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Book Review: High Light, Colin Prior

"If your style of photography requires you to climb a mountain at dusk, spend the night in a one-man tent, then rise before dawn to capture the splendour of the early light glancing across the mountain tops, then this book by Colin Prior is definitely for you"

Colin Prior made his name producing beautiful panoramic photographs of the Scottish landscape, usually from a high viewpoint such as a mountain top.

When I first met him, many years ago, he had returned recently from a world tour photographing a calendar for British Airways. He said that the most difficult ecosystem to photograph was the rainforest. The sight lines were so short that he couldn’t get his trademark panoramic vista. He ended up photographing down by a river to give a little more depth to his composition.

Fast forward to 2010 and we have his latest collection of photographs. The world of professional photography has changed in the meantime. It is difficult to make a living simply from selling photographs, and many photographers now supplement their income by leading photography courses. If your style of photography requires you to climb a mountain at dusk, spend the night in a one-man tent, then rise before dawn to capture the splendour of the early light glancing across the mountain tops, it is not possible to take with you a group of, often unfit, photographers.

So, as well as his personal mountain panoramas, this book contains a selection of...

Read this and many more articles in High Definition inside Issue 15 of Landscape Photography Magazine.

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David Hay

I took up photography at the age of eleven and have been passionate about it ever since. As a retired biologist I still marvel at the beauty of the natural world and try and capture the colours and forms of natural things around me.

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