Quite frequently I “consult” Google Maps and Google Earth when seeking out new areas to shoot locally. Does the dirt road turnoff end at a ranch or does it go for another mile or two? Does the area have the landscape and/or features I am looking for? Google knows.
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This photograph is of the hills I have shot consistently from the other side, but further away and from a higher vantage point. This also meant I was shooting into the setting sun in the afternoon, which is neither good or bad, but limiting in that I tend to wait until the sun sets before shooting.
For example: El Dorado Hills, Layered Hills, Golden and Blue Hour
While I generally hope for clouds or some sort of atmospherics in landscape photos, I did want to take advantage of the completely cloudless skies these last few days. But working the c-pol and post processing in Nik Silver EFex Pro, we can produce these somewhat alien landscapes usually accomplished with infrared or night photography.
EXIF data: Nikon D7000, center weighted metering mode, ISO 100, 135mm, f/11, 1/60 sec
El Dorado Hills, Pasture, Rolling Hills, Fence, Monochrome. El Dorado Hills, California. April 17, 2013. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.