In this part it gets to the most interesting stuff in my kit - the telephotos. I find it interesting that many landscape photographers believe the wide end of the equation is the one we should be sharpening our skills on, producing image after image with endless depth of field. Honestly for me it couldn't be further from the truth.
In Part 2 of this series, I'm going to cover off what most people would call 'standard' focal lengths...The 35-70mm focal range has probably been the most difficult for me to define and settle on I think. Why? Mainly because I think I probably find it less interesting than either going wider or longer.
I recently completed a small What's In The Bag magazine feature for Amateur Photographer which is due for release shortly. Ordinarily I wouldn't usually start the year with a post about hardware but I get so many emailed questions from budding photographers, students, former workshop attendees and via Twitter that I thought I would set out some insight as to what I shoot with and why...
As I look outside at an autumnal rain shower hammering at my window this morning, I'm reflecting on the fact that somehow I managed to create something in each month during the summer that I was actually happy with. Looking back now I'm not even sure how I managed that given that I set out with purpose to take some images on no more than three or four occasions if that...
Although late spring was finished off beautifully with a trip to the Brecon Beacons, June fell somewhat flat for me with the conditions somehow sapping my enthusiasm. This is often the case for many landscape photographers in the summer months of course and even a trip to the Kent coast did little to lift my mood.
Those of you who follow this blog and my various social media posts will know that I declared 2015 to be my year of print. I was very serious about this objective - I've already completed a significant slip-cased A3 sized general portfolio of work with a fabulous high-end product from Hartnack & Co and I always had in mind to produce something a little more intimate to contain a project series like Backwater.
Once again I find myself way behind on these blog commitments! Writing my May pick of the month towards the end of June really needs to improve, though hopefully you'll have got something out of my three part Building A Print Legacy mini series which took priority instead. The final product is fantastic but once again the learning journey was significant.
I always get into my head that March is a spring month, but the truth is it can feel like a full extension of winter. The expectation that snow and ice has passed and cold short days are replaced by some warmth in the sun are somewhat optimistic and misplaced. As such, March can feel like one of those lean months, it's neither winter or spring in truth, like the transition from summer to autumn in September, it can be a frustrating "waiting" month for photographers. It was for me again this year.
It turns out February was the best month for me for as long as I can remember, photographically speaking. So much so, it's incredibly difficult to pick out just one photograph - I have at least six in mind which deliver so I'm going have to go with the one which tells the most story. Stark comparison to a year ago where February was utterly flat - I remember feeling like I'd been shrouded in a dark cloak of depression, waiting for winter to lift. Not this time.