Category Archives: Inspiration

A look back to 2013…

2013 was, for me, a bit of a frustrating year photographically but, like the best Hollywood films, it all came good in the end. Consequently, picking twelve images to represent my best work of 2013 has been a difficult challenge… … Continue reading

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There’s always a photograph to be made…

I have recently returned from attending an organised photographic tour in the Canadian Rockies where lakes, mountains and water-features of all types were (rather obviously) the predominant subject-matter. We were blessed (or rather, from a purely photographic perspective, cursed) with sunny, … Continue reading

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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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Pick of the year

One of the things I like to do at this time of year, in common with a lot of people,  is to attempt to put the outgoing year in perspective with a short review. I usually do this by selecting up to 12 … Continue reading

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The Larch

Living in Switzerland, as I do, it is very tempting to make photographs that depict the great Swiss clichés of neat, flower-bedecked chalets with dainty brown cows contentedly grazing in impossibly green fields; the Matterhorn reflected in a mirror-smooth lake; … Continue reading

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Just let it go…

If you spend any time reading the mainstream photographic press, you’ll quickly realise that they are on a mission to tempt you into buying as much gear as possible. No great revelation there – they have advertisers to please, after … Continue reading

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What lens for landscape photography?

A question I often see asked in web-forums is ‘what lens do I need for landscape photography?’ and the advice that is usually offered is to use the widest lens you can so that you can ‘get it all in’. … Continue reading

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‘Improvisational photography’ in practice

Last time I wrote a bit about ‘improvisational photography’ without ever really saying why this is different from simply wandering around and photographing whatever takes your fancy. In essence, it’s not very different at all. It is, however, much more … Continue reading

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Improvisational landscape photography

Some landscape photographers like to arrive at a location with a very firm idea of the image they want to make. They will have checked the weather forecast, the sun position and will have previously reconnoitred to find a precise … Continue reading

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