Wild is the Wind
05/04/13After a bit of a break, I finally ventured back outside this week to visit Llyn Y Fan Fawr in the western Beacons. Given that it was April, it was rather surprising to find the peaks still covered in a good layer of snow. Around the lake it was fairly calm, and unlike the more popular central Beacons, (which are heaving in snowy weather), it was deserted - bliss!
After taking a few shots around the lake (see the Beacons Gallery) I made my way to the top of Fan Brycheiniog, but I was not prepared for the ferocity of the wind - it was absolutely howling and it was pretty difficult to walk against it, let alone take pictures. The shot shown is one of my favourite views from this area which I have shot a number of times in the past, but this was the most difficult, although it actually looks quite calm. Using a tripod was pointless as it would have been blown over, so this was taken handheld whilst leaning into the wind. During the process, I lost my hat. This image has not been added to the gallery, but if you are interested in a print, it is available.
I was watching the programme "Coast" this week, where they visited the coastal resort of Southwold and examined the work of some photographer from the past (whose name I can't remember) - all very nice. During this scene, some chap made the comment that photography in these days was quite different to the present digital age where "it is all about editing rather than the photography" or words to that effect. Comments like this make me mad. Pictures still have to be taken in the same way that they were in the days of film.
Has he ever taken a black and white image and developed it himself I wonder? Is he aware of the amount of time and effort that goes into processing and perfecting a pristine black and white print? Probably as much effort goes into that as into the processing of a digital image, although admittedly it is a lot easier nowadays. He is welcome to accompany me the next time I get up early, travel a good few miles, climb a mountain in a howling gale, drive home and make a print. He will soon realise that editing is just a small part of the whole process. It's still all about the photography for me.