but please, don't go down the road of "the simplicity of film" making "great images". most of the "great" landscape work in the film days was anything BUT simple. and your compose-and-shoot bliss only existed because of all the work being performed by the chemicals in the darkroom. we are now our own one-stop-shops for film processing, and so we have to do digitally what was performed by a negative bath under red lights before.
Here is a couple landscapes that I took on Monday at Thousand Island Lake in The high Sierra. I will do what I have to do to make a photo that I took look beautiful, and look the way the scene looked in real life. Typically I try to employ old processing and shooting techniques in lightroom (not because I'm old school. Simply because photos tent to turn out more natural). In this case I used an ND grad filter and some dodging and burning in places. I also bumped the saturation to match more closely what my eyes saw when I was actually there.
HDR shooting can be helpful if used well. Local HDR tone mapping tends to be an easy way to make a "cool" looking picture. But applying a well-created global HDR tone map for an image can make it look surprisingly realistic. Almost too realistic at times. However, I'm amazed at how infrequently HDR capturing is necessary. Often I'll do 3 bracket exposures with plans to "HDR" them, when in the end I find myself just choosing one of the images and using it alone.
This is my first CR post. I jumped on CR a while ago when waiting for the 5Diii to come out. I wound up buying a Mkii instead of waiting for "the perfect camera". I have yet to regret the decision. What a killer camera. In the meantime I've gotten hooked on reading these forums rather than waiting for gear rumors. Thanks everyone for your contributions.
Oh yeah, and here are my landscapes:
the rest of my shots from this weekend are here:http://www.flickr.com/photos/thatcherkelley/sets/72157627612559652/