Weekend Landscape Photography Challenge - Digital Photography School

Weekend Landscape Photography Challenge

Landscape by Philipp Klinger

Landscape by Philipp Klinger

The weekend is here (at least it is here in Australia) and so it’s time for a little group photography challenge.

This weekend your task is to drag yourself out of the house and away from the computer (DPS will still be here when you get back), to grab your camera and to get out there and take some Landscape shots.

If you can’t get out into the countryside your landscape photography could be more of an Urban landscape – but by the end of the weekend come back to this post and share your best Landscape shot from the weekend.

To share it simply upload it to your favorite photosharing site (like Flickr) or to your blog/photoblog and then share a link to the page where your best landscape shot is. If you’re able we’d appreciate you noting in on your photosharing page that you’re participating in this challenge (a link back to DPS would help spread word of the challenge too – but it’s not mandatory).

Next week I’ll go through the images submitted and put together an image collection for everyone to see with some of the shots that I enjoyed (by leaving an image you give us permission to republish it in that post – if you don’t want it to be included please note that in your comment).

Before you grab your camera and head out to take some shots – here’s a little pre-reading on the topic to get you shooting to your best!

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Darren Rowse is the editor and founder of Digital Photography School and SnapnDeals. He lives in Melbourne Australia and is also the editor of the ProBlogger Blog Tips. Follow him on Instagram, on Twitter at @digitalPS or on Google+.

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  • Xtian

    January 9, 2010 04:13 am

    Caliraya Water Tower, Laguna, Philippines >>> http://www.flickr.com/photos/xtian0907/4256595201/

  • David J Mills

    September 18, 2009 03:04 pm

    Latourell Falls, Columbia River Gorge http://www.flickr.com/photos/evadsllim/3930052251/

  • David J Mills

    September 18, 2009 03:01 pm

    Punchbowl Falls, Columbia River Gorge http://www.flickr.com/photos/evadsllim/3929973349/

  • Bravo

    September 12, 2009 02:54 pm

    Well, I've just discovered this thread today.

    This is my landscape shot taken at 30 August 2009.

    I hope you enjoy it :)

  • Zmurfu

    September 9, 2009 08:18 am

    This is a shot in the Alps, in Germany, while hiking towards Waldberg village.


    Hope you enjoy the view, we did !

  • anish

    September 8, 2009 08:47 pm

    This is a shot of my San Francisco city. Its beautiful! Mixed people. fast pace, so beautiful in every respect, and all its roads are either going up or down, nothing is flat, and the Golden Gate Bridge just adds to it

  • Derivatix

    September 4, 2009 06:25 am

    I guess this is a dead end. Still come here to check results, sad....

  • Bliss Goodloe

    September 1, 2009 11:30 pm

    I was looking forward to the pictures he liked being put into some sort of album or slideshow as well. I do hope something is done about it.

  • Steve A

    September 1, 2009 10:31 pm

    I guess this has been forgotten about. dont know why we bother

  • Steve A

    August 27, 2009 07:08 pm

    is anything happening with this? I thought Darren was going to put a collection of his favourites together at the end of last week...

  • Albert C. Gabriel

    August 26, 2009 01:29 pm

    I hope this can also participate in the contest


  • Albert C. Gabriel

    August 25, 2009 05:41 pm

    I hope its not too late for me to participate in this challenge.

    Tinuy-an Falls in Bislig, Surigao del Sur Philippines. Took this photo on August 22,2009


  • Albert C. Gabriel

    August 25, 2009 05:11 pm

    I hope its not too late for me to participate in this challenge.

    Tinuy-an Falls in Bislig, Surigao del Sur Philippines. Took this photo on August 22,2009


  • Patrick Lu

    August 23, 2009 08:45 am

    I’d like to participate in this challenge. Hopefully it’s not too late.


  • Patrick Lu

    August 23, 2009 08:44 am

    I'd like to participate in this challenge. Hopefully it's not too late.

