When I began making pictures of the landscape, it was always the big picture that figured and I suppose it’s the same for most of us. It was a case of a few exposures and then move on to the next grand view.
Then came the day when I ‘needed’ to make some pictures — photographers will know what I mean — and the weather was against me. Uniformly grey cloud and lousy light are no recipe for great landscape shots.
With the itch in my shutter finger unsatisfied, I had to find a subject so I began casting around the area and, what do you know, there were dozens of them. Of course there were for those who have eyes to see. The big picture is made up of thousands, maybe millions of smaller pictures and this is what I had been missing.
I have used film and digital to produce my micro-landscape pictures but what you use is immaterial. It is the result that counts and that result will come from your ability to see the picture in the first place and then from your technical know-how which will enable you to make the image.
The picture with this post was shot on my Olympus digital DSLR and shows the sort of image that can be found at any time but is especially valuable when the light is just not right for landscape photography.
Keep your eyes open but don’t just look, see!