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Last issue we featured Tony Bennett, the winner of the Landscape Photographer of the Year and, as some of you may know, this is the first year where I haven't written about the competition on my personal blog. This is because I was actually taking part in the competition and if there were anything to say I should have said it by now directly to the organisers. However I was also helping with the Wildlife Photographer of the Year, a competition organised with the Natural History Museum and coming up to it's 50th year of running. The perspective given by the two experiences was enough to warrant a short article in this issue where I've looked again at how competitions can be run.
With the merging of compact cameras and DSLR's, we have the prospect of seeing the, to my mind, essential feature of custom cropping modes appearing in high end cameras. This might finally allow serious digital photographers to make the most of the square format without jumping through hoops (inappropriate metaphor warning). Andrew Nadolski writes in this issue about why he thinks the square is so important.
David Tolcher's series on walking in Europe takes a more adventurous turn where he struggles with the altitude and new fangled sensors comparing Fuji and Sony compacts.
Doug Chinnery and I disappeared off to Clumber Park in Nottinghamshire to film the second part of Doug's ICM and ME series where we got down to the actual "waving the camera around" stuff and fascinating it was. Don't forget to register for the final part (link in the article).
David Clapp and his galactic backing band talks about his "space odyssey" to Cappadocia and black and white photographer Terry Johnson as our featured photographer.
Oh - and one final thing! Paul Wakefield is releasing a book of his work in the new year and to coincide with it he is running a workshop in Scotland - read more about it in here. And if you're interested, book fast as there are only a couple of spaces left as of yesterday.
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If you ask many people who the seminal landscape photographers in the UK were I'm sure a majority would mention Joe Cornish and Charlie Waite. However who would Joe and Charlie mention if asked the same question. The answer would undoubtedly include the well known such as John Blakemore and Faye Godwin but on the colour side I can guarantee Paul Wakefield would be mentioned. Paul is perhaps not more
I’ve written about judging competitions and also other aspects of competitions in the past but in the last year I’ve been involved in the judging and/or planning of two high profile competitions. I thought it would be interesting to take a broad look at how my thoughts on the subject have developed since my earlier writing. The first competition to address, and the most well known to us, is the Landscape Photographer of the Year, also known as Take a more
It was when I was at art college that I was first introduced to ‘the square’ as a format for making images; I bought a second-hand Minolta Autocord (Minolta’s cheaper version of the classic Rolleiflex twin lens camera) from an older student for £40 and entered the world of 120 film. Up to that point, apart from battling with a huge monorail studio camera, I had only worked with 35mm cameras, so a 6x6 twin lens reflex felt ‘large more
We at On Landscape have been aware of Terry and his growing body of work for some time. His approach to photographing trees is strongly graphic and quite reminiscent of some oriental art. His refreshingly different approach to a common subject is inspiring. Can you tell me a little about your education, childhood passions, early exposure to photography and vocation? I left school at fifteen years old with a somewhat negative outlook on education more
Imagine a photo trip where everything goes wrong, a trip that doesn’t seem to cut you any slack whatsoever, but you win bigtime. Well that’s a strong memory from my recent trip to Cappadocia, Turkey. Rather than a solo voyage, I took fellow ‘astronaut’ and co pilot Dan Hannabuss along for the ride, a good friend who sees the positive sides even when the chips are down. Our mission more
This is a follow on article from the ‘Walking with Giants’ article looking at the images captured and the equipment challenges faced by the serious photographer when undertaking a formidable walking adventure. My wife Ros & I almost immediately signed up for ‘more of the same’ in 2013 by booking another famous long distance trail in the Alps – the Alta Via Uno (AV1). As the names suggests this is an Italian walk on a North to South traverse more
Our first instalment of Doug Chinnery's series on using Intentional Camera Movement (ICM) and Multiple Exposure (ME) creative landscape photography techniques more