I have found myself spending a bit of my free time watching YouTube videos about photography. In the course of viewing these videos I discovered “Woodlands Landscape Photography.” Most of the artists posting videos in this genre seem to be from the UK. I have found a few Yankee offerings but “woodlands photography seems to be a bigger thing in jolly old England. None the less, I’ve found the subject quite interesting.
Now here comes the quandary. In most of these videos the forest lands being photographed seem somewhat open. The photographers can find trees with “character” or interesting scenes and usually have a nice open shooting lane (for lack of a better description) to compose and create an image. But here in coastal North Carolina our forests tend to be quite cluttered with lots of undergrowth. The exception being pine savannas. The savannas are fairly open, but they’re mostly the straight, somewhat boring trunks of pines. Toss in the fact that most of our woodlands are dominated by pines with few deciduous areas and the quest of making woodland photos becomes a bit complicated.
Not being one to shy away from a challenge, I have been making some attempts at creating these kinds of images. The majority of them have been shot using a wide angle lens… my Tokina 12-20mm f/4. Some have been made using a telephoto lens… the Sigman 150-600mm contemporary f/5-6.3. I recall shooting a few with my trusty old Canon 100mm f/2.8 macro lens. For my earlier attempts I was using my trusty Canon 7D with my more recent efforts taken with the Canon 7D MarkII. At some point I’ll probably give my Canon 85mm f/1.8 and 35mm f/1.2 a try.
Below are a few samples of my attempts at woodlands landscape photography. If you’re interested in purchasing prints simply click on the samples, visit the “Prints” link in the website or go to bob-decker.pixels.com. Your comments and thoughts are always welcome.