Water in the landscape can add real visual interest to your landscape photography compositions. As can be seen in the small selection of images below we have water in the landscape that is calm, rough and reflective. With good camera technique we can ‘freeze’ water or allow it to become blurred, this will convey movement that adds an extra dynamic quality to the photograph.
Living on the west coast of Scotland we are never too far away from the opportunity to photography water in the landscape, be it inland lochs or coastal seascapes it plays a significant part in much of my landscape photography.
“No one can see their reflection in running water. It is only in still water that we can see.” ~ Toaist Proverb
When creating images with water in the landscape it is often a good idea to use a polarising filter to saturate colours and reduce some of the reflection. It needs to be used carefully however as we may not want to completely remove all of the reflection from the waters surface.
Artistically filters can have a great impact on your photography and the effect of a polarising filter is just about the only filter that cannot be recreated on the computer.
Loch Maree, Wester Ross
Loch na Keall at sunset, Isle of Mull
Loch Torridon from Red Point, Wester Ross
Loch Bearnach in winter sunset, Isle of Mull
Incoming tide, surf and seaweed
Toward the Isle of Skye at sunset from Red Point, Wester Ross
Rocks and surf
Tranquility at Loch Gairloch, Wester Ross
Loch Torridon, Wester Ross
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