Landscapes can be tricky to get right, but that's even more the case when you find yourself in a less than magnificent location. One of the biggest issues with flat and uninspiring vistas is composition becomes more difficult and this is where foregrounds play an important role.
Any long-term reader of mine (there's at least one, but maybe only one) will know my relationship with landscape photography has been tumultuous. I initially wanted to take landscape images, but I live somewhere flat and rather dull, and I just couldn't get the sort of shots I wanted. I became increasingly frustrated with interesting weather not being enough to make interesting images and I realized that the issue was my lack of creative compositions. So, I set about trying to find foregrounds to add depth and interest to my images, which helped a lot.
My images were still never going to win any awards — they were uninspiring even to me and I took them. But I knew that composition really held the keys to great landscape photography. Before you master how to compose a landscape image to lead the eye and to keep the viewer viewing, it really doesn't matter if you're standing in a flat field or on a cliff in the Faroe Islands, your image won't be great.
In this video, Nigel Danson talks boring landscapes and how foregrounds can improve your shots.