Who does not like to photograph a mountain while filling the lungs with pure air, the ears of silence, the face of the sun, and the smell of the smells of nature, right? The mountains have something that captivates us all for their immensity, their peace, their loneliness, their strength, or their taking millions of years observing the world from above.
And what does a photographer do when he feels immensely amazed by something he has before his eyes? Well, photograph him like crazy to try to take with him the essence of the scene, the moment, the light, the texture, the whole. Now, a mountain is as treacherous for those who decide to climb it as for those who decide to photograph it. It may seem easy, but it is not What leaves you ecstatic at that moment, can be translated into the worst photo in the world, which is the one that passes in front of our eyes almost without stopping.
However, as luckily everything is learned in this life, those photos psé , hmm or without more , have a solution. Sometimes we just need some inspiration from those who before us took photos psé , hmm or without more and learned from their mistakes. Here I leave you a few images of mountains that I hope will inspire you the next time you go out to let you be ecstatic by The magnificence of its forms.
1. SUNRISES AND SUNSETS
They are a classic but for something it will be. The soft lights of sunrises and sunsets , the warm colors that flood the sky, the side light that enhances the textures, the calm and stillness of the moment … The first and last hours of the day, we will never tire of repeating it, are the best for Go out to photograph landscapes .
2. NATURAL FRAMES
Nature offers us many ways to photograph the same scene, you just need to learn to look a little beyond the obvious. A good example of this is the natural frameworks, which allow us to focus attention on the center of interest and at the same time bring greater interest to the scene.
Although it is not the only way to portray a mountain, it is true that most of our images are going to be taken with color in mind. That is why it is interesting that you look for scenes that contrast to add more visual interest to the image.
4. BLACK AND WHITE
Or, on the contrary, you can cheer up with black and white . You can get wonderful images of mountains in monochrome. And if you don’t believe me, take a look at what Ansel Adams was able to achieve over 70 years ago.
Many large lakes are surrounded by mountains from which they feed through the thaw. A widely used resource that usually gives surprising results is to play with the reflection of these or the sky over its waters.
6. AT NIGHT
If you are one of those who enjoy free camping or not so free but surrounded by mountains, do not believe that the night is only for sleeping and charging your camera batteries. You can make wonderful night photographs of mountains, stars , and so on.
7. PANORAMIC PHOTOGRAPHY
The vastness of the mountain landscapes encourages them to do some panoramic to capture as much of the scene as possible, especially if we are not lucky enough to have a Wide Angle lens , so ideal for landscapes. Today, panning with our Smartphone or with our camera and processing it with the help of some editing program is very simple.
8. COMPOSITION AND CENTER OF INTEREST
Composition rules such as the rule of thirds or the horizon can be useful if you do not know how to order the elements that appear on the scene, but do not forget the importance of creativity, dare to change the point of view, to innovate or Break the rules when you think it is necessary.
9. HUMAN ELEMENT
As a social being, the human being feels a natural interest towards another human being, and that aspect is also reflected in the way in which we analyze our own images. If a human element appears, it almost instantly becomes the center of interest in photography. In mountain photography, in addition to adding interest, a human figure serves to add scale , that is, so that you can compare the size of the human being with the immensity of the landscape.
10. SILKY EFFECT OF WATER OR CLOUDS
The high mountains where snow accumulates in winter, allow us to find landscapes where the mountain is joined by rivers or waterfalls with which to practice this colorful silky effect, where the water is transformed, through movement, into a kind of mantle of silky texture You can see how to get the silky effect step by step here .
In the early hours of the morning and in certain areas or moments of the year, you may find the mountain submerged in the fog. Far from turning around or waiting for the sun to make the mists of dawn disappear, take advantage of this unique moment to photograph it. The fog gives you magical images.
12. DEPTH OF FIELD
Although in landscapes we usually advise that you work with a wide depth of field (eg f / 11) to have the largest area focused on the image, the truth is that the possibilities that you play with the depth of field are many, It will allow you to play with the plans, the feeling of closeness or remoteness, the center of interest, the depth of the scene and much more.
13. FAUNA AND FLORA
Do not forget everyone who has the mountains as their home. The mountains are not only rocks; Not only is it about photographing mountains as giant protagonists of your scene, you can also give prominence to their animals, flowers and plants .
14. LINES AND VANISHING POINTS
Another way to add interest and impact to your mountain photographs, is through the lines . You can find winding roads in the form of winding eses, or straight lines that intersect on the horizon ( vanishing points ).
15. IN WIDE ANGLE
If you are lucky enough to have a Wide Angle between your photographic outfit , try to squeeze all its possibilities. Not only because of the great depth of field with which they allow you to play or because of the large portion of landscape that you can include in a photograph, you can take advantage of the close-up distortion to get more creative images .
16. THE FILTERS WILL BE USEFUL TO YOU
Filters such as neutral density gradient , polarizer , or neutral density, will be very useful if you are fond of landscapes.
17. BE CREATIVE
There are many photographs of mountains, if you do not want your images to end up being “one more”, you must strive to be creative
18. ANY TIME OF THE YEAR
Do not be afraid of cold or heat, each time of the year is unique and has its own magic, not everything is spring
Have you found any inspiration? Any new ideas in mind to realize? Hope so! If so, you know, do not hesitate to share. Thank you and see you next time.