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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