Landscape Photography - Searching for Locations (2023)


In this video, me and Simon go by foot and search high and low for landscape photography locations around Loch Maree in the north west highlands of Scotland. We find some great locations, we also find some not so great locations.

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Visiting a landscape, photography, location for the first time can be exciting invigorating and can really inspire you as a photographer.

It can also be overwhelming and can feel alien leaving self doubt about whether or not you are making the most of the location that you're in browsing online reading books.

And checking maps can certainly help when visiting a new area.

But the only way to truly understand the place is to drive hike and walk your way around it, exploring scouting and discovering all of the possibilities on offer.

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So if you need a website cut forward, slash Heaton so me and Simon have spent the morning scouting locations just looking for places to shoot right now, it's it's, the middle of the day so it's, it's, no good for photography.

But this is the perfect time, especially in summer.

When you have those long days and those nice, mild Ren de lis climbing that's, most of the time.

Anyway, they are great for going out and exploring and people often ask about finding locations to shoot researching locations and what's the best way so on.

And so forth, the best way by far is just to strap on your boots and go for a walk.

The night is essentially the plan for today.

So we've had a look around this beautiful woodland and down by a small lock hand.

And yeah, so far just from spending a couple of hours walking around and and looking at various spots.

Then already I have a couple of compositions in mind and I know that when conditions are better, or when the potential for good light, you know, I know exactly where I want to come back to and that.

It is truly valuable.

One of the things about scouting is that it works both ways.

Sometimes you can find locations that are just fantastic and will make for great landscape photography.

And then other times it's, actually quite the opposite.

You find a location that you think has potential.

But when you actually come here for yourself and look at it with your own two eyes, it's, not all that great, which is kind of what's happened here, but that's a good thing because it means you can take that off your list and move on and try and find those lovely hidden gems.

Unfortunately, as beautiful as this is, this area is to be in right now.

It's, not quite up there with the photographic locations that we're looking for so I'm with an upwards more walking while scouting more exploration or it's, more bad news, I'm afraid, see part of this scouting location is looking at the map.

And then seeing if areas are any good, but it's also just driving around and saying, oh, yeah, that looks good those look good and that's.

What we've done.

In this case we saw this hill with these beautiful pine trees on it was actually these pine trees here.

So we've taught to have a look.

Oh it's.

Just devastation look it's.

All part of London manager and it's organdy forested.

You have these small plant growers here or tree growers.

You've got buildings down there somewhere with solar panels, it's, just a mess, I, don't know, what's that's.

Why we're here that's? Why we so we continue with our scouting mission here in the Northwest Highlands of Scotland, look at that behind me, it's the middle of the day now and not usually a time that I would shoot, but as you can see by by my face, yeah, we have some great lighting conditions because we've got storm clouds behind us.

Yep, we still have breaks in the sky, which is allowing the light to come through as you can see.

The light is hitting me now.

And that can be great for the middle of the day landscape.

Photography, the forecast for the next couple of days is rain.

And that actually is working in our favor right now, it's not raining yet, but you can see the clouds are building.

And the storm is coming so I'm, kind of hoping we can find some beautiful compositions down by the lock side here and get a nice photograph with this Sun breaking through the clouds or the mood and the drama in the background.

But the light is fleeting, it comes and it goes.

So you need a bit of look a bit of timing.

And of course, the composition.

So in the background, you can hear Meg splashing around come into shot.

Now last year's, what she's doing this she's leaving wet footprints all over the foreground, just like that? Yeah, thank you.

So it kind of destroys the foreground just having these wet blotchy patches, but it's, not literally a bad thing because you can actually correct that and improve the scene.

Just give him that give it a good splash of water.

I've got beautifully wet, rocks, mainly.

Thanks to Meg.

I've, just finished a job.

Why it's coming now I've got my composition.

So I'm, just gonna stick on the polarizer, a few filters whatnot.

And yeah, let's get the shot.


So after a bit of searching around then just working this area and having a good look around I've settled upon a composition.

Ah, yes, I have settled on a competition that I'm happy with.

And you can see here.

You've got all of these diagonal cracks in the rock here.

And these make for a great foreground interest as they kind of lead you from one corner of the image through the frame to this sort of small outcrop here, which then takes you up to sleek the mountain.

And then you have this island here there his Island on the right-hand side of frame, it's, okay, I mean, it's, the middle of the day we're, quite you know, these conditions are quite good for the middle of the day, but this wood, beautiful, we're, either possibly sunrise or sunset.

But we are just scouting.

Yeah, yeah.

As I mentioned before I've, completely soaked, all of the foreground because Meg had already kind of half soaked to the foreground with a wet pawprints.

So I just finished the job.

So anyway, I'm gonna grab this photograph.

Now, while I it's quite good, we've got a lovely moody sky.

And because I've got interest but interest right here in the foreground, sort of like like this far from the lens, I have no choice.

But to focus stuck I, don't have a tilt shift lens.

And if I was just to take a straight shot, focusing on the mountains in the background, the foreground will be soft.

And likewise, if I was to focus a fort on the foreground or a third into the image, the mountain would be soft.

So you know, takes two seconds to focus that so I'm gonna do that.

So the only filter I'm using is a polarizing filter haven't got the polarizer fully engaged and to its most effective point because actually quite like a bit of glare on the rock.

If I turn the polarizer all the way you lose all of the glare, and quite like the contrast of the offers I don't want all of it.

You know, all of the glass it's too bright, but a little bit glare.

A little bit contrast works really nice as the wind.

No doubt, that means the rains coming so I, better, grab this shot, quick, I'm shooting this f9.

And you take three exposures one focus on the mountain.

One focused mid ground, one focused, immediate foreground and that's.

It fairly straightforward I.

Think most of the time and effort was spent just walking around this area, looking for compositions that image looks quite nice I'm just going to try and prolong my exposure, a bit just to flatten out the surface of the water.

So I've got a six stop filter that I'm going to drop in and I'm, looking for an exposure time of about 10 seconds, I sort of kind of hoping for.

So if I change my f-stop to f11, and that is going to give me an exposure have eight seconds, which isn't bad that's.

What I was looking for so I've, not made any changes at all with my composition or anything I've simply dropped in a six stop filter.

Just with my aperture slightly.

And this is now giving me an 8 second exposure.

So I'm going to take this photograph now, I just think it's going to be a slight improvement on the image that I just captured.

But without the six stop filter me and Simon continued to scout and explore locations from beaches to Mountain plateaus.

And as our time drew to a close I can confidently say that our time spent here was truly worthwhile I now have a greater understanding of this small, but hugely diverse area of Northwest Scotland I would like to thank Squarespace for sponsoring.

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