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Well, that’s 2020 done, what could possibly go wrong in the first few days of 2021?
For now, though, it’s back to (relatively) normal. We’re hoping for a windy day to do some stability testing of the tripods we still have and we’re also going to be checking out a couple of lenses that Sigma have nicely loaned to us. The first is an f/1.2 35mm which I’ll be looking at under the question “are massive apertures useful for the landscape photographer”. The other is a 14-24 ultra-wide, which will be a big change for me as I don’t think I’ve used a lens wider than 24mm for the last decade (the occasional panorama excepted).
If you’ve any idea for articles you’d like to see us cover in the New Year, please drop us a line!
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This image on the cover of the book The Unpainted South caught my eye in a book shop in South Carolina in April 2019. more
This issue our 4x4 landscape photography portfolio features are from subscribers: Alexandra Wesche, Gill Moon, Guy Washburn & John Maillard. more
As the months passed, I must have looked at thousands of trees. In the endeavour to find the ones that gave me a tug. more
Edward Weston wrote in his Daybooks, “If I have any ‘message’ worth giving to a beginner it is that there are no short cuts in photography.” In the literal sense, Weston was wrong. more
Dara’s documentary series ‘Project Cleansweep’ takes its name from a 2011 Ministry of Defence report on the risk of residual contamination at 14 UK sites used in the manufacture, storage and disposal of chemical and biological weapons. more
During the spring 2020 lockdown, I had the opportunity to explore some of the more remote parts of the watershed of the Eden, on Mallerstang Edge to the East and Swarth Fell, Wild Board Fell and Little Fell to the West. more
Just before the New Year, Joe David and I recorded a podcast on the concept of "Truth to Nature". It's an idea that has its seeds in the romantic era of landscape painting when John Ruskin, a massively influential art critic and artist of the time, encouraged painters to closely observe the landscape and in doing so capture the natural world as truthfully as possible. The idea then has its echoes in an essay "A Plea for Straight Photography" more
Have you ever noticed that when you look at the work of some photographers, you instantly know that they have a connection to a place as an artist? more