WAKE UP – There’s More to Landscape Photography

there’s so much more to landscape photography than just photography it changes us it changes the way we look at the world so what if I don’t get an image I was up and I was out amazing landscape images are rare if it was easy it would be boring ever since owning my first camera I have never looked at the sky in the same way landscape photography makes me appreciate my surroundings to the smallest of detail and don’t worry about kit the best camera is the one we have honors a beautiful scene is a beautiful scene no matter how many megapixels you have we are not content with a nice view we need the best view we’re up before sunrise and out until dark sometimes we stay out we instinctively know what’s and sunrises and we know what time’s sunset there is no such thing as failure I have never ever regretted going out with the camera even if I don’t take an image first others are sleeping we are hiking what others are driving we are driven the tree is not a tree a tree is a potential masterpiece we push ourselves we immerse ourselves in the elements we explore and we fight to see the world from a unique perspective why to inspire and to create landscape photography is more than taking an image it’s a way of life you


  1. Fit Ozzie April 25, 2017 at 9:29 am

    Awesome stuff!! another quality clip!! 🙂

  2. Diane Cotton April 26, 2017 at 10:43 pm

    So true!

  3. Simon Wilson April 27, 2017 at 2:04 am

    Awesome! Thats why we do what we do. You are so right about how we see the world 😉

  4. Peter Barby May 4, 2017 at 11:03 pm

    Thomas I have a sneaky suspicion that you could make going out for coffee on a Sunday morning sound like the best thing you've ever done 🙂

  5. Theo Francis Photography May 7, 2017 at 5:12 pm

    WOW! That was powerful. Good on you.

  6. Benny Lamera May 10, 2017 at 9:10 am

    A tree is not a tree, A tree is a potential master piece. Love it.

  7. Kelly Harris May 13, 2017 at 7:45 am

    This is the second video of yours I have watched. I am really glad to have found you. Very inspiring and the kick in the pants I need.

  8. yk w May 19, 2017 at 10:38 am

    watch it again and again…

  9. Jasper Abel May 21, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    Truly inspiring video. Being a landscape photographer myself.

  10. paleo cookies May 21, 2017 at 6:13 pm

    Thank you.

    Been watching a while but yeah it's about time I said thanks. This is brilliant, you just nailed with this sentiment

  11. don't dead May 21, 2017 at 9:08 pm

    It is 23:00 and i want to get up at 4:30 tomorrow for some early morning shooting. Maybe i shouldnt watch this video. Or maybe i should. Im a bit confused right now

  12. Francesco Petaccia May 22, 2017 at 1:28 pm

    Motivation to go out. I need it!

  13. boney markose May 22, 2017 at 5:13 pm

    You videos are so inspiring !!

  14. Neil Sinclair May 25, 2017 at 7:10 pm

    If Calsberg did landscape photography ads…..;-) Nice one. Captured perfectly

  15. Fabio Doll May 28, 2017 at 7:23 am

    this video / movie have a lot of inspiration 😀

  16. David Aughenbaugh May 28, 2017 at 10:37 pm

    Thanks Thomas. Getting myself out of bed is a hard one to overcome. I really appreciate the motivation.
    Also, nice to see Monty on the beach with you!

  17. Ewout Honig May 30, 2017 at 11:08 pm

    Amen, brother.

  18. Riccardo Duò May 31, 2017 at 8:35 pm

    nice, man!

  19. Paul Martin June 2, 2017 at 9:47 am

    Right thats it, I'm off out 🙂

  20. Nick Webber June 3, 2017 at 4:01 pm

    This video is spot on about photography. Looking for great pictures teaches you to be present in the world and to appreciate aspects that you wouldn't have noticed before. It removes the noise pollution, real and metaphorical, and allows the mind space for natural, unforced contemplation…and having a nice breakfast after an early morning shoot is the Sh$t, too.

  21. Travelling Sunglasses June 4, 2017 at 11:19 am

    Excellent video man! Inspirational and to the point! We subscribed and we'll check out more of your channel 🙂

  22. Frederik Lembreght June 4, 2017 at 5:47 pm

    You certainly inspired me, like always.
    Tomorrow morning I leave around 4:30, for hopefully some nice shots. 🙂
    Great job and thank you for all these nice video's.

  23. Jose Luis Fernández Roa June 4, 2017 at 7:51 pm

    I agree with you. It is the way we live…

  24. Phil Munro June 5, 2017 at 3:53 am

    Great video Thomas

  25. Alemao DH June 5, 2017 at 2:12 pm

    Awesome, I was laying in bed and then a notification about this video showed up. Watched it and felt motivated. Thanks Thomas!

