Landscape Photography

Winter's Remnants by Jim Sincock

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I enjoy early Spring in our woods which have a monotone color scheme with little pops of color. Plant matter returning to the Earth, building soil to nourish future plants.

Many of these images could fall into a series I began when I still lived in Colorado which was called Nature's Decay. That series began using large format black & white film, yet these digital color pieces also draw me in. The muted colors tell the story differently than the story would be told in black and white. Perhaps I'll continue with that series.

Woodland at River Bend by Jim Sincock

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I've always been drawn to the sometimes chaotic scenes in nature. Complex and layered scenes which become an abstraction when viewed more intimately than the larger surrounding landscape. I'm not even sure if they would be called landscapes, since these images remove the sense of location. With landscape photography, I've found that many people feel compelled to ask "where is that?" while with these images location is somewhat irrelevant. Images like these are subtle yet extremely complex. 

Photographing scenes like these can be a daunting task. How does one make sense of a scene which is heavily overgrown and seemingly missing an obvious composition? And when you do find a composition that works for your eye, how do you make a final print which will convey the scene as you saw it in your mind's eye? 

I had begun to figure out how to make sense of these scenes in black and white, and now with my new color work I am learning the complexities which come with the range of color and subtleties. I prefer overcast flat light or foggy days when photographing these scenes because the contrast of hard sunlight doesn't fit the mood or vision I have for these scenes. In creating a final print which fits my vision, I draw my my extensive knowledge of custom printing in the traditional wet darkroom. 

This series will be ongoing, yet I hope to exhibit a portion of the work in 2018. Prints will also be available from my other site, www.jimsincockphotography.com

Intro to Large Format Photography Workshop by Jim Sincock

Large format camera have long been the standard for serious photographers, and still is—even in this digital age. This workshop will be great for anyone wishing to learn how to use a large format camera such as a 4x5 view camera using traditional black & white film. It will also be a great introduction to large format landscape photography.

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The Best Camera Is.... by Jim Sincock

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As the saying goes, the best camera is the one you have with you. Which was definitely the case today when I decided to take the long way home so I could drive past the lake after being in the the studio all day. 

Have I mentioned that I'm enjoying color photography again? Yes, I am!

Refining Visions by Jim Sincock

I feel that life is about refining your visions, learning, growing and generally moving forward instead of staying stuck or moving backward. What works for you, and what doesn't? With the things that do work for you, how do they work with people and things around you?

This website of mine is a great example of refining my visions as it has changed and evolved constantly over the twenty years I've had it. My photography and art has also changed and evolved and improved over the thirty or so years that I've been doing it.

As I refine my visions of my direction with photography I keep seeing how much I am fulfilled by doing landscape photography. I'm happier when I spend more time nature as opposed to in the studio or at the computer. There is a deeper connection I feel out in nature and it seems important to nurture that connection.

Feel free to follow my journey as I refine my vision and explore.

 

Untended Landscapes by Jim Sincock

The grand landscapes or intimate details of landscapes are often fairly easy to photograph since it is often more obvious how to compose the image. Chaotic views of the landscape tend to be harder to photograph and share their story. A tangled mess of trees and shrubs can be both visually interesting while at the same time visually confusing. When you add black and white to that mix your image may become more abstract and harder to read.

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Minnesota's North Shore by Jim Sincock

Jessica and I recently took a trip to the North Shore of Minnesota to do some camping, hiking, and photography and wondered why we hadn't gone there sooner. The scenery is stunning, many of the hikes were as good as anything we did in Colorado, and the food was great!

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