Landscape Photographers

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  1. 1. Analysis Jack Sargent
  2. 2. Charlie Waite This photograph is similar in the way that is uses leading lines to lead your eye down the photograph. In this case there isn't a focus point in the center of the photograph. You can see that this photograph was taken early in the morning at the photographers golden hour as you can see with the shadows on the floor and the light hitting the right of the trees. This light adds a contrast to the colors on the trees and the dark bottom of the trunk creates a dark curve down the photograph which also adds a sense of depth as the trunks get smaller. In this case there isn't a sky, instead there's the leaves on the trees that meet the ground. The colors in this photograph are autumn colors that are very calming and warm. Again as with the photograph above there are no man made objects/buildings in the photograph just the natural trees. This photograph is taken at an eye level vantage point as at this level you can see clearly the tree trunks getting smaller. In post production the photograph would have been cropped down to a square as are many of Charlie Waites photographs. By having this photo square it crops out any unnecessary space in the photograph, and also by having the photograph square it creates triangles on each side of the square which all act as leading lines down to the center of the image. This is one of the many recognized landscape photographs by Charlie Waite. What immediately draws your eye to the photograph is the use of lines and color which all draws your eye to the tree positioned right in the center of the frame. The colors are all natural and soft with the deep and soothing purples and the natural clear blue sky. The main interest in the photograph is what's in the bottom two thirds of the photograph with lines and diagonals created by the growth of plants. These plants that are out indicate that its spring time and the photograph is most likely taken in the morning. As the tree is placed in the center of the photograph and there is a lot of space around the tree then it shows the vast amount of space surrounding the focus point which also indicates seclusion. If the tree was closer then you wouldnt get the feeling of seclusion and the vast space surrounding the tree. He has followed the rule of thirds technique by having the land and sky split on the top dividing third, but the rule has been broken by not having the tree on one of the hot points. This works well though as the lines going up to the tree lead the eye to focus straight to the tree, where as if the tree was more the the right or left then the lines would be less obvious. All of these techniques work together to create a calming spring photograph which shows life, growth and seclusion of the tree in a natural, vast area. The purples in the foreground look as if they have been saturated in post production so that they are more vibrant and stand out more. Charlie Waite is one of the worlds leading current landscape photographers using his years of experience and technique to produce excellent quality landscape photography. His name and photographs are recognized around the world with him holding and showing his photographs at numerous solo exhibitions in the UK, USA and Japan and also has over 30 books to his name. Charlie is also a writer, public speaker, television presenter and has featured in many publications, DVDs and television programs on photography. Charlie Waite produces mostly digital photographs with a top end DSLR that are then shown on his website for people to buy or on display at exhibitions.
  3. 3. Charlie Waite continues to use key photographic techniques through out the rest of his photographs. In the photograph above color and contrast is a key factor thats very attractive to the eye. What's different to other photographs that Charlie has taken is that in this case its a panorama photograph. This shows the scale of the place and again seclusion with a large space but nothing there only dead plants. The deep blue of the sky contrasts with the deep orange sand, blue and orange together are colors that are naturally pleasing to the eye and look good together. The dead bark of the trees are deep black which really contrast with the white covered floor and the orange in the background. This photograph perfectly demonstrates how layering in used in photography with clearly three layers, the floor in the foreground and plants, the sand in the mid-ground and the sky in the background. In the photograph to the right the main feature that draws your eye is the reflection in the water, also shown in the photograph below. This is again a morning photograph with calming colours. The bottom right photograph again uses leading lines of the road that are used through out photographs by Charlie Waite which leads your eye down the photograph, this is also shown again in the bottom left photograph. Some of these photos by Charlie Waite would have been edited in post production, certainly the one below and the one above for example the sky and colours being made more saturated. The colours that are used through out most of these photographs are very calming and really portray the mood. The photographs in this page other than the one above all have orange tones to them which creates a calm atmosphere, where as the one above has a lot of white within it created by the frost and snow which therefore creates a cold atmosphere. All of these photos have no man made objects in them other than the two above both used for different reasons as the one above shows
  4. 4. Ansel Adams This photograph to the left shows how Ansel Adams started the art of Landscape photography and the techniques that many photographers have used ever since. Here he has used reflections in the water which as the mountains get higher each side and smaller towards the water, act as leading lines towards the center of the photograph. By having the photograph black and white it creates areas of very dark blacks and whites which contrast and really attract your eye. This is something thats evident through most of Ansel Adamss photographs where he uses the black and white to create contrasting tones and really bold areas on the photograph to draw in the eye. He has observed the rule of thirds by having the vanishing line on the upper dividing third, which photographers before Ansel Adams never really used before. Also as the mountains get further away the greys get lighter which adds different shades of grey and interest through out the photograph. Symmetry also attracts the eye to a photograph and here the water makes the photograph symmetrical, with the clouds also reflecting into the water. Here Ansel Adams has used the leading lines of the river as the main focus of the photograph. Again in this photograph there is the contrast between the bold blacks and whites of the snow on the tops of the mountains. Also as these mountains are in the shape of a triangle and placed in the centre of the photograph this technique draws in the eye and shows further how shape is an important element of this photograph and one that makes it successful with the triangles and curves of the river. Opposed to the photograph above which I would say creates a calming mood, this photograph creates a much more dramatic atmosphere with the dramatic clouds over the mountains and much more of a solid and deep contrast with the blacks and whites. Once again the rule of thirds have been observed with the sky on the top dividing line and the landscape covering the bottom two thirds of the photograph. This photograph has been taken from a high vantage point, Id say on top of another mountain looking down towards the landscape, so that you can see where the river leads to purposely to create leading lines towards the mountain. The clouds in this photograph have a variation of shades and tones in them which is different to the rest of the photograph where the shades of grey are mostly the same, which is why the sky stands out. Ansel Adams is one of the worlds most famous landscape photographers and one that set the techniques that many use and replicate today. He comes from America and is also an environmentalist. The black and white photographs that he's taken of the American west and Yosemite National Park are some of his most famous photographs and have been published in several posters, books and calendars.
  5. 5. With the photograph above you can see how Ansel Adams has observed the need to have interest through out a photograph. Its clear in this photograph that there is the foreground interest of the logs, the mid-ground interest of the water and the background interest of the mountains. Reflections are also used of the mountains in the water and again with all the photographs used on this page there are areas of deep black and white that really contrast and draw your eye. Its taken from an average vantage point but one where the foreground space if very clustered, but as your eye looks towards the mountains the space is much wider. Animals are used in the photograph to the bottom left and the vast amount of landscape is used to show the great amount of animals within the photograph. With the top left photograph shapes and lines are used that just naturally draw your eye to the photograph and again with this photograph the dark black areas are used to attract the viewer.
  6. 6. Adam Burton Adam Burton, one of the UKs leading photographers and author of five books, he has lead the way of modern landscape photography and only from 2008 when he began work as a full time landscape photographer. Adam Burtons knowledge is completely self taught from 2001 mainly from reading magazines and putting into practice his techniques while on location along the Dorset coastline or the New Forest. He has a unique style that makes his photographs instantly recognisable and in high demand commercially. Adam captu