In this bear image from Lake Clark Nat’l Park, the bear was patiently waiting for a sign of salmon to be in the stream. It just decided to plop down on a very thin gravel bar and watch. The feeling is one of relaxation, or perhaps watchfulness…but sometimes the story behind the photo defines the mood!
In landscapes, it’s often the atmospheric conditions and the light that sets the tone. The contrast of light here created something we feel when we view this image from Zabriskie Point in Death Valley by my partner Jed Manwaring. It’s not easy to describe, but we feel something.
With this woman walking in Morocco – something about the black robes, and the way the robe billows out, too, suggests she’s in a hurry – and to where? For me, it has a feeling of mystery to it.
Just something to think about in your own photography. What constitutes mood for you?
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Right on Brenda….
Love the images..
thanks, John! Great to hear from you.
Conveying mood or emotion in a landscape can be tricky as you say. Still its my favorite type of photography. I tend to shoot water falls mostly, because I can control the shutter easily and create movement, or peace as I call it to the image. I find it much harder to shoot landscapes with out water for some reason, and when I do, I tend to go close and tight to the subject. I realized that I never really thought about this, well until i read your post. It was actually eyeopening. Thanks.
You’re very welcome, Jan. That’s what my post was intended to do – to get us thinking about our photography – and I really appreciate the comments you posted. I love photographing water, too, because I can create a mood by the way I slow it down or freeze it with shutter speeds. Slow = peace, tranquility, etc. to me as well.