November 24, 2015

This has to be the most significant thing I ever say to people looking to improve their landscape skills:- It is seldom about what you shoot... It is, almost invariably, about when and how you shoot it. To demonstrate my point, please consider the first and second images in this post. They w...

November 22, 2015

That old chestnut.


I was recently in a discussion with a friend about some images we had been viewing in an on-line gallery. Clearly we were not going to agree about them. I felt that, in terms of framing, point of view or composition, they mostly had no sign of intrinsic authorial effort and tha...

November 20, 2015

In the previous post: Before and after dawn - mood swings I touched briefly on why, even if conditions are not ideal, we should use our time on location productively, to experiment with technique and to work the scene. I suggested a number of things we could do to add variety to the haul of ima...

November 18, 2015

Together with all the primary technical stuff - the exposure, the focus, the field and point of view, the balance, the composition, the textural and tonal relationships and so on, the successful conveyance of mood or emotion, in other words - the way it makes the viewer feel and think, is vital i...

November 13, 2015

What a lovely part of the cosmos we inhabit for our photography. With soft light and cerulean tones, there is a magical moment in the clear-skied, pre-dawn blue hour when the light from our local star, in our tiny solar system's share of the universe, casts a sublime, relatively uniform luminance...

November 11, 2015

I was blown away to read the news today that six of my images were on the initial short-list for the Outdoor Photographer of the Year competition 2015. I am honoured and humbled to be in the company of so many talented and creative photographers. Much as I would like to progress further through t...

November 6, 2015

Some of the challenges we face when producing landscapes is how we manage the representation or interpretation of...

  • the movement in a scene

  • the 3D depth of the topography that our eyes perceive and our brains routinely construct for us

  • the atmospheric conditions and intrin...

November 3, 2015

Fog is an addictive weather condition for photographers. Once we've experimented with it, we all fall in love with it: the way it softens and adds a glow to the ambient or artificial lighting, the bursts of light rays it causes when the sun breaks through it in a woodland, the palpable mystery it...

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