Social media, magazines, photography sites etc are inundated with photos that literally jump off the page and shout “Look at me !!” It would seem the louder the photo the better, the more absolute clarity in all sections of the photos the better, and the more “pop” the photo has due to processing the better. People love them and I am not criticising these people. I too like images with vibrant colours and a “contrasty” look some of the time, but not all of the time. I ask myself do these photo suit the scene? and if so then so be it.
Not all scenes lend themselves to this look and we as viewers need to think from time to time about the print . What would my photo look like as a large print ?? What would it look like on a wall or in your own home?? Does it convey the mood of the landscape or area?? Recently I reviewed my A2 and A3 prints and ranked them according to preference. My favourites were clearly the more subtle images with a range of tones and textures and muted colours. They were prints that had a certain depth and individual personality. So to end this short blog I am suggesting think about the scene and
the mood of the place before you process and just maybe you will get a better image.
The urge to travel to far away places and areas that are ever more remote seems to be a constant for many photographers. The need to explore the new is embedded within it seems. However more recently particular countries such as Iceland, have become saturated with visitors, photographers and their tripods all hustling for the best spot or the best angle. Last week we were lucky in Norfolk to experience some wonderful weather and this meant that at around 4am and 9pm there were shots to be had closer to home. In fact one spot on the River Chet was literally 5 minutes away from my home and yes there was nobody there but me and the wildlife. Mists prevailed over the broad and adjoining fields and the sun rose to light the whole area. It was a blissful time to be out with my camera photographing such scenes. It made me remember to not disregard the landscapes that are literally on our doorsteps but to remember them and perhaps photograph them from a different perspective.
Over the next few weeks I will be beginning regular blog posts about various aspects of my photography, places visited, techniques used, editing of images, favourite camera equipment etc. I hope you will find these of interest and please feel free to comment on my guestbook page about anything you read.
I like many other photographers, am constantly reminded of just how many photos are posted daily on social media sites and photographers’ websites. It seems we are all striving to visit places that are further afield, more remote or that no one else has seen or been to, in order to create the unique image. While creativity and originality are essential, particularly in times when the arts are being stifled in the UK by ever deeper cuts and the downgrading of school and college curricular, it is important to remember that we as photographers must enjoy our photography and take images of what we really like. The image below is one of my favourite images of all time.
This photo was taken on a warm summer evening on Nairn’s east beach in the highlands of Scotland. The area had seen a few amazing sunsets back in August 16 and this was one of them. The colours are a true rendition of what we experienced that evening. Nairn beach is not difficult to negotiate, it is open to all young and old, but it is the highlands and that does mean you are not surrounded by thousands of people even on a balmy evening such as this. I used a long lens Nikon 70-200 and a 0.6 ND filter to slow all down just as the sunset was reaching its peak. I love the pinks and oranges in the sky and the texture of the water. Loving a particular area makes you want to revisit it again and again and this August (not a well known time for landscape photography) I will be back on the beach seeing what I can create regardless of the weather conditions. We shall see!