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Old October 4th, 2010, 10:23 PM
Dinno Sandoval Dinno Sandoval is offline
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Guided by Light: My Experiences in Landscape Photography by Dinno Sandoval

Hello Guys, I am Dinno Sandoval from the Philippines, an aspiring landscape photographer. I would like to introduce myself with this set. This isn't a tutorial of some sort, just want to share my experiences as a starter on this field.

"Light is the paint that a photographer uses. The more you start to think about the light when taking photos, the better your photos will be." These are the words of my friend who has been one of the premiere landscape photographers here in our country. This made me realize that in landscape photography, light is the all important ingredient... you must make it your main subject and everything is secondary.

Peace from the Sky


Experience in 1000px: http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4118/...1134144b_b.jpg

Good planning and research on weather forecasts, tides and sea swelling can give you a high probability success in your intent to shoot landscapes.

Magasang Rock Formation in Biri, Samar (Low Tide)

Experience in 1000px: http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4140/...31d7d891_b.jpg

Waves of Biri (High Sea Swelling will cause huge waves)

Experience in 1000px: http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4076/...d2f8b643_b.jpg


Sometimes you'll get lucky even at not so great weather, when we are on our way to Lake Lumot... we were welcomed by a thick fog and a covered mountain view. We waited for 10minutes and voila, the fog cleared up, the mountain showed up...and we were blessed with a rainbow and a 5 minute light... then it started to rain.

A Gift from Sleeping Beauty

Experience in 1000px: http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4095/...638787d6_b.jpg

Mt. Banahaw is one of the more popular mountain in the Philippines not only because locals believe that this place is holy but also because of its form; a silhouette of a sleeping woman.

Another example of shooting under a non-appealing light is shooting before a heavy rainfall.

Unos kay Magdalena (Magdalene's Tragic Experience)

Experience in 1000px: http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4123/...0cb370bc_b.jpg

Shot at Magdalena, Laguna, was supposed to wait for the sunset but there was a fast huge raincloud coming so i just waited for the right timing then clicked my shutter. This was my only shot because the rain poured on the last 3 seconds of my exposure.

Changing Climates in Magdalena




If possible, always look for the three grounds: foreground, middle ground and background.

Skull of Poseidon

Large here: http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4111/...a1c6d28a_b.jpg

Sampaloc Lake

Experience in 1000px: http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4094/...74423628_b.jpg

Fisherman in Lake Caliraya
Leading lines will also give more dynamism in your photos.



Look for reflections, they also make your photos more dynamic.

Experience in 1000px: http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4131/...eae43fcf_b.jpg

Balance should also be considered in composing your images.

Experience in 1000px: http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4090/...8a74c46b_b.jpg

The Lighted One

Large here: http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4083/...4f075200_b.jpg


Intimate Landscapes are sometimes taken for granted. Always look for details and colors within the wider view. It simplifies the complexity of a scene and reveals our aesthetic sensibilities.

Washed Ashore

Large here: http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4151/...7f6d1e88_b.jpg

White Lotus and Lillies


Of course, there's nothing more timeless than a black and white photograph. Learn to see landscapes as a series of tones instead of colors.

Three-way Battle: Land, Sea, Air



we we're on our way home i saw a white and a gray cloud facing each other on top of Magasang and Magsapad Rock Formations. I hurriedly searched for a foreground that is facing each other as well, luckily i found this two rocks almost mimicking the form of Magasang and Magsapad

Lastly, landscape images should project moods and emotions.

Of Solitude and Boundaries






Thanks and have a nice day!

Last edited by Dinno Sandoval; October 4th, 2010 at 10:34 PM.
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Old October 5th, 2010, 05:33 AM
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Thank you for sharing this. Great captures, stories, and lessons.
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Re: Guided by Light: My Experiences in Landscape Photography by Dinno Sandoval

Gorgeous images and great insight to your approach making them, thanks for sharing.
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