THE LANDSCAPE NEVER CHANGES
I once overhead a couple commenting on a landscape photograph caustically saying that anyone could take a photo; and of course that is quite true, anyone can point a camera in the right direction and press a button. What they could never understand is that the photographer had travelled many hundreds of miles to the location; slept overnight in his car; was on site just after dawn; found the perfect spot to set up his tripod; waited for an effective cloud formation to balance the sky and foreground elements in the scene; used the necessary filtration; and calculated the correct exposure before tripping the shutter.
That's all there is to it - "anyone can take a photo".
For landscape photography to be successful it is not enough to simply "look" at one's surroundings; one has to "see" in order to capture the essence of what is important and equally what should be left out of the photograph.
The landscape itself never changes, but the prevailing light and atmospheric conditions change from minute to minute; that is the frustration and challenge of landscape photography.
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