I Don’t Often Shoot Landscapes, but When I Do, I Try to Make Them My Own


The scene wasn’t working for me, so I asked for a sign. Nikon D7000; Nikon 105mm f/2.8 micro.

I know some very talented landscape photographers and I like them very much, but I don’t care for landscape photography. For one thing, many landscape photographers are so technically advanced that when I look at their images I find myself admiring the photographic technique rather than the landscape. I’m not sure how to feel about that. I don’t like to see the magnificence of nature reduced to a technical achievement.

Frankly, I lack the patience, forethought and skill to do what the great ones do, what with reconnaissance and getting up early or staying out late and slogging through the mud and hauling a tripod and all that. But like all of us, when a landscape touches me I want to capture the moment – MY moment. So I concentrate less on technical proficiency and more on getting a bit of my experience into the image. And my experience usually includes a joke.

Without the sign, it's just another basin, range, and cloud photo.

Without the sign, it’s just another basin, range, and cloud photo, shot on a windy day from a highway rest stop while attempting to stabilize the camera on the roof of my car.