  26. doug1234dougx June 5, 2017 at 3:42 pm


  27. postgems June 5, 2017 at 8:28 pm

    the Bear Giles of landscape photography …!

  28. Robert Hewitt June 6, 2017 at 3:01 am

    I love landscape photography, this motivated me more. Thank you.

  29. Justin Sane June 7, 2017 at 5:57 pm

    I don't know how you only shoot landscapes for the most part. I shoot everything from macro to landscapes and everything in between, and I'm getting burnt out. My $2000 is getting covered in free dust.

  30. Victor Fernandes Photography June 11, 2017 at 12:47 am

    Thomas I dream, it's the first thought when I wake, I tend to go on quick hikes just before work. In search of that shot because the next will be better than this one. Yes, I'm completely obsessed 🙂 I mean passionate lol. I so enjoy your channel you inspire me. Also, it's nice to know I'm not only one who would wait for hours just to get that perfect shot in the middle of nature. I wasn't going anywhere this weekend my full frame is getting its sensor cleaned. But after seeing your video I dusted off my old d3100 and in few, I'm headed to the mountains. Yes, a d3100, I aim to get me some sunset shots lol. Thank again, Thomas :-). If you have time check my Instagram @victorfernandesphotography I will post this evening's shots there 🙂

  31. Wouter van der Weerd June 12, 2017 at 8:10 am

    Nice one!

  32. Giuseppe Corso June 12, 2017 at 4:45 pm

    I agree with you, even if you don't take any pictures, going out to explore is worth it.

  33. Alan Laidler June 14, 2017 at 6:04 pm

    Some fantastic images there made me laugh I'm the same when I drive always looking for that tree. Although I'm sure I recognise that lone tree in a field ?? Was it in Northumberland Tom.

  34. James Lane June 17, 2017 at 5:23 am

    I actually stood up and clapped. this is so inspirational. I'm actually travelling in Canada and I was talking to some Canadian photographers in a photography art shop at Banff and they've heard of you

  35. adnan türk June 22, 2017 at 7:13 pm

    inspirational, encouraging video. you are awesome

  36. Vu Nguyen June 27, 2017 at 10:07 am

    Thomas! You are bloody legend. I have never commented on any youtube videos before but I have to say something for this video. Thanks for inspiring me to do landscape photography on weekends and hope one day I will be a full time landscape photographer.

  37. Maxence Lemoine June 28, 2017 at 10:07 pm

    Great video and great message ! This is what I think about landscape photography.
    "the best camera is the one we have on us", so true !

  38. April H June 29, 2017 at 4:11 pm

    Inspiring and beautifully done!!??

  39. Anil Damodaran July 3, 2017 at 3:27 am

    Dear Thomas, You are on to something. It's landscape photography and yet it's not just 'landscape photography'. Seeing you out and about working on your craft and sharing your thoughts is inspiring. I love that you take your work seriously and that you don't take yourself too seriously. That balancing act, like the last pebble carefully placed on a zen rock formation, whilst pushing the boundaries is what photography is all about. At least, that's what I think. I'm a big fan and hope you do extremely well. Good luck and god speed.

  40. ivan lopez July 5, 2017 at 5:59 pm

    I had the laptop connected to my mini component, I get scared xD

  41. SteveZ July 8, 2017 at 8:35 pm

    Words cannot describe how amazing and wotivational this videos is its just amazing,keep it up tom !

  42. Jonny Mikalsen July 9, 2017 at 12:08 pm

    I just recently found your YouTube channel and I am really impressed with your effort and motivation to go out and get the best pictures. You've inspired me to go out and take landscape pictures during sunrise and sunset to get the best light available. Looking forward to see more videos from you and thank you for sharing your tips, tricks and camera gear. Greeting from Norway.

  43. D F July 11, 2017 at 5:04 pm

    great job, very inspiring!

  44. 邓乐东 July 12, 2017 at 12:42 pm

    thank you for inspiring me a lot

  45. Autumn Stark July 12, 2017 at 5:51 pm

    Beautifully said and done! <3

  46. Bosmanneggie July 16, 2017 at 7:58 am

    Thanks! Because of this video I went out to shoot. And brought back a great picture!

  47. Razvan D. July 16, 2017 at 6:29 pm

    Brilliant Thomas!!

