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It feels great to be publishing my very 1st image of 2012 today. I had planned a full afternoon and night shoot last Saturday. The intention was to work from pre-sunset all the way through to a star filled night. Unfortunately the weather had very different idea’s. This year though I made a commitment to myself, to look beyond the obvious and seek out a photographic opportunity in every situation. So knowing what the weather had in store for me I headed out with the above image envisioned very squarely (pardon the pun) in my minds eye. I didn’t need a grand vista or a beautiful warm sunset for this image, just as well given the weather. Indeed quite the opposite in fact, balanced neutral colour and a light blanket of cloud was exactly what I was looking for.
I still absolutely love the grand vistas of Irish Landscapes and plan to continue to capture all sorts of landscapes around Ireland in 2012. I’ve already planned out the year in terms of locations and travel and am looking forward to both; returning to old haunts and visiting brand new locations.
However I also want to look at the more intimate landscape also. To some extent it is taking my Nature’s Detail ongoing project and applying the same principles to the landscape around me. When, in early January I posted my image Waves Upon the Rock taken in Donegal last year I talked about “wishing to experiment a lot more with abstract type work” and that initial thought has begun to solidify into a clearer vision of the next phase of my photographic journey. While not quite abstract the image I share with you today is minimal and for me represents a level of isolation. There is only a hint of context in this image.
I hope you enjoy this image and I look forward to sharing my journey with you throughout the year.
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS
Exposure: 30 secs
Focal Length: 45mm
ISO Speed: 50