Please look at the picture full size.
Every now and again I pretend that I am a landscape photographer. Next week I am going to Snowdonia, (North Wales for my American readers).
It’s rightly said that landscape is a difficult genre of photography. I always have great difficulty with landscape that is all green and flat. It goes along with other photography clichés like wildlife photography is just birds on sticks, or when it’s not a bird it’s a duck.
For a landscape picture to work I need a subject that takes the viewer’s eye through the picture.
Take this beach stream at the Bay of Laig on Eigg in the Outer Hebrides taken in 2006. The crop is very deliberately placed to eliminate highlights that will distract the viewer’s eye. For me the picture is about the shape of the meandering stream and the texture of the rocks in the foreground.
Picture left – The same crop from the original colour file.
Hopefully you will see that successful photographs are made and not just taken. A vision of the possible outcomes is critical for creative success before you press the button. Without that vision possibilities will be lost or not recorded to work on later. The photographer needs to decide what they are going to say about an abstracted view of somewhere. All the elements of a picture may be in place but you have to decide what is significant and why the viewer should look at your selection from the world.
Technical stuff – 24-105mm lens at 24mm, low view-point, print tone – LR3 preset – Creamtone with adjustments.
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(c) Andy Beel FRPS 2012