The View from the Top

The view from the top

Standing at an altitude of 3,000m (10,000ft) and on the edge of a kilometre drop is why landscape photography has to be considered one of the most extreme forms of the art! When I got into landscapes, I thought it was a gentle pastime. Filled with long, considered moments at breathtaking scenic spots - possibly followed by a gentle lunch and a siesta. How wrong can a person be!

Landscape photography, is actually a sleepless struggle with fractions of seconds followed by wasted days waiting. A fight with the dark and the edges of weather - for it's at the edge of the storm that the light and shadows are at their most sublime.

Landscape photography is a constant aching challenge to creativity; where is the epic landscape that hasn't been photographed a thousand times before?!! It's a war with the alarm clock that wakes you at 2:30am. A confrontation with the seasons because landscapes are at their best at only a few times of year - how many seasons do each of us have left to explore them? Too few I think...

Landscapes have changed me utterly. My time is ebbing. Now I have an unquenchable desire to climb these mountains and to see the view from the top as many times as I can before my limbs fail me and my eyes go dim.


Looking north-northeast across the foothills of the ukhahlamba-Drakensberg. Photographed with a Canon 5D mark iii Digital SLR and 16-35mm F4 L IS lens just after sunrise. Focal length was 16mm, aperture F14, ISO at 100 for an average of 1/40th of a second for 7 exposures. Post processing in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop.