I like to photograph the hills naturalistically. Occasionally however I see shots like this which invite greater simplification. It’s a square crop, reduced to black and white, with adjusted contrast reducing it further. In pure photographic terms this is the artistry, if you call it that, which I like best. Every photograph is an abstraction of the moment within an artificial frame. This moment for me extended as far as the eye allowed. A sea of cloud in every direction.

I have panoramic shots and this one is the reverse, with a horizontal crop, which is in some sense more satisfying. You must be faithful to the moment however. Work within the aesthetic limits of traditional photographic practice and darkroom methods, and you won’t go wrong.

 

Lake District Photography: Cloud Inversion

Tuesday March 24, 2015