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10 Tips For Shooting Abstract Landscapes


As a landscape photographer I’m a big fan of grand vistas and photographing with wide angle lenses. But sometimes the smaller things can be just as impressive. In this article I’ll be giving 10 tips to hopefully give you some inspiration when photographing abstracts. And when you start to see them, you can’t stop photographing them. It’s very addicting!

1. Look down.

We tend to look forward and see the bigger picture. But beauty is often just at our feet. Go low to the ground and look down occasionally. You’ll find all kinds of interesting things. Think of textures on stones, lines little plants, patterns, contrast. Lots of interesting abstract shapes can be found on the ground.

A simple mud cracks pattern

Autumn vegetation on the ground

2. You don’t need a macro lens

Abstract landscapes can be shot with any kind of lens. I usually shoot them with a 24-70 (close focus is a pre) or sometimes a longer lens to capture patterns in the distance.

Black sand ripples caused by the tide in Iceland

3. Look at lines

When looking at subjects, find lines and try to balance them in your frame. Lines going from a corner into the frame often work well. Flowing lines also give a nice feel to an image.

A grassy hill in Kyrgyzstan

Ripples on a piece of ice

Textures on a hill in Iceland

4. Look at color contrast

A combination of 2 Colors or dark and bright tones often work well in abstracts.

A combination of colour contrast and lines on a close up of a house in Burano, Venice.