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Itís a small world ... er ... small country

conrad > conrad Blog > Itís a small world ... er ... small country
17/04/2012 - 3:35 PM

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The Netherlands is "one of the world's most densely populated nations". And that has its consequences.

One of them is that open spaces without any obstructions or eyesores are rare. And that you rarely get an unobstructed view of points of interest in our landscapes, be it urban landscapes or the countryside.

You point your camera lens at something and think: "That would look great if ..."

- in which "..." can stand for things like:

"that windmill wasn't completely surrounded by ugly housing and industrial buildings"
"only I could walk around it and shoot it from a better side"
"there weren't busy roads and railway lines on all sides"

And although over the years I find that I have become quite skilled at finding a viewpoint that works somehow, I still find obstructions annoying. And I often pass a nice building or other point of interest without taking a shot, frustrated by the fact that I just can't shoot it the way I want.

I'lll give you an example of how one sometimes has to go to look very carefully at a scene in order to determine how to leave out eyesores and obstructions.

In order to get a shot like this:


you have to find a viewpoint that allows you to leave out all this:


This is the windmill around the corner from where I live, and as you can probably see there's a supermarket on one side, built right against it, with flags, a car park, advertising signs and bottle & clothing disposal containers. And partly visible is the office building on the other side, with (invisibly here) another car park. Not in this picture, but also not very handy when you try another viewpoint, are another car park, a skate park, and an ugly modern building that houses a retirement home.

And it's often like this. Last Saturday I went to look at about eight windmills I hadn't seen before. Several I didn't photograph at all, it just wasn't possible to shoot them without all kinds of eyesores obstructing the view. Several others took a lot of doing to get a more or less unobstructed view. This shot in my portfolio shows one of the most succesful efforts in that respect, but even that one wasn't exactly ideal - see the comments.

It's a bit of a puzzle, sometimes, being an amateur photographer in a very densely populated country!

Tags: Eyesores, Netherlands, Obstructed, Views


JJGEE  106543 forum posts England18 Constructive Critique Points
17 Apr 2012 - 6:57 PM

However, the second image does tell more of a story about modern living / development etc. and one that an image library I used to submit to would have "snapped" up very quickly and definitely made some sales Wink

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conrad  1110882 forum posts116 Constructive Critique Points
17 Apr 2012 - 6:59 PM

Ah, interesting. I've never done anything with image libraries before, so the whole idea is new to me.

23 Apr 2012 - 9:11 PM

Its ilk the old estate agents way of taking a view, just enough to tell the story but not quite enough to show that your possible house purchase is right beside a cooling tower, or big ugly power lines etc. Been selective is what its all about and for someone like myself who supplies a great many Stock Agencies the cleaner simple image will always win as it allows more scope for commercial use especially advertising. The complete image with shops would as mentioned sell well as editorial.

conrad  1110882 forum posts116 Constructive Critique Points
23 Apr 2012 - 9:35 PM

Well, for the kind of images I take, it's all a matter of leaving out as much as possible. I often find a way to get what I want, although I have to admit that doesn't always work.

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