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What’s up with Camera Firmware?
Aspect Ratios and Masks
Verzasca Valley in Switzerland
Photographer's Paradise
Subscribers 4×4 Portfolios
Adam Fowler, Cat Thompson, Richard Fox and Scott Murray
Vision Five Exhibition
Five photographers, five visions of the world that surrounds us.
Endframe: Bogna Patrycja Altman
Jason Theaker discusses one of his favourite pictures
Thomas Peck’s Critiques
What is the role of the figure in a landscape photograph?
Romancing the American Southwest
A Photographers Love Letter
Experience Landscape Photography With Canon
Tim Parkin and David Clapp are doing a mini tour of the UK
Hillary Younger
Featured Photographer
Big Speaker Event 2015
with David Clapp & Mark Littlejohn
Viewpoint Editor’s Letter editor@onlandscape.co.uk
Tim Parkin

I’m sure that visual clichés have been a part of art ever since we started drawing on cave walls (“OMG Ugg! Not another bloody antelope!”). In romantic painting we even have the Reverend William Gilpin writing a book on it (and I wonder if the picturesque ever really recovered). Today the clichés tend to be primarily locations but more subjects keep being added to the lexicon. Recently I’ve even been told that misty trees are now verboten! If we include sunrises and sunsets to the list we have whole swathes of popular photography written off.

However, we must look beyond these exhortations to avoid certain themes and realise that the cliche is not the subject or conditions, it is the blind attempt to shortcut the creative process by picking something that has previously been extremely successful. As a part of a healthy and varied visual diet, an inspired and well crafted photograph of a cliche can work wonders. Even whole books full of cliche can transcend the definition if approached the right way (We’ll be reviewing one such book in the next issue!).

So ignore the naysayers and holier than thous and go out and take photographs that you want to take and if presented with something you think might be a cliche, take it as a challenge. After all, most clichés are such because they bloody well work.

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Tim Parkin

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Issue 102 PDF

You can download the PDF by following the link below. The PDF can be viewed using Adobe Acrobat or by using an application such as Goodreader for the iPad. We’ve split the PDF into highest quality and small download versions   Continue reading → more

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What’s up with Camera Firmware?

Why should we be so limited by aspect ratio? Ever since the start of photography, cameras have had ‘custom’ aspect ratios. more

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Verzasca Valley in Switzerland

If you’re looking for a location which can offer both boundless photographic potential, and also plenty to entertain non-photographer members of the family, this is it more

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Subscribers 4×4 Portfolios

This issue’s landscape photography 4×4 portfolio features Adam Fowler, Cat Thompson, Richard Fox and Scott Murray. more

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Vision Five Exhibition

Five photographers, five visions of the world that surrounds us. Despite the diversity of the subject matter and their individual interpretations, the artists are connected by one aim. more

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Endframe: Bogna Patrycja Altman

Personally I’m first stirred by the composition, the central positioning of the tree immediately arrests my attention. I cannot be pulled away, as the subtle but assertive diagonal lines keeps pulling me back more

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Thomas Peck’s Critiques

If our reading of a picture is based on a literal, descriptive level, then the inclusion of a figure in the landscape has a very simple function: it is there to suggest a sense of scale. The figure acts as   Continue reading → more

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Romancing the American Southwest

This mysterious land of enchantment, a siren song seducing many an explorer, writer, poet, miner, photographer, artist and even those seeking healing of the metaphysical kind. more

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Experience Landscape Photography With Canon

Tim Parkin and David Clapp are doing a mini tour of the UK with the support of Canon cameras where you can try out the new 5DS and 5DSr and some of the best lenses out on location. more

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Hillary Younger

Hillary Younger returned to her native Tasmania after an extended period of travelling and living overseas. Drawn back by the island’s wilderness areas which she had previously explored on horseback and on foot, a new passion for photography emerged. more

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Big Speaker Event 2015

Professional landscape photographers David Clapp and Mark Littlejohn will be presenting their lectures on Friday 13th November 2015 at 7.30pm. more

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