I live in an urban area so landscape photos require a little driving. In the afternoon I watch the clouds and if I think they'll be favorable for a good sunset I may get in my car in time to drive to a location. However when aIl else fails and I only have five or ten minutes, this is where I go. It's a little park by the water about two blocks from home. This is my go to location for emergency close-to-home sunsets.
Landscape photography gets me out and allows be to experience some beautiful settings. When I do, it becomes addictive, I want more. And in a way it allows good things to fill my head. Of all the things that can fill my head, I could do worse than scenes like this.
The days are getting longer now and sunsets are happening later and later. That makes it easier for me to get my act together for golden hour.
I'm lucky that I live in Florida, there are a lot of scenes like this that include the sky and water. Nonetheless, I think it's important to be practiced at images close to home. I repeat a lot of local locations and each time I improve a little. Then when I travel I bring all that experience which helps tremendously with all kinds of situations that come up. Moral of the story? Practicing landscapes is kind of like tasting a good wine, the more you do the better you feel.
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