Category Archives: Aesthetics

Articles discussing the aesthetics of landscape photography.

The perfect landscape shot…

A headline on the cover of a photography magazine caught my eye recently. “Compose the perfect landscape shot”, it read. A quick look inside revealed the usual advice about leading lines, rule of thirds, etc., etc. What the article didn’t … Continue reading

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Teal and orange

The other day, I came across a blog post complaining about the ubiquity in modern cinema of ┬áthe colours teal (a sort of cyan-heavy blue) and orange. As this was something that I have been subliminally aware of for a … Continue reading

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Photography: What’s it about?

“Photography is not about the thing photographed. It is about how that thing looks photographed.” Gary Winogrand. I showed the above photograph recently to a non-photographer and she immediately told me she didn’t like it simply because it was a … Continue reading

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Is landscape photography stuck in a rut?

I ask this question because just recently I have been spending some time researching the Romantic period in painting. Anyway, without further delay, let’s take a look at the evidence for the prosecution. The following three pictures are by the … Continue reading

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Three versions…

Take a look at the three images in the composite above. Same picture; three different treatments, each separated by about a year. The photograph dates from my first visit to the French Jura in February 2008 and my first attempt … Continue reading

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“Summertime and the livin’ is easy”

That’s how the famous tune from George Gershwin’s opera, ‘Porgy and Bess’, would have it and how true this is – unless you’re a landscape photographer! Summertime really does us no favours at all. The sun rises inconveniently early and … Continue reading

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Light, subject or composition?

In the latest issue of the excellent online magazine, ‘Landscape GB’, Tim Parkin does a thorough job of analysing what goes into making a good photograph. Light, subject and composition are the fundamental elements under discussion and, of these, much … Continue reading

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Taking inspiration from others

I’ve often heard people say that they try and avoid looking at the work of their fellow photographers because they would prefer that their own work be unsullied by the influences of others. This, they say, is the only way … Continue reading

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Aesthetics and landscape photography

One area of photographic technique that doesn’t get nearly enough coverage, in my opinion, is aesthetics. So much time is spent debating the merits of lens A over lens B or camera C over camera D that there is seemingly … Continue reading

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