Dimitri Vasileiou • High Expectations

Should we always have high expectations when it comes to light and weather during location shooting? Should we, instead, accept what nature offers on each occasion and be thankful? Dimitri Vasileiou shares his thoughts

During one of my photographic outings, I met a young photographer on location and, as photographers do, we started a very interesting conversation. Opinions were flying in all directions and so were thoughts and points of view. One view that was coming across from him very clearly was his opinion of a good landscape photograph: a photographer had to be on location during the golden hours and the sky had to have immensely coloured clouds, which occurs usually around thirty minutes before sunrise and after sunset.

Of course, I do not oppose the idea of having a sky with outstanding colours in the frame; who would not want that. I disagree, however, that this is the only time that landscape photography should be executed. After all, I have discovered personally the hard way that, if you are a resident of Scotland, then colourful skies are few and far between.

Genres and sub-genres
I tried to explain that he might have been confusing landscape photography with skyscape photography. Landscape photography includes a variety of genres and sub-genres and is definitely not dependent on colourful skies. It was at this point that I mentioned black and white photography and the length of time it dominated our world; undoubtedly that did not ...

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Dimitri Vasileiou is a highly acclaimed landscape photographer, writer and photographic workshop leader. A professional photographer for several years, he was born in Greece and currently resides in Scotland.

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