26 Outstanding Landscapes :: Digital Photo Secrets

26 Outstanding Landscapes

by David Peterson 3 comments

Landscape photography is one of the most popular branches of photography, and also one of the most difficult to master. Landscapes are vast, and photographs are not. It is the landscape photographer's job to recreate that sense of enormity onto a flat, small-scale medium. This may sound daunting, but there are a lot of tricks you can use to help bring your landscapes to life. Remember to include a foreground, for example, and try using compositional techniques such as converging lines and overlapping objects. And look at the work of other photographers for inspiration, too. Here are a few to get you started.


[ Top image Kapaa and the Sea - Big Island, Hawaii by Flickr user PatrickSmithPhotography]

  • Nikon D800
  • 80
  • f/18.0
  • 3
  • 17 mm

Drought's Bane [Explored] by Flickr user Aaron M Photo


Sunset At The Lone Cypress At Pebble Beach by Flickr user Mellard


  • Sony DSC-HX1
  • 125
  • f/4.0
  • 0.003 sec (1/400)
  • 5 mm

وَاحَة و بِحُيْرَة أَم الْمَاء by Flickr user Bashar Shglila

  • Canon EOS 400D Digital
  • 200
  • f/8.0
  • 0.002 sec (1/500)
  • 62 mm

Gothic cathedrals dropped from a considerable height by Flickr user HaukeSteinberg.com

  • Nikon D50
  • 200
  • f/18.0
  • 0.077 sec (1/13)
  • 14 mm

Joshua Tree at Sunset by Flickr user sandy.redding


Rock Beach Road by Flickr user Neil Kremer


  • Nikon D800E
  • 100
  • f/11.0
  • 0.04 sec (1/25)
  • 155 mm

"Devils Horns" Alaskan Range ~ Denali State Park, Alaska ~ Nikon D800E by Flickr user Dan Ballard Photography

  • Nikon D800
  • 100
  • f/22.0
  • 0.6
  • 17 mm

Glowscape [Explored] by Flickr user Aaron M Photo

  • Nikon D700
  • 200
  • f/22.0
  • 0.167 sec (1/6)
  • 30 mm

Minarets Sunrise by Flickr user David Shield Photography

  • Sony DSLR-A700
  • 200
  • f/11.0
  • 0.01 sec (1/100)
  • 18 mm

badlands sunrise - badlands national park, south dakota by Flickr user Dan Anderson.


Is it missing something? by Flickr user Katarina 2353


  • Canon EOS 7D
  • 100
  • f/9.0
  • 0.4
  • 19 mm

Lady in the Wind by Flickr user Willie Huang Photo

  • Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • 200
  • f/8.0
  • 0.167 sec (1/6)
  • 58 mm

Faultlines - Mt. Tamalpais, Marin County, California by Flickr user PatrickSmithPhotography

  • Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • 50
  • f/16.0
  • 3.2
  • 58 mm

Myst - Point Reyes National Seashore, California by Flickr user PatrickSmithPhotography

  • Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • 100
  • f/16.0
  • 0.6
  • 105 mm

Labyrinthine Light - Pfeiffer State Beach, California by Flickr user PatrickSmithPhotography

  • Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • 100
  • f/11.0
  • 0.25 sec (1/4)
  • 30 mm

Winter Light at La Jolla, California by Flickr user PatrickSmithPhotography

  • Nikon D700
  • f/16.0
  • 0.125 sec (1/8)

"Moraine Lake" Photography ~ Private Photo Workshop ~ Landscape ~ Canada by Flickr user Dan Ballard Photography

  • Canon EOS 50D
  • 100
  • f/14.0
  • 0.125 sec (1/8)
  • 12 mm

Beautiful Ijen by Flickr user tropicaLiving - Jessy Eykendorp

  • E-3
  • 100
  • f/4.0
  • 0.004 sec (1/250)
  • 7 mm

pacific morning by Flickr user paul bica

  • Nikon D300
  • 100
  • f/22.0
  • 1.6
  • 14 mm

In The Groove - Davenport, California by Flickr user Jim Patterson Photography

  • Nikon D70
  • 200
  • f/4.0
  • 0.017 sec (1/60)
  • 31 mm

Winter Magic - Yosemite National Park, California by Flickr user Darvin Atkeson

  • Canon EOS 50D
  • 100
  • f/13.0
  • 30
  • 10 mm

Hey!..i miss you :) by Flickr user tropicaLiving - Jessy Eykendorp

  • Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • 50
  • f/18.0
  • 2
  • 30 mm

Bridal Veil View - Yosemite National Park, California by Flickr user PatrickSmithPhotography

  • Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • 50
  • f/16.0
  • 1
  • 20 mm

Valley View #1 - Yosemite National Park by Flickr user PatrickSmithPhotography

  • Olympus E-3
  • 100
  • f/22.0
  • 0.5
  • 17 mm

Monument Valley, Utah by Flickr user landscape photography - sebastien-mamy.fr

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  1. Ann says:

    Thank you for the most inspiring photos really helps to understand your tips

  2. David Peterson says:

    Hi Sb,

    By overlapping objects, I mean have a foreground object in front of a background object. That helps to separate the foreground and background of your image.

    I hope that helps.

    Yours in Photography,
    David.

  3. Sb says:

    What do you mean by overlapping objects?

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