For me, I love taking landscapes in unusual weather conditions. Living by the sea means that we get a lot of sea frets. One minute its sunny the next you can’t see more than 50 feet… perfect time to take out your camera. I have been wanting a shot of the pier for a few years, but didn’t want the cliched sunset photos, or starlings swarming over the roof and I had been waiting for this fret for a while. I went down to the front with my tripod and camera a this shot was amongst the first i took. There were a few people about on the pier and seagulls in the sea, but i removed all signs of life, I just thought it was more in keeping with the fogs surrounding it, ghostly and deserted. But all in all, it was pretty much as is. One of my favourite landscapes I’ve taken and a good memento from my time living in Brighton.
Although I do love to have a play with images, sometimes you see an image and know that very little needs to be done (maybe a bit of spotting). During my trip to America, i was searching for an image that screamed USA USA… and i found it. The emptiness of America is awe inspiring and just when you think there is nothing of interest apart from the road stretched out before you, something jumps out and grabs you. This shot hand held for once, (I usually only ever take landscapes on a tripod so this was an exception). Americana1 was part of a large series of landscapes i took, different to most as it shows signs of human habitation but no less striking in its beauty and also symbolism. I love this shot, for me it screams america (I know, it is painted in the star spangled banner) but more how outwardly proud they are to be american. They could after all have left it plain… I am so glad they didn’t.
The second shot (Americana3) was back in the lovely Yosemite. Again, this image was worked on by dodging certain areas to lighten and burn others to darken to give a more 3 dimensional feel to the image itself. When I take a landscape I almost want it to look like you are looking at it in real life, like you could almost reach out and touch the trees or the water, if this makes sense?. Sometimes pictures just can’t do a scene justice so I try my hardest to rectify that. I have a real affinity with black and white photos, I am a more classic landscape photographer in a way i just prefer the range of tones in black and white, it gives it a timeless quality for me. Hope you like them.