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We know that location for a landscape shot is selected solely by the photographer, but how critical is location and how closely do you really look into your composition before opening the shutter? I see my scenes in stages. The initial attraction to a general area, plus a quick review of distant and close objects to tie the image together. That's the big picture.
What comes next is what makes or breaks the image! Once you've decided on your spot, you have the crucial decisions of perspective. HIgh, low, right, left. Pay close attention to the corners of your composition and how the lines, colors and shades draw the viewer toward your focal point. Moving the camera 1" in any direction can dramatically change the look of the image.