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Hoddinott's Hangout

Creative Visions


Wind and weir. While planning often plays an important role in successful photography, many of the most original or creative images you take will likely be the result of opportunism. This shot is a good illustration of that, taken on a casual stroll one Sunday morning. The wind and light’s direction combined at just the right moment to allow me to capture something a little different, with the sun rendering the fine spray as bright streaks. The image was Highly Commended in the Composition and Form category of the 2005 Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition. Nikon D70, 100-300mm, ISO 200, f/22 at 1/6 sec, tripod.

‘Creative visions’ might seem a bit of an odd title for this month’s Hangout. After all, every single image we take is a creative vision is one way or another – so how can you possibly single out certain photographs as more so? It’s a good question and quite frankly, I’m not sure if I have a very satisfactory answer. However, if you look on my website – shameless plug, I know! – you will notice that I have a small gallery with that exact title. Why? Well, I guess I just wanted a showcase for some of my more imaginative or unconventional shots – photographs that highlight nature or wild places in a more abstract or original way.

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