Beautiful scenes deserve to be captured on camera, but landscape photography isn’t always easy. Lighting is tough. The best shots require patience—waiting for the right light, the right weather, the right clouds in the sky. Equipment like a tripod and filters help, but ultimately, it’s up to the photographer to capture a great shot. If you need some inspiration for your landscape photos, here are eight excellent examples.
The foreground is the key to this image. The water reflects the sky perfectly, an effect typically achieved through the use of a polarizer filter. The sky is dramatic, and not overexposed, which isn’t always easy to do. The tall tree in the background placed off to one side draws the eye in and adds more visual interest to the shot.