  • Agustin Limon

    August 21, 2009 10:51 am

    Flat sea at a sunset in Key Largo, FL (August 2009)


  • Felix Ker

    August 21, 2009 09:27 am

    Hello from Malaysia,

    I really hope I'm not too late. I just got time to develop them.

    I went out to shoot after reading this. attempted HDR for some shots. here's what I chose for DPS!

    ... and even panorama

  • Jan Timmons

    August 20, 2009 04:16 am

  • LeahC

    August 20, 2009 02:19 am

    I'm new here and just saw this challenge...hopefully I'm not too late! Took this picture while traveling in Switzerland. Also since I'm new I hope this link/format works!


  • Adalberto

    August 20, 2009 12:47 am


    Sunset on Bahia, Brazil!

  • tommaso galli

    August 19, 2009 10:42 pm

    @heyadamhey: thanks :)

    @adam: adam, you catch an anaconda, some month ago i got a shark: http://www.flickr.com/photos/dsom/3125361747/in/set-72157611492961196/ and a couple of whale http://www.flickr.com/photos/dsom/3125360699/in/set-72157611492961196/ ;)

  • wonderb

    August 19, 2009 10:19 am

    curses, should have put link the the body. sorry for being a n00b!


  • wonderb

    August 19, 2009 10:17 am

    I went out this weekend *looking* for a good landscape shot, but the weather wasn't cooperating too much. This shot is of Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia rolling off into the distance.

  • Jen Yu

    August 19, 2009 09:57 am

    I was backpacking this past week and just now saw the challenge. Hope it isn't too late: http://jenyu.net/photo/2009/08/18/dps-weekend-landscape-challenge/

  • nina001ca

    August 19, 2009 05:47 am

    Sorry, I'm new at this - here is the link so it can be viewed


  • nina001ca

    August 19, 2009 05:44 am

    I just saw this challenge. My photo is from a weekend in June though. The island with this lighthouse is only open to the public about once a year - a fun day with the camera......nina

  • heyadamhey

    August 18, 2009 09:46 pm

    @tommaso galli - AWESOME pic!
    @Adam - great pic too!

  • Simon

    August 18, 2009 08:40 pm

    Liked this assignment but couldnt get out to the country so opted for the urban option!!!! I took this photo overlooking the Yarra River in Melbourne when i was their on a work trip!!


  • Simon

    August 18, 2009 08:35 pm

    Great Shot!!! Liked this assignment but couldnt get out to the country so opted for the urban option!!!!

  • tommaso galli

    August 18, 2009 08:16 pm

    pre-sunrise from italy :) http://www.flickr.com/photos/dsom/3825670939/sizes/l/in/set-72157622040042190/

  • Adam

    August 18, 2009 06:38 pm

    Anaconda :)


  • JohnnyStone

    August 18, 2009 06:35 pm

    On Sunday I went to the beach. A lousy day for the beach is always a good opportunity for bringing the camera along!

    So here is my attempt:


    This is the result of merging three different exposures of the same scene.
    Hope you like it.

  • Agustin Limon

    August 18, 2009 02:07 pm


  • warhound

    August 18, 2009 01:00 pm

    Here is one that I took Friday I think.. I hope that counts as the weekend lol. It was the weekend for me anyways as I started a fishing trip.


  • sitzmar

    August 18, 2009 07:05 am

    Went hiking up to the Big Four ice caves near Granite Falls, WA
    Literally a very cool place - http://www.flickr.com/photos/sitzmar/3831500594/

  • Josh

    August 18, 2009 05:21 am

    and oldie, but a goodie.


  • David Peterson

    August 18, 2009 04:38 am

    Here's my go at Weekend Landscape Challenge. I took this at a friends home out near Capac, Michigan, USA. They have an old farm on 40 acres (and a mule). There are several broken down trucks from years gone by. The contast between the old and the new caught my attention. There was a little post processing involved using a technique to achieve the Lomo Effect. Not sure how effective the effect was on this photograph.

