It's There, So Just Shoot It

It seems ironic to me that landscape photographers should get all in a twist about what constitutes a "good" photograph. This is the mentality that devises guidelines for composition, light, moment, processing. It's hardly surprising that it leads to tasteless post-processing and the subsequent arguments about gaudy results or manipulating too far to fit one's idea. On a really bad day it might even lead to competitions, as though one person's rock were somehow better than another's pebble.

Let us not forget that the other word in the sport is "landscape", and the single most important thing is to let the landscape speak for what it is itself before one starts imposing one's own so-called artistic world-view upon it.

One is richer for appreciating what's already present in nature.

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