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We dare say that the internet would be completely different if not for the numerous communities that have grown to call it home now.
One such community that has graced the Internet scapes with its highly talented approach to online fellowship can be found on Reddit. The seemingly largest community of landscape photographers and Earth lovers celebrate all things Mother Earth through their photo lenses. And we’re all better because of it.
Stick around as the article features an interview with one of the photographers in the community, Marcin Zając.
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03. A Lonely Tree Under The Milky Way In Wanaka, New Zealand, By Mike Mackinven
The Reddit community is home to 23.6 million members—from photography amateurs, enthusiasts, and professionals to simply folks who appreciate our planet.
The subreddit was created in early 2011 and is ranked #18 by size as of this article.
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05. So Glad I Got Up For This -15°f Sunrise. There’s Only A Handful Of Days In The Year Where The Morning Light Lines Up Perfectly With The Hole In Hollow Rock. Grand Portage, MN
06. Friend Told Me My Tree From The Gods Picture Will Be Appreciated. Vermont
It features pretty much exactly what the community’s description on Reddit says—landscape photography. The subreddit’s rules state that all pictures must mainly focus on the land; it can’t be silhouetted.
07. I Caught This Incredible Exploding Meteor When I Went To Rattlesnake Lake In Washington, USA, Last Weekend. Zoom In To See The Exact Moment It Explodes In Two
08. Quite Possibly The Most Beautiful Morning Of My Life. Mount Hood, Oregon
09. I Camped In The New Mexico Desert To Capture The Milky Way Over An Alienlike Landscape
We contacted one of the community’s prominent landscape photographers, Marcin Zając. Born in Poland and based in Northern California, Marcin is a software engineer who spends his free time chasing light and scenery with his camera.
“After graduating from university, I moved to the United States for work,” added Marcin, “I took advantage of this opportunity by traveling around the western US and fell in love with the natural landscapes there. I bought a camera to document my travels, which quickly becoming my big passion.”
10. The Moon Setting On The Oregon Coast
11. A Cave In New Zealand Lit Just By Glow Worms
12. Huge Storm Incoming, Wetterau, Germany
Martin has a lot of memorable moments documented on his Instagram. One of his more considerable successes—which netted him nearly 50,000 upvotes on Reddit several years back—was The Magic Mushroom shot.
In the photo, Marcin eternalized a mushroom-shaped hoodoo that stands tall in the New Mexico badlands with the Milky Way in the background.
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14. Mother Nature’s Color Palette Is Incredible. Broome, Western Australia
15. I Went For A Walk In The Forest And Came Upon This Ponderosa Pine Tree That Had Been Struck By Lightning. I Called The Forest Service, And They Eventually Extinguished It, But Not Before I Had Time To Get Some Photos. Near Flagstaff, Arizona, USA
Marcin tends to catch moments with clear-blue skies, but he thought the reddish cloud clusters added great interest to the scene.
“Before the trip, I researched the area to find the most interesting rock formations,” elaborated Marcin. “I didn’t know the location of this ‘mushroom rock,’ but I found it while hiking during the day. After sunset, I returned to this location to capture the night sky there.”
Fun fact: the shot looks like it was taken during sunset, but, in reality, it was light pollution coming in from nearby towns.
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17. Eclipse Phases Over Brasstown Bald, Georgia
18. The Dragon Tree, Sweden
You might think that shots like The Magic Mushroom only need good gear and a steady hand. But there’s a lot more at play. Like, a lot.
One of the more significant challenges that Marcin points out is how dependent the shot is on the weather conditions: “I will often visit the same location multiple times to capture it in the best conditions. When the weather conditions are worse than expected, it can be unpleasant. At the same time, when everything aligns, there is nothing more rewarding than being there to see and capture it.”
