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Racing Across The Ice

Getting into the right position is essential for any photograph, but sometimes there is more to it than facing the right direction. Keith Wilson recalls a time when he really had to get his nose down to the ground

The great Ansel Adams was as prolific with uttering memorable quotes as he was in producing exquisitely printed landscapes. One of my favourite lines from the old master is: “A good photograph is knowing where to stand.” I love the simplicity of this comment even if it may seem like stating the obvious. “Knowing where to stand” succinctly identifies the most important decision a photographer has to make when framing a scene. So many photographs, not just landscapes, would be greatly improved if more consideration were made to the shooting position. Where you choose to stand or set-up your tripod ultimately affects every other...

Read this article, and many more, in High Definition, inside Issue 26 of Landscape Photography Magazine.

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Keith Wilson

Keith Wilson is the founder of both Outdoor Photography and Black + White Photography magazines and former editor of Amateur Photographer. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and on-line tutor in travel photography at My Photo School.

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