What? When confronted with the amazing landscape of Iceland I am not going to point a camera at it?
Current thinking is that landscape is over in art photography. That it's all been done.Well, not by me it hasn't and your loss, I believe, if you don't care to look at landscape work. I do look at it and do make landscape photographs but it's not the only thing I care about. Tale a look at the gallery page of my site for examples. And yes, I see a great deal of quite bad landscape photography. Last week I drove through some truly remarkable country, up and over a couple of mountain passes on gravel roads. I'd be a fool not to photograph it.
Take your breath away places. Have to stop places. Game of Thrones kind of places.
Not for iPhones, this. Long lens, tripod, low iso, best aperture and extreme care.
As I begin to work the files now back at home, go through the various days I was shooting, one thing prevails. Iceland is incredible. I know, it is touristy and overrun with photographers of all kinds,
serious and perhaps not so serious
My approach? Always seek out a quieter place, someplace off the path traveled by everyone else
maybe at the top of a mountain pass up in the clouds.
This is "reactive" work in that I am reacting to something in front of me that is spectacular and perhaps moving. Grand landscapes have done that to people forever, I am sure.
Look at the British, American and Italian romantic landscape painters, for instance. Those lush and over-the-top utopian paintings just slay me. Garden of Eden and paradise on earth paintings that are masterful and consummate.
(Sorry: no attribution. Seen three years ago in Italy. Do not remember the artist.)
I am printing the Iceland landscape pictures now and will place them on the website soon. More to come from Iceland, land of my dreams.