Kolukkumalai is about 7,130 feet (2,170 m) above sea level and lies some 32 kilometres (20 mi) from Munnar. The hill top village is accessible only by jeep due to rugged and rain drenched roads covering upto 17 km. It is about a one and a half hour journey from Munnar town. The exact location of kolukkumalai is in Theni district (Tamil Nadu). The approach road is via Suryanelli near Munnar in Idukki district of Kerala.
To be frank I'm never tried to capture landscapes but some force push me to go next level, Yes, my loving brother "Dom Lim" he leads me to taste and feel the part of landscape photography. On his word " When a photographer hides his ability and says i'm limited with this task, then he is not an ideal photographer.
Last week my official vacation started (Eid) so i have planned to go for wild hunt, but the time not fit and rain kicked my plannings. When we feel lost the best moment from our life, wait that point something special coming to our life. Yes, i saw my big brother "Syam Nair" in the form of blessing. He told me to do something challenging and memorable shall we go for a landscape hunt.
He is a amazing photographer with years of experience and he has good view of mind to share all his experience in the form of loving words and guide each moment how to explore our ability. While considering Facebook legendary photographers in Kerala most of them never guide proper way to correct our mistakes and they were ignore all with a single word " I'm Busy".
There’s something about getting out in nature with the challenge of capturing some of the amazing beauty that you see. Perhaps it fits with my personality type – but I loved the quietness and stillness of waiting for the perfect moment for the shot, scoping out an area for the best vantage point and then seeing the way that the light changed a scene over a few hours.
While I don’t get as much time as I’d like for Landscape Photography the moment more quick and not stable for a long – But i thought my experiments and experience will helpful all of you the next time engage with landscape workshop. While there may be times that you want to get a little more creative and experiment with narrow depth of fields in your Landscape Photography – the normal approach is to ensure that as much of your scene is in focus as possible. The simplest way to do this is to choose a small Aperture setting (a large number) as the smaller your aperture the greater the depth of field in your shots.
Do keep in mind that smaller apertures mean less light is hitting your image sensor at any point in time so they will mean you need to compensate either by increasing your ISO or lengthening your shutter speed (or both). Meantime when you can get some great results with a very shallow DOF in a landscape setting.
As a result of the longer shutter speed that you may need to select to compensate for a small aperture you will need to find a way of ensuring your camera is completely still during the exposure. In fact even if you’re able to shoot at a fast shutter speed the practice of using a tripod can be beneficial to you. Also consider a cable or wireless shutter release mechanism for extra camera stillness, here I'm used 10s timer system of DSLR.
All shots need some sort of focal point to them and landscapes are no different – in fact landscape photographs without them end up looking rather empty and will leave your viewers eye wondering through the image with nowhere to rest (and they’ll generally move on quickly). Focal points can take many forms in landscapes and could range from a building or structure, a striking tree, a boulder or rock formation etc.
Think not only about what the focal point is but where you place it. The rule of thirds might be useful here. One element that can set apart your landscape shots is to think carefully about the foreground of your shots and by placing points of interest in them. When you do this you give those viewing the shot a way into the image as well as creating a sense of depth in your shot.
When most people think about landscapes they think of calm, serene and passive environments – however landscapes are rarely completely still and to convey this movement in an image will add drama, mood and create a point of interest. Examples – wind in trees, waves on a beach, water flowing over a waterfall, birds flying over head, moving clouds.
Capturing this movement generally means you need to look at a longer shutter speed (sometimes quite a few seconds). Of course this means more light hitting your sensor which will mean you need to either go for a small Aperture, use some sort of a filter or even shoot at the start or end of the day when there is less light.
I have chatted with brother "Dom Lim" also viewed other landscape photographers tutors on You-tube and finally well inquired experienced my brother "Syam Nair" what is the best time for capture. They were shared the best knowledge in my life that never shoots during the day time for best creatures. Keep patient and wait for right time around dawn and dusk – because that’s when the light is best and all of them find that landscapes come alive.
These ‘golden’ hours are great for landscapes for a number of reasons – none the least of which is the ‘golden’ light that it often presents us with. The other reason that I love these times is the angle of the light and how it can impact a scene – creating interesting patterns, dimensions and textures.
All of these above pictures I'm captured during the golden hours and hope all of you happy with my Landscape experience. "Learned a amazing fact when we feel nothing is impossible on that moment turn our life to start exploring the reality. I would like to hear all of your feedback in the form of comments and i will try to respond as soon as possible.