Since I bought my first DSLR last year I've been working to try and improve my photography, looking back at my early photos it's not just my ability that's improved, but also what I think makes a good image. I've spent hours trawling through photography websites looking at photos and commenting on my favorites. As I do, my opinion about pictures I've already taken changes as my appreciation for the subject and the style of the photo changes. At the moment I'm trying to improve my landscape photography and along with this, the processing of such images. This has led to several HDR images appearing on my Flickr photo stream recently and they rank amongst my favorite photos I've taken.
I've picked out some images I've found online recently that give an idea what I'm aiming for and also to show my appreciation for the photographers work. I was recently asked by a guy name Ivan Terzic if he could use one of my photos on his blog. I was flattered and so of course said yes! The images below are far better than mine and appearing on my site probably isn't the highlight of their day, but I know how much it means to me when someone takes the time to appreciate my work and so I'm doing my bit.
I had planned to include more photos than this, but when you're requesting permission from 15 different photographers you're going to get some non-replies. I even had to use the Google translator as one of the images was taken by someone that only spoke Chinese, wonders of the internet eh?
By: Chris Miles
This was the first image I picked out when i decided to do this post, I love the golden light that covers the landscape in the distance and the way it highlights the rocks in the foreground. My favorite detail has to be the tree though, leaning towards the sunset with just a slight golden highlight on the left-hand side.
By: Chris Miles
I know this is another image by Chris, but after finding him through the first image on 500px.com I browsed his photos and fell in love with this one too. I notice something new each time I look at this image, from the sharp detail on the rock in the foreground, to the soft curves on the hills in the distance. The light is perfect and there's some great shadows on the trees in the bottom left of the image. I plan to take a trip to the Peak District this year to try my hand at this kind of image, so watch this space!
By: Keith Stocks
I remember seeing this image in the Grimsby & Cleethorpes group and it led to me adding Keith as a contact. The colours are fantastic and made all the better by the reflection on the ground, separated perfectly by the boats in the distance. It's only down the road, so I'll have to see if I can recreate this image myself.
By: Anibal Gonçalves
I've yet to find a suitable location or the right conditions to take a photo like this, but it's very high on my list of things to do. It's the kind of image I've had in mind ever since I picked up my camera, I'll keep searching and hope I'm good enough to take advantage when I find it.
By: Alex Zyuzikov
Site: Red Sphere Studios
I found Alex through an image one of my Flickr contacts that he was also tagged in by a guy going by the name of LokoTripper, explaining how the two photographers had inspired him to start a 365 project and become a better strobist photographer. After browsing through his photo stream I added him as a contact and have eagerly awaited his next upload ever since. He's done a few shots like this and I've loved them all, it just had to be included in this post.
By: Edward Dullard
Another on my list of things to do, I just find that I've got certain images in my head that I need to see through my viewfinder. The list keeps getting longer and I need to start crossing some off, perhaps they'll feature in my 52 in the next few months, here's hoping.
By: Darren White
Site: Darren White Photography
Sometimes (quite a lot actually) I wish I lived somewhere that had better scenery, it's all fields round here unless I'm prepared to travel. Even then it's nothing spectacular. What I wouldn't give to have scenery like this on my doorstep, or at least near-by.
(Translates to Great Lakes Chen)
Here's the image that needed the google translation I mentioned. I found this image in the Landscape group on Flickr and messaged the user in the hope they understood English. The message I got back was in Chinese, but with a short 'ok' at the end. The google translator helped me understand the rest, including the title of the image.
By: John Ormerod
Now this is within reach, sort of. My childhood holidays were mostly spent in the Lake District and so I've probably seen Buttermere. I'd love to take another holiday there with whilst armed with my camera as there's some fantastic scenery. Might even have to take a long walk up the odd mountain, as the views up the would be well worth the effort.