yes you are right, but a blue sky is boring... ;) call it a paradox, what I said... ;)

YL Photographie's picture

I love the forest, I think it's a place where even the day or the light is not exceptional we always find friendly atmosphere. here in a forest of the Belgian Ardennes

That's lovely, don't forget to come back in Autumn and Spring :)

Sayi Krishna's picture

Well the photos are boring too, sorry that’s what I felt.

Jordan McChesney's picture

Some really nice calm images. I like epic landscape photos as much as the next photographer, but I'm finding myself less and less impressed by them. I also love seeing pros get out of their comfort zone to create images up to their usual standards in unfamiliar locations. I actually tried to create a kind of challenge on Instagram encouraging people to try a new style for one image, but it never caught on, since I’m just some schlub. I'm looking forward to more of your images like this.

Unfortunately, we don't have many forests here in Tokyo, but we do have one heck of an urban jungle. Since having a daughter, last year, I've had less time to go out and shoot. To counter this, I completely changed my style from landscapes to abstract buildings. It took a while to get into it, but much like your experience in the forest, it's completely changed how I see the cities here in Japan. I feel like I'm rediscovered the excitement of visiting the city that I felt when I first moved here over 5 years ago.

I don't know if we're sharing images or not, but here's one of my favorites of the year.

A very fine video. Thanks for sharing. I like the smooth movement and different perspectives. I'm personally not into shooting video, but your use of video to explain how you approached the scene was excellent. And the resulting images are quite fine. Well done.