What comes to mind? Most of you probably think of scenes of fresh green leaves, newly bloomed flowers, and a verdant landscape coming to life.
Those are accurate, but only partial representations of the spring season. What spring really is, is a time of transition. Where I live, in interior Alaska, spring is a time of melting snow shifting to bare ground, to new growth, and eventually, summer.
Wherever you live, the change may not be as dramatic as here in the sub-arctic, but I also doubt that every day of spring is full of greenery and flowers.
Spring, to me, is a time of change. And in photography, we can embrace that with our images. This article is full of spring landscape photography tips to help you make the most of this season.
A quick note on equipment: The best lenses and best camera for spring landscape photography are… whatever you own. When it comes to gear, seasonal landscape photography is no different from any other type of landscape photography.
That said, it’s a good idea to be able to cover focal lengths from wide angle to moderate telephoto. For most of my work I preger lenses in the moderately wide range, around 24mm or so. But I’ve used 14mm and even 500mm lenses to create landscape shots during the spring.
Really though, if you’ve got a wide angle zoom and a mid-range telephoto, you’ll be set.
Early Spring Landscape Photography – Embrace creativity
Here in Alaska, we refer to the early days of spring as “breakup”. The term refers to the way the ice on the rivers begins to crack, and melt. Eventually (and sometimes catastrophically) it breaks up into chunks and floats away down the river.