This study began with the question "how do I capture feeling and or convey meaning in landscape images?"
Many of my shots are landscapes. In 2011 I took 20,846 pictures; 11,296 include the keyword landscape. This number reflects the reality that landscape photography represents a significant part of my work. I've found subject matter to be accessible yet the photography more difficult to master than anticipated. To get a shot that captures more than just the trees and rivers; that captures the moment; conveys a story; the feeling of the place is a challenge. In contrast, people photography benefits from the viewer's innate ability to sense a subject's feelings or emotion conveyed through the eyes or other physical attributes. Landscape photography has no eyes; no posture; no generally accepted interpretation. It exposes only beauty.
The approach I took was to study oriental landscape paintings and drawings. There are other areas that I could have studied, and that I may study in the future, so I acknowledge this approach represents just one vector.
It is not to say that I have not shot some reasonable landscapes. However, the technique to enable repeatability or at least improve the margin of success is what I seek. It is in this context that I look for other sources of inspiration; it was with this in mind that I read Learning Landscape Photography from the Masters of Painting by Patrick Smith.
Meaning and feel are conveyed through composition and the symbolism of the subject.