What makes beautiful landscape photography?

(Image credit: Lukas Kogler)

I grew up in the mountains, but never understood the sense of why people go up mountains only to go down again afterwards. Photography gave me a reason to go outside and explore the world.

Landscape photography is often about getting up very early, going out in the dark, and being where you want to be at sunrise. I'm not a morning person but all that pays off as soon as you see the first rays of sun. When it is still completely quiet and you only hear birds chirping.

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