Capturing that Magic Monet Moment of Color for Your Landscape Photograph

If you are a landscape photographer, perhaps you can identify with what the French impressionist painter, Claude Monet meant when he said, “Color is my day-long obsession, joy and torment.”

Certainly his landscape paintings reflect that artistic obsession for capturing the changing depths of color he saw at different times of the day. Mixing paints to match those colors was genius, skill and perfection, and must have taken a lot of patience.

Much like the artist-painter obsessed with colors, as an artist-photographer, you want to be able to capture that perfect moment that will make your landscape photograph a stunner.  You will need the patience to wait and watch with the naked eye for that perfect hue of blue in the sky, or metallic silver in the water, or fluorescent green in the trees – whatever the scene may be.  And you will need skilled patience to know when to capture, with one click of the camera, that perfect depth of color that will make a memorable photograph.

Skilled landscape photographers will say that the best times of day to capture the most vibrant hues of color is at dawn or dusk.  If you want more pastel pinks, click as the sun rises. If you want deeper reds or oranges, wait for that magic moment as the sun goes down. And if you want more intense blues, look to the east about 20 minutes before sunrise at what is sometimes called “false” dawn.

If you succeed, your next step is to print your landscape photograph. Make it metal, because, for all that effort in capturing the perfect pallet of color, the print medium is as important a consideration as the time of day you chose for creating your perfect photograph.