2. Stay at Home
On the other hand, staying at home or getting to know a landscape that’s a relatively short distance from where you live, means you can get to know a place intimately. It means you can go deep and find the hidden corners that the typical visitor never finds. You’ll get to know (and photograph) the landscape through all the seasons.
Does this contradict the first point? A little. There’s room for both approaches. Travelling in the few spare weeks that most of us have every year, and getting to know our local areas the rest of the time. This photo was taken in late spring, my favourite time of year, just a few hundred meters from my home at the time:
3. Light, Subject and Composition
I think of a photograph as a triangle. One side represents subject, another lighting and the third composition. A great photo has great lighting, great composition and a great subject. Each element is as important as the other. Take one away, and the photo is lessened. A photo of a boring subject beautifully composed and lit can never be as good as a photo with an interesting subject that is also beautifully composed and lit.
What does this mean for the black and white landscape photographer? You need to seek out the most interesting landscapes. They can be interesting in a dramatic way (like the Andes) or in a quiet way (like local woodland) but they must be interesting.