Mountains in Focus
Mountain landscape photography is a very personal vocation. Everyone is seeking similar objectives, but the direction of travel that an individual takes and the results achieved as a consequence will be very different. Any assessment of whether we have succeeded or failed in achieving those objectives is always subjective and can be defined either by the perceived standards of others or those we decide to set ourselves.
The purpose of this section of the website is to present an expanding collection of short posts and longer essays about mountain landscape photography both in this country and in the Himalaya. Much of its content will be photographic in nature, and will include detail on the selection of viewpoints, composition and the timing of visits. The lengthier expedition reports offer further detailed route information and advice on travel in various Himalayan countries.
It will become clear when reading these articles that many British images have been captured from an elevated mountain viewpoint rather than a roadside or valley alternative. Shots at dawn and dusk are favoured, when the light is usually most colourful and directional, but this is not always possible and there are occasions when a compromise has to be made. Except in winter when the sun is always low in the sky, few images have been shot in the middle of the day.
Over recent years photography has been greatly influenced by the development of ever more sophisticated digital cameras and complex and powerful computer software. However, this approach has been completely rejected; the images here are a simple and honest representation of the natural world.