Fine Art Landscapes
With a background in Fine Arts, it is perhaps no surprise that Turkish photographer Ilhan Eroglu’s images look like grand classical paintings. Sweeping vistas, dramatic light and rich colours all help Ilhan to transform our world and take us to another place.
For Ilhan, it was a combination of his passions that led to him becoming a photographer, and these passions also enable him to capture such stunning images.
© Ilhan Eroglu | Sony α7R III + FE 12-24mm f/4 G | 1/160s @ f/6.3, ISO 100
His love of adventure and discovering new places has taken Ilhan all around the world, enabling him to create a unique set of photographs covering all corners of the globe. From the heat and sand dunes of the Sahara Desert, to the snowcapped mountain peaks of Chile, Ilhan captures them in his own unique style.
Of all the places in the world that Ilhan has visited however, the one that stands out the most for him is Mount Bromo in Indonesia.
It was like stepping in to another world. Walking up on to the crater, seeing smoke rise up from the mouth of the volcano - it was just magical.”
© Ilhan Eroglu | Sony α7R + FE 70-400mm f/4-5.6 G SSM II | 1/160s @ f/4.5, ISO 100
But not all of Ilhan’s travels are far from his native Turkey. Many of his most loved images are taken much closer to home in popular tourist spots in Europe, ranging from the canaled streets of Venice, to the magical Mont St. Michel, to the sleepy lavender fields in Provence.
What makes Ilhan’s images stand out and give them such a distinct style is his painterly eye for spotting a classical composition and of course, colour and light.
© Ilhan Eroglu | Sony α7R III + FE 16-35mm f/2.8 GM | 1/320s @ f/16, ISO 100
It may be his passion for art that inspired Ilhan’s photography, but like all other landscape photographers, he still needs mother nature and a lot of patience to make sure that the light is perfect for the scene.
“Weather is very important, but for me, it doesn’t matter if the scene is rainy, or sunny, snowy or cloudy - there is not an advantage or disadvantage to any of these. All of these weather conditions just give you a variety of different ways to capture the perfect photograph, but what’s important is to know exactly how to capture it.”
“As a landscape photographer,” he continues, “the light is what makes the difference. I love the power of natural light to completely transform a location. My favourite is in the autumn after a rainy night – the next morning the golden hue at sunrise is unmissable.”
© Ilhan Eroglu | Sony α7R III + FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS + 1.4x Converter | 1/1000s @ f/7.1, ISO 640
Whilst his photos may not look like more conventional landscape images in terms of light and colour, Ilhan’s philosophy about the best time to take images is very much in keeping with others in the field.
“I don’t like to take photos in the middle of the day when the sun is high and the light is very hard. I prefer to take photos at sunrise and sunset when the light is soft and full of colour.”
Accompanying Ilhan on his travels is the Sony α7R III. “For me, the α7R III is the perfect piece of kit for a landscape photographer,” he explains. “Its 42.4 megapixels mean that the resolution is incredible, and gives me exactly what I need to clearly capture the intricate details of the scene in front of me.”
© Ilhan Eroglu | Sony α7R II + FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM | 1/60s @ f/8.0, ISO 100
The dynamic range of the α7R III’s sensor also plays a big role in Ilhan’s work, enabling him to capture the whole range of light and colour, without compromising the quality of the final image.
“When shooting at sunrise or sunset,” Ilhan explains, “I use the camera’s Dynamic Range Optimisation (DRO) settings. These help me to get the most detail from the highlights and shadows. If the light in the sky is particularly bright, I will also use a 0.6 strength graduated neutral density filter to darken it down a little, to blend it with the landscape.”
© Ilhan Eroglu | Sony α7R III + FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS | 1/640s @ f/8.0, ISO 100