I went to Jodrell Bank earlier this week to have a look around. Unfortunately from a photographic point of view I went on a day when the telescope was pointing into the sky instead of the trees. There were other problems like bad light. On reflection winter probably isn’t the best time to visit an arboretum either. So all in all I’m not too happy with the results. I did have a fun day out though and learned a few things about my camera so it wasn’t a wasted day. Despite all the things that can go wrong, a major reason for me taking few photographs I’m happy with is that I’m not a very good photographer.
Someone like Max Milligan in contrast does take excellent photos of archaeological sites. Unlike my photos his are the product of talent, technique and effort. Talent is something you have or you don’t, and realistically I’m not going to have the patience to hang around all day waiting for the right shot. However I can do something about technique. Can anyone recommend either books or websites for learning about landscape photography?
I’m also interested in learning about HDR photography, but I have doubts about whether or not that can be used for serious archaeology. In theory it should be, but scientific photography is a dicey business, as I’ll mention in another post over the weekend. Nonetheless if anyone knows good websites or books for that as well then I’m interested.