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Keep taking landscape photographs

March 16, 2018

Not long after upgrading to my current camera, the Canon 5DmkIV, I knew that I had to visit some spectacular locations to start updating my fine art landscape photography portfolio. This is a fantastic camera for landscape photographs with its 30 megapixel full frame sensor.

In May 2017 I took my next opportunity to keep taking photographs… and that was to visit Central Australia, as part of a guided tour group with the famous Ken Duncan! This was my first time back in the Northern Territory for many years so I was anticipating some exciting times!

Matthew Duke and Ken Duncan Landscape Photographs

Having been self taught in my photography, through various online courses, books, experimentation and experience, the excitement of joining someone with over 30 years of experience out in the field was one that I didn’t want to miss. Ken is well known internationally for his landscape panographs. I always enjoy learning new techniques, methods, and visiting new locations. Some of the most enjoyable times I’ve had shooting landscape photographs have been on location with fellow photographers. Maybe its something about us all sharing ideas, adapting to conditions and keeping each other company while waiting for the sun to rise (or set)! It can get lonely out in the middle of no-where!

If you have the opportunity to go on a workshop with a pro-photographer, I highly recommend it. Having other experienced people working alongside you is always a great way to sharpen your skills and have a great time in the process.

Anyway, back to Central Australia, this place is amazing and there are so many beautiful locations to photograph. I can’t wait to get back to Uluru in June 2018, hopefully I’ll be able to see some awesome sunrises and sunsets and its the perfect time for the Milky Way to be out for Astro shots. Hoping for clear skies after sundown! If not, I’m sure that I will still be making the most of every opportunity to get that ‘next shot’.

The most important thing I’ve learnt though is that you just need to keep shooting. Often the weather is terrible, with cold rain and wind or a flat sunrise or sunset. Even with the best planning, you don’t always get the result you want when trying to get those perfect landscape photographs. I wouldn’t be the first landscape photographer who would admit to having to go back to a location more than once for those ideal conditions! Often though, and something that Ken has taught me is that don’t give up, as while the sky may not be doing much when you want it to, it will change in an instant, and that is when to take the photo, before the moment disappears, and its something I can truly say that I have witnessed many times.