landscape photography

Landscape Photography

Photography is an art of making images. For over a century this art has captured the imagination of millions of people world wide, sparking interests in various aspects of life, people, nature and man. Landscape photography is an offspring of curious nature lovers, looking to capture nature, in its divine grandeur. Like all forms of photography, making landscape pictures is simple if you follow some basic guidelines.

Landscape Photography

Maximize Depth of Field

Landscapes pan across a distance and that is why it is essential to maximize the depth of field used. This captures wider details of an image making the image more real and life like. The simplest way to do this is to use a smaller aperture, while compensating with a higher ISO and slower shutter speed.

Use a Tripod

With slower shutter speeds, it is absolutely necessary to use a good tripod. No matter how stable your grip, your photos will have a shake beyond 1 /8 s. Lower shutter speeds can help you get the ghost effect in pictures that have flowing water or moving mist. You should consider a wireless or trigger remote to click your landscape pictures.

Good composition

Of course, no photo is complete without a story. Always have a centre of focus in your picture. It gives the picture meaning and adds the magic to the vast expanse of the image. Try capturing the focus of the image in one-third of the image space. This guides viewers along the photograph and helps in identifying the focus clearly. This is commonly known as the Rule of the Thirds.

Patterns

Any photograph is about the elements. They can be lines, skies, clouds or simply arcs; any definite shape or forms that help highlight the focus of the image. The natural patterns seen in clouds or the outlines of mountains in the sun, never fail to enamour the human senses.

Shoot during the Golden period

Play of light, is fundamental to photography. It defines the moods, the environment and provides a sense of time to images. For landscape photography, shooting during dawn and dusk gives the best lighting conditions. This period of time is known as the Golden period because it has diffused sunlight, perfect for landscape photography.

Following all the above tips will surely help you click amazing landscape photos.

Jena

Travel Tips for Jena, Germany by Glen D’souza

Hello, this is Glen D’souza (@nonresidentdesi on twitter) and I am a Mumbaikar living in Jena a small student city in central Germany. As I said, Jena is a small city with a a famed University and the ratio of students to locals is 4:1. Due the large student population from all parts of the planet, the city is quite lively with a host of eating options and pubs. Travelling is smooth and a bus and tram ride of about one hour should help you visit the important parts of the city. Since, it is surrounded by hills on three sites and and has a river cutting across the city, it boasts of varied options to hike and you could end up away from the buzz in the city in no time!

Travel Tips, Jena, Germany

Here are my travel tips for Jena,Germany:

1. Visit the Seven Wonders of Jena
2. Hike to the Jenzigweg
3. Take the Vintage Tram
4. Eat at the bier garten in ZurNoll and try the Thuringian platter
5. Go to the PapierMuhle, a former paper mill and now a brewery. Try the Schwarz bier (black beer) there.

How to approach the city:

Jena is very laid-back and you should have no trouble getting to know the city. Just relax and explore.

 

Guides With Me

REVIEW: GuideWithMe Offline Travel App

Another offering from the stables of MapsWithMe is called the GuideWithMe app. As the name suggests it’s an extensive guide to specific countries and it lists the popular cities/states/regions of the country. The details of the places are sourced from WikiTravel and thus can be considered to be fairly accurate with in any case I’d recommend using it with caution.

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While travelling places we don’t always get the best deals on communication and at such times offline maps come in handy.  GuidesWithMe is completely offline and that gives you the liberty to get a decent over view of places at your convenience. You also have telephone numbers of the places that are famous, which can be helpful when you are out all day and need to call up to check availability. There’s an inbuilt map which can be downloaded as an add-on to keep you pointed in the right direction.  Here are some pros & cons:

PROS:
1. Completely offline
2. Easy to use and very intuitive
3. Coupled with the MapsWithMe app, it would be the perfect guide book for your travel

CONS:
1. While the app is offline based, there could have been an online component in the form of a forum.  A traveller will eventually find WiFi and reading discussions or comments about such places would surely be beneficial, from my point of view.
2. Should have come with the detailed maps since it’s a single country guide app.

Overall it’s a great app to keep handy during your travel. It would surely make your life much easier on the road, while giving you the liberty to get wonderfully lost.