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I’ve spent the last day stuck with ZZ Top’s “Legs” as an earworm. All because of a desire to find out just how good travel tripods have become. I originally was only going to test two or three to compare stability and ease of use but, as in the ND filter tests we carried out previously, my curiosity got the better of me and we now have ten different tripods to review and evaluate!
It’s a good job I’ve been getting fitter as even though these are all lightweight, taking them up a local hill is going to be a challenge! For all the increases in digital camera lens and sensor stabilisation though, they are still an essential item if we want to creative control of the look of water (for instance) or to take photographs once the sun is below the horizon.
Becoming a testing magazine is the last thing I want On Landscape to turn into but hopefully, you’ll all forgive the occasional in depth discussion of some of the essential items of our practice! For now though, I’m heading outside with Joe Cornish to take get his first impressions of our crop of legs! (Oh no! It’s back! ZZ Top damn you!!)
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The delicious curving lead from the bottom left is beautifully revealed at this speed and water volume. It fulfils its role perfectly and draws the viewer through the image to the beautiful split rock. more
Ultimately we all find our own ways of translating what we see in the world, in the landscape, and in our own photographs; and with luck, hope that our way of seeing will find resonance for others. more
I started visiting woodlands with my camera at a time when I needed a place to reflect on life. This was at the time when the leaves had already fallen, making visible the underlying structures created by the branches and vines. more
Style is something endemic rather than acquired or cultivated. It emerges once you’ve worked through all the external influences that inform your work as you’re making your way. more
I don’t think Tides and Tempests would be happening this year if it weren’t for lockdown and a broken shoulder, both of which kept me at home and gave me time to concentrate on the book. more
Ellie has been working in UK forests for the past ten years, making work which explores the complex interrelationship between the landscape and the individual. more
In the case of the Allegheny, private access to mineral rights covers 93 percent of the forest area. The impact has been profound. Maps from the 1930s show a dense grid of oil wells stretching for many miles. more