Monthly Archives: November 2014

Successful Steps to Mountain Photography

  Against All Odds1) Location is key. Pools make good foreground subjects. 2) Make a shoot plan. Use Photographer's Ephemeris and Google Earth. 3) Check that the route is within your fitness level. Leave plenty of time for photo stops on the way. 4) Make sure you have sufficient warm and waterproof clothing. 5) Don't get lost in the mountains. Learn to navigate using a map and compass. Use GPS phone apps only as a back-up. 6) Take time to investigate the area and explore shot potential. 7) Make sure you have balanced the elements in your scene. Be wary of the combination of wide angle lenses and dominant foregrounds. 8) Shoot at a low ISO with an aperture of around F/11 and a shutter speed adjusted to get...

Eight Steps to Success with Long Exposures

Sinister Mood1) If shooting on sand, push your tripod well down to stop it sinking during the exposure. 2) If it is windy, consider setting your tripod closer to the ground with legs splayed for greater stability. 3) Keep your lens filters clean, dirty or greasy filters will cause flare and spoil your image. 4) Turn off long exposure noise reduction in your camera's menu. It consumes double the amount of battery power, halves the number of frames you can make and is not as effective as using noise reduction software. 5) Use a polariser in conjunction with your 10-stop filter to lengthen the exposure by another two stops and to increase the contrast. 6) Turn off image stabilisation on your lens. It may actually cause...

Be Loyal to a Landscape

Over the years spent making landscape photographs, I developed a growing realisation that there are striking differences in the characteristics of light associated with different locations. I have spent hundreds of hours in and around Ross Castle, Killarney. I have a deep affection for this amazing landscape. I am intimately familiar with the compositional possibilities. Of the tens of photographs I have made here, this is perhaps my personal favourite. The scene before me resembled an oil painting, it became enchanting. Some of the most celebrated landscape photographers have realised a potent association between familiarity of place and depth of feeling translated in their resultant imagery. Perhaps we could all learn from their tenacity and start to photograph our own places; after all, photography is but another word for feeling. If you are...