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Forum: Post Your Photos! 4 Days Ago  
Landscape Playa Ballota at sunrise
Posted By The Madshutter
Replies: 4
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A spectacular sunrise from Playa Ballota, in Asturias (Spain), one of my favourite locations on this amazing coast. The northern coast of Spain is truly beautiful and relatively undiscovered: I canít wait to go back there next September for one more week of great photography, friendship and fun! Leica S (Typ 007), Leica Summarit-S 35mm and Formatt-Hitech Firecrest filters.



Thank you for viewing, best regards

Vieri
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-05-2019, 01:29 PM  
Landscape Misty morning in Val d'Orcia, Tuscany
Posted By The Madshutter
Replies: 7
Views: 345
Thank you very much indeed Norbert, glad you enjoyed it! :) Best regards,

Vieri
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-02-2019, 07:05 AM  
Landscape Misty morning in Val d'Orcia, Tuscany
Posted By The Madshutter
Replies: 7
Views: 345
Thank you very much indeed! :)



Thank you very much Joe, glad you enjoyed it! :)



Thank you very much indeed Tony! :) Yes, Italy is amazing - and Tuscany especially so!



Than you very much Jer, glad you liked it! :)

Best regards,

Vieri
Forum: Photographic Technique 02-27-2019, 01:40 PM  
Composition in landscape photography
Posted By The Madshutter
Replies: 11
Views: 763
Thank you very much, glad you found them useful. About point 1, of course if time is of the essence then all bets are off :)



...kinda... ;)



Than you very much indeed for your kind words, much appreciated :) I am glad that you found my tips (not rules!) useful, and hope they'll help you in creating better photographs!



:D You are very welcome, I am glad to be of help!

Best regards,

Vieri
Forum: Photographic Technique 02-24-2019, 06:55 AM  
Composition in landscape photography
Posted By The Madshutter
Replies: 11
Views: 763
Thank you very much Sandy, glad you found the post interesting! :) Thank you also for your kind words about my work, much appreciated indeed. The Dolomites are amazing, enjoy your trip there!



Thank you very much Martin, glad you enjoyed the read and my tips - not rules, I wouldn't dare to offer any, just suggestions :)



Thank you very much Tom, glad you found the advice useful :) My post today was about composition only - didn't want to put too much meat on the fire - but thank you for your light-related and security-related additions, I definitely agree with both.

Best regards,

Vieri
Forum: Photographic Technique 02-24-2019, 03:50 AM  
Composition in landscape photography
Posted By The Madshutter
Replies: 11
Views: 763
Hello everyone,

how about talking about composition for a little Sunday fun?

As a Fine Art landscape photographer, I consider myself an interpreter. Nature and the landscape in front of me are the score, and my photographs are my interpretations of it. Personally, I think that mastering composition is fundamental to create your interpretation of a landscape, and sadly it's much overlooked these days. Out of the thousands images I see every day online, perhaps only a dozen or so are well-composed. Composition is the first pillar on which a great landscape photography stands, and it deserves more attention than that.

From the spatial relationship between different elements in the frame, to near-far compositions, to the compositional effects of changing shooting point, to using different focal lengths, to the compositional effect of choosing different shutter speeds and different diaphragms, the composition of a great image is the result of organizing the available elements of a scene in the best possible way.

To improve our ability to compose our own images, a vast "visual culture" is fundamental. That means studying the masters of visual arts: first and foremost, painters. Studying the masters of photography, of course, but without trying and replicate their shots; studying great cinema; and so on.

To start this discussion, let me offer 5 tips to improve composition in your photography.

1. Wait. When you arrive on location, don't start photographying immediately. Take your time to explore the location, compose first in your brain and then fine tune your compositions with your camera. Great compositions need time to organise and prepare, don't rush it. Wait, take your time. Then, when you are ready, start shooting.

2. Forget the rules. Knowing the rule of thirds, Fibonacci, Spyrals, Younameit, is fundamental, sure. Not fixating on them when you work, however, it is even more so. The rules should be working for you in the background, without taking center stage, not the other way round. They have to be there, but you don't have to apply them mechanically: that is almost surely going to result in contrived, non-creative compositions.

3. Corners and borders. Check your corners and borders: eliminate stray branches, control that you didn't cut off a piece of something that needed to be fully in, and so on.

