Our favourite landscape photos

Ever wondered what makes some Landscape shots stand out more than others?

Photographer Miles Willis has looked at some of his favourite images in the Canon Gallery and told us why these ones caught his eye:

Church on Sunday, Mr Gregor Greg

The composition in this image by Gregor Greg is about as good as it gets.

Ideal lead-in lines in the form of the lovely snow tracks takes your eye from the foreground through the frame, via a very pleasing bend towards the church on the horizon. 

The red figure provides a perfect balance to the church and breaks up the expanse of snow. 

See how the church is placed perfectly according to the rule of thirds. 

Not to mention the gorgeous, diffused light on the snow drifts and atmospheric clouds!

Camino de amapolas, Azucena Toquero López

Toquero López has given this great landscape shot added interest with his "road of poppies". The strip of red flowers leads the eye towards the picturesque hill and the row of trees. Toquero has split the picture in half between the sky and land, giving a great balance between the clouds and the hill. Look for elements in the foreground of your landscapes to create leading lines.

Wintermorgen, Günter Kleber

This extremely pretty image by Günter Kleber is a showcase for nature.

Each tree is individually beautiful but Günter has artistically doubled that by shooting over still, flat water creating the stunning reflections. 

Presumably shot at sunrise the photographer has turned away from the rising sun, just hinting at its warm tones to the right of this picture leaving us with a beautifully graduated sky towards the cool blues of pre-dawn on the left. 

It also seems that he has cropped the image into a panoramic format to remove some water and sky at the top and bottom of this frame that maybe felt a bit empty.

Don't be afraid to crop your image to improve the composition.

Viminacium (1st century), Saša Čolić

We love this image by Saša Čolić. At first glance it appears to be like an agricultural revolution era painting. But then we are surprised by the modern industrial plant on the horizon juxtaposing the very manual action of the figure in the foreground.

Black and white suits the withered vegetation in the field whilst the mud bank produces this wonderful curved leading line that guides your eye through the image to the factory. 

On your computer it is worth checking whether a picture works best in colour or black and white.

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