  • pz

    August 18, 2009 01:39 am

    Here is one.


  • David

    August 17, 2009 10:37 pm

    Here's my go at this weeks challenge: Old and New

  • Martin

    August 17, 2009 09:49 pm

    not sure if I can share second photo from the weekend but I like this one even more than my first entry ;)


  • Sparda

    August 17, 2009 08:07 pm

    This shot was taken a couple of weeks ago.
    It's been very busy lately, and I didn't have the opportunity to go out with my Canon this weekend.


  • devu

    August 17, 2009 05:28 pm

    Photo taken near Vilnius, Lithuania.
    coming autumn

  • HamHock

    August 17, 2009 05:22 pm


  • Ron Levesque

    August 17, 2009 04:33 pm

    Thanks for the opportunity to share a view of the tundra on a mountainside in Alaska.

  • Serene

    August 17, 2009 04:30 pm

    I've been out cruising up to Alaska and just got back to find this little challenge. Here's my favourite of the Sawyer Glacier in Alaska from a few weeks back at the beginning of the cruise. http://www.flickr.com/photos/39707500@N07/3829454662/

  • Bob Sislow

    August 17, 2009 03:41 pm

    High Falls Reservoir at Night

    This isn't one of my best photos overall, but I stayed true by keeping this photo from this weekend. I simply enjoy the reflections on the lake. Best viewed at full size :)

  • Debbieinnz

    August 17, 2009 03:31 pm

    Hi please don't laugh as just started photograghy classes.Enjoy taking photo's so learning how to make a photo not just take a photo,even if it only on my cheapie nikon l16. Loving this blog my friend put me onto. Had a weekend looking after friends beautiful place. So thought I would just put in my photo takin looking out my bedroom window. Eskdale Hawkes Bay, Napier.

  • Armando Martinez

    August 17, 2009 03:21 pm

    I was just in Grand Beach, Michigan and snapped this after sunset.


  • Ed

    August 17, 2009 03:08 pm

    Many nice shots here - thanks all for sharing. I made it out backpacking so had many to choose from. I like this one of Three Fingered Jack: http://www.flickr.com/photos/edtkeith/3829286330/

  • Jeff Harris

    August 17, 2009 01:17 pm

    I don't know if you can download this, as Shutterfly is new to me. It was taken with a Canon G10 of the lighthouse on Paradise Island on 8/14/2009 from the Carnival Glory. The early afternoon sun illuminated the Atlantis Resort in the background. Notice the couple exploring by the lighthouse. A polarizer was used when taking the photo.

  • Lonni Friedman

    August 17, 2009 12:57 pm

    Taken in Monument Valley along the Utah/Arizona border:


  • jimbwalking

    August 17, 2009 12:33 pm

    Maybe I didn't do this right the first time, so here it goes again.

    Cows garzing in a field in the Little River Bottoms.

  • jimbwalking

    August 17, 2009 12:24 pm

    Cows grazing in Little River Bottom land.

  • Denys Sene

    August 17, 2009 11:53 am

    Sunset - Santos, SP, Brazil


  • Han123

    August 17, 2009 10:50 am

    I'm new here and in photography. Very glad that I discovered this great site.
    My shot is taken on Lake Maurry, Oklahoma, US.

  • Tony Mangerie

    August 17, 2009 08:38 am

    This is a landscape taken at Great Falls, VA.


  • Derivatix

    August 17, 2009 08:15 am

    my first try here, I love this site and the assignments you give us.
    This tree stands all alone nearby where I live in Switzerland.


    thank you very much for this great school. It is a joy to come here and read and learn.
    Greetings from Switzerland

  • Llewellyn Jenkins

    August 17, 2009 07:21 am

    Had some fun with this one. Had a quick half-hour drive just before sundown today and came up with a couple. My favourite, and therefore the submission for this comp being this one.

