Landscape photography is best done far away. But even these faraway places are somebody’s backyard. So is it true that we have to travel far away to create nice landscape pictures?
Often, there are landscape photography opportunities right around the corner. There is no need to go far away to find peace. Most of the time, only minutes away from heavy traffic congestion, peace is there just waiting for you.
Isn’t everyone attracted to remote landscape locations?
We passionate landscape photographers are so lucky. We are looking at these peaceful and amazing places where the sky, land, and water blend together in magnificent panoramas. When looking at pictures online on 500px.com, Pixoto.com, or smugmug.com, we are often dreaming of faraway scenes, forgetting that there also such beauty in our home cities.
Why Backyard Landscape Pictures?
This picture is from a peaceful location just one mile away from a three-lane congested highway. Before entering Montreal on Highway 20, you go through Charron Island which is part of five small islands called Boucherville Islands National Park.
This little paradise is only 15 minutes from downtown Montreal where I live. Even if the highway is just minutes away, we hear nothing but the sounds of nature. There are seven miles of peaceful trails which offer good views on the St-Lawrence River, the Montreal Island, and the South shore. All kinds of wildlife and birds wander on or near these trails.
In the summertime, when the weather forecast is great for picture taking, I leave for the office early with my backpack and office clothes in the trunk and head to Boucherville’s Islands. Getting there by 04:30 gives me time for the sunrise (05:00) and the golden hour before heading to the office.
There are dozens of locations near and in Montreal where peace can greet you in the early morning.
The day before this picture, I looked at the weather forecast. The forecast was partly cloudy which, in my opinion, is perfect for taking pictures. Clouds bring something special, different, and worthwhile. They often reflect nice colors before sunrise and can create some drama in the sky after the sunrise.
So… on this early morning I was hunting the sunrise on Boucherville’s Islands and the sunrise I shot!
Shooting in your backyard is also a way to avoid costly mistakes. You can practice your skills before you take that expensive trip that you are always dreaming about. Here are few photos that Jay took just 15 minutes from his home:
Now it is your turn to share. What are your favorite’s backyard photography locations near your hometown? We’d love to hear from you.