Here's a fun landscape photography project that, with a bit of dedication, will get you out of your creative rut. You will need a camera, a tripod, and a good memory of where you put those the day before. We're going to capture the exact same scene for six days straight and Norwegian photographer Oddbjørn Austevik is going to show you how in his latest video.
Undoubtedly, the hardest part of doing a series like this is keeping at it. I've seen the same composition of four seasons, multiple hours of the day, and even the same composition shot twelve months in a row that requires a free calendar for the coming year on that day and a heap of commitment. Admittedly, Austevik says that in the end, the fun aspect of the project starts to dwindle. You simply have to keep going and move to your location. On top of that, he also had to bring the gear to film himself doing this, so my hat goes off to Austevik.
The best tip for making this successful is to keep a good recollection of how your tripod was placed. I would maybe chalk a small circle around each tripod leg on the rock if I was coming here for the next week or so. But it really depends on your location. Chalk wouldn't work very well on the forest floor. Also, make sure the height of the tripod is the same and compare your shot from the previous time you were there to the shot on Live View. Making the smallest adjustment can make a big difference, especially with a bit of a longer lens.
As a fine-art landscape photographer, I feel that shooting a series is often a forgotten approach to our genre. Austevik's video got me excited about doing such a series in my local area for a full year. But I might not choose to space it by exactly three months. Choosing the days which showcase that season in the best way possible is probably a better idea for a result that you can be happy with.
So what is the best series of exactly the same composition in landscape photography that you have seen on the web? Share it in the comments.