‘Weekly’ Wallpaper | Sunset Silhouette From Somewhere Southern

August 8th, 2013 at 12:54 pm by Todd Sisson
Photo of Row of pine trees silhouetted against vibrant sunset clouds. Rangitata Valley, Canterbury NZ.

A vivid Nor’ west sunset silhouettes a pine shelter belt somewhere in Canterbury .  

 

This is another image pulled from our new photography eBook  Living Landscapes which, I am relieved to report, is selling well and garnering some great reviews now that it is out in the wild.

I have been writing some regular ‘how to’ posts over at the publisher’s website that may interest the photographers amongst you:

I think DPF has been reading this stuff somewhere – his travel photography is getting quite impressive, I’ll have to up my game!

See you next week.

Cheers – Todd

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8 Responses to “‘Weekly’ Wallpaper | Sunset Silhouette From Somewhere Southern”

  1. Peter (1,723 comments) says:

    I’m not sure of the point of a lot of landscape photography. The theme is always the same i.e. “isn’t this a pretty landscape”. Right, but so what? It’s over-done, and so becomes invisible.

    The best photography has another dimension to it. It’s not just a technical exercise in prettiness.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/picturegalleries/uknews/9640813/Landscape-Photographer-of-the-Year-Awards-2012.html

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  2. beautox (422 comments) says:

    Did you realize that the pic you linked to was disqualified from the competition it entered and won, because it entered a competition where the rules stated that no alterations were allowed, and he ignored the rules.

    Of course, ignoring the rules in art can be good. But in competitions? Shows he was cheating imho.

    May I be as bold as to post one of mine, as the colour reminded me of it:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/beautox/9460232641/in/photostream

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  3. Peter (1,723 comments) says:

    I linked to a few pictures. The best one, in my view, is 07.

    As far as the first image is concerned, as a viewer, I couldn’t care less how the image was made, only that the final image is interesting, which I think it is.

    I like your image, beautox. It has an “other” quality to it.

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  4. Peter (1,723 comments) says:

    07 has a clever unity of colour linking foreground and background. Thematicly, it is a fight between two opposing forces – man vs nature. There’s a resolute quality to the houses, like a row of soldiers, vs chaotic, random thundering nature. You can feel the violence, and the chill.

    It’s a powerful image. Not pretty.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/picturegalleries/uknews/9640813/Landscape-Photographer-of-the-Year-Awards-2012.html?frame=2382137

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  5. beautox (422 comments) says:

    Peter, I only looked at the first one as I had seen them before (from 2012 I guess) and knew the story of the pic. Agree 07 is a great shot.

    btw, I just got Todd’s book – it’s on discount only $19.99 for the next 5 days. Downside of e-books is you can’t use them to prop up wonky tables ;)

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  6. Peter (1,723 comments) says:

    Agree 07 is a great shot

    Indeed. It is a commentary about nature/landscape, as opposed to just an objective depiction of it.

    Objective depictions can work, but I think they they need to be stunning, or have some notable textural or sculptural aspect in order to stand out.

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  7. Todd Sisson (48 comments) says:

    You kiwibloggers are so cerebral.

    @peter I could show you plenty of ugly photos if you would prefer – whether they possess ‘another dimension’, well that’s another issue. altogether ;-)

    As to the image you linked to – very impressive, but hugely ‘worked’ in post – if ever an image fit the description ‘technical exercise’ this would be it – I suspect it is a composite of two, maybe three images (boats, sky and the rock outcrops)….

    Nice work @beautox! they are hopeless for lighting fires with also (very expensive exercise dousing an iPad in petrol)….

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  8. Peter (1,723 comments) says:

    I’m not sure of this artificial distinction about something being “worked in post” as if that’s a bad thing. As a viewer, I don’t care how the image is made, only that the final image is interesting.

    I think a lot of landscape photography focuses on the theme “isn’t this pretty”, which frequently tips over into being twee. It’s not that “pretty” is bad, in itself, it’s just that it’s an overused theme in this genre. In order to stand out, the image would need significant other qualities besides pretty, clear and well composed.

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