Location : Ballycotton cliff walk, Ireland
wilderness — noun
1. a wild and uncultivated region, as of forest or desert, uninhabited or inhabited only by wild animals; a tract of wasteland.
2. a tract of land officially designated as such and protected by the U.S. government.
3. any desolate tract, as of open sea.
4. a part of a garden set apart for plants growing with unchecked luxuriance.
5. a bewildering mass or collection.
Wilderness areas by their very nature are wild, natural and undeveloped regions which offer the photographer an incredible range of scenes and lighting situations to capture stunning imagery. Just you and your camera with no distractions of normal urban life such as people, traffic, emails and phone calls is a therapeutic adventure allowing you as the artist to focus on the image and your interpretation of the scene you are capturing. For the wildlife photographer these areas are also very popular to capture some of the animals and birds in their natural environment.
Wilderness areas are highly variable including mountains, rivers, lakes, waterfalls, seas, deserts, marshland, peatland, moorland, tundra, forests, jungle, snow fields and glaciers. They all have one thing in common however, in that they can evoke a feeling of awe, isolation and sometimes vulnerability which can add a special atmosphere to the final image. Combining these wilderness settings with the highly variable lighting and weather conditions that you can encounter there you have an incredible canvas for you to create an infinite range of images with high impact.
These showcased images show the diversity and variability of wilderness areas and the varying atmospheric ambiance they can create in the viewer. Hopefully, this should inspire you as the viewer to get out of your comfort zone, put on your boots and get out into the wilderness to experience it firsthand. If not …. then sit back and just enjoy the images.
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