Charlie Waite Exhibition

I caught the last day of Charlie Waite’s “Silent Exchange” exhibition in he newly opened Beaumont Gallery at Woodlands Road, Mere,  Wiltshire.  The images no longer appear on the gallery website but here is a link to his home page.

Renowned worldwide landscape photographer Waite brings together landscapes from a number of countries as well as from the local area of Wiltshire and Dorset.   The images are all beautiful sometimes in their simplicity and sometimes with added drama.  Waite describes his photography as a deeply personal experience and has said that it is  “a rather fine interaction between me and the landscape with the camera as the intermediary”.

I really liked this one (link above)  with it’s almost infinity like appearance and all in high key.

Landscape photography is a passion for Waite.  He has described the making of his images as a deeply involving personal experience, or as he has put it “a rather fine interaction between me and the landscape with the camera as the intermediary”.  Waite has been compared to Ansell Adams and  also describes his work and the pre-visualisation first coined by Adams as an important factor in his passion for landscapes.

I have a shot similar to the link above.  I wish that I’d had the patience of Charlie Waite, who waited a long time for the shot to be composed the way he wanted it.  He was disappointed that during his wait some of the cows lay down (not part of his visualisation), but he later felt that they added something more to the shot.

cows (1 of 1)

I was there a long time and my aim was more about the reflection and there were no storms brewing so I wouldn’t have been able to recreate the drama but next time, I will be looking at the landscape in a different way and trying to be a little more patient!

Waite’s understanding of light is apparent and most of his shots  have a particular beauty to them, which captures some dramatic and powerful images.  Yet some are so simple in their composition it made me wonder why my shots don’t turn out like that.  It may have something to do with in his words  “More often than not,  light is the great catalyst that can reveal and finally yield the image one yearns for.”

If Charlie Waite was hoping for an emotional response to his images they certainly moved me.


Reflections on Assignment 3


Reflections using the assessment criteria assessment

Demonstration of technical skills

  • Equipment:
    • Cameras
      • Canon 5DMKIII
      • Lumix GX7
    • Lenses
      • Canon 25-104mm
      • Lumix Vario 45-200mm
      • Lumix Vario 14 -42mm
    • Settings
      • Aperture priority/Manual
      • Auto Focus


  • Using feedback from my tutor for Assignment 2 I extensively researched Street Photographers (See Research) and paid particular attention to composition. Especially, at Cabot’s Circus I took time to visualise the shot and how the shot might be framed.
  • I also looked to some contemporary Street Photographers for influence e.g. Vineet Vohra and Rui Palha for use of stairs and escalators, Brend Schaeffer, Valerie Jardin and Thomas Leuthard for lead in lines and the use of architecture. I have a long way to go but I feel that I have improved on previous attempts.
  • I thought hard about where to position myself and took most shots from a high position or a low position looking up. This worked to a greater or lesser extent especially those looking up (see Contact Sheets) however, what did help greatly was that I had more of an idea of what I wanted my shot to look like.
  • I was more patient (especially at Cabot’s Circus) in waiting for the shot to appear.
  • I used a shallow Depth of Field on the more candid shots.

Quality of outcome

  • I was much happier with the outcome of the shots compared with Assignment 2 composition improved and I visualised the outcome more.
  • However, a number of my shots lacked vibrancy and contrast and were a little under exposed when I downloaded them even though they and the histograms looked alright on the back of the camera. Therefore, I did some editing using Lightroom.  On two candid shots there was some distracting back ground (a yellow strip in one and a red sale banner in the other), I used Photoshop CC to reduce the impact of these on the shot.  I have a lot to learn in using the “digital darkroom”.  This is the first time I have attempted this type of editing and I am quite pleased with the results.
  • Printing was a nightmare. I used two local well respected printers and I was very disappointed with the results.  In one the contrast was way too high to the extent that it blew out highlights (I had already printed these at home on my Canon 100S printer and they were fine), the other was on low quality paper even though I had ordered them on high quality.  I therefore, decided to attempt to print them myself.  I still need to learn about how to resize photos that have been cropped but overall I was quite pleased with the quality.

Demonstration of Creativity

  • Feedback from Assignment 1 stated that I did not take risks, I feel that I have been riskier with this assignment but still have a long way to go.  I would love to emulate some of the photographers who obviously get down low the take some amazing shots but as yet I have not got the confidence to do so.
  • That said, I feel that the shots which include architecture and depth of field are more creative than previous shots and I have tried to tell a story in the shots using lead in lines and the rule of thirds to place important features.
  • I have learnt a lot about “The Decisive Moment” and what it means from the more received definition of Henri Cartier-Bresson to a more contemporary definition that would include the work of Diane Arbus. No matter what the approach I take I have learnt that the planning of the shoot is of utmost importance to capturing “the” shot.