Landscape Photography

The Analogue Days.

Castlerigg - Waylandscape. Fine Art Landscape Photography by Gary Waidson

I am often asked how long I have been interested in photography and I have to say I got the bug quite early.

Gunnerside - Waylandscape. Fine Art Landscape Photography by Gary Waidson

I got my first “proper” camera at about the age of 15, A good heavy Russian SLR with pre-set lenses and no light meter. It taught me an awful lot about photography that I find some photographers, who have never used film,  do not understand very well these days.

Alt-Chaorunn - Waylandscape. Fine Art Landscape Photography by Gary Waidson

I got a job in the local camera shop which firmed up my knowledge base, went to college to lean more, worked through another few jobs in the industry and then decided that I needed a change and became a professional Viking instead.

Black Mount - Waylandscape. Fine Art Landscape Photography by Gary Waidson

The problem was that loving photography and earning a living through it were completely different things and for me, mutually exclusive.    I preferred to enjoy my photography on my own terms.

Kilchurn-Castle - Waylandscape. Fine Art Landscape Photography by Gary Waidson

On the course of this journey I built my own darkroom and learned the craft of monochrome photographic printing in fine detail.

Lochan Urr - Waylandscape. Fine Art Landscape Photography by Gary Waidson

I studied every book I could find on the darkroom arts and actually gained a reasonable reputation as a monochrome worker in the clubs that I frequented. I didn’t do much colour work because it lacked the degree of control that mono had in the darkroom.

Black Mount - Waylandscape. Fine Art Landscape Photography by Gary Waidson

Around about the time of my career change, digital photography entered the arena. At first I was dismissive, the first cameras were no competition for even 35mm cameras let alone the medium and large format equipment I was using.

Loch Etive - Waylandscape. Fine Art Landscape Photography by Gary Waidson

Eventually, it was the results that I started getting from RAW files from a small camera I had bought to service my web sites that convinced me that digital photography had a future.

Near Ben Nevis - Waylandscape. Fine Art Landscape Photography by Gary Waidson

Recently, I bought a scanner for the business which will also scan negatives and transparencies. That encouraged me to look through some of my old negative files.

Old Man of Storr - Waylandscape. Fine Art Landscape Photography by Gary Waidson

I was interested to see that not much has changed in the style of my images but the thing that struck me most was how few there were that I would meet my standards today.

That-Castle - Waylandscape. Fine Art Landscape Photography by Gary Waidson

This was not due to a lack of quality or even composition although I do think we do expect a cleaner, more flawless, image these days but simply that I must have taken far fewer pictures during those years than I do now.

On the Road to Malaig - Waylandscape. Fine Art Landscape Photography by Gary Waidson

I looks like my hit rate was about the same then but when a film had just 15 frames and a definite cost associated with that, you just took a more limited range of shots.

That-Castle - Waylandscape. Fine Art Landscape Photography by Gary Waidson

Scenes where today I would shoot many variations, back then I usually took one exposure on the meter reading, one over, one under and one on the nail again in case of some processing fault.

Cwmorthin - Waylandscape. Fine Art Landscape Photography by Gary Waidson

Without the instant feedback of a camera screen and histogram, bracketing like that was almost essential which consumed the film even faster.

Carreg Sampson and the Moon - Waylandscape. Fine Art Landscape Photography by Gary Waidson

Looking back, it was considered quite an achievement to build up a portfolio of 30 to 40 images that you would consider showing back then. These days I have hundreds to choose from in my collection that I consider to be of that standard.

Buttermere - Waylandscape. Fine Art Landscape Photography by Gary Waidson

So what is this page all about? Here are a few imaged taken from my archive. I have for the most part processed them in the much same style as the original prints were made.

Frosty Trees - Waylandscape. Fine Art Landscape Photography by Gary Waidson

I do not think they are better or worse than my digital work but there is a different quality to them in my opinion.

Old Buckle - Waylandscape. Fine Art Landscape Photography by Gary Waidson

They do serve to provide a little history I suppose, some of the locations have changed over the years at least but I hope that they do not stand apart from my later work too much.

Ystrafelte - Waylandscape. Fine Art Landscape Photography by Gary Waidson

I leave them here for you to enjoy, or not, and reflect that photography has become much easier than it used to be in my opinion.    Whether that is a good thing or a bad thing I will leave for you to decide.

Hodges Close - Waylandscape. Fine Art Landscape Photography by Gary Waidson
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