A personal style is fine tuning choices to fit your own personality. By refining our choices we end up creating something unique because of the time spent considering all the issues, refining our approach and polishing our style. On the surface, what we do may seem simple, easy, and effortless. But underlying the polished and effortless impression, our work projects countless hours of research, months of trial and error, and years spent testing, experimenting, and attempting to succeed through various means.
I have selected two photographers to discuss whose subject approach and style is so entirely different that one could say they are nearly opposite. However, in practice, when one focuses upon a specific photographic subject, the style of individual photographers working with the same subject becomes increasingly similar. At that point the comparison I made in the first part of this article no longer works because one needs to compare artists who are using nearly similar equipment, approach, subjects, and quality of light.
To remedy this situation and to demonstrate how refinement actually results in creating different styles, I will now expand the comparison by comparing the style of two large format landscape photographers: David Muench and Jack Dykinga. In this second comparison I will be using …
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