EYV 3 Exercise 3.3

The brief

Find a good viewpoint, perhaps fairly high up (an upstairs window might do) where you can see a wide view or panorama. Start by looking at the things closest to you in the foreground. Then pay attention to the details in the middle distance and, finally, the things towards the horizon. Now try and see the whole landscape together, from the foreground to horizon (you can move your eyes). Include the sky in your observation and try to see the whole visual field together, all in movement (there is always some movement). When you’ve got it, raise your camera and take a picture. Add the picture and a description of the process to your learning log.

My shot

f/22.0 1/60 ISO 200 focal length 16.0 mm

Process

It was a bright and sunny morning here yesterday, so I stepped out onto the west-facing fire escape at the rear of my flat with a wide-angle lens on my camera, looked down into the gardens of the ground-floor flats below, noticing the dusting of overnight snow in the areas protected from the sun’s heat by the shadow of the house, the sharp lines of the shadow telling me (in case I hadn’t already noticed) that the sky was clear and cloudless. In the middle distance the shapes of the recently trimmed trees were repeated as silhouettes on a screen provided by the white walls of the houses in the next street, while the jumble of rooftops beyond was crowned by a sky of intense and perfectly uniform blueness. I raised my camera to my eye and pressed the shutter, then stepped back into the warmth of my kitchen to view the scene through the less vertiginous perspective of the glass windows, feeling grateful as I do every day for my immense good fortune in having a view so full of light and sky.