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Wake Up, There’s More To Landscape Photography Than Just Photography – It’s Good For You

By Shivani Reddy on July 14th 2016

Some place more weight in the idea of honing your talent by buying the latest equipment and software, or booking the highest paying client, but the catalyst for becoming a great photographer truly stems from practice. In order to become the very best (yes, that was a nod to all the Pokemasters out there) one must simply get up, get out, and shoot. Landscape photographer Thomas Heaton makes this vividly clear in his short video entitled, “WAKE UP – There’s More To Landscape Photography”.

There is so much more to landscape photography than just photography.

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Heaton takes us on a journey through his landscape photography adventures as he endures harsh weather conditions and rocky terrain, all with no regrets. He states in the video that, “if it was easy, it would be boring,” underlining that complacency isn’t a challenge and you should strive to push the boundaries even when the going gets tough. From Thomas’ short clips it is easy to see why exploration serves as an addiction in his life – forcing him to see the world in a different light, and take not even the slightest thing for granted.

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Landscape photographers endure many a hardship to sometimes get just one breathtaking image. Heaton highlights that “there is no such thing as failure” and he doesn’t regret trekking to a vista with the intention of capturing an image even when it doesn’t provide the right scene; it’s the thrill of chasing the sun-quite literally-that urges him to get out of bed and take on each day with the mentality that something new is waiting for him just around the corner.

Although Heaton shoots primarily with his Canon 5D MK III, he urges shooters to not let the standard of your gear determine your worth but more so your willingness to experience the world and it’s fleeting beauty. He says, “Whilst are others are sleeping, we are hiking, and whilst others are driving, we are driven.”

Landscape photographers are notoriously known for fighting against the elements to see and capture the world in a unique perspective. The arduous hikes and often lonely missions of getting to the top may deter most, but strive to take the path less traveled to reap the indescribable reward of getting to the top. To Heaton and to many other talented souls all across the globe, “landscape photography is more than taking an image, it’s a way of life.”

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Here is the gear used by Thomas to create this spectacular video:
GoPro 4 Silver
Canon G7X
Canon 5D MK III
DJI Phantom 4
Edited with Adobe Premier CC

Keep up with Thomas on his Website and Facebook.

Shivani wants to live in a world where laughter is the cure to pretty much everything. Since she can’t claim “Serial Bingewatcher” as an occupation, she’ll settle for wedding/portrait photographer at Lin and Jirsa & marketing coordinator here at SLR Lounge. For those rare moments when you won’t find a camera in her hand, she will be dancing, eating a donut, or most likely watching Seinfeld.

Follow her on Instagram: @shivalry_inc

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Hannes Nitzsche

    love it, great video! :)

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  2. Ralph Hightower

    There’s a lot of sacrifices with landscape photography. I had one project where I would photograph the sunrise, over a city, of the solstices and equinoxes from a dam. Spring, summer, and fall were comfortable photographing the sunrise; however, winter was brutal! The wind coming off the lake was blowing at 45 MPH, which happens to be the speed limit for the road on the dam. There is a pedestrian walkway on the dam that is very popular, but that day on the date of the predicted Mayan apocalypse, I was the only fool on the dam! Fortunately, my back was to the wind.

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  3. Warren Surette

    Love Thomas’ work!

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  4. Liam Doran

    awesome…

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  5. Donna Macauley

    I can relate to this inspiring video. I’m glad he mentions that you don’t always get a fantastic landscape image. I don’t know how many sunrises I’ve gotten up at 3:30 in hopes of creating great images only to find a very bland sunrise. However, you won’t know unless you are up and out there trying to create. I’ve come to enjoy the hike and chase as much as actually creating the image.

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