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Magnetic Locations

David Hay reminds us to consider the impact we might be having on others, their property and the environment, while we seek to photograph our versions of the iconic locations we admire

If you sprinkle iron filings onto a map and place a magnet under it, the filings will cluster together above the magnet. Now that many landscape photographs are geo-tagged, you can search for images taken at particular locations on a map. These images are not randomly spread over the map but form remarkable clusters at certain places. Surrounding areas can have almost no photographs taken there. This is because photographers want to take their own versions of classic landscape images at locations they have seen on the internet and are willing to travel long distances to visit these beautiful, productive places.

A photographer friend told me recently that she had gone to photograph Mesa Arch when she was visiting Canyonlands NP in USA. She checked out the location the day before a planned dawn shoot. The arch is quite small, with a restricted view through it, but it is...

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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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