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I’ve just finished the first screening of the images from our Natural Landscape competition and I’ve been reminded of my love-hate relationship with aerial photography. Firstly I’ll go with the ‘hate’ (although hate is too strong a word really, disappointment perhaps). The problem with a great deal of aerial photography is that it is so refreshingly surprising. Why is this a problem? Because once you get past the “Oh! Doesn’t that look interesting from above!” this is almost always followed by “OK. bored now, next please”. The initial surprise makes it stand out from other photography so much that it is often rewarded and applauded well beyond its true worth. Having said that, what I really love about aerial photography is the occasional exception when the initial interest is followed by a continued fascination with the subject matter, the composition, the perspective etc. The very best aerial photographs are wonderful - after all, a drone should mostly be considered a great big tripod which really puts the onus back on the photographer to create great work, which, fortunately, they sometimes do.
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‘Your own photos are never enough.’ Robert Adams’ observation (from his book Why People Photograph) has adorned my profile page on Flickr since I joined in 2006. more
At grassroots level, as well as governmental. As photographers, we can share our ideas, our images, our concern and our determination. more
The scent of blossom drifted through the iron gate. No one stirred in the twilight forest but between shadowed boughs shone the heady colours of the painted bushes. more
The common denominator is that they are there to serve a general purpose. They’ve been put in that particular place to provide somewhere for us to sit, for us to take in the view. more
It is strange that although one is a natural lake and the other one is an artificial lake filled with poison, to me they have things in common, like the trees in the water. more