All photographers will recognise this: that itch you get to go out and capture a photograph. The feeling you get when you haven't taken a shot in a while - a shot you really enjoyed shooting!
It's not really the photograph itself that matters. It's the act of "taking" it. Measured from the minute you decide to go out with your camera, to when you return home.
Back in February of 2012, I posted one of my rare blog entries. It was entitled "Photographic Journey" and concerned my intentions to return to my photographic roots and start once again to shoot a more diverse range of subjects/objects. That post got over 15,000 hits! However, as with many New Year resolutions, as time went by it became more difficult to adhere to.
You're standing in front of a beautiful vista. The sun is setting in the west and your camera is in your hands. You can point and click and will get a pleasing enough image. But, by following my top tips for landscape photography, you could come away with an image that you will be happy to print, frame and hang on your wall. So, lets get started.
Landscape photographers are a picky bunch. They won't settle for any old light - it has to be the right type of light. This normally means shooting during the golden hours - sunrise or sunset. I will admit, I'm not the best for getting up for the very early summer sunrise. However in the west of Ireland, we are faced with another particular dilemma - the weather ... or more specifically the bad weather. Did I say bad? - I do of course mean wet.