Landscape photography is not difficult to master. It takes practice and can be learned. There are a number of easy-to-grasp but important rules that apply specifically to landscapes and can help you create stunning vistas that look just how you imagined, when you pressed the shutter.
The first is to ensure that you have great light. This can come in many guises. The light may be low in which case you are capturing the last vestiges of the sun’s rays as they cut across the landscape. It may be misty, in which case the landscapes may take on an eerie persona that adds interest and intrigue to the shot. Or as in the case here, there was a slight mist that managed to interest with the direct rays of the sun and because it was shot at an angle accentuated the effect.
Second, always try to have a point of interest, however small. The eye given half the chance will wander across your image and feels uncomfortable if it cannot find a place to rest. Find something off centre in one of the golden thirds if possible, although sometimes you can get away with a perfectly symmetrical shot if it appears that this was intentional.
Thirdly, attempt to show layers. This can be very effective in landscapes where increasing distance tends to dissipate the power of the light from increasingly distant planes. This gives the effect of exaggerating the perspective and producing a layered set of landscape planes which gradually disappear into the background.
Fourthly and finally ensure that you have created