While many people are able to put their hands on a quite decent Digital Semi-Pro SLR camera system may think all it takes to take good landscape photography is to travel to beautiful locations, take their gear there and a tripod and just keep on shooting. While gear and travel are essectial parts there are not just technical skills but artistic skills, talent is required to capture a great image in all type of photography ncluding landscapes as well. I have exhibited my photos many times and I could say at least 1/4 of the people woudl come up to me telling me how great my photos were and that they had just as great landscape photos as mine. To be honest I did have a chance to see some of their photos they compared to mine unfortunately. Here I do not want to sound arrogant but nowadays people just don't seem to have any self critique and unfortunately our society tries so hard to be politically correct and lie to people just not to offend them. This will make it more difficult for people who are expert in art to go through a pile of untalented people to find real talents.