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As a sometime landscape photographer I really struggled to see a picture in the Ogwen Valley. Heresy I know but it happens.
Of the genres of photography I find landscape really difficult.
I am rereading a book by Alain Briot called “Mastering Landscape Photography” The Luminous Landscape Essays.
In the introduction to the book he makes a very good point that we have all heard many times before but I fail to practice in the field.
In your mind’s eye imagine a framed exhibition quality print before you raise the camera to your eye.
The seeing process is a complex subject which he and I agree on
– you see something
– you see a photo opportunity. (At this point I quite often ask myself will I print it? if the answer is no ….)
– see a photograph that you have made (and not just taken) as a framed exhibition print. The pre-visualisation is the connection between taking and the making of a photograph. It is the planning ahead of the Post-processing stage for successful communication.
Depending on the subject matter, there may not be the time to ponder these types of question in the field.
As a sods law tale – I can remember seeing the picture – a Postman carrying a sack of mail off the of boat in a moody background of Lundy Island. By the time I had switched my pre-historic Dslr on and it was ready, the picture had gone. Aah the one that got away.
Another top tip – leave your camera switched on – it will reboot its self from a sleep mode much quicker than turning it on.
A big hello to all the new followers of my little blog this week.
(c) Andy Beel FRPS 2012