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Capturing the essence of a location

Milvus 11 168 2 United Kingdom
3 May 2013 8:47PM
Looking at my own and others photos some standout as capturing a location exactly how you remember it. Others whilst technically good don't evoke any emotion or capture the essence of the place.

Whilst I know it is a very subjective thing how does a photographer go about identifying what it is that makes a photo 'work'?

I don't shoot people just landscapes and architecture but I would guess that portrait photographers face the same issue.

Would be interested in other peoples views!

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Eviscera 12 1.1k 149 United Kingdom
3 May 2013 9:29PM
Paul Morgan 17 19.1k 6 England
3 May 2013 10:21PM

Quote:I don't shoot people just landscapes and architecture but I would guess that portrait photographers face the same issue

The difference here is, you would need to know that person in a photograph.
779HOB 6 1.2k United Kingdom
4 May 2013 6:39AM
I think you need to know your subject whatever it is. Someone who knows a place or person will find it easier to take a photo that captures the essence of that subject.

I look at the many photos taken of my area (Exmoor) and find them to not show the area that I know at all. What they show is the postcard and advertising image of the area. That isn't to say they aren't very good photos but they depict the surface only.
SlowSong Plus
9 7.4k 30 England
4 May 2013 7:27AM
essence - the basic or most important feature of something that determines its character.
To capture that in a photograph I think would be impossible.
puertouk 6 1.1k 17 United Kingdom
4 May 2013 10:46AM
Like others have said, it's knowing the area, where you get the best out of an image at a certain time of day. The type of weather when taking a shot. A bleak moorland shot is far better when you have a moody sky, rather than a clear blue sky. I would say clouds are one of the main factors when taking landscape shots.
Canonshots 7 172 13 United Kingdom
4 May 2013 10:15PM
Consider what it is that makes you want to photograph this scene in the first place, then try to compose a shot that emphasises that specific aspect. It is, of course, easier said than done. I know - I've often tried.

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