Two different perspectives on the same location

Returning to the same locations many times is the modus operandi of many landscape photographers. With different light, time of day and change of season the same location can take on many different shapes. One of the locations I frequent is the river nearby. Just a few kilometers from the city center the landscape surrounding it opens up to fields and forests. This summer I’ve been going here during sunrise

Power Lines: An Unusual Subject?

Photographing Power Lines   After the nights became light I’ve been searching for new subjects to photograph. Unexpectedly, photographing power lines seems to have become the theme of this summer! Being a part of infrastructure they are not primarily designed with aesthetics in mind. It is easy to not pay any attention to them at all. I guess some people consider them an eyesore and usually landscape photographers try to

May Photoshop Challenge – Reviewing the Results

May Photoshop Challenge Results May has already ended a few days ago, so it is time for me to review my Photoshop Challenge! In short, it was a successful way of getting myself to use Photoshop more. The reason I set this challenge for myself was the limitations of Lightroom, which I were bumping into more and more. Photoshop requires a different way of thinking, but it is so more

My First Attempt at Luminosity Masks – Photoshop Challenge Part VII

A Powerful Tool How to do Luminosity masks is definitely the most important Photoshop Technique I’ve learned this month. Also the most difficult one, it was even a bit intimidating to get started. In short, luminosity masks are a way of controlling the luminosity or brightness of a selected tonal value in the picture. Kind of like the lights/darks sliders in Lightroom but you can define the range of each

River Exploration Part II

River Exploration Exploring the area around the river during mornings has worked great for finding interesting places. My first location didn’t seem to be very predictable for mist, unfortunately. Even though I went earlier there wasn’t any more mist. It was floating along but not thick enough to show up in the photographs. I just have to wait for a foggy night to get what I envisioned, but that might

Orton Effect on Foggy Photos? – Photoshop Challenge Part 6.5

The Orton Effect on Foggy Photos As I mentioned in the previous post I wanted to try the Orton Effect on foggy photos to see if it enhances the foggy look. And the results are, well, mixed. To some extent it does improve the photos. For example, in the first picture, the branches become less sharp and therefore less distracting. One have to be really careful how much to apply

Orton Effect: Sharp but Blurry – Photoshop Challenge Part VI

The Orton Effect I first heard about the Orton effect from  Nick Page in one of his Landscape Photography Podcasts. The effect itself has been around for a few decades already though. Its creator, Michael Orton first experimented with it in the 1980’s by sandwiching two slides on top of each other. One of these slides would be sharp while the other one out of focus. Resulting in a painterly

River Exploration – Searching for New Photo Locations

Unexpected Revelation I’ve been returning to this location a few times during winter to take pictures of the same scenes in different light. My plan was to come back now in summer to photograph the same things in summer conditions. However, the change of seasons unexpectedly created completely different views to photograph. Right across the river there is a small, quite wild looking nature reserve which worked better than my


A Faster Summer than I Could Ever Have Hoped for

Lightning Summer According to statistics +30 degrees in the middle of May in Finland only happens a few times per century. As most people I was quite surprised when it was suddenly summer outside. And of course after a long, cold winter it feels extra good to have an early summer. For landscape photography many new opportunities arise, and others disappear temporarily with the change of season. The nights are