On Wednesday 18th September Keswick Photographic Society members were entertained by award winning photographer, Tony Higginson. Tony is based in Preston and although he makes a living from wedding photography, landscape photography is his passion. In recent years he has won awards in both the Landscape Photography of the Year and the Scottish Photographer of the Year competitions. Tony also runs photographic workshops in Scotland and England through his company, Viewcapture. Details of these can be found on his website www.viewcapture.co.uk.
Tony’s enthusiasm for his subject shone through as he treated members to images taken from his favourite locations in the British Isles including the Highlands of Scotland, the Hebrides, Northumberland, the Lake District and Dorset as well as some taken in Iceland and Austria.
The images included many taken in the South Lakes including atmospheric shots of a misty Windermere and Rydal Water:
The Langdales taken from Holme Fell:
and images of the River Brathay near Elterwater:
He also showed a number of seascapes taken at various spots along the Lancashire coast including one of an Anthony Gormley statue from his “Another Place” at Crosby. There were also several from the North East including a very evocative image of the Roker Pier and Lighthouse
It was clear that Tony seeks perfection in his images, waiting for half an hour or more at each location for ideal conditions, and sometimes returning to the same spot time and time again. He is also prepared to try different styles of photography including abstract shots of rock, sand and water:
Panned shots of waves and deliberately blurred images achieved by moving the camera slightly to achieve a painterly effect. Notably he relies on getting the image right in the camera as he prefers to capture a real moment in time and doesn’t like to interfere with the integrity of the image by making changes at the processing stage.
Tony was happy to share tips and advice on how to take good landscape images. He recommends shooting away from the sun at sunrise and sunset, ensuring that you are totally familiar with your camera and equipment and being prepared to persevere. He also advised members that to get amazing shots you have to get out in amazing conditions and suggested that you should only take photographs when your mind is clear to allow you to focus fully on what you are doing.
We all enjoyed Tony’s wonderful images and found his talk inspirational. Some of us may even follow his example and try harder to get out at dawn when the weather conditions are ideal.