Nat Geo Assignment: Landmark Moments

Nat Geo Assignment: Landmark Moments - Kristian Bertel
Little tree, India submitted to the assignment ‘Landmark Moments’ on National Geographic.


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Kristian Bertel has contributed to the National Geographic Your Shot photo community with an assignment called ‘Landmark Moments‘. For this assignment curated by Orsolya Haarberg and Erlend Haarberg, who are contributing National Geographic photographers want us to picture a landmark moment. This month they will focus on images of landmarks and iconic features that represent national parks around the world.

We should think of the Half Dome in Yosemite National Park in the United States, Mount Huangshan in China or the waterfalls of the Plitvice Lakes National Park. These are some of the most breathtaking places in the world, but Nat Geo also encourages us to work in a park near our home. Good landscape photography is much more than documenting beautiful landscapes although it undeniably helps if we have something unusual in front of our camera. A surprising interpretation of a less scenic landscape is just as good in this assignment as an image that captures the magic of a spectacular landmark.

Nat Geo is interested in seeing what we can add to the scene. Wait for magic light, find an unexpected angle, search for surprising details or capture animals in a wild setting. And above all, remember that less is often more when photographing landscapes. Create a special atmosphere with the tools we have and give Nat Geo a unique sense of our chosen place.

As Orsolya and Erlend are saying it: ”- As landscape photographers ourselves, we know that it is sometimes difficult to stand back from the subjective feelings and circumstances that surround the creation of images. Moments that have been real for you are only glimpses of reality for us, the viewers of your photograph. Have you captured a moment that makes us stop and invites us to stay?”, they say.

Nature photography
They spend weeks, sometimes months, at a single location. They are often confronted with the most amazing views high up in the mountains where weather can change fast and clouds add to the scene. This requires a lot of hiking, climbing, and countless overnight stays in a tent in the most remote locations.


”Outstanding landscape images are often a result of careful planning, especially the photographs made in national parks. We are not surrounded by those wild scenes in our everyday life, they are distant and once you are there, the only things you can control are your camera and your thoughts. The rest is determined by natural light and the weather, and you need to be patient to get everything right. Landscape photography must become a lifestyle at least for a period of time if you want to succeed. It is essential to know the place you’re photographing and you obtain this knowledge by living with nature for longer periods”


About the submitted photograph
The photographer chose to submit a photograph of a little tree taken in Rajasthan, India. ”- As a photographer I find the quiet moments in landscapes appealing as well, though I’m mostly a portrait phtotographer”, the photographer Kristian Bertel says.


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