"In photography, as in life, the most important mathematics is subtraction.
Subtract all that is distracting and unnecessary until only the essential remains."
This is a resubmission of a piece from February because I've had a request for a square crop version for a print.
Funnily enough I resisted doing this as a square crop at the time, but I've changed my mind about it now. It seems that Phil was right all along.
Sorry for doubting you mate
In the original version I reduced the colour temperature, and for this version I've restored it to give the warmth back to the image. I've also tweaked the contrast in Curves.
Please note, this view no longer exists. I returned to this location a month after shooting this and the hill now has an ugly steel pylon perched on top of it. The whole of this beautiful landscape has been covered with pylons stringing cables between them.
It makes me sad. I do landscape photography because I love the landscape, and every time we lose some of the world's wild places, we lose them for good.
I was in the south of Portugal recently, and as we were driving along the Atlantic coast we stopped on top of a hill to take in the view. It was a cloudy and windy day which created shadows of the clouds racing across the countryside, throwing parts of the landscape briefly into light, and then back into shadow.
There wasn't really anything to create foreground interest in a shot, and I'm wary of taking shots like this - they can just look too "full" of landscape. So I tried a different composition, picked out the hill and waited / hoped for the shadows made by the clouds to move enough to illuminate only the top of the hill for a few seconds.....
Taken near Aljezur, Algarve, Portugal
1/125 | f6 | -0.3 exp.comp. | 10mm | Hoya polarizer
Colour hue in Aperture. Curves, luminosity, re-sizing and frame in PS.