Urban Life

The urban streets, like mountain landscapes, are continuously changing. The clouds rolling over a rural vista cast a different look like people being part of the street. This collection is of those moments of life moving through the urban landscape. Each shot was composed beforehand and taken at an optimum moment. Anonymity is key here to convey that sense of mystery so the people in the images will either appear as a silhouette or at a profile view, edited in black and white to give that extra dimension of emotion. The exception to the animosity rule will be pigeons unless requested of course.

All images shown in this collection have been captured with a 35mm lens and cropped to a 1:1 square ratio.

Veiled

Mood often brings landscape photography to life. The conditions on the day decide if that emotion is evident and plays the main role in bringing that emotion to the viewer and photographer. Seen as a veil to what lies beyond, mist, fog, low lying clouds on hill sides create a mystery. This collection is based on a series of images where the weather helps to create a mood. A variety of locations and genres from Mountain scapes to Woodland, edited to a 1:1 aspect ratio.

Good for the mind

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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.

The Black and White landscape

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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?

A Winters day – Dow Crag to Coniston Old Man

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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.

Landscape Photography – Is there a right or wrong?

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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.

Failure is an option

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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.