  48. Larz Karlsson July 28, 2017 at 2:54 pm

    well done Thomas and a big like 🙂

  49. Samu August 7, 2017 at 10:41 pm

    0:49 Bear Grylls theory confirmed

  50. MollsTrav August 8, 2017 at 12:56 pm


  51. Jonathan Susanto August 11, 2017 at 1:15 pm

    Wow man! love this video so much, Hats off to you from me (Indonesian landscapers)

  52. Somewhere in America wil moore August 11, 2017 at 1:19 pm

    Thomas quick question. What printer do you use to print out your images?

  53. Raghuraman s August 12, 2017 at 5:15 am

    this time literally a motivation video

  54. Vincent Chan August 13, 2017 at 11:24 am

    Thank you for all your good work. You are a true inspiration to so many people. I'm currently saving for a set of Lee filters and I have a new car coming in a few months. I plan to drive out to the best sights in the UK and have my own adventure. Keep doing your thing you should be proud of everything you've achieved. All the best!

  55. Pewdiepie's Hot Dog Boss August 15, 2017 at 5:57 pm

    i'm watching this in 144p

  56. Anthony Murphy August 17, 2017 at 1:44 am

    I'm no longer at work in my mind, I'm out in the rainforest trying to discover new waterfalls.

  57. Jeffery Oliver August 23, 2017 at 4:10 pm

    Love the photography, editing, and story. Thanks for the inspiration!

  58. David's World August 23, 2017 at 5:03 pm

    was this video for something else its no were near your normal talk to camera
    its more like an advert or promotional item

  59. Alice Fremont August 24, 2017 at 10:07 am

    Ok this is going to be my morning alarm for a while.

  60. Marcin Wojtaszczyk August 29, 2017 at 5:27 pm

    Outdoor photography have learnt me one thing. To let go. To let go some photos and enjoy the moment instead. I used to go out with every lens I had, with inner pressure to have the best picture I can get. Now I take only one body and one 50mm lens. If I have lost a photo because wide angle or 'tele' was a must… It's life… We can't have everything in life. An art of letting go, when it's right moment for it, is a great skill. Don't loose the moment chasing photos. Sometime the best moment stays the best only if we let it be and forget about making pictures. Feel it. And make a photo if you feel it's time for it.

  61. Brandon Michael Hinsley September 1, 2017 at 10:34 am

    Wow. You made me cry at the tree being a potential masterpiece part. Even if I don't take a picture, my neck is almost breaking every time I'm in the car because of a potential masterpiece out the window ❤️ thank you so much. Wish I'd found your channel sooner!

  62. Steve Colwill September 4, 2017 at 8:39 pm

    Spot on Thomas!

  63. danielekphoto.com September 6, 2017 at 1:09 pm

    Love this! So true!

  64. Travel Sam September 8, 2017 at 9:44 am

    Great work!

  65. Ярослав Макеев September 10, 2017 at 5:31 pm


  66. Aadya Chidanand September 14, 2017 at 3:15 am

    Some inspire through their photographs, some inspire through their words…YOU inspire through both! I simply LOVED the video! 'Absolutely stunnin' xPThe Earth has so many beautiful places not only to discover but also to protect and nurture. And you were so right- If a lanscape is beautiful then it will be beautiful no matter how many megapixels the image is. I dont mind getting up early to watch a breathtakingly beautiful sunrise, but I do mind if I have to get up early to go to school haha. Thanks for the amazing video, Thomas.

  67. Alan Chris September 14, 2017 at 5:57 pm

    Absolutely Stunnin

  68. valvelifter1 September 17, 2017 at 8:52 am

    I thought I was out of step. So often I have gone out with my camera and come back without firing a shot. So many photographers now seem to shoot regardless of the light with scant regard for composition. Or over depend on ND and filter effects to try to make a boring scene interesting. You have reinvigorated me.

  69. Dave Connors September 18, 2017 at 10:28 pm

    What a motivational voice. Thanks for providing this excellent video. Your words are extremely true and accurate. I am an enthusiast, amateur, and novice. My word these 2.23 minutes of pure inspiration creates images and thoughts of future good days to come. Thank you ? Thomas Heaton – Bravo Sir Bravo ?? ?? ?? ?? ??

  70. Tomasz Woźny September 19, 2017 at 12:25 pm

    Thanks Thomas, I think you just helped me with this video to explain my wife why I have to wake up in the middle of the night and go into the wild 🙂
    I'd doubt I'll ever go full time (it's too late for that) but recent article about you in Fstroppers helped me to confirm that landcspe photography is what I want to do (even if it's just a hobby). Cheers!