  • Martin

    August 17, 2009 06:17 am

    You can see Liptovský Trnovec (Slovakia) village in the evening light on this shot. It was taken from the nearby hill that is full of wildflowers right now. On the right side is one of the bays of Liptovská Mara.


    Enjoy ;)

  • SpiCoaster

    August 17, 2009 05:52 am

    Texas Hill Country - Just east of Llano, Texas - Saturday August 15, 2009

    Texas Hill Country

  • Uncle_IS

    August 17, 2009 04:48 am

    Thanks for inspiring for an early morning walk. I'm not sure if it is still weekend in Australia, as I live in Belarus. Hope, it's not too late :))


  • Jeppe Dyrby

    August 17, 2009 04:16 am

    For the challenge please :)

  • Amanda Tatro

    August 17, 2009 04:13 am

    Here is my week end landscape picture. This is Walldoxy Park in Mississippi.

  • Smith

    August 17, 2009 03:46 am

    Here's some Greek landscape - down at Sounio / Sounion Greece, southern most point of the Attica peninsula.


  • Pedro Cedeño

    August 17, 2009 02:43 am

    I invite all yours to see my Flickr account, i am new on this. :D


  • Amish Shah

    August 17, 2009 01:57 am

    My first attempt at any of the dps challenges !!
    feeling great !!


  • Martina

    August 17, 2009 12:56 am

    I had the "chance" to go to work today :-S - so I took the opportunity and went up to the 7th floor of my office building and took a photo of some artificial landscaping :-) A view of the Botanical Garden of Johannes Gutenberg-University in Mainz/Germany with its desert, steppe, tundra etc.

    Artificial Landscaping

  • Arun Ravi

    August 17, 2009 12:48 am

    I don't have a natural landscape, as might be the requirement. If just any landscape would do, I'd probably be able to log this as an entry.. http://www.flickr.com/photos/crazydude/3826537356/
    This is Brindavan Gardens, Mysore, India @ Dusk!

  • Steve A

    August 16, 2009 10:55 pm

    Here's my effort - I just got back from Cronulla Beach, Sydney and found this one among my days haul of shots :)


  • Ian B-M

    August 16, 2009 10:44 pm

    Well I took a few this afternoon. Hard to choose a favourite, but I think perhaps it's this one.

    Blogged here.

  • jsadlek

    August 16, 2009 10:20 pm

    only just saw this, but i went out yesterday taking photos so heres my favorite (=

  • hedgey2008

    August 16, 2009 09:31 pm

    was almost spring weather here today, great day for bit of bushwalking along cliffs


  • Luzian

    August 16, 2009 09:08 pm

    This is a picture of my climbing trip in Vals, Switzerland

  • CVR

    August 16, 2009 09:03 pm

    Posting this here more to share the sights from my part of the world rather than as an entry for a challenge..:)

    This is a picture of urban landscape from a city called Chennai in South India

  • Moose

    August 16, 2009 08:16 pm

    Since I have no air con, I have to go find cool air where I can...

  • kbt23

    August 16, 2009 07:09 pm


  • Jontunn

    August 16, 2009 06:01 pm

    Great timing! I just got back from a trip where I took some different landscape pictures. I really liked how this one turned out after photoshop. It feels like a vintage landscape picture to me.


  • C.T. Henry

    August 16, 2009 05:27 pm


  • Jerry Putsawatanachai

    August 16, 2009 05:22 pm


  • heyadamhey

    August 16, 2009 05:16 pm

    Luckily I have a pretyt nice view from my garden, and get some great sunsets. UNluckily, however, there are powerlines in the way! hence the crop :)


  • Adrian

    August 16, 2009 04:59 pm

    I hope the link works!!

  • Shah M Aliani

    August 16, 2009 04:25 pm

    Ziarat valley-Balochistan-Pakistan


  • RussHeath

    August 16, 2009 03:01 pm

    @Ste 95 -- Thanks!

