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Breadth and Depth – The Photography of Albert Watson

Discussion in 'Photography News Forum' started by Mike Singh, Nov 2, 2018.

  1. Mike Singh

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    Nice piece.
     
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    Great stuff.

    He did a show for BBC Scotland a while back. I think it was mentioned here before but for those that haven’t seen it. Quite a surprise to see how much his crew do for him.

     
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    ah yes i remember this. I was also shocked at the amount of help he was getting. kind of spoiled the point of landscape togging really IMO
     
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    He certainly did. However, he did the important parts: picked the location and composition.
     
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    Not really. He did comment that having a technician allows him to concentrate on the creative side and not have to split his brain. I can relate to that.
     
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    Fair enough , but for me I’m very much in the, ‘one photographer and their camera taking on the wilderness’ camp.

    I can see how having a team will make things easier, but that struggle is part of it for me. Also the fact that you do struggle adds to the creative process as well. Perhaps one shot isn’t pin sharp due to gust of wind and a lack of a team of techniions pixel peeping for you , but perhaps that the shot communicates the feeling of the perfectly

    He didn’t press the shutter for some , so didn’t pick the moment , which is one of the most important bits
     
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    Well Steve a photographer of his esteem can afford a team! He did tell his assistant to “take it now”.

    I am also a 1 man and his camera person. I have learnt from my struggles and errors.
     
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    I think the main difference from what Watson is doing with a landscape and what most of us do is that we search for a great location and take advantage of the opportunities presented. If we are lucky, we are rewarded with a great photo. He is making a photo and creating his own opportunities. He has a theme and a concept that is driving a commercial project from which he is expecting to generate income. For that he is carrying around far more equipment than we would consider prudent - fog machine, fireworks, spritzer, tethering equipment, special lighting and stands. A support team is essential.

    There are those who live nearby, know every tree and crevice, and can pick and choose their photographs for the weather and light as they desire, a camera and proper clothing is all that is needed. Watson chose the season that provided a range of weather conditions with which he was familiar, chose the landscapes that he knew, was prepared to enhance his opportunities with certain equipment, and had the support needed to do the job within the time-frame required.

    The difference between an amateur's excellent photo and a professional expert's is negligible to non-existent. However, a professional expert will more often be successful accomplishing what they set out to accomplish. An expert relies less on good fortune.
     
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    Some further insight into his work and work ethics.
     

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