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Hindsight – Hardcastle Crags

Image review by Joe Cornish

Joe Cornish

Joe Cornish

Professional landscape photographer. His personal website is www.joecornishphotographer.com/



Successful Image

Didn't quite work

From the archive

Joe Cornish's First Light is widely acknowledged as influencing a huge number of landscape photographers in the UK and a fair few abroad too. The combination of accessible but descriptive narrative, the wonderful photography and the honesty of showing work that didn't quite make it combine to give a great flavour of what it is to be a landscape photographer. This new series of 'Hindsight' screencasts uses a similar approach where we review a picture that works well and has been used professionally, a picture from the same session that didn't quite make the grade and we add to the formula by introducing a picture that was considered successful personally but that didn't get used; a shot that has sat in the archives.

This first episode in the series covers a photo shoot that Joe carried out for the National Trust in Hardcastle Crags, a south Pennines beauty spot with 400 acres of woodland; an autumnal treasure trove. There are over 30 miles of footpaths and Joe's commission was to find photographs that represented the nature of the area.

The screencast will open in a new browser by clicking here or on the link below. Read the other Hindsight articles in this series with Joe Cornish.



  • Fantastic to hear Joe talk us through his conscious (and subconscious) thoughts when creating an image. To me it re-emphasises that to truly see the beauty in the landscape we need to slow the picture creation process right down.

  • Patrick Dixon

    Windows MP 11 on XP wouldn’t play this file.

    • Hi Patrick – We’ve had a couple of people say this. It seems to be because Windows Media player will only play very old versions of Quicktime files. Could you try downloading the quicktime player and see if that works?

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      This should install a link to internet explorer so that movies play automatically. Let me know if you have any problems after that. Sorry for the inconvenience.

  • Before watching the video, my eye caught the color contrasting branches of the trees on the right, hearing Joe talking about the complexity, yet still when I reviewed the image upclose on the video, I felt even more enhanced by the looks, the color contrast yet the similarity of the branches!
    I feel its a strong point in the image (to my amateur eyes :) ).

  • Thoroughly enjoyed this presentation and found it so enlightening.

  • Fantastic, really enjoyed that. It was especially interesting to hear Joe’s thoughts on ‘finding’ the constituent parts of the image to create the composition and Tim’s comment about when one element is found another is lost!

  • Suprbely illuminating data here, thanks!

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