When it comes to landscape photography, a series of key elements need to be taken into account. All these elements have to be combined in perfect harmony, for it is only then that an image can capture the viewer’s imagination. However, when it comes to intimate landscape photography, two of these elements are vital: patience and persistence.
After a very successful morning photographing Moraine Lake in the Canadian Rockies, I was strolling along the water line. Inside the National Parks, no- one is allowed to interfere with fallen trees, hence there is a plethora of tree trunks all around the Lake, some displaying the most extraordinary shapes and colours.
I came across one and knew immediately there was a beautiful image to be made. First of all though, I had to spend enough time to find exactly what would work and how I should best compose it. With my viewfinder card in hand, I must have spent at least thirty minutes looking at a particular part of the trunk: people around me must have thought I was insane, but this doesn’t bother me in the least. I wanted to find the best angle and I was determined to do so.
When I am trying to find a certain composition to do a subject justice, I usually let my imagination run wild. In this case I could see half of a “bleeding heart”. The most important part was ...