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20. I’ve Been Told This Looks Like Two Photos! Autumn In The Lake District
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Another crucial factor in making a photograph work is post-processing. Just like all the surreal photos you see of space phenomena like nebulae and clusters of stars, landscape photos, too, need to undergo the same photo manipulation treatment.
Marcin notes that post-processing provides opportunities to enhance the natural beauty captured through the photo lens. It helps bring out the details that truly matter because otherwise, they might not be visible in the raw file.
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23. It Took An Entire Day Searching For A Single Formation, But I Finally Found The Alien Throne In New Mexico’s Badlands
24. I Took This Shot Last Year With A Broken Lens And Bad Techniques. Re-Visited With Better Techniques And Working Gear. This Is The Result! Down East, Maine
And even then, if you are a master at scouting out spots, image manipulation, and probably gifted with the power to change the weather (optional, can be substituted with patience), that’s still not all. There is the already mentioned technical factor where you need good equipment as well as good planning skills and an extra measure of good luck.
25. The Perfect Beach, Esperance, Western Australia
26. I Could Talk About How I Hiked 100 Miles In Iceland, But The Best Photo I Took Was Only A 2-minute Walk From The Parking Lot!
27. The Night Sky Over Mt Rainier And A Field Of Wildflowers
Above all else, there’s composition and light. “Without an interesting composition, even the most stunning scenery can fall flat in a photograph,” explains Marcin.
“Composition helps guide the viewer’s eye, creating balance and harmony within the frame. It allows you to tell a story or convey a specific mood or emotion. Light is equally vital because it not only illuminates the landscape but also sets the mood and adds depth to the scene.”
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29. Woke Up At 5 AM To Catch The Tulips With Morning Mist, The Netherlands
30. After Waiting Out A Major Blizzard In Montana, I Was Treated To One Of The Best Sunset Views I Can Imagine. Glacier National Park, Montana
And if you haven’t had your fill of nature, go outside. Or not. You can appreciate nature all the same in this subreddit. Or, if you can’t be bothered with that, why not just leave a comment on your favorite natural landscape in the comment section below?
31. A Long Exposure In Pitch Black Darkness Reveals The Moody Side Of Haukland Beach (Lofoten) In Norway
32. Did You Know There Is Another Rock Like The Old Man Of Storr On The Isle Of Skye?
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34. A Winding River In The Adirondack Mountains, NY
35. A Frost Storm Colored The Trees White. Bavaria, Germany
36. It’s A Little Unnerving When You Wake Up In The Morning And Find These Right Outside Your Tent… – Gates Of The Arctic National Park, Alaska
37. This Mountain Creek Rißbach Is Also The Border Between Germany And Austria
38. That Wanaka Tree, Wanaka – New Zealand
39. First Snow In Yosemite. El Capitan Getting Lit Up Just Before The Sunsets
40. The Most Beautiful Sunrise I’ve Photographed, Rocky Mountains, Colorado
41. Supermoon Over The Three Fingers, Washington State
42. Our Honeymoon Trek Earlier This Month In Torres Del Paine – Chile
43. I Rarely Get Lucky With Nice Sunsets While Visiting Cool Locations, But This Was One Of The Times. Hvítserkur, Northern Iceland
44. It’s Alright To Stand Out In A Crowd. The Enchantments, Washington
45. When My Sunrise Alarm Went Off, I Heard Rain Coming Down On My Tent, And I Almost Went Back To Sleep, But I Decided To Peak Outside Anyway, And I Witnessed The Best Sunrise I’ve Ever Seen (Tombstone Territorial Park, YT, CA)
46. Firefall In Yosemite, California
47. I Was Lucky Enough To Witness This Incredible Sunrise At Crater Lake National Park (Or) Last Weekend
48. Probably The Easiest Shot You Can Take In Zion And Arguably The Best Spot! Zion National Park
49. Sat In A Deck Chair To Get This Shot Of Langkofel In The Dolomites
50. Starting My NY2019 Resolution Early By Taking More Pictures. Banff, Canada
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