I will not be the first to suggest that landscape photography is a soothing tonic when life throws you setbacks. Yesterday I posted a video which touches on the importance of living your life with the mindset that whatever hard times get in your way, it is always important to remember the good. To reflect on what you have and the simple things in life that bring you joy. Bereavement of a loved one will play a part in most of our lives and we choose our own way on how to cope with it. My hike and landscape photography day in Eskdale in the The Lake District certainly eased my soul and reminded me how good life can be.
It is often found that black and white landscape photography is an alternative option when things do not go to plan. This maybe down to the weather conditions being overcast or that elusive sunrise not painting the sky with its pink, orange and magenta hues. This option mainly comes into consideration in the post processing stage with the mindset of trying a black and white edit before being discarded to the bin. Occasionally it works but what if we set out with the premise of purely shooting black and white?
UK weather can be so varied and unpredictable. I thought that this Winter was going to be a case of very cold temperatures and lots of snow. A time where the UK would come to a stand still. It usually does after a couple of centimetres of the white stuff to be honest. I wanted deep layers of snow dumped on the Mountain tops and snow drifts creating patterns for me to point my camera at. Here we are however in late January and I’m still waiting.
When or if it does come then no doubt it will be mid week and by the weekend, when i’m ready with my camera, a warm front would have arrived and melted away any hopes of bagging a good iconic shot of snow capped mountains. If I was to get a taste of any snow this Winter, then I had to get up high. This is a short story of my adventure up to Dow Crag and Old Man of Coniston. I was pleased I got my shot.
At the time of writing this, 2020 has just started and it is at this time of the year where a lot of us reflect on the past 12 months. We question what good has come out of it and what could we have done better. For a while, we sense a wave elation as in the new year, we know we can put wrong to right. Resolutions maybe short lived but if we remain disciplined, who knows can be achieved.
Location: Alcock Tarn & Stone Arthur, Lake District
The above 2 images at the bottom of this page at the time of shooting, were classed as a failure. This was the theme of the vlog. Looking back at these images and since uploading and editing in my digital darkroom, these shots have come to life. It was a failure however as I had pre envisioned exactly what I wanted to capture but I failed to achieve that.
This image is one to come back to. I’m still in doubt whether to post in my Portfolio. It has the elements but at I post this blog, the negatives outweigh the positives.
I asked the question in one of my latest vlogs (click here to watch) , what is Fine Art? It was one of those questions that is often avoided as can involve the writer to get into a corner which so often they find difficult to get out of. I have a simple approach in life. I believe the answer is easy, with the help of those who answered my question of course.
I have heard many a time the importance of using photography to tell a story or take a photograph that tells a story. I have often struggled with this theory in all honesty when it comes to landscape photography. Here’s my interpretation.
I love black and white photography and how I find it helps to simplify the whole process of finding the right shot when out in the field and time is limited. A world without colour means one less factor to think about in terms of composition. No sleepless nights to catch the sunrise which doesn’t turn out how you want it or late nights returning home disappointed because the clouded horizon wiped out any hopes of a good sunset. Black and white photography is also good during those elusive day time hours. You just need to find the lines, textures and get into mono mode.
Mountains, lakes, waterfalls and sheer desire to explore and discover the beauty on a solitary journey attracted me to the adventure of fell walking. This combined with my passion for landscape photography was a recipe for success. I wanted to push my creative flare and love of the outdoors. The love began, I needed boots!