November 2nd, 2017
On a recent trip to Scotland and North Wales we encountered hurricane Ophelia. Luckily for us we had a cosy cottage to stay in, which protected us against the elements, however being a photographer I knew we were missing some fabulous photo opportunities, so on with my hat, coat, scarf, boots and extra weights in my pocket to stop me blowing away. This is heavy duty landscape photography.
Our every day photography does not include much landscape photography, but because I just love taking pictures I didn’t want to miss anything.
The strength of the wind was incredible.
I would like to say that I sat patiently for a long time waiting for the sea, the clouds and the sun to align to create a perfect image of land and light. Nothing could be further than the truth. Everything was moving so fast and furiously I just picked my spot and took a couple of shots before the camera was blown out of my hands.
Interestingly, the resulting images have a very calm, tranquil and still ‘look’ to them.
Capturing a good landscape shot gives a great feeling of satisfaction and generally on our social media enjoys the most attention. After spending some time taking pictures of seascapes and landscapes you just feel better, whether it is the fresh air, the walking or battling your wits against the elements landscape photography makes you feel better.
While in Snowdonia we went paddle boarding with Sian at www.psychedpaddleboarding.com totally recommend it, unfortunately there are no pictures because I kept falling in the water !
Landscapes don’t have to be a wide expanse of land or sea. You can find landscapes in the detail of our land. This picture was taken at Fleetwood in Lancashire. By getting down on my knees and using the viewfinder ‘flipped up’ to see the image I was able to get the camera very low.