Monday Blog Blog Celebration

January 10th, 2011 by David Leland Hyde Leave a reply »

Oaks, Alders, Conifer Forest, Indian Creek, Northern Sierra Nevada, California, 2010 by David Leland Hyde. This photograph was tied with several others for first runner-up for “My Favorite Photos Of 2010.” By the way, this is a color photograph. It was not a black and white photograph in-camera, nor was it converted.

The new year will bring a new off and on feature to Landscape Photography Blogger. It will remain low-profile for now and an alternative medicine for good landscape photography based on my father and his colleagues’ approach to photography and life. It is alternative in that it is a develop-through-observation Travel Log, Interview and experience-based column rather than another outlet for step-by-step rules, laws, principles, guidelines, doctrine, dogma, canons, policies and procedures. You still won’t see anybody’s 14 Easy Steps, or Nine Sure-Fire Tips here.

Nonetheless, not all photography training and pointers online consist of rules and artificial teaching structures. Technique is important and best taught by those who are masters of it. Being able to look under the hood of the systems and methods of other landscape photographers is useful and often energizing. Landscape Photography Blogger intends to do more from now on to help people find these resources around the photo blogosphere. Also, I am often impressed by and learn from the photography I see online. I intend to provide a platform through which work of quality can be passed along to readers.

In addition, I have run across many photographers who seem to be carrying on an updated form of the excellence that my father learned studying under Ansel Adams, Minor White, Edward Weston, Imogen Cunningham and Dorothea Lange. Some people call it the West Coast tradition, some call it straight photography, some call it lots of other names both complimentary and derogatory, but originally in its time it transformed photography, spearheaded by Group f64 and their students. The more landscape photographers believe they are moving beyond it, the more they espouse it. Ansel Adams was not dictatorial about his approach to photography. He welcomed photographers of many sizes and shapes to teach with him, but they were required to have a professional attitude and they had to be committed to the highest quality possible as he was. In short they were the best.

Landscape photographers like Ansel Adams and Edward Weston might be somewhat bewildered by all that is going on in photography now, but they would probably also be energized, enthused and impressed with much of the work being done today. Landscape Photography Blogger is becoming a conduit for discussion and exploration for many non-photographers and photographers at all levels. As such I will do more community building and looking around within the community to see what coalitions and connections can be made. As a step toward this, I am going to designate Monday as a day to feature or celebrate other blogs, websites or resources from around the world wide web and the photography blogosphere in particular. Starting next week, we will debut what I will call, “Monday Blog Blog.” It’s a silly name and it might not always happen on Monday or necessarily every single week, but the intent is for it to be a regular feature and a service to readers.

Stay tuned for other new developments…



  1. pj says:

    Should be an interesting and valuable feature David. I look forward to seeing it.

    Yes, technique is important, but once you know your tools it’s what you do with them, and why, that counts. Personally I’m much more interested in why a photographer works the way they do rather than how they do it, the thought and philosophy behind their work. The ‘why-to’ rather than the ‘how-to’. To me that’s where the art enters in. Technique means little if it’s simply used to imitate. I may be a little off topic here, but that’s the kind of deeper look I hope you’re striving for, at least to some degree. I must add that so far you’ve been doing a fine job with it.

  2. Hi PJ, many thanks for your worthwhile addition to the topic. My father was one of the best at helping people to see beneath the surface in their photographs and in their reasons for making them.

  3. Greg Boyer says:

    I look forward to this series. You will probably find, as did Joseph Campbell in his research of the worlds religions, that there is a singular voice that sings in many languages.

  4. Thank you, Greg. It’s too bad those religions don’t put more emphasis on their similarities, stop arguing and killing each other and get along like many of the photographers in the photo blogosphere.

  5. Greg Russell says:

    I think this is a great idea, David, and I’m looking forward to seeing what you throw our way.

    As I progress in my photographic journey, I’m becoming less interested in the “technical” end of things and more interested in the viewer’s reaction to the photo. It doesn’t mean that technical doesn’t matter (it does), but PJ’s comment above rings true–we can all look the “how-to” up in a book.

  6. Richard Wong says:

    It will be interesting to see this series of posts, David. Looking forward to it.

  7. Hi Greg and Richard, thank you for your comments. I’m glad you are looking forward to it. I probably could have already done more of this type of blog post, but I have been on a mission to convey information about my father and his photography. Now that we have some foundation about Dad’s work and why I’m doing all of this, we can branch out a bit.

  8. Lana says:

    Good luck with the plans for your blog. I looked over some of your photos and they’re absolutely wonderful! My best to you & yours for 2011.

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