Photography 101: Landscape

Today’s assignment is: Landscape.  We’re supposed to take a photo of a landscape and “focus on the gestalt — the entire setting as a whole, rather than a specific subject or focal point within the scene. The setting itself is the star.”

Oh, boy.  Late November is just about the ugliest time to photograph a landscape in Virginia. By late November, almost all the fall color is gone, and what’s left is 50 shades of brown.  I went out this afternoon and tried to find a landscape that hadn’t completely succumbed to brown, but didn’t have much success.  I took a handful of pictures and rejected them all — not only brown, but boring.

Pressed for time, I made a b-line to one of the closest wineries to my house, Pearmund Cellars. I snapped this photo of the now dormant (and also brown) vines, and yawned.  So, in a fit of desperation, I had a little fun with my Nikon’s retouch menu.  I used the color sketch option to convert the photo to a counterfeit watercolor, and voila . . . take a back seat, brown!


Nikon D800
ISO 400 | 62mm | f/22 | 1/80 sec

See you tomorrow!


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