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Beautiful landscapes captivate people and often the uniqueness and attractiveness of a landscape is precisely the reason why we choose a certain area as a travel destination.

One of the reasons landscape photography is so popular around the world and has remained one of the most widely used types of photography for years is

is because she speaks to us on a deeper level by stimulating our most primal longings through her art.

For example our need to connect with nature, the human desire to be free or the dream to travel and explore the whole world. It opens a little way to our imagination and allows us to dream and see breathtaking places that we might otherwise never have known about.

As human beings, we are drawn to the majesty of the land, even though this land may not be viewed as traditionally beautiful or even entirely natural.

It has the power to reawaken our drive to explore. And that is exactly what landscape photography is all about, namely its “aesthetic appeal” to us humans. Any piece of soil can be visually appealing if the manner, i.e. the techniques used in the photograph are used wisely. In fact, it's the photographer's artistic and technical skills that really count when it comes to capturing a landscape and all of its elements in a way that creates a great, striking photograph.

In theory, any snapshot of a landscape or piece of land could simply be called a landscape photo. However, that doesn't mean it is a beautiful, inspiring picture that someone would frame and hang on the wall at home. A well-made landscape photo is less a mere recording of a place, but rather an artificial representation of it. Once you understand this, you see the world of landscape photography with completely different new eyes.

What is the difference between nature and landscape photography?

Or is there actually one? Well, it's difficult to really define when nature photography will transition into landscape photography and vice versa, but yes there is a gentle difference. All nature photography could be considered landscape photography, but not all landscape photography has to be nature photography.

Since the naturally occurring world around us is part of the “land”, it stands to reason that nature photography, even on a tiny scale, could be viewed as a condensed form of landscape photography.

However, nature photography is generally considered to be a distinct type of photography because the photographer focuses on what might be called a “constrained environment” when taking the picture. Landscape photos, on the other hand, are defined as depictions of large-scale scenes, both natural and man-made, that can contain any element, including people, animals, structures, and objects.

Types of landscape photography

Landscape photography that is supposed to show the inherent qualities of the scene is called "representational".

This type of landscape photography, also known as “straight” landscapes. It is one of the few intrusive forms of recording the landscape. This does not mean that representational landscapes cannot be reworked, but that the entire appearance should only show minimal manipulation by the photographer from the outside.

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It may seem contradictory to a degree when one thinks of landscape photography, but not just looking at large, sweeping views of vast expanses of land.

Abstract landscape photography is a great way to escape a creative hole when you are in one. Not only that, but it's also a refreshing way to breathe new life into overly shot places.

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This type of landscape photography is a little difficult to identify, mainly due to the fact that it is not abstract, but also not precisely representational.

An impressionistic landscape is one that adds a lot of creative freedom to the final landscape photo. This could include mixing photos and other forms of conspicuous digital manipulation.

This means that an impressionistic landscape reflects as much about the photographer as the landscape itself.

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The magic of aerial photography

Aerial photography is an incredibly fascinating thing, it gives us humans, as non-flying creatures, not only the opportunity to look at our world from a higher level, but also to capture these insights. They send our eyes on a voyage of discovery to what would otherwise be unreachable. Aerial photography gives us the opportunity to access a compelling perspective that has already opened up a whole new world on the photographic scene.

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Aerial photographs are fundamentally different from conventional landscape photography and panorama pictures, they are almost like abstract paintings.

The overall picture seems to dissolve into geometric patterns and is often shown in an outrageously spectacular color palette. This type of photography inevitably makes us realize that the world as we know it, however, has far more to offer in terms of beauty than just what we are allowed to experience every day. In addition, when viewed from above, it is one thing above all else: extraordinarily pretty and breathtaking.

My quadrocopter allows my photographic eyes to go almost anywhere and higher than my hands could ever get with the regular camera.

It reaches even the most difficult places and brings incredible aerial views back to earth. He makes the impossible possible, revealing even the most mysterious corners of a landscape, demystifying the human longing to observe life from above.

Aerial photos are incredibly versatile and serve a wide variety of purposes.

Naturally, landscape photography is one of the most popular of these, as everything seems like a toy scenario to us from high above. All elements appear to us in miniature form, small houses, roads and bridges and beetle-sized cars convert people into ants - the diverse elements of the landscape form an impressive miniature backdrop and present our known world from a completely new perspective.

EASA & LBA certified

Certified drone pilot from Lufthansa Technik

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The passion of travel

A trip is not just about flying to the next city, spending money, taking photos and coming home tan. It's much more about rediscovering yourself, exploring new cultures and broadening your horizons.

Every unique moment and every new experience has an impact on the rest of my life. Traveling helps me to make decisions, to change my way of thinking and my perception of people and objects around me.

Traveling is a passion, a way of life. To find myself and to let me understand who I really am.

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Animals in nature

Wildlife photography is the perfect way to combine my two passions, landscape photography and travel. My goal when photographing animals is to be in the here and now, blocking out negative thoughts, worries, concerns and problems. Striving for the perfect viewing angle requires my full attention. When I immerse myself in the present, I can feel what's going to happen next.

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You can purchase high quality artwork and prints of any of my photographs. Which are perfect for your office space or home. Each of my images can be customized to a specific size, medium, or your requirements. If you have any questions or special requirements, please contact me directly.

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Patrick Schmetzer is a landscape photographer based in Frankfurt am Main. For more than ten years, Patrick's quest for landscapes has taken him to many parts of the world. His photographs are visually dramatic and artistic, with a keen eye observing the various moods of nature and his love for the wild. This passion shimmers through all of Patrick's work and attracts large audiences from all over the world. Patrick's style is unmistakable.  His talent for shooting with amazing light and fleeting atmosphere gives his portfolio a sense of the epic, majestic and bold. His success stems from his patient pursuit of all the unique moments that create magic and energy.

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Patrick Schmetzer

Creativity is a very important part of my life. It is the discovery, the holding on, the letting flow of what the heart feels and sees in a certain moment, it is the experience, the understanding, the learning and essentially the practice of the freedom of being, of living, of thinking.

Born February 1990, USA. Living in Frankfurt am Main. Photography & film has been my hobby since I was 14 years old. Since 2014 dedicate I my daily work in photography & videography.

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