So now that I’ve finished writing the latest book and it’s with the publishers, I can finally start my 12 month Landscape Photography Project; in fact last weekend I did exactly that.
I’ve included a video below that explains what this is all about, but in a nutshell this is a project solely for me. In my time as a Photographer I’ve never tackled landscapes and that’s purely because up until fairly recently it was never on my radar. First and foremost I’m a Portrait Photographer and that’s what I’ve always done but there’ something in me that now makes me want to photograph the landscape.
Maybe it’s because I love the outdoors and of course love photography, so now feels right to combine the two but also I want to create pictures that I would proudly hang on the walls in our home. You see, as a portrait photographer my pictures are generally of clients or of people I have photographed for a project, or a book etc… Of course it would be different if these people were family members but 99.9% of them aren’t. I’d happily have them on the walls in my studio but not the walls of my home. Does that make sense?
For my first outing I was over on the Brecon Beacons in Wales. The day before I spent time with friends Anthony Crothers and Ian Munro where we drove around doing a recce deciding where I could go early the following morning … finally deciding on the Lower Neuadd Reservoir.
Getting up at 3.30am having got my head down at 12.30am was an interesting but necessary commitment I know I’ll have to get used to (certainly during the summer months) but hey … it’s all part of the process if I want to get the best light possible.
My first picture I’m kind of ‘hmmm’ about; I like it for a start but am very much looking forward to seeing how I approach the exact same location in 12 months time when I return; that I think will be a great test to see how much I have developed.
I learned loads just from the first outing; the amount of unnecessary kit I took with me for starters, but here’s the video I put together to give you a look at where I was and what I got up to…
Tomorrow I’ll post a look at the kit I’ve put together for this new landscape photography venture but just so you know I will be keeping a diary of how I get on with each outing so any advice you can pass on from what you see would be great.
Thanks in advance