Landscape photographs are often otherworldly, filled with dazzling colors and light. In his latest video, photographer Thomas Heaton demonstrates how to make the most of atmospheric conditions devoid of light to create beautiful, simple images.
While hiking in northwest Scotland in the Beinn Eighe Nature Reserve, Heaton battles biting midges and rainy conditions in search of a good composition. He discovers a striking pine tree and gets to work, using the mist and fog to capture a moody, atmospheric image.
I'll be honest and say that too often, I get caught up in thinking that I need a burning sunrise or sunset to create a portfolio-caliber photograph. However, as Heaton demonstrates, you don't necessarily need light on your scene to put together a fantastic image. By taking advantage of what some may consider less than ideal landscape photography conditions, Heaton is able to simplify his scene and put all of the focus on his main subject, coming away with a great shot. I'm going to use this video as a challenge to myself to move out of my comfort zone and start creating atmospheric, less cluttered images.
What's your landscape photography style? Do you prefer vivid or stark scenes? Let me know in the comments below.