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With Landscape In Mind DVD Review

Environmental Films 2011 made a Landscape Photography DVD featuring Joe Cornish and we took a look at it.

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With Landscape In Mind DVD - a photographic road trip with Joe Cornish. A Light and Land Documentary.

With Landscape In Mind DVD Review:

The film starts with soft folksy guitar music, with Joe Cornish explaining why he's an outdoor photographer and explains his plans for the DVD. The film is a road trip with Joe taking a variety of landscape photos. You can watch a trailer on their website.

Key Features:

  • On the DVD you’ll find the full 60 minute documentary
  • Over 60 minutes of additional material - including a detailed image critique narrated by Joe Cornish on a selection of the images taken within the film
  • Two on location photographic scenes that provide more technical guidance than the main film itself

With Landscape In Mind DVD Review:

Joe takes a trip to Paddy's Hole, Redcar steelworks, dusk in the dunes, dawn at Malham Cove, Middle Scar, Ribblehead (voiceover with Joe's thoughts about taking photos), Hawthorne tree at Southerscales Limestone Pavement, Gordale Scar, mist at Scaleber Force, Scaleber Force revisited, Borrowdale quary, the Lake District, beachcombing at Seascale and journeys end at Sellafield.

Joe shoots his landscapes using a medium format camera, a solid looking tripod with metal spikes, a phase one digital back, lens and in his pocket a Canon Powershot G10 for the quicker photograph.

Joe has a soft voice and explains composition, light and what he is trying to achieve with the photograph. The film isn't overly technical with regards to what camera to use, or lens, but it does explain briefly what an ND and polarising filter can be used for.

With Landscape In Mind DVD Review:

With every location there are OS / GPS? co-ordinates so you can go and visit the same locations and re-create or re-attempt the same photos if you wish. Joe's photographs, including panoramas, are used during the location shoots to show the results as he's explaining what he's doing and also at the end of the sections.

As Joe progresses further north, the weather worsens and Joe uses some of the light to take dramatic landscape shots with bright foreground subjects such as trees or rocks and dramatic darkclouds in the background.

With Landscape In Mind DVD Review:

By the end of the film the weather is solid rain and Joe is still out taking photos explaining how to deal with the adverse weather conditions. Some of the film seems to be quite slowly paced at times, but this is counter balanced by some stunning looking photos.

With Landscape In Mind DVD Verdict:

While I didn't feel that I learnt a huge amount from the film, I did feel inspired to go out and take photos. Joe gives his thoughts and composition ideas in a way that helps you think about how to bring the best out of, at times, difficult situations and weather.
  With Landscape In Mind DVD Review:
  With Landscape In Mind is an inspiring DVD that is excellent value for money.

With Landscape In Mind DVD Pros

Relaxed watching
Shows wide mix of shooting conditions from great, to awful weather
Explains thought process and how to find interesting subjects
Good value for money
Environmental packaging

With Landscape In Mind DVD Cons

Slow pace (some may like this)
Medium Format use could put off DSLR users


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It is a lovely, relaxed watch, true to both the man and his work - I enjoyed it immensely. I was faintly disappointed at the number of locations visited, given the description of the project as a road trip - and surprised that I had visited most of them! Inspired to re-visit, now that I have better quality kit...

Beautifully presented, a lovely glimpse of the master at work.

I should like to point out that the hawthorn tree is actually at Southerscales limestone pavement, though... :o)

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