4. Simplify. Composition, for me, is a subtractive process. Like in a good story, where you need to tell the reader everything he needs to know but nothing more, don't try to squeeze everything in your photographs: think rather if you really need all that you are framing to tell your story.

5. Experiment and enjoy. As with everything, practice makes perfect - or, at least, better. If you don't go out and photograph, it is very difficult that your compositions will improve. If you don't make mistakes, if you don't throw away images, it is nearly impossible.

Looking forward to hearing your thoughts! Have a great Sunday, best regards

Vieri
Forum: Post Your Photos! 02-22-2019, 01:39 PM  
Landscape Misty morning in Val d'Orcia, Tuscany
Posted By The Madshutter
Replies: 7
Views: 345
Val d'Orcia's hills bathed in the warm sunrise light, scattered by the morning fog. Taken in Tuscany, Italy, during a Workshop I led there in late 2017. Leica SL, Leica APO-Vario-Elmarit-SL 90-280mm and Formatt-Hitech Firecrest filters.



Thank you for viewing, best regards

Vieri
Forum: Post Your Photos! 02-17-2019, 10:56 AM  
Landscape Castel Boccal, Tuscany, in B&W
Posted By The Madshutter
Replies: 9
Views: 461
Thank you very much indeed, glad you enjoyed it! :)



:) Thank you very much! That was kind of the idea, glad you enjoyed it :)



Thank you very much indeed! :)



Thank you very much Jer, I am glad you enjoyed the gothic mood here! :)



Thank you very much indeed! :)



Thank you very much, glad you enjoyed it! :) No, it is a long exposure shot, necessarily on a tripod... ;)

Best regards,

Vieri
Forum: Post Your Photos! 02-03-2019, 11:20 AM  
Landscape Castel Boccal, Tuscany, in B&W
Posted By The Madshutter
Replies: 9
Views: 461
Thank you very much, glad you enjoyed it! :) Best regards,

Vieri
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-30-2019, 08:35 AM  
Landscape Castel Boccal, Tuscany, in B&W
Posted By The Madshutter
Replies: 9
Views: 461
The imposing Castel Boccale, a castle hanging on a rocky outcrop overlooking the Mediterranean on the shores of Tuscany, in Italy. A 75 second long exposure taken with Leica SL, Voigtlander 15mm Super Wide-Heliar and my trusted Formatt-Hitech Firecrest Ultra filters during a Workshop One-on-One in led in Tuscany. I can't wait to be back there in April! :)



Thank you for viewing, best regards

Vieri
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-29-2019, 03:42 AM  
Landscape Poggio Covili sunrise, Tuscany
Posted By The Madshutter
Replies: 7
Views: 385
Thank you very much everyone for your kind comments, I am glad you enjoyed it! :) I was just in Tuscany last week leading a One-on-One, but no fog this time... sadly. I am looking forward to my April's Workshop, generally that time of the year works great for fog at sunrise :)

Best regards,

Vieri
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-27-2019, 12:32 PM  
Landscape Poggio Covili sunrise, Tuscany
Posted By The Madshutter
Replies: 7
Views: 385
Thank you very much, I am glad you enjoyed it! :) I see your point with the crop, however, personally I much prefer it "anchored" to the lower bottom of the frame... personal preference and all, I guess.



Thank you very much, glad you enjoyed it! :) I'd rather think that preparation had some part in it, you know, going at a particular time of the year and such - but I'll take luck any day... ;)

Best regards,

Vieri
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-19-2019, 04:51 AM  
Landscape Poggio Covili sunrise, Tuscany
Posted By The Madshutter
Replies: 7
Views: 385
A serene and spectacular sunrise at Poggio Covili, created during a Workshop One-on-One I led in Tuscany (Italy) in November 2017. Leica SL, Vario-Elmarit-SL 90-280 and the wonderful Formatt Hitech Filters.



Thank you for viewing, best regards

Vieri
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-03-2019, 12:16 AM  
Landscape Frozen Falls, Iceland
Posted By The Madshutter
Replies: 11
Views: 549
Thank you very much indeed, I am glad you enjoyed it! :)



Thank you very much for reading and commenting, I am glad you found it interesting :)



Thank you very much indeed, glad you liked it! :)

Best regards,

Vieri
Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-30-2018, 03:30 PM  
Landscape A different Vestrahorn sunset
Posted By The Madshutter
Replies: 4
Views: 386
Thank you very much Francois, I am glad you enjoyed it! :)



Thank you very much, that is much appreciated indeed! :)



Thank you very much Dan, glad you liked it! :)

Best regards,

Vieri
Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-30-2018, 03:29 PM  
Landscape Bat's Head sunset
Posted By The Madshutter
Replies: 3
Views: 372
Thank you very much indeed, I am glad you enjoyed it! :) Best regards,

Vieri
Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-30-2018, 03:28 PM  
Landscape Frozen Falls, Iceland
Posted By The Madshutter
Replies: 11
Views: 549
Thank you very much indeed Fries! :)



Thank you very much! :) Yes, it was cold, but not unbearably so... and it was definitely worth braving a little cold! ;)



Thank you very much Dan, I am glad you enjoyed it! :)



Thank you very much, that's very much appreciated indeed! :)



Thank you very much, I am glad you enjoyed it! :) About the Voigtlander, it is a very good little lens - if you are interested, you can see my review of it here:

VOIGTLANDER HELIAR-HYPER WIDE 10MM F/5.6 REVIEW – Vieri Bottazzini Photographer

As you noted, it has quite a bit of vignetting (something had to give, I guess!), but other than that I think it is a very good lens, especially considering size and price... ;)



Thank you very much, much appreciated indeed! :)

Best regards,

Vieri
Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-23-2018, 11:09 AM  
Landscape Bat's Head sunset
Posted By The Madshutter
Replies: 3
Views: 372
Bat's Head, taken at sunset last February during a Workshop I led in Dorset, UK. Leica SL, Leica Vario-Elmarit-SL 24-90mm and Formatt-Hitech Firecrest Ultra filters. Thank you for viewing, best regards

Vieri
Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-19-2018, 02:45 AM  
Landscape Frozen Falls, Iceland
Posted By The Madshutter
Replies: 11
Views: 549
Frozen Falls, taken one year ago at Kirjufellsfoss during a Workshop One-on-One I led in Iceland. Leica M10, Voigtlander 10mm and filters Formatt-Hitech Firecrest Ultra. Thank you for viewing, best regards

Vieri
Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-10-2018, 02:11 AM  
Landscape Jokulsarlon sunset
Posted By The Madshutter
Replies: 20
Views: 857
Thank you very much Adam, glad you enjoyed it! :)



Than you very much Francois, glad you liked it! :) Yes, to me the North is amazing, I love Iceland in winter for the contrast between black sands and snow / ice, and because of the contrast between the cold weather and the warm light... such incredible expressive and interpretative possibilities! Can't wait to be back there next March :)



Thank you very much, that is truly much appreciated indeed! :)

Best regards,

Vieri
Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-04-2018, 10:41 AM  
Landscape A different Vestrahorn sunset
Posted By The Madshutter
Replies: 4
Views: 386
Sunset at Vestrahorn, in Iceland, a location offering much more than the famous mountainís silhouette to those willing to explore it. Leica SL, Voigtlander 15mm and Formatt-Hitech Firecrest Ultra filters.

Thank you for watching, best regards

Vieri
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-18-2018, 02:41 PM  
Landscape Jokulsarlon sunset
Posted By The Madshutter
Replies: 20
Views: 857
Thank you very much indeed Lana, glad you liked it! :) Best regards,

Vieri
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-18-2018, 02:41 PM  
Landscape Durdle Door, B&W
Posted By The Madshutter
Replies: 4
Views: 295
Thank you very much indeed everyone for your comments, I am glad you enjoyed the photo and the B&W choice :D Best regards,

Vieri
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-15-2018, 02:05 AM  
Landscape Durdle Door, B&W
Posted By The Madshutter
Replies: 4
Views: 295
Next week I'll be again working in Dorset, and this image (taken there during a Workshop One-on-One last December) came to my mind. This is the famous Durdle Door, but the sky that evening inspired me to go for a very long exposure, 200 seconds for a very dramatic B&W. Leica SL, Voigtlander 15mm Super-Wide-Heliar and Formatt-Hitech Firecrest filters.

Thank you for viewing, best regards

Vieri
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-13-2018, 01:43 AM  
Landscape Jokulsarlon sunset
Posted By The Madshutter
Replies: 20
Views: 857
Hello Norbert,

personally, I prefer the dry cold of Iceland - even if it's much colder than Scotland! :) However, when the wind really blows in Iceland, then all bets are off: I never experienced such a freezing wind! :D Hope this helps! Best regards,

Vieri
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