Category Archives: Landscape Photography
I took a well earned break from pursuing beautiful brides down the altar (well..it IS a fairytale isn’t it??) to lug my camera through the spongy hillsides of the eastern Lake district with Jane and her extended family decamped into luxurious accommodation nearby..
We spent the week in the beautiful ‘second home’ of one of my wife Jane’s friends, a truly spectacular location on the eastern side of the old mountains. Wonderful views and great company! Thanks Mike! we all loved the place!
Anyway, I was simply staggered by the awesome beauty of these ancient woods..dripping with dew and soaked by rain..lots of fallen trees and heavy carpets of moss and lichens. It felt truly like woodlands from a time long past.
I took 1000 images on my D 700 and am only just beginning to cast a curious eye over the results.
Photographing landscapes is a welcome diversion from the ‘full-on’ world of social photography. I make no apologies for including some shots here. I think it helps to show the variety of the work I produce and that’s no bad thing in these tight times!
I only wish I had a month there and not 5 days… I have to go back! I’m hoping to produce a book devoted to landscape by the years end..(self published I hasten to add) at least for the time being.
Landscape photography was something I never really connected with until recently. Until, that is I realised I could harness the geometries and textures to express some inner state of mind (isn’t that what most photography is all about?). There were times when I was on these slopes faced with all that outstanding beauty and variety of form when it felt blissful in the very purest sense. I’m most grateful to still be learning and excited by the moment of capture.
The marvels of my iPhone Hipstamatic App. I really enjoy photography with this gadget. It’s fun! I’m absolutely amazed at the image quality from a phone! It’s really true that making photographs is a viable mobile phone (iphone 4 in this case)
is a perfectly realised pocket camera concept. In fact the Hipstamatic app makes it such an adventure to shoot.. giving beautifully toned prints which match the effects I would naturally introduce in Lightroom 3 at the editing stage anyway!
I’m looking for a new compact sized camera with a large chip to carry with me at all times. Choices seem to be the GF1/2 or the new Fuji x100. I’m looking at both options at Focus in March and will decide then. My heart says the Fuji as its built to resemble the classic rangefinders from the 1950′s and 1960′s (the golden age of reportage rangefinder cameras such as the Leica M3).
That big plus on the Fuji is its optical viewfinder which I prefer to use to compose shots rather than the screen on the rear. Maybe that’s a legacy thing with me but in many ways with a camera to your eye the rest of the world just slips away and your in this self absorbed microcosmic world of you and the subject ..
I was fortunate enough to stay with friends in the Snowdonia are of North Wales over the weekend.. I’ve never been there before..not sure why not.. as its absolutely stunning. In fact its probably one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever visited. I love mountains.
I took one small light camera..the Sigma DP1. God..its great but oh so quirky! The weather threw everything at us over the course of the weekend as the wind, rain and occasional sunny spell swirled through the valleys’ in rapid succession. All made for an interesting set of images.. snapshots really..
I’m hopoing to use some of them as a basis for some painting over Christmas.. that would make a grand total of two canvas’s this year!! A veritable production line.. (I’m sort of winking when I write this..an ironic wink)..