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The iconic locations are iconic or a reason

I was watching a video on YouTube where the photographer insisted he didn’t want to shoot the same images as everyone else. He wanted to find a unique perspective on the locations, and was critical of photographers who just got the obvious shot and then moved on.

I’m all in favour of finding your own unique images. but I also think you should remember why certain images are iconic. They are that way because they are beautiful. To go to San Francisco and not shoot the Golden Gate Bridge would seem strange. To go to Edinburgh and not shoot the Castle, similarly.

But having got those iconic shots, I agree, move around, find new angles. Find new perspectives, wait for the light to change. In short, experiment.

So to an extent I agree with what the photographer was saying, but I disagree that you shouldn’t shoot the obvious photograph.

This is a picture of Queens View in Perthshire. It’s a location you can stop the car at, get out, point the camera and take a great image without having to work too hard. I didn’t have a lot of time on this occasion, but it would have felt wrong not to stop.

I’d encourage anyone to get out and take the great images for themselves. They may be similar to others, but when it’s your picture you have a real connection to it that you won’t get from someone else’s photograph.

I like the image below, but I know it’s not much more different to a thousand others shot from that spot. But I’m ok with that, because this one is mine :-)

Thanks for looking.

Embrace the grey

The weather this week can be summed up in one word. Grey.

It’s important not to fight the weather, but to use it to your advantage. A grey sky can still produce a pleasing light, it’s just softer and less dramatic.

Whenever it’s grey I tend to look for more subtle and intimate images, often, as in this case leaving the sky out of the frame altogether.

This singe birch tree stood out to me, and I used a long lens to compress the perspective against the trees behind. To me it’s a good example of how to “embrace the grey” in your photography. If you’d like to learn more please consider booking yourself onto one of my workshops. I promise, whatever the weather and however accomplished you already are as a photographer, you will learn a huge amount! Thanks for looking :-)