My First Landscape Photography Journey!

Hello all! I've been inspired recently to do some photography out of my comfort zone - landscape photography! My main inspiration came from some friends that are in Japan and are taking really cool photos! I also watched some youtube videos on the subject and decided to head out the other day and try my hand at landscape photography!

Now, I'm just starting with landscapes so I still have A LOT to learn, but these are (in my opinion) some of the better photographs.

I was under the impression that landscapes were shot with mainly a wide-angle lens (which I don't have) so I was happy to find out that one of the favorite lenses to use was a telephoto lens! I used my Canon 70-200 2.8 lens for all of these pictures!

I have not mastered manual mode yet so I shot most of these in Shutter Priority mode (Tv) which lets me control the shutter speed for the long lens and the aperture is up to the camera. This is where I messed up in a few photos and should've switched the Manual mode to increase my aperture so I would get a sharper image. You'll see what I mean in the photos. There's a lot of bokeh.

This first photo was more focused on the movement of the steps/trail than the actual landscape.

This one is probably the best "true" landscape image I took. It's still as not as sharp as I would like it to be, but it's okay.

This is the photo I wish was a lot sharper. I focused on the muddy ice in the foreground and the rest of the picture went blurry because of the low aperture. I still like the picture, I just wish I had looked at my settings and tried to take a sharper image.

I feel like this picture is very me. I love the contrast of hard and soft. I don't feel like this is landscape, though. More nature.

This photo I'm pretty fond of. The thistles were one of the main reasons I went to this particular park so I'm glad I got some pictures of them. Like the last photo I feel this is more nature photography than landscape, though.

So what did I learn from my first real landscape photography journey? 
  1. Check the aperture of the shot. Adjust if needed!
  2. I like to focus on little details
  3. I like movement in a photograph
There's probably more but I can't think of it right now! Overall I'm pretty happy with my first landscape photography outing. I think I got some nice pictures for not being outside for too terribly long. I will do my best to visit more parks and take more landscape photos when the opportunity arises!

Thanks for reading & lots of love,