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Photographing with Lazy Eyes Reveals Nothing New!

Mark Jansen

Mark Jansen

Owner / Operator at Jansen Photo Expeditions
Mark’s interest in photography and love for landscapes constantly draws him into some amazing places. He researches his subjects extensively, sometimes making many trips to selected areas waiting for the perfect light, an interesting approach to the subject, and just the right moment.His goal of "freezing time for others to enjoy" is what drives him to create his visions.

Mark has a passion for landscape and classic creative aviation photography as well as providing large scale commercial installations of his fine art photographic murals and print works throughout California.

He has over 25 years of professional fine art and photographic experience. 

He works with both small and large corporate businesses in helping them project a powerful impact through his images. Mark offers photographic workshops in various U.S. and International locations.

Mark is an expert and personable instructor, expedition leader & award winning, visionary photographer. 

He is also a photography educator with the "Manfrotto School of Excellence" online educational network. 

"This is gorgeous work!", says Christopher Robinson, editor of Outdoor Photographer Magazine.
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Last Light: Yosemite Valley ©Mark Jansen

Don’t  be lazy when you’re creating an image. Some beginners seldom venture much further their cars. Landscape photography is all about interacting with nature. I you’re not comfortable opening your eyes before dawn, or  hiking to explore new possibilities, odds are getting that solid, epic capture is not in your future.

Stepping out of your comfort zone is what it’s all about and will take you much further than that new piece of gear or software plug-in.  Get out and walk around. Go down by the lake side or base of the mountain. Hike up to a higher viewpoint. Get intimate with the  scenery and don’t be a passive viewer. This will really help improve your compositions.

This goes even more so for epic, and frequently visited locations. So many people are out and about these days pursuing the photographic arts, sometimes it’s hard to get you’re footing near these iconic spots. I would suggest, when you run across these large group gatherings move around as much as possible to find a unique or unseen position.

Look beyond the obvious. See what’s on the right, see what’s on the left. Look below and look high. Resist that straight on shot as much as you possibly can.

I recall one of my inspirational spirits from the landscape arts in the eary years, Galen Rowel. On many occasions he would run,  not walk, into his neigboring Sierra Nevada Moutains in predawn darkness to capture the morning light, with nothing more than a 35mm Film camera and single prime wide lens, and maybe a graduated ND filter. This simple act of venturing on foot in its simplicty, would sometimes reveal a magic moment of light and space!

If you would like to know where to go, when the light is right, join one of our upcoming private or group workshops!

All the best,

Mark Jansen