  71. willy coiote September 20, 2017 at 12:51 pm

    É verdade meu amigo!!

  72. David Drejer September 20, 2017 at 11:09 pm

    What a great way to explain the feeling of getting the first camera.?
    I had it the same way and is just getting started with mine ??Great Channel

  73. yujin landscape photography. September 21, 2017 at 3:44 pm

    I wake up you too than I will try to take, is beautiful landscape photography once time of a day. Thank! Thomas…,

  74. Claude C September 26, 2017 at 3:11 am

    Great message. Thanks.

  75. Tea and Schmidt October 1, 2017 at 3:40 am

    The best camera is the one we have on us <3 Thanks!

  76. Dawn-Marie - Love Exploring Scotland October 11, 2017 at 8:23 pm

    Totally agree! I love capturing landscapes, being outdoors and seeing it with my own eyes and hopefully capture a small piece on camera. It is the most amazing feeling! I look at clouds a lot!

  77. Bonsai Talk October 17, 2017 at 7:34 pm

    "A Tree Is Not A Tree, It's A Potential Masterpiece" As a bonsai youtube creator and enthusiast that was so amazing to hear and i felt a instant connection with you RIGHT THERE Thomas, as human, as naturelover! Thanks for all the inspiration.

  78. Nick Bedford October 19, 2017 at 10:01 am

    The wee hours of the morning are simultaneously the most magical, most serene and most underpopulated of the whole day. I've been waking up for sunrises for years and will never get over the way it makes me feel to be watching the sun rise or to be hiking up a mountain of through a forest.

    You hit the nail on the head. When you experience the kind of views you do as an adventurous photographer, you'll never go back to the norm. Life feels wondrous out in nature.

  79. Andrea Meneghel October 23, 2017 at 7:47 am

    great video my friend!

  80. Not A Good Photographer October 23, 2017 at 7:07 pm

    Oh thanks, make me even angrier that my camera is still in the shop!

  81. Kent McCorkle October 27, 2017 at 9:14 pm


  82. Emilie Ko October 30, 2017 at 7:52 pm

    Does anyone else watch his videos while they are doing their makeup??

  83. runbei November 1, 2017 at 12:16 am


  84. Georg Schmidgruber November 1, 2017 at 10:16 am

    Just discovered your channel – absolutely brilliant, Thomas!

  85. Fakoryfakore Vbsgsb November 3, 2017 at 8:03 am

    حلووو حبيتك غلاي?❤

  86. yujin landscape photography. November 17, 2017 at 2:42 pm

    ?Thank a lot of, Thomas…,

  87. David Hernandez December 4, 2017 at 12:19 am

    Dilly Dilly

  88. David Hernandez December 4, 2017 at 12:20 am

    Dilly Dilly

  89. Dave Hayford January 4, 2018 at 1:25 am

    Great inspirational video……For Sure. Also been meaning to ask you, what breed is your dog? Thanks

  90. Phillip Nicholls January 7, 2018 at 8:39 pm

    I’m new to photography, I really enjoy your videos.

  91. shinichi suzuki January 21, 2018 at 3:35 pm


  92. Ace Baiguen January 23, 2018 at 5:18 pm

    Spot on! Love this guy! So blessed to have found you! Keep sharing and inspiring brother!

  93. Coolesttravelista February 3, 2018 at 9:16 pm

    you speak my thoughts 🙂

  94. yujin landscape photography. February 15, 2018 at 11:06 am

    WAKE UP, ?mind. sir.

  95. Terry Farrell February 25, 2018 at 3:43 pm

    You are a true inspiration and motivation to others…??

  96. Ryan Madaris March 1, 2018 at 3:09 pm

    Excellent portrayal of all of us landscape photographers out there!

  97. Kęstutis Šliauderis March 7, 2018 at 8:56 pm

    You inspired me to get up before the sunrise and go take photos.. sadly there were no proper sunset that morning, either way, i was happy, that i did it! 🙂 thanks!

  98. Ray Hoth April 17, 2018 at 3:33 pm

    That is your best video! You could definitely be a motivational speaker.

  99. waterman308 December 21, 2018 at 2:15 am


  100. waterman308 December 21, 2018 at 2:18 am

    Was out last night and did not get a great shot but i Was there. I saw the sun set and I saw the moon rise. And I was out again this morning fighting with birds to get a shot. But I was there.

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