A scenic/landscape photograph should be more than just a print or image to be looked at casually. The image should pull you in, will you to want to look closer, longer, and if done really well allow you to feel that calm serenity the photographer did when he/she created it. The images should also set a mood with the colors, textures, and shades of B&W that whisper to your sense of tranquility and harmony.
There are two times a day and two times of year that for me creates some of the best scenic and landscape images. The first is the 20 minutes of sunrises and sunsets; there is magic in these few moments of each day and if I am at the right place, at the right time, and with just a touch of luck; I will capture an image that meets the criteria of mood, texture, colors and shades that pleases. The second is the time of year and for me that’s when Mother Nature puts on her best dress in those wonderful colors red, yellow and orange of autumn and those delicate to sharp contrasts of a fresh winter snow.
Ansel Adams said “There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer.” If I have done my job well my scenic/landscape photographs should please you when you look upon it, will you to want to look closer, and bring about that feeling of calm serenity.