There's More to Landscape Photography Than Taking Pictures

The single most inspirational video I have found to date is this short film describing what landscape photography is all about. Since I've seen this, my local beach has more photographic potential than ever before and I've been out five times already. You've been warned.

"Wake Up" is a short film by Landscape Photographer Thomas Heaton. And while I've mentioned his work before, I want to stress that as a landscape photographer, you're missing out if you haven't already subscribed to his channel. The latest news is that Heaton is working on a pilot TV show about landscape photography. Remember "Travels to the Edge with Art Wolfe"? And have you seen "La Quête d'Inspiration" with Alexandre Deschaumes yet?

The potential TV show has everyone in landscape photography country pumped. I recon if there's anyone who can present it with enough enthusiasm, humor, and how it truly feels to be out there, it's Heaton.

His latest short film feels like a prelude to that show. With words like: "A tree isn't a tree; it's a potential masterpiece," Heaton describes the changes that went on within us when we first picked up the camera — any camera. We haven't looked at the sky the same way since then, nor do we settle for just a good view. "We want the best view." We instinctively know when the sunrise or sunset will start, and these are the times that we are both most relaxed and most stressed. I think this video visually explains what I have felt since I found my true passion.

Well, I don't think there's anyone who could have surmised it better than Thomas Heaton has done in "Wake Up," and personally, I can't wait for his TV show.

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user-75500's picture

I don't quite know why, but it's true. I have never regretted being out, regardless of what ends up being shot.

Completely agree. I wen't out to get a shot of the sunrise lighting up the city (Calgary) Wednesday morning but had nothing but dark ugly clouds and terrible light, even knowing that it wouldn't be ideal, I still would have gone out.

Benjamin Boldt's picture

I can be found driving down every back road checking out the next tree that is my next masterpiece.

"We haven't looked at the sky the same way since then"
That's exactly what is all about.