This page contains a small collection of my photography, with a little explanation of each type of photography. Have a look and a read, and don’t forget my photoblog and wordblog.
Traditional landscape photography
Landscape photography goes way beyond standard compositions like the sweeping vista. The sweeping vista is a fixed composition that works best with a particular view in a particular light. That is what photographers often mean by ‘chasing the light’ or ‘waiting for the light’
The sweeping vista is a very commercial composition, and is still and always will be in great demand. It’s a great way to practice your technical skills and it is guaranteed to impress your friends with it’s ‘wow factor’. Just don’t forget the summer storm in the middle of the day.
Compositional technique doesn’t change between urban and rural landscapes, these skills are transferable between photographic genres! So a concrete overpass on a freezing cold rainy day whilst waiting for a bus has just as much potential as a beach scene at dawn in summer.
One definition of mundane could be the things that you see everyday, the things that you usually just walk past. And then if you add concrete slabs or metal railings to the equation, it just gets more mundane! But with a bit of creative thinking there are just as many photographs to be had in a mundane urban environment as in any national park at dawn or dusk. And it’s a great way to conveniently practice and hone your compositional skills for the times that you break out into the wilderness! And you may surprise yourself with the variety of photography that you produce.
Forests and trees
In a forest, you need to think creatively and originally whilst using standard compositional techniques. Forests are natural landscapes often photographed close up from within. Most traditional landscape photography whether on beach or land is wide angle with prominent foreground subjects, the eye drifting towards the horizon. Forests provide a more intimate environment where an individual tree can be your subject, and where the skies are often obscured by the landscape itself. So you need to expand on your compositional choices if you are to take advantage of the photographic opportunities that a forest offers.
Boats and harbours
Harbours provide a great photographic opportunity. They contain a mixture of old, new and abandoned. They tell the history of their town through the objects that they contain. At dawn or dusk it is almost impossible to take a bad photograph. But don’t forget other times of the day when a composition may work best in diffused white light in the afternoon on a cloudy day. Wander around at all times of day, follow your instincts, be creative, original and experiment.
Multiple image photographs that are stitched together on a computer allow the photographer to freely compose to any shape, with a limitless resolution. No other type of photography gives the photographer so much freedom. Multiple image photographs that are stitched together do not have to be in a panoramic format, and it is a real challenge to see a photograph in your minds eye, photograph it in a series of single frames and only see it as a photograph back home on the computer.
There are a number of fixed, pre-determined compositions that are very popular with photographers when shooting architecture. The long exposure, black and white square format low-angle photograph is very striking and they look very slick, especially as a series of photos. But buildings with a certain character have their own uniqueness that can be best captured using a composition that is specific for the situation. So after you have captured that long exposure, how about something unique and specific for the building you are photographing? For the London Underground photo above, the building narrows significantly allowing me to look straight at the Underground sign whilst clearly seeing the paths either side. This really screamed out, and I used a multiple image panoramic to capture exactly what I wanted. Although what I really wanted was someone to make a phone call on their mobile phone whilst leaning against the red telephone box!
Travel photography, for me, is the wild card of photography. It is a spontaneous photography where you have to make up compositions very quickly to capture small everyday events in a village which may be fleeting. More often than not you may be in unfamiliar surroundings for a very short period of time. This style of photography can be applied anywhere, like just outside your front door, or at your local shopping center, or on holiday on the other side of the world. Shoot as a travel photographer in your own neighbourhood to see what kind of photos you end up with!