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Landscape Photography Opportunities Are Closer Than You Think

If you look at a lot of the work of top landscape photographers, you might get the impression that the subjects of their photos are hidden away in hard-to-reach locations that require significant time and resources to reach. And sure, that is true sometimes, but you might be surprised by just how much is available to you close by. This great video discusses just how much you can capture with ease. 

Coming to you from Ben Horne, this awesome video shows off three great images he was able to take that were all within a few steps of a nearby road. Of course, this is not to say that you should not seek out new locations simply because they might take some effort to get to. Rather, I think it is important to remember that with a bit of creativity and technique, you can make great images pretty much anywhere, and as such, you should not be discouraged by the seeming inaccessibility of some popular locations. It might be worth taking a short afternoon drive with your camera! 

If you would like to continue to learn about landscape photography, check out "Photographing The World 1: Landscape Photography and Post-Processing with Elia Locardi." 

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Alex Cooke is a Cleveland-based portrait, events, and landscape photographer. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a doctorate in Music Composition. He is also an avid equestrian.

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Yes, a few steps from a road that's hundreds of miles away from his house, requiring reservations (although maybe not in the winter for Zion), planning, and camping gear. In other works, his photos from Zion, near a road or not, require a HUGE amount of time and resources to reach. Not really a good example of creating images "pretty much anywhere."

I agree with Roper these out west national parks are not good examples. BUT I must say a long drive across country has many roadside location that few have time to stop and take advantage of!! Now a point that should be made is a drive just around your city or even just some distance from home. The point is a real photographer's eye looks at everything. One thing I do if traveling and stay overnight or two is to ask the police department where the most accidents are at sunrise/set, has to some could color but also ask where they think are good views near by then I get a name go to those places get a good image then send a big print to the officer!! But a sunset/sunrise or moonrise drive around town/city or near countryside will give many ideas plotted on a paper rmap. There a couple of planning apps to plan. Also Google maps have photos posted of local unseen spots. Also bird watchers are a good source of places. A lot of camera clubs met at local libraries full of info!!!

Really. None of the photos were taken conveniently where he is located. Zion and DV are nowhere near each other and probably not the creek ice photo either.