I really like the patterns that just seem to happen in landscapes, that pop out at different times of the day depending on the mood of the photographer and other environmental things like the harshness or softness and colour of the light. And passing down to the Sussex coast across the South Downs, the harsh, intense mid morning sunshine and the hazy, dusty, dry air focused my attention onto this series of fields. Just taken from the side of the road I loved the layers and simple abstract patterns. I bumped up the contrast in Photoshop to bring out the textures and patterns, and a little story of the landscape emerged amongst the abstract patterns.
…And down on the beach are sand dunes that lead down to the beach.
Early one morning…..Cycling down to the beach to catch the dawn light, and then the sky turned pink, and an otherwise mundane, unglamorous road next to a field and some bushes suddenly lit up… Add a tad of dawn mist and there you have it…a photographer with his tripod standing in the middle of the road annoying any early morning drivers!
From a compositional point of view I look at these photo opportunities as a freebie. It’s a pre-conceived composition that millions of photographs use all the time, just think of those iconic empty road pictures in America. Well, okay, I admit my photo doesn’t have that endless infinityesque feeling to it, but then this is Littlehampton in England, not Monument valley national park in Utah! But anyway, I have used this composition hundreds of times (probably) and they usually happen in the normal course of the day when the light just seems right. Then just plonk yourself in the middle of the road and click.