I think for serious landscape photographers, one of the most overlooked aspects is simply being there. We tend to get so serious about getting the shot that we fail to fully appreciate why we started doing this in the first place.
I was in California's White Mountains with three photographer friends to photograph the ancient bristlecone pines (the oldest living things on earth--this tree is over 4,000 years old). We stayed out after dark on this moonless autumn night to do some light painting, but as a natural light photographer I opted for a silhouette instead. As happy as I am with my results, nothing will compare to the experience of reclining with friends beneath a sky filled with more stars than I imagined possible, sometimes laughing and trading stories, and other times simply basking in impossible silence.
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