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Discussion in 'Talking Pictures' started by Geren, Feb 15, 2020.

  1. Geren

    Geren Well-Known Member

    Tony said that one of my 'street' images was more 'landscape' and I have to admit, I included it in the Street thread out of badness because I knew that it was really stretching that definition. (I quite like pushing at boundaries to be fair, and would have argued the toss on that poo pipe shot.)

    I don't generally shoot what I think of as 'traditional' landscape. Mainly because again, I tend to work to projects that have some kind of meaning/theme/concept/story behind them. And also because fitness and finances mean that i don't have access to the kind of places that would generate traditional landscapes. But everyone has an 'environment' and that I suppose is what I'm interested in. Not necessarily generating pretty pictures for postcards but looking at and assessing my environment.


    From the project 'Nearly There, Yet' which documented my efforts to access wilderness on foot from my home, via the John Muir Way. Pictured is the boundary between the forestry commission and the only bit of untended land in the nine mile walk that I undertook that day.


    From the project 'Neither Here Nor There' - a series of images taken in the un-named stretch of land between two villages.
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  2. RovingMike

    RovingMike Crucifixion's a doddle...

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  3. gray1720

    gray1720 Well-Known Member

    It won't surprise anyone to hear me say that landscapes aren't really my forte (if it wasn't for cricket which, IMHO, is a piece of cake to get decent photos of by the manure-wall interface method, I think my forte would be finding things that weren't my forte!).

    However, as Mike has alluded to above, and Geren has shown with her second image, it's probably the genre where you most need to make use of your surroundings and the ongoing conditions. You can point a camera at a nice scene (or a not-so nice scene, as above!), but you won't make the magic you want without being there at the right place and the right time. It should be no surprise that my best landscape efforts have come when in the tow of Mr Branch of this parish who knows his scene inside out, and knows where and when the light will be.

    This is one taken on a trip out with him - nice, but a more dramatic sky would have helped, they must have missed our order.
    [​IMG]Blencathra by gray1720, on Flickr

    I'm rather fond of this one, though*, which I think conveys bleakness and isolation rather well.
    [​IMG]Hampton Gay church by gray1720, on Flickr

    *though I must go back and check the way the land slopes - if the horizon is straight, everything else has a distinct lean! No-one notices if I lightly poke the picture frame, though.
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  4. Catriona

    Catriona Well-Known Member

    My landscape shots are all taken with the distinct purpose of memories of a place. The 'big country' shot isn't for me without a purpose.

    These are some which probably aren't of great interest to anyone other than myself! :)

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    Knock (Lewis)

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    Crofts, Knock (Lewis)
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  5. Zou

    Zou Well-Known Member

    I am intrigued at how landscape photography is generally well regarded, whereas in art landscapes are generally not valued very much.

    I don't do fancy landscapes, but the landscape (whether urban or rural) is probably my favourite genre alongside minimalism. Just writing that made me think of Piet Mondrian...
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  6. Catriona

    Catriona Well-Known Member

    Love Mondrian, but never associated him with landscapes. Minimalism? Deconstructed landscapes? Please explain.
  7. Zou

    Zou Well-Known Member

    He did quite a lot of landscapes, but then drifted (via post-impressionism and cubism) into his signature style of restricted palette, vertical and horizontal forms.

    From Wikipedia:

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  8. RovingMike

    RovingMike Crucifixion's a doddle...

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  9. Catriona

    Catriona Well-Known Member

    Thank you. That inspires me!
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  10. Geren

    Geren Well-Known Member

    Toying with the idea of going out for a seascape. I'm a bit worried about the chap windsurfing out there but he'd make a good pic if I can stay upright long enough.
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  11. Catriona

    Catriona Well-Known Member

    Lewis with a bit of leeway.
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  12. EightBitTony

    EightBitTony Well-Known Member

    I really, really, really long to live near the coast.
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  13. Catriona

    Catriona Well-Known Member

    Oh no you don't!

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  14. EightBitTony

    EightBitTony Well-Known Member

    Yes I do. It's over a two hour drive from my house to the nearest coastline. I grew up 15 minutes away.
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  15. Catriona

    Catriona Well-Known Member

    Ah, that's different. You know what it is like.
  16. dream_police

    dream_police Well-Known Member

    I'm the same as a few of you. Landscapes as a subject do little for me. I do take them though but they are generally a memory of the view. I don't think I've ever really gone out to photograph landscapes.
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  17. gray1720

    gray1720 Well-Known Member

    That, Catriona, is exactly what I want to be by the sea for - I want to feel the elemental rage whipping past my lug 'oles! My student house in Hernia Bay was yards from the sea (here's the new house built on the old one's site:https://www.lastminute-cottages.co....rental-s10519?check_in_on=21-02-2020&nights=4) and I loved it even when the asbestos root was banging like an Essex girl on a Friday night in Chelmsford.

    ETA - and especially if there are gannets! They are just so magical to watch when they are fishing!
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  18. Catriona

    Catriona Well-Known Member

    Thank you! I do know what you mean. My husband used to say I was mad fighting my way to the beach about 200 yards away where I took these pictures. I'm a little woman but I managed and I too liked the fierce wind and even the spray. I was forever wiping my UV filter. Haha!
    Yes, the gannets are amazing, just skimming the waves.
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  19. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    I really like the middle one. Looks as if is deep water but I guess it is taken from the shore. The gannets add scale.
  20. Geren

    Geren Well-Known Member


    We have a swimming pool in Helensburgh. The council plans to spend thousands of pounds knocking it down and moving it to the bottom of the pier. Not sure why we don't just swim in the car park as is really.


    I'm standing just across from my flat here. About an hour before high tide. Thankfully it's not as windy as it was last week!

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