Cover Shot

09th October 2012


Above is the current edition of the Irish Mountain Log with an image of mine on the front cover. I've had a few images used in publications before (and there are some more in the lead article of the above magazine) but this is my first cover shot. Please excuse the tea stains in the photo used here! Getting your image on the front cover of a magazine is something photographers tend to aim towards so this was a nice moment for me, even if the IML isn't exactly the biggest publication in the outdoor industry.

It's not bad but I don't think it's a great picture. Firstly it was taken on a compact camera meaning it's not as sharp as it could be (the forecast was awful that evening so I decided to go walking without the expensive gear). Secondly it's cropped to portrait from the original landscape format, further reducing the image quality and also meaning the composition isn't as strong as if I'd planned on shooting portrait from the start.

When the editor asked me for an image for the cover, knowing I was living in the area at the time, I trawled through the thousands of Mayo images on my computer and came to notice that I nearly never shoot landscape images in portrait style. Landscape format has always appealed to me most, especially panoramas. I like wide open views. Obviously it depends on the scene and the subject of the photo but in general I tend towards keeping the camera horizontal.

So that's a few lessons learned:
1) don't take too much notice of the weather forecast
2) get a decent waterproof cover for the camera bag
and
3) make more images in portrait format if you want more magazine covers!

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