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roteague
08-06-2006, 12:12 PM
Ok, in keeping with the spirit of the forum, here is an image by one of my favorite landscape photographers, Joe Cornish.

http://www.lowepro.com/images/photos/Joe_Cornish_Sandy_twi_SJ_L.jpg

I find this image to be stunning in its simplicity, yet with rich tones, and just the right moment. The flowing curve of the water, as well as the detail on the sand, just to the left of the rock are what make the image for me. They keep my eyes going back to the rock in the center. This is a stunning image, that I wish I could do half as well on.

David H. Bebbington
08-06-2006, 12:17 PM
Joe Cornish is a technical master and has I believe been very successful in achieving his own personal vision through admirable levels of dedication and years of effort. His work does absolutely nothing for me at all.

Tom Stanworth
08-06-2006, 12:18 PM
I love Joe's work too. I find a few a little 'cold' but we must consider what he is trying to do and the breadth of the country he has to cover. I feel his genre is very much what Ansel Adams would have done were he a Brit shooting colour! Both are committed to the wilderness and the conservation thread represents a common purpose thru Yosemite and the Nat Trust respectively. Many of Joes images are sublime and really 'do it for me'.

I love this image for all the reasons you do, but he has others which I prefer still by quite a margin.

Tom

roteague
08-06-2006, 12:25 PM
I love this image for all the reasons you do, but he has others which I prefer still by quite a margin.

Tom

It is really hard to pick one of his images to talk about. He has so many great one. This one isn't my favorite, but I thought it would be a good first start, since there are so few here who do color landscapes, and don't have a real good idea who Joe is.

Jim Chinn
08-06-2006, 12:25 PM
I agree, it's really beautiful. What first catches my attention is the gradual lightening of the stream from dark to almost irridescent where the stream meets the larger body.

The repetition of the light on the top of the rocks and then repeated on the sand to the left of the stream comes next. That small area of light in the sand keeps the left side from throwing everything off balance.

Finally, I am always drawn to color that has this type of more limited, pastel type palette. Pretty much dark lavenders and subdued pinks except for that lemony yellow that threads through the sky. If you imagine the image without that yellow it still has wonderful graphic elements but not the same "punch".

Maybe like you point out it is the simplicity. Earth, sky and water at their most basic, almost primordial.

naturephoto1
08-06-2006, 12:42 PM
Robert,

I agree about the simplicity of the image. The exposure is basically dead on and just holds in places in the sky. The composition has flow of line and rhythm with the main rock both acting as a (the) main subject and additionally acts as an anchor holding the image with some weight. I like magenta/purples/lavenders of the image. As Jim says it has the simplicity of earth, sky and water. I do not like this image as well as you, but I will have to do some investigation to find out more about Joe and find images that I may like better.

Rich

roteague
08-06-2006, 12:46 PM
I do not like this image as well as you, but I will have to do some investigation to find out more about Joe and find images that I may like better. Rich

Look at "Light and the Art of Landscape Photography" by Joe Cornish, for some other examples of his work. My favorite image of his, is on page 141 in this book. It is titled "Ravenscar", taken at Robin Hood's Bay in North Yorkshire.

http://www.bluegreenpictures.com/i/1/100328.jpg

mikeg
08-06-2006, 01:02 PM
B&W is my main interest, but I find Joe's work inspirational, especially his First Light book. I'm a member of the National Trust and whenever I'm looking through their magazine I can usually recognise which photos are taken by him. They seem to have a certain quality and a something extra about them.

Mike

reellis67
08-06-2006, 01:05 PM
I find this picture aesthetically pleasing, but not overly interesting, which I think has something to do with the number of similar pictures I've seen over the years. While this one appears to be technically well done, I just don't care overly for the looming foreground picture so it is hard for me to generate any emotion from viewing it. What I do like is the diagonal line leading into the picture which forms an interesting shape. I suppose that if there were something other than rocks in the foreground it would be more appealing. I don't feel strongly either way about this picture right now, but I will continue to view it and see if my feelings change.

