Archive for the ‘landscape’ category

The Glen

July 4, 2010

The Glen – as ridden through by Robin Hood. I was unable to locate the name of the photographer, however the images was listed on a website selling images for desktop backgrounds.

A quick look at the metadata shows that, amazingly, this shot was taken with a point-and-shoot camera! I have included it because it is in my estimation, a powerful image, both in its subject matter, but also in the composition.

The photographer has framed the valley relatively centrally between the hills, and has shot the foreground in a way that it leads right up to the viewer. The ominous sky occupies at least half of the frame, it is menacing and communicates the danger and unpredictability of this landscape. A lighter component of sky in the mid-ground provides a visual interest point & the viewer is drawn here because it is a kind of refuge from the brewing storm.

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Drifting Plateau Iceberg Piece- Gauthier Chapelle

May 28, 2010

I find it easier to connect with Antarctic landscapes than most- I find them very calming and lonely and almost otherworldly. This shot was taken by Gauthier Chapelle & I really like it’s minimalism & geometry.

I think there’s something amazing about the light in Antarctica- it’s really etherial and adds to the stillness of the landscape nicely. The side of the iceberg to left of frame is in shadow, so I suspect the sun is relatively direct- I think it would be an amazing place to shoot portraits.

The edge of the world

May 3, 2010

Last anonymous Tumblr photo before I pledge to post more shots with photographer credits. This time, a landscape.

I like this shot because of the contrasting landscapes; in the foreground a desert dune seems to extend to the edge of a cliff & on the horizon, razor sharp ridges ascend to mountainous peaks which look as though they should be covered in snow. The juxtaposition of these hard rocks against the sand dunes in the foreground provides a textural contrast that also appeals to me.

The landscape is quite barren- no foliage to speak of and no evidence of habitation- it lends a sense of solitude and extreme isolation- almost as though it is a lunar landscape.

The light is even and looks as though it may be early-morning or just before dusk- it adds to the solemnity of the image nicely.

Morning Mist, Rock Island Bend, Franklin River – Peter Dombrovskis

March 23, 2010

The late Peter Dombrovskis was a German born photographer who was notable for photographing the Tasmanian Landscapes. The first time I saw this photograph was on a poster in one of the science rooms at my High School. I was transfixed by the silkiness of the water & the intrigue of the fog. If I had asked, my teacher probably would have told me that this photo was an integral part of the campaign that brought down the Fraser Government.

A key issue of the 1983 Federal election was the proposed damming of the Franklin River. Several major newspapers ran full pages ads featuring this photo with the caption; “would you vote for a party that would destroy this?” (The location where this shot was taken would have been flooded by the dam).

The ethereal texture of the water was achieved using a slow shutter speed & obviously a tripod. It’s either morning, or as is not uncommon in Tasmania, the morning mist hasn’t lifted, so the light is flat & diffused. Taking shots of moving water, I always like to change up the shutter speed to either freeze the movement or draw it out- this shot taken in Bangkok is shot at 1/2000 on a very sunny day- I really like how the jet’s of water are suspended in mid air.

Bliss- Charles O’Rear

March 12, 2010

I have to confess; I don’t feel any particular affinity with this photograph outside of it’s usual context, which is of course Windows XP’s default desktop. I thought I would include the image though because it has had astronomical reach & is instantly recognisable by millions of people.

Taken by Charles O’Rear, near Napa Valley in California in 1996 – it’s a pretty enough landscape which is also bland enough to become synonymous with a ubiquitous piece of software.

I can’t help wondering what I’d think of the image if I came across it in a gallery – it doesn’t seem to me that it could ever be anything but a stock shot for something clinical, but it’s a good reminder that behind every image is a story.