Calm

Learning how to capture the mood and atmosphere of a scene is a skill that’s elusive for many photographers. The finished photo isn’t just about technical settings and composition, but visceral aspects that evoke something in the senses and bring the viewer right back to that moment.

Dead Sea in the sunset
by Rita Kapitulski
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Buttermere
by Brett Gasser
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At Finnamore Lake at sunrise
by Todor Tilev
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Belvedere
by Paulo Stein
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Sweet dreams are made of this…
by Patrizia Ilaria Sechi
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Calm
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Moody Landscapes | Moody Wildlife

Learn how to capture mood in your landscape and wildlife photos
by Russ Burden

Depending on where you live, clouds may dominate your skies for 250-plus days of the year. This is more the norm around coastal areas and is governed by the seasons. I’m lucky to live in Colorado where I have just the opposite: 250 to 300-plus days of sunshine. But from a photographer’s standpoint, the word “lucky” can be deceiving. If my pursuit is wildlife, I’m ecstatic if I’m bestowed crisp bright mornings or afternoons of sun bathing my subject in warm golden light. But from a landscape photographer’s viewpoint, things are different. Where’s the drama in the light? Where’s the mood? Where’s the color? Since cloudy or severe, clear blue sky days are more the norm, I welcome days of fog, mood, haunting skies and drama with open arms. The rarity of these conditions is what allows landscape photographs to stand apart from those that are made under “ordinary” conditions. It’s with this in mind I devote this week’s and next week’s Tips of the Week to photos that resonate with mood.

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Moody Landscapes | Moody Wildlife
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Melancholy in Black and White

“I would like to see your best black and white photos showing people in sadness or with a pensive or moody look. I am looking for touching photos, something I will remember. Images can be a whole scene with one or more people or a portrait photo in black and white. Toned images (eg sepia or blue toned) are also allowed in this contest, but the image must be monochrome. I hope to see a lot of new uploaded photos for my judging.” —Community judge Christian Kieffer

Felix by John Bauch
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Untitled by yan38450
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El Diablo. by Luiscarlosa85
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Mekong River Portrait by Stuart Meikle
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In a box by Joanna K.
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Melancholy in Black and White
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