CROSS-LIGHTING TWILIGHT

DEEPThe Deep Sealife Centre, Hull, East Yorkshire

For those of us with a predilection for wild places, it can be rewarding and refreshing to turn our attention to the urban landscape. Continue reading »

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THE FUJI X-T2 : CAPTURING EMOTION

Landscape photography is all about capturing emotion.

Photojournalism and war photography are two genres that are capable of capturing the despair of human suffering and offering up blatant tear-jerking visuals for the unsuspecting. Landscape, along with still life and abstract minimalism, is at the opposite end of the emotive spectrum.

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X-PRO2 : RENDER MY RAW ™

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Here’s another RENDER MY RAW™, but this time, with a difference: a RAF file from a pre-production sample of the new Fujifilm X-Pro2. This was a shot captured in the Lakes early in November just before all the devastation from the floods. Continue reading »

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SHOOTING LANDSCAPES WITH THE X-PRO2

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Rumour sites have been hot with anticipation for months, eagerly awaiting the release of the successor to the Fujifilm X-Pro1. I’m delighted to reveal that I’ve had the enviable opportunity of shooting landscapes with a pre-release version of the X-Pro2 for the past two months after being invited to contribute to the 100 X-Photographers exhibition in Tokyo, celebrating the first 5 years of X-Series. Continue reading »

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ULTIMATE LANDSCAPE : PART 1

With their X-series cameras, Fujifilm are creating the ultimate tools for Landscape Photographers. The soulful images created by X-trans sensors have a characteristic ‘feel’ that’s impossible to achieve using anything else. Continue reading »

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CREPUSCULAR CREATURES

Castlerigg, Cumbria

Castlerigg, Cumbria

Although there are obvious directional differences, the colour palettes of dawn and dusk are essentially identical but sequenced in reverse. Landscape photographers are crepuscular creatures, we tend to function most creatively at twilight, be it dawn or dusk. Continue reading »

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BULLSEYE COMPOSITION

Walking to Lindisfarne

Causeway, Holy Island, Northumberland

Edward Weston said that “to consult rules of composition before making a picture is a little like consulting the law of gravity before going for a walk”. He felt that adhering too closely to such rules inhibited “freshness of vision” and resulted in “tedious repetition of pictorial clichés”. However, even a cursory study of modern landscape photography will quickly reveal that such compositional rules are still frequently utilized, to great effect. Continue reading »

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SUBJECT, PHOTOGRAPHER, VIEWER

Dordogne Barn

I made this simple image of a barn among trees in a spring meadow during a trip to the Dordogne several years ago. I had spent a particularly relaxing and creative week shooting landscapes while travelling south through France. This picturesque scene was overflowing with visual metaphors. A spring meadow celebrating new beginnings, vibrant greenery, cherry blossom and the iconic barn symbolizing man’s harnessing of nature. Continue reading »

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SECOND CHANCE SUNSET

Cape Cornwall, West Cornwall

Pointing our cameras towards the sun can often create dramatic images. Overall contrast is obviously maximized, but because foreground and middle-ground objects are being illuminated from the other side, they are rendered as desaturated low-contrast silhouettes. There is a controllable degree of textural detail within these shadows, depending on choice of exposure and subsequent digital processing. Continue reading »

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LIGHTROOM 6.1 AND FUJI X-TRANS

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