My goal, as an artist, is to create Fine Art Photographs. That is, photographs that express my vision of what I see through the use of the medium of a camera and post processing.
My vision of landscapes is not documentary but rather interpretive. If we assume that documentary images include scenes which are normally viewed by those who visit the outdoors, these images will appear very similiar to post card photographs. There is nothing inherently wrong with these type of images - they are in fact, what most view as a landscape - bright sun, white clouds and blue skies.
Interpretive landscapes which produce Fine Art Photographs, normally involve viewing when the light is very soft and thus very different than what is normally viewed. Sunrise, sunset, overcast and stormy weather produce images which soften, color and compress the contrast of landscapes. They produce a much more subdued image, yet with vibrant colors and wonderful details.
The actual technical skills necessary to capture an image with a camera entail much more than knowing where to be, when, and how to point the camera. Although some lenses see as we see, lens choice also involve compression and expansion to add interest or artistic composition to the final image. Additionally since photographs effectively convert a three dimensional scene into a two dimensional image, other compositional elements need to be actively employed to create an image which expresses what the artist feels and add interest.
In addition to timing, I involve artistic interpretation in the processing and printing of the the Fine Art Image. Although this might be viewed by manipulation, I admit it up front. The concept of a "good photographer" is in fact rather common, but a Artist who utilizes a camera is relatively rare since what has been captured by the camera much now be interpreted and expressed as Fine Art.
Fine Art Photography is also a business. All businesses function primarily as better, faster or cheaper. As such, NatureViews is dedicated to better. Fine Art Photography should be something that is perceived and appreciated as the best of photographic images - as art. It should be believable versus real. Hopefully it represents an image of nature which may never be actually viewed but is nevertheless believable and maybe even desired.
Thad M Brown