And this, for proof of materials:
For the final photograph I experimented more with lighting. I didn't want such deep lighting like I had in my last landscape, the desert, so I used two lights this time. One was a taller, brighter light than the last time and the other was a small one that I placed behind the landscape. Here's what I got:
The black and white was just a test that I did, but I kind of liked it after I did it. I think if I want all my photographs to look cohesive in the end I will have to keep them all in color, but, it was an interesting experiment.
My absolute favorite part of this landscape is the reflection in the "water" (syrup-did I mention this was a gross, syrupy mess?). I think this week I came a lot closer to it looking like a true landscape. This weekend I am hoping to start experimenting with taking video of some of the landscapes. I have no idea how that will turn out, but I am going to try.