Category Archives: Philosophy

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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Teal and orange

The other day, I came across a blog post complaining about the ubiquity in modern cinema of  the 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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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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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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