- Randy

Baxter Bradford
08-06-2006, 01:24 PM
Ahhhhhhh! The tremendous lure of a Cornish beach..... is why I am leaving in the middle hours of tonight for a few days having a go for myself and then surfing when the light is poor!

Back to the topic. Interesting range of responses. Deceptively simple image with tension between the rocks RHS and light tones of stream. Another important element as I view it, is the enhanced colour contrast to offset the sunset sky created by the blue colour cast in the bottom RHS caused by the incident lighting from the clear blue sky overhead.

He uses this technique to greater effect in "Contours in Blue" which I consider one of his best pictures. Sorry, best link I could find..... http://www.leefilters.com/ShowImageByID.asp?PageID=461

jovo
08-06-2006, 01:26 PM
I can't possibly find a single technical fault with this...it's well designed, well exposed, and printed with care for all of what's in it. But, as said before, it's repetitive of soooo many other scenic decor images that I don't feel I need to spend more than a couple of seconds with it...in a word, it's boring. He's found an excellent spot to uncover some excellent photographs, but settled on simply recording the site which is what I would have seen had I been there. I don't sense he's shown me anything that matters to him about the place. Great for a calendar, though, especially in New York in February. ;)

blansky
08-06-2006, 01:29 PM
God, we are all so jaded.

Since we have all been inundated by millions of images, is there nothing that can fill us with wonder anymore.


Michael

tim atherton
08-06-2006, 01:55 PM
God, we are all so jaded.

Since we have all been inundated by millions of images, is there nothing that can fill us with wonder anymore.


Michael

not jaded at all - this is just a fairly mundane (if pretty) beach scene photographed with a certain level of technical confidence.

The wonder would have come if he had managed to show the world in a single grain of sand. Instead we have something suitable for a LowePro ad - now that's jaded

Baxter Bradford
08-06-2006, 03:00 PM
I think it is tremendous pity that the APUG galleries aren't regularly populated with such 'mundane' images. This would enable us to fully appreciate the truly original and interesting images which we see on a daily basis there.

Possessing a thick skin, on my return from Cornwall, I shall do what I can to put my pictures where my mouth is and post a few far more mundane images than the one Robert has suggested we discuss.

In the meantime I shall direct my energy positively to making some pictures. I've heard that this process can be even more enjoyable than spending time in a web forum.

df cardwell
08-06-2006, 03:07 PM
conference a ready man


...

In the meantime I shall direct my energy positively to making some pictures. I've heard that this process can be even more enjoyable than spending time in a web forum.

Baxter

This is a sub-forum recently created to talk about pictures.

Passing judgement comes naturally,
it's the 'talking' that takes a little learning,
and we're trying. Bear with us.


.

bjorke
08-06-2006, 03:13 PM
True Baxter

Maybe there should be a requirement/strong suggestion that people add images to the thread as an ongoing riff of VISUAL ideas


http://www.botzilla.com/photo/2001/bjorke_washC.jpg
(Ouch, one dark scan)

Amund
08-06-2006, 03:34 PM
Sure :)
4x5 Velvia 50.

Amund
08-06-2006, 03:39 PM
And yes, that Joe C photo is spectacular, very strong composition.

eubielicious
08-06-2006, 04:21 PM
A work colleague brought in a coffee-table book by Joe Cornish of Scottish coastal pictures. While the photos themselves were beautiful and managed to catch the Scottish countryside in all seasons, I found by the end of the book that I was longing to see something living in a picture, either people or wildlife.

I get the same slight sense of dissatisfaction in my own pictures where there aren't any people involved, so perhaps that's the kind of work I need to concentrate my efforts on.

Euan

roteague
08-06-2006, 07:32 PM
his First Light book.

"First Light" is the name of the book I reference above as it it titled in the UK, in the US it is "Light and the Art of the Landscape".