Exercise 3.3 What Matters is to Look

The Brief

Find a good viewpoint, perhaps fairly high up (an upstairs window might do) where you can see a wide view or panorama. Start by looking at the things closest to you in the foreground. Then pay attention to the details in the middle distance and, finally, the things towards the horizon. Now try and see the whole landscape together, from the foreground to horizon (you can move your eyes). Include the sky in your observation and try to see the whole visual field together, all in movement (there is always some movement). When you’ve got it, raise your camera and take a picture. Add the picture and a description of the process to your learning log.


Its a brighter day when this shot was taken, much of the week had been a wash out with many days exploring locally, playing board games or just catching up on some reading. This was definitely going to be the best day of the week by far, even though it seemed rain was never far away. This is evident in the photograph I have chosen as my subject as it contains the layers I enjoy in photographing landscapes. This one is quite busy taken a short walk from the iconic Plymouth Hoe lighthouse.

In the background on the left of the image you can make out the headland that forms Rame Head in front of which you find the shoreline that makes up Cremyll and Mount Edgecumbe Country Park. In the mid ground you can see a body of water that makes up Plymouth Sound, to the left of which you can see Drakes Island, a land mass made up largely of volcanic tuff and lava. You can also see some buildings on the island which are the remains of military structures from the Napoleonic era. To the right you can see the buildings the make up the large part of Plymouths Grand Parade. In the foreground you can see two sets of bushes through which you can catch a glimpse of the promenade below me.



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