Yesterday, July 7th, 2017, I traveled to Delaney Lake in Northern Colorado with some great friends for an afternoon of Fly Fishing... I took my camera in hopes that if I didn't catch any fish, I would at least provide some killer shots for the day - big success! (no fish, but good photos)
I shot this with my Nikon D810 and 70-200mm Lens during the "magic hour" right before sunset. If lighting is one of the most important aspects of photography, then Magic Hour is the time to shoot.
I RARELY shoot in the RAW format, but the past few sessions, I have been shooting in RAW for landscape images. I've really been blown away at how much RAW has improved since the D7000 days - I can pull out a lot of shadow detail, and also bring down highlights way more than if I were shooting JPG. The cost is of course Hard Drive space, but you can shoot less images, I suppose.
Man... this is the iconic tall grass shot, with the sun highlighting the background. The camera was pretty low for this shot - I'm a big fan of "shooting from the hip" or just getting down lower for as many shots as possible. This includes photographing kids, lakes, grass, whatever...
This is a 16X9 crop - you may not be able to see all the detail in this small web size version of the print. I brought out the blues here, and scaled down the highlights for the cloud detail. Those rolling hills are amazing.
Hit me up with a message if you have any questions about your photo techniques.... Happy to help!