The concept of “atmosphere” plays a huge role in landscape photography; however, it is never really fully explained what atmosphere really is. I'll talk about it here.
To say atmosphere plays a huge role in landscape photography is an understatement. Several of my own personal favorite photos have a great atmosphere in one way or another. So, what is “atmosphere” really? It can be very hard to answer as it often (if not always) comes down to the subjective interpretation of the viewer. Is it possible to find certain elements that we can agree constitute or are atmosphere in landscape photography?
I am not talking about mood or drama. I would say you could have a dramatic atmosphere or a moody atmosphere, but you can also have both a dramatic and moody photo without having atmosphere, or can you? In the above video, I analyze several of my own photos that I think have “atmosphere” in some way or another. I compare the photos and point out what they have in common and present what I think creates atmosphere in landscape photography.
What do you think atmosphere is? How would you describe it? Let us exchange some thoughts and get the talk going. It would be very interesting to hear what you think of the subject.