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Photography Essentials: Waiting for the Light by David Noton

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Ultimately a picture must stand on its own merit. All the effort that went into making it – the photographic techniques, the equipment used and the lengths the photographer had to go to – is irrelevant. Some pictures come easily, when Mother Nature smiles and all the elements come together seemingly effortlessly. More usually the strongest images represent triumphs of perseverance, or fleeting moments of perfection.

Sometimes after waiting for the light for hours or even days, a splash of light paints the landscape for just 30 seconds, and I only manage to expose two or three frames. As the clouds close in again, I am often left wondering, did I get it? How were my exposures? It’s good to be your own harshest critic, to be constantly ...

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