After experimenting with Landscapes, I feel like there’s more to a landscape image that it just being ‘Dramatic’; all the elements in a photograph have to be perfectly captured to create a truly dramatic image. I adapted from this to capture skies.
I started by creating a board on Pinterest of different ideas that I might continue and pursue:
This board really inspired me to find a particular photographer who creates stunning images such as these. I started by looking at Ansel Adams because he’s a very famous photograph, specifically for taking images of Yosemite National park in California.
All the editing for these images was done in Lightroom. I tried to recreate an HDR effect by increasing the brightness of the shadows and darkening the highlights to create a flatter tone. I also used a gradient filter t0 darken the sky and create a lot of drama and contrast. Here are a few screenshots:
I’ve created a contact sheet of all the photographs I took:
Here are my final photographs: