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Aerial With Cloud, Middlehurst, New Zealand.
Phase One XF 100MP, Schneider 80mm lens, 1/2500 second @ f2.8, ISO 200

What is our ultimate aim as photographers? I think it is to produce photographs that please us. There is no guarantee anything we do will please another human being, so that seems to be an exercise fraught with peril, even if it's something we all aspire to do. I mean, I'd prefer it if you liked this photograph.

But it isn't necessary. I like it. It's a favourite. It has been sitting on my work-print board for the last month or so as I figure out what I want to do. I love the simplicity of the composition, the tight cropping, the ethereal cloud in the middle. I like the narrow colour palette and the highlights on the wrinkled, crumpled mountain range that sits behind Middlehurst Station.

I believe our ultimate aim is to produce photographs that we like, that we're pleased with. This doesn't mean we don't share our images with other people, or enter competitions, or take criticism and re-consider what we're doing. All of this is part of the growing experience as a photographer.

But if after some time you reach a point where you're pleased with a lot of the photographs you produce, then I think you've made it.

Of course, this is no excuse for complacency. Just because you like it this week doesn't mean you'll still like it next week or the year after. As we grow and develop as photographers, so does our 'taste' and our 'discernment'. Liking the photographs you take today doesn't mean you have become the best you can, but it does indicate you're on the right path!

For readers in Sydney and the environs, please come along to my Evening Atelier at Dee Why RSL this Wednesday evening at 7pm. You can buy a ticket online for $9.95 which helps with catering (tea and coffee), but you can also also pay $10 cash if you turn up on the night!

This Wednesday I have my good friend Steve Gosling from the UK giving a short presentation on his simply beautiful black and white photography. I'll be featuring my Middlehurst images and Momento Pro book (Middlehurst is where Tony Hewitt and I take a small creative photography masterclass each year - we have two seats left for this July).

And what about this photo in black and white? Click through to the website to see if it works as well.

The same file in black and white.

Personally, I prefer the colour version and if I were to turn this into a black and white, I think I would need to spend a lot more time than I have reconsidering the overall tonality and contrast.

And if you're interested in a photography workshop in the next 12 months or so, I have places left on trips going to the Arctic, New Zealand ‘Middlehurst’, Antarctica, Iran and Bolivia. Full details on the Better Photography website!


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