How does one create landscapes that capture the feeling of place?
I sometimes do photos for friends, and enjoy trying to capture their character in the shot; and I have had quite a bit of success at this, especially with young children. However, when it comes to landscapes, I find it much more difficult to capture the feeling of a place. I want the viewer to be able to feel the same emotions I felt when taking the photo. I want the viewer to be led to the same thoughts I had as I gazed upon the scene. Anything short of that leaves me feeling as if I have failed. While the scene may be beautiful in lighting and color, awesome in its panoramic view, and in razor sharp focus, if the viewer does not feel what I felt when taking the photo, then I consider myself to have failed. And fail I do. Frequently! This causes me to give a lot of thought as to how I can portray the feelings of a view to the viewer who is not there. Unfortunately, this usually happens AFTER I have taken the shot and left the location! How does one accomplish this? Does anyone else out there share in this frustration or experience??? In the accompanying photo, I wanted to capture the feeling of isolation, solitude, or loneliness I felt while looking at the lone bison foraging through the snow down in the valley. Not sure if I did or not.
My goal for 2015 is to learn how to transmit my feelings, thoughts, and emotions of a place to my viewers. All comments, suggestions, commiseration on this subject are welcomed.