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by Andy McInroy
Print Of The Month - October 2007
Landscape Photograph

DN23
Reflections on Granite
Urris, Inishowen, County Donegal


Technical Details
Date/Time: 7.59pm 6th September 2007
Exposure time: 0.4 seconds
Aperture: F19
Focal Length: 90mm (APS Sensor)
Lens: Tamron 90mm SP Macro
Camera: Pentax K10D
Filtration: None

A Closer Look

I can get set in my ways: The wide angle lens gets locked on to the camera and the sweeping vistas get all the attention. But occasionally something can catch the corner of my eye. Something small. A splash of colour. Some interesting texture. A glint of light. "A landscape within" some might say. With the miles of landscape available, sometimes it is the pebbles that I am standing on that provide the best photograph.

On this early autumn evening something did catch my eye just a few minutes before the sun disappeared from view. A golden glint sparkled off a sweeping line of wet granite rocks just a few metres from where I stood.

I often find that telephoto lenses are the best choice for inner landscapes. They get you in close, have low distortion and provide a massing effect to compress the perspective. So off came the trusty wideangle lens and on went the telephoto. The rocks were sweeping away from me so a small aperture was needed to keep the front to back sharpness. This resulted in a exposure time of 0.4 seconds, short enough to keep a degree of realism in the water.

I always find it amazing how nature can reveal its own hidden designs in the blink of an eye. This one looks like a dinosaur skeleton washed up by the ocean. It lies un-noticed, and is discovered only when the correct conditions of tide, viewpoint and light are met together.

So look closer.

Text and photos © Andy McInroy