The most important factor is to
ensure you remain 'safe'
at all times.
Before you set off, know your ability, wear the right
clothing and take the right walking equipment including a
phone, Sat Map, compass etc. And let someone know where you are
going, and for how long!
Out of all landscapes, mountains remain one of the most
difficult to capture well. Having found an spectacular
eye-popping mountain view, you press the shutter, only to be
disappointed by the photo that you have just taken. What
happened? Well, most people do not understand the basic tool
of 'Light' when taking a photograph.
So how do we understand this to make a great photo? Get up
early or stay up late, as the best way to ruin a good
mountain scene is to photograph it at mid-day, in bright
sun, with the mountain front-lit; Hence no shadows, just a
flat picture with no depth or atmosphere. How to check the
quality of light - Is the light soft (overcast), or harsh
(sunny)? What is the direction of the light - Is it coming
from the side of the mountain, the front, or the back? And
what is the colour of the light - Is it warm sunrise light,
is it blue light at dusk, or neutral light in mid-day?
Also check the
weather forecast, it might be nice and sunny at your
location, but up in the mountains is a different story. The
weather can change very quickly from sun to rain and cloud
in a short space of time.
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Next step add some movement - Moving objects can add a lot to a
mountain scene like using the blowing wind over grasses, in trees,
can really make a great shot. Moving water in a mountain scene is by
far the favourite when using a slow shutter speed. The babbling
brook in your shot can look great. If you position your camera so
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the grasses for a low level perspective. Donít forget to use your
filters to cut down reflections and deepen the colours of your shot,
including the sky. A filter is most effective when the sun is at a
right angle to your camera. At very high altitudes, the sky can
appear almost black when you use a maximum amount of polarization.
Take a selection of lenses from wide angle to a telephoto in excess
of 100mm. Experiment to achieve the best shot. Finally, take a
lightweight tripod, decide on your approach to and off the mountain,
then use a selection of equipment to give a 'composition' that will
best connect the viewer with the scene.
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