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LANDSCAPE FISHING PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS

Whether the backdrop is a city skyline or remote snow-capped mountain range, fishing takes us to some amazing locations. Stunning scenery draws us into outdoor environments and forms an important component of a fishing adventure. Most anglers are quick to snap shots and archive fish captures, but it’s also important to capture the emotive and often breathtaking surroundings.

Landscape photography provides atmospheric imagery to accompany the memoirs of a fishing adventure. Whether pure scenery shots or wide angle images of fishing action, quality landscape photography immerses viewers into the photo and helps to relive magnificent moments in time.

Here are a few landscape photography tips to consider on fishing and camping outdoor adventures.

DEPTH OF FIELD

A broad depth of field is particularly important for landscape photography. When you are trying to capture a large area into an image, you want as much of that scene as possible to be in focus and sharp. For handheld photography, this requires plenty of light and small apertures (Large F-stops) with an expansive depth of field.

Landscape photography is engaging when there are foreground, middle ground, and background features. Try switching focus between features at different distances to see what works best.

In low light conditions, such as sunrise and sunset, a tripod is a very handy investment. A tripod will steady the camera and permit slower shutter speeds that let in more light, whilst maintaining an adequate depth of field.

Actually, I always suggest using a tripod. If you don’t have one, just put your camera on something solid. It’s all too easy to move the camera when you press the button, and that is why you cannot get those crystal clear shots.

LIGHT, COLOUR AND CONTRAST

Landscape imagery is one area of photography that benefits tremendously from bright and rich colours. Although highlights, shadows, and strong contrast need to be monitored, landscape photos are a little more forgiving than portraiture. In fact, in some cases (i.e., a mountain range), stronger contrast between highlights and shadows can actually give the image more volume and dimension. Shade or flat light, on the other hand, can remove all trace of texture in a mountain range and render it dull.

REFLECTIONS

Fishing landscape photography typically involves aquatic environments. In still weather and especially at sunrise, the calm conditions can turn the water surface into a mirror that reflects the background and sky. When stunning backdrops combine with a luminescent sunrise or sunset, and a glassy water surface, some incredible images can be achieved.

On the other hand, if you are trying to shoot into the water to capture a submerged fish or feature on camera, a polarising filter is a worthwhile investment. A polarising filter cuts through the surface glare and reflections to enable vision into the water. Just like polarised sunglasses, they are incredibly effective. A polarising filter also enriches many colours, especially the bright blue sky.

A LEADING FEATURE

To draw viewers into a landscape photo try to compose shots around a feature that leads into the photograph. This could be a creek, a sand bar, a fence, or a tree line. The aim is to engage observers and capture their attention.

Great landscape shots also make for sensational canvas or wall prints. Follow these tips to capture evocative fishing landscape images and decorate your home with inspirational images.

 


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Peter Hollingsworth
peterh@dinga.com.au

Peter has been fishing all around Australia since he was a boy. He loves camping, fishing and kayak fishing.