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Blue sky days. The definition of purity, happiness and peace - apart from for we landscape photographers that is. For a landscape photographer, a midsummer blue sky means uninteresting, tedious and challenging and images that are more likely to exist on your computer as a desktop background than a five-star prize winner. And so, as we approach midsummer the UK is experiencing a spell of beautiful weather that means foreground interest is more likely a burnt burger than a rotund rock and the only thing less desirable than going outside for photography is being told what a great day for photography it must be.
However, it shouldn’t all be desperation - the hedgerows are full, the canals have rushes and grasses aplenty, and the fields are filling with wildflowers. A change of focus is all that’s needed - or you could just enjoy the sunshine without a camera (perish the thought!).
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Talking to various manufacturers over the last couple of years I’ve always inquired into the growth of interest in film photography. Three years ago the answer was a tentative “yes” to film becoming more popular but the last two years have seen even more positive responses. I asked about film sales, chemical sales and also interest in processing. The general size of growth has been about 30% year on year, and we have also seen a big increase in more
Our 4x4 feature is a set of four mini portfolios from our subscribers - Ajit Menon, Gilly Walker, Matt Hale & Vladimir Kysela. more
There are many books about the human experience and tactics of The Great War, but this one is different: it is an illustrated book about the landscape upon which the war was fought, relentlessly, over a narrow ribbon stretching across Northern Europe. All the explosive and destructive power known to man was used here, with success or failure being measured in yards rather than human cost. Time and again, battles were fought over the same ground until finally the more
Almost all the other photographs were obvious subjects – mountains, rivers, etc – photographed in more or less bombastic style. This was a more subtle shot; small trees in a dense woodland arranged all on top of each other in the middle of the frame. more
If I did not have to make my living from photography, I would only stick to black & white. There is so much more freedom in black & white than in colour. more
I have never understood anybody who seems disinterested in the night sky and this fascination to photograph it began on Dartmoor, right at the start of my love for photography. more
Many dream of turning their passion for photography into a profession. Orsolya has done just that and has now been working together with her husband, Erlend Haarberg, as a freelance nature photographer for over 10 years, specialising in the landscapes and nature of the Nordic countries. more
By returning repeatedly to the same spots, and discovering new ones, I have developed a respectful sense of the long passage of time and the slowly changing seasons. more
Asked about adventure, Messner said you need an unknown environment to really experience it, an unknown room as he calls it. That, I think, brings into play the authentic side of photography. The moving on towards the unknown. Something you experience for the first time. Something you photograph for the first time. more