  • Becky

    August 16, 2009 01:49 pm

    Mom and I went to check out an old mine area today. It is really pretty out there and there were tons of Dragonflies around the lakes. Some pretty landscapes too.


  • Matt

    August 16, 2009 01:13 pm

    Grand Canyon HDR:

  • the animators wife

    August 16, 2009 12:06 pm

    Thanks for the fun challenge. Here's what I got:

  • M.S.

    August 16, 2009 11:20 am

    Here's the link to my weekender photo challenge.


  • Ellie

    August 16, 2009 10:41 am


  • Gordon Hollis

    August 16, 2009 10:11 am

    I actually like my lonely pinetree photo, Set the Fstop to /32 and got the Florida seabreeze effect even though it is here in Southern California.




  • Laura

    August 16, 2009 08:56 am

    I do quite a bit of landscape photography but have never stopped to read any tips about how to do it better.


    I couldn't get out this weekend so it's an old one.

  • Yesi :)

    August 16, 2009 08:33 am

    I loved this beautiful view of "the edge of California"....


    Yesi :)

  • Kurt

    August 16, 2009 06:57 am

    Spent yesterday (Friday) at Point Reyes. I took the day off so I could have a three-day "weekend. " :)

  • lyle

    August 16, 2009 06:50 am

    Tough remit given the great shot used in the article. Here's my contribution anyway. Taken today from Killiney Hill - a short walk from my home near Dublin. Looking out towards Bray Head.

  • Evelyn S

    August 16, 2009 05:43 am

    I just created a blog so I can participate in these challenges. My landscape is in the 'country' of NE Oregon. I'm concerned that I don't have an obvious focal point. Thanks for the challenge.

  • Shayne

    August 16, 2009 02:22 am

    I know its early but last night was such a crisp and clear night that I figured it was now or never to take a super cliche long exposure night skyline picture. It turned out rather well but I now see why I should add a wide angle lens to my bag.


  • J

    August 16, 2009 12:36 am

    This photo was taken a few months ago.
    I only managed to upload this weekend, if it doesn't fit the criteria, please disqualify it.


  • Realm Lord Ion

    August 16, 2009 12:13 am

    My weekend best landscape shot:
    Flickr album:

  • Ben

    August 15, 2009 11:26 pm

    This picture was actually taken last week, but I won't be able to get out today to take anything, so here's mine:


  • Bliss Goodloe

    August 15, 2009 10:18 pm

    This is my first try and joining in on these challenges! I just located the site today and have been reading a ton of tips! I LOVE this site and I hope my photo makes a good impression! :D


  • William Bullimore

    August 15, 2009 08:51 pm


  • Anita

    August 15, 2009 07:06 pm

    Great challenge idea. It would be nice if people actually link to images they took THIS weekend as opposed to a great one they took last week, month etc as the idea (as I read it) is to get out this weekend and take a photo. I'll attempt mine tomorrow........

  • Ste_95

    August 15, 2009 04:41 pm

    Really nice shot, I love it!

  • Basic Blogger Advice

    August 15, 2009 12:49 pm

    Thats a really cool picture. Interesting topic

  • Pedro Cedeño

    August 15, 2009 11:36 am

    This photo was taken vertically, if not acceptable, if not tell me to put other, I have 1 years in the picture every day and go to this site to learn, I use a Konica Minolta DiMAGE 7


  • RussHeath

    August 15, 2009 10:32 am

    Cool topic, Darren!

    61 Seconds of Sunshine

  • Jason Corica

    August 15, 2009 09:35 am

    Hey, I will take the challenge. I am actually visiting your city of Melbourne at the moment from Los Angeles with friends that live here right by Parliament. I visited the Nobie's and I might have a good candidate from that experience.


  • Pritam

    August 15, 2009 07:35 am


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