Thursday, July 10, 2008

A perfect evening for cross country skiing and the art of landscape photography

Well, it had to be done: get out the gear and head off from Wanaka to the nearby Snow Farm, into the sunset on skis. I blogged a few day ago about interacting with landscapes in all seasons and conditions as a way to pursue the art of using a camera effectively for good New Zealand landscape shots. It's really the play of light though that makes it an art form, and being there:

I'd just finished an energetic 12 Km warmup to Meadow Hut and back here to Merino Glen, and I started to marvel at the colour of the sky post sunset, and thought "there's a shot here somewhere". And so it's all about "seeing" in regards to landscape photos...

... and just what is "seeing" Is it awareness coupled with an ability to compose by subtraction - leaving things out so as to bring awareness to chosen elements which then lead to a feeling, an interaction with a landscape through an image? Be it art in the form of photography or painting, or graceful movement, does the medium really matter though if it achieves the "experience"!?
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Blogger Shirley Goodwin said...

This is a lovely photo, Donald. It's so hard to accurately capture that colour of light. Well, with my little point-and-shoot Sony, anyway. You probably have something much better.

July 15, 2008 at 5:40 PM  
Anonymous Caulene said...

This blog posting moves me... how breathtaking the photograph, yet even more profound are your words and the connection I feel with what you are describing. You have masterfully captured nature's delicate beauty and draw the reader into complete awareness of what being 'straded in paradise' is really like. I wish to visit New Zealand some day.. it is absolutely breathtaking. Thanks!

September 13, 2008 at 6:54 AM  

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