I was paid a very kind compliment today regarding a recently made photograph. The kind observation was that it was very much in the style of a very famous landscape photographer- a genuine household name. This got me thinking about a question that has vexed me for a very long time. What is my style? The sub question is inevitably, ‘and should I have one?’ There are many photographers including most (though not all) of the best who have an almost instantly recognisable style.
For some the search for the perfect tripod is like the search for the perfect camera bag – endless and unsatisfying. For the first time in many years I am no longer looking for a tripod and consider myself to be ‘reasonably satisfied’.
A week in Torridon has the potential to be a dream come true for a landscape photographer. Towering mountains, beautiful lochs and the ever present pine trees, all it needs is a suitable bit of weather. That of course means different things to different people. For some it means blue skies and sunshine, for other rich sunsets and for some of us weather that is a little more dramatic and atmospheric. I’m not sure if there is anyone for whole a week of rain is the ideal.
There are many influences that make people hand over cash for a Fuji X-Pro 1. There are those seeking lighter weight. Those looking for retro. Those perhaps even first time buyers seduced by good advertising. For a while in the media it was ‘the second camera to have’. the world and his brother seemed to have bought one.
My ‘main’ camera is a Nikon D800. It is now outdated and superseded by the D810; I don’t have any plan to update it in the next year and probably not the year after that. Along with the 16-35mm and the 70-200mm, I usually carry my 50mm lens. None of them heavyweight but together I know they are in the bag. For some years I carried a Nikon DX format camera when weight was critical.
A wild and cold walk along the wall gave some time for thought and reflection.I thought a great deal about the concept of ‘Value Added’. This (sadly) is a well worn path in my current line of work and while I hesitate to transfer over, it did, for me, allow a framework for thinking.