Can you hunt for landscapes? Is it a good idea? I hope so since I think that’s what I do.
I have observed and read about real landscape photographers. They generally have one thing I don’t – a serious plan that often involves a number on an alarm clock that is far too small.
I once aspired to take landscape photography seriously but then got distracted by wildlife. While I waited for the sun to set, I kept thinking there might be a posse of polar bears just over the next hill. Perhaps I should check?
I’ve also noted that serious landscape photographers scout out idyllic scenes, return when they hope the light will be perfect and keep returning day after day until the light is right. They also spend extended periods in one area, trying to capture the essence of a place. I’ve never been particularly good at going back or staying in one place for too long. Maybe some day.
I think I end up finding landscapes the same way as wildlife. I’m constantly on the move and seize the moment when I see it. That’s how I got this shot.
As another Yellowstone day was coming to a close, I stopped at a place that caught my eye. As often happens, the initial attraction drew me further into a beautiful scene. I noticed the clouds were moving around and creating a patchwork of sunny and shady areas across the landscape. I began making images of whatever the sun was highlighting. This was turning into remarkable, if unpredictable, light.
Then golden light touched a nearby valley, highlighting only a large treeless area in the middle. I was transfixed.
I made my photos and then simply soaked up the sounds, smells and sights while all alone in this wonderful, pristine wilderness.
This hunt was successful.