When we look closely at the world there is a myriad of colourful palettes mixed within the landscapes.
Sure snow is white, the sea is blue and trees are green but look even closer and you’ll see shades varying from light to dark, bright to dull.
Capturing them within an image requires thoughtful composition to showcase the colours in their most impressive form. Use a zoom lens if you’ve got a scenic landscape in front of you and just scan the horizon to see what you can find.
I’ll admit I love using my zoom lens like binoculars, taking it right up to 300mm and squinting to see the available details not otherwise obvious without the ability to look closer.
To photograph the colours creatively look for patterns within the landscape. Whether it’s sands moved by the tide, trees all lined in the same direction or movement on the surface of a deep blue lagoon.
Make it a challenge next time you’re shooting a landscape to zoom right in and capture colours within, you’ll be surprised at how beautiful they can be and how easy it is to create a new perspective.
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Below are some examples from landscapes I’ve photographed for my print collection ‘Palettes’…
Hello! I'm the founder and photographer behind The Wandering Lens. With 14+yrs experience as a professional travel and landscape photographer, all advice found on this site is from my personal experience on the road. I hope it's useful for your own travels and would love to hear in the comments about your trips and experiences around the world.
I'm Lisa Michele Burns, a professional photographer and founder of The Wandering Lens from Australia. Welcome to your guide to photographing the world, improving your photography and scouting unique and inspiring places to experience with your camera. After three years online, The Wandering Lens has turned into the leading publisher of photography focused travel guides and I'm always so excited to hear from readers as they're travelling and improving their photos!