I am Guy Lambrechts, a Belgian landscape, architecture and nature photographer. For many years I took family pictures and holiday snaps just for fun. Very soon I felt the urge to improve and understand how to get the best out of my camera. My passion for photography grew when I realised the impact of framing, light and camera settings on my initial landscape pictures.
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Imagine you are returning back home after a fine day out or even after a long day at work. The sun starts to set, and suddenly you see a perfect scene. It is breathtaking. You stop and grab your camera.
You want to capture this spectacle of colours and light before the sun completely disappears. And you make sure you take a dozen photos. You rush home and feel excited. While downloading your files on your computer, you discover your images are not as sparkling as you expected. The composition is fine. The colours are comparable with the real image. But you miss that overwhelming sense of beauty that you spotted. To put it bluntly: your photo lacks emotion. What did you miss out?
Thousands of tourists may make hundreds of thousands of “snapshots”. They hope to catch a stunning postcard view. Being in the moment, they did not spot that disturbing garbage can in the corner of their photo. Or being focused on their object, they did not notice that ugly traffic sign. Not to mention the other wandering tourists with their inseparable selfie sticks cluttering your images. Of the hundreds of thousands of photos, there are probably only a few that manage to express the emotional value of that same moment. Not many images approach the sensations they had when pressing the shutter button. And, of course, many of them don’t even bother to take time to look at their screen or viewer when pointing at their potential object.
Landscapes are very accessible to all of us. They are all around us during our journeys. In addition, landscapes do not move or run away as people do. Landscapes seem the perfect subject to capture on your camera. And yet, many people are unhappy with their results when they get home.
Landscape photography can cover a very wide range of photos. From the original genre a number of subgenres developed such as cityscapes, seascapes, waterscapes, winterscapes, gardenscapes, mountainscapes, forestscapes, etc. …. Sometimes the distinction with nature photography is difficult to make.
As a frequent traveller, I feel at home in bigger or smaller cities. I am always looking for beautiful lines, shapes, and light and this is both in historic buildings and in modern architecture. On my website and over time, I will disclose some of my secrets for beautiful pictures. I hope that I can inspire you to continue to look for spectacular landscape lines, both close to home or further away.
I will explore different aspects of landscape photography in blogs over time and hope you will get inspired to produce the dream photos you always wanted.
Let me know for sure what you think by replying to the blog articles.
And hopefully, we meet each other somewhere in nature.
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