This image was taken on the island of Ponta Delgada, in the Azores. The location is a dirt road that runs around the rim of a dormant volcano. The interesting thing is that, on the right was a beautiful slope down to a picturesque village on the sea. On the left was a fifteen hundred foot drop down to the volcano’s crater floor, filled with great lakes and farmland. The shot was where nobody was looking.
This image is an architectural detail of a house in Spain. I like the contrast of form in the straight lines and curves, combined with the organic element from the plants growing out of the wall. To me, that’s what made the composition so compelling.
This image shows a corner store in the old city of Cartagena, Columbia. It’s been given a slight watercolor treatment which also enhances the colors. Is it still a photograph? A watercolor? Does it matter?
If I could be allowed an opinion, I have a pretty strong one on this topic… WHO CARES?
Panoramas are one of those wonderful things that we can do in digital that were previously just not possible without expensive and specialized equipment. It opens up tremendous possibilities.
In my life and career I’ve gone through the usual phases. Newbie, equipment junkie, minimalist, and everything in between. Since I stopped shooting commercial work and started working for myself, I’ve been doing mostly landscapes with a single lens, a 16-85. It’s a terrific, sharp lens that is perfect for grand landscapes and general people work. About six months ago I decided that I needed to stir things up a bit, so I got a 70-200. Longer lenses aren’t usually associated with landscapes but in my case the effect was remarkable.
Every good photograph, whether the photographer admits it or not, has an element of luck. Being there at the right time, clouds in the right formations, etc. Even the controlled environment of a studio portrait involves luck in the relationship with the subject and bringing out the right responses for a truly great portrait. We like to think of ourselves as the sole creator of a great image but the fact is that luck is everywhere.