Fashion Madness | Woodland Photography – Composition, patience & perserverance
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  • Tom T
    Posted at 10:20h, 26 April

    Every image tells a story and it is only up to us photographers how good the story will be. In my opinion every viewer perceives the story even though s/he might not be consciously aware of it. The more you give into the photo (thoughts, time, technique and other elements) the better experience (practice) for you and also viewers. Thanks for excellent work, again.

  • José Santos
    Posted at 10:38h, 26 April

    Really very inspiring Simon, thank you. And as allays, cutest dog ever!

  • Jason Hunt
    Posted at 11:23h, 26 April

    Great video Simon. I agree with your comments about staying local also, without having to jet off somewhere. Most of my photography is taken on my doorstep in Lancashire, and the area has so much to offer, as does your part of the country. Its about getting out there, exploring whats around you and finding the best compositions. Keep up the great work.

  • Camera Phill
    Posted at 11:58h, 26 April

    awesome clip Simon and some excellent pilot skills with the drone
    a very professional and well put together production indeed

  • Joe Brennan
    Posted at 12:33h, 26 April

    I look forward to you videos so much Simon, please keep them coming. I also agree with and understand your thinking as you search for compositions, I regularly have a title in my head as I frame a composition, I might change it before printing, but initially the title reflects my first thoughts as I approach the composition.

  • Elzbieta Arno
    Posted at 13:39h, 26 April

    Thank you Simon, Your philosophies behind your photography are inspiring.

  • rodd1000
    Posted at 13:53h, 26 April

    Your best video yet Simon. Love the thoughts and connections you made. Also that it's not always about scoring images every single time you go out, it's about the journey and experiences, the images are just the icing on the cake.

  • Jarrod Tobeck
    Posted at 14:02h, 26 April

    Very nice video, great advice and It's sure to be something I'll utilise in my next journeys

  • Sean Tucker
    Posted at 14:07h, 26 April

    Great video mate. Love the images at the end. Great lesson in patience and working an area. Well done.

  • Simon Booth
    Posted at 14:10h, 26 April

    Very enjoyable video; it was nice to share your thought process. I can totally relate to this video in that I have an area of beech woodland, which as it happens is classified as plantation woodland, but I just know there is great image in this one particular group of trees. I must have been there a dozen times only to find that there is never any mist when I get there, yet I couldn't see a thing for thick fog when I left home!

  • Ged M
    Posted at 14:14h, 26 April

    Great episode. The joy that you and your dog have being outside comes across loud and clear. Inspiration for us fellow photographers comes in many forms and your channel is right up there in making me want to explore my local area.

  • Darren Walshe
    Posted at 14:24h, 26 April

    Wherever l am in the world always look forward to watching your videos when it drops in my notifications.lll be back up near Grassington,Threshfield and Kilnsley in the Summer.Your channel is a pre-cursor to my trip home.
    Cheers again…

  • jeff stephenson
    Posted at 14:25h, 26 April

    Another great video Simon your eye for detail and the patients you have to get that right composition is just brilliant. I loved your final image with the suns rays bursting through absolutely beautiful. I thought while you were filming there was a couple of great compositions where you were in them yourself one that you mentioned and another where your sitting on the wall just an idea maybe. Anyway looking forward to your next upload

  • David Ireland
    Posted at 16:44h, 26 April

    I'm really enjoying what you're doing Simon, and also how you're doing it. You have perspective on what is important in photography, more particularly what is important to each individual, I know that on days when I don;t shoot I can get as much satisfaction and excitement from finding a composition and exploring the possibilities of shooting it in different ways.
    You are a great exponent of the creative process – the most valuable piece of kit anyone has. Well done.

  • Cheryl Mills
    Posted at 16:46h, 26 April

    I just watched this for the 3rd time. 🙂   what you said about your photos bringing back memories for you, really hit home.   I was able to take some pics of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado. My first time seeing mountains like that and the reason for my trip was for the funeral of a dear friend.  Those pics will always have special meaning to me.Thank you again for your amazing videos and insights. Oh..and I learned what a Beck is. lol   (I had to Google it)

  • Alan Crossland
    Posted at 17:57h, 26 April

    Really enjoying your blogs Simon, love seeing your insights, ways and perseverance to find a new shot. It certainly pays off!! Sorry to hear about your pain, hope it has / is improving. I find photography fantastic therapy and escape from the ever challenging world which we inhabit.

  • thetico67
    Posted at 18:07h, 26 April

    Simon, thank you for all that goes in making a great video like this. I'm watching it at a difficult time of my life, and found it to be very uplifting and serene. Thank you again.

  • Philip Mills
    Posted at 19:09h, 26 April

    Great video think you have just summed up what landscape photography is all about. You can look at the great vistas of the world but to get intermit takes so class.

  • Gregory Standaert
    Posted at 20:25h, 26 April

    Great video Simon, and a fantastic set of images at the end! I personally find it very difficult to photograph woodlands. Never seem to find a composition to my liking. I think I'll re-view your images a few times, they are great inspiration!

  • Iwan Dierckx
    Posted at 20:48h, 26 April

    Brilliant video, thank you so much. How do you keep track of all your "visions" and know when to return to them when conditions are ideal ? for example do you keep a list of all compositions you want to photograph in mist, is it just a list or do you keep coordinates or mark them on a map, do you keep scouting pictures or make conceptual drawings etc ??

  • John Spencer
    Posted at 21:06h, 26 April

    Super video Simon and love your thoughts.

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    Posted at 21:07h, 26 April


  • john brown
    Posted at 21:12h, 26 April

    Simon your woodland and tree photos are quite amazing and your analogy of "dancing or arguing" is something that I have always visualised especially if there is some breeze or wind. I am transported out of the city with your videos and taken back to my youth when I lived, as it was known, in the garden of England the Weald in Kent, but that was a long time ago. Fantastic videos and your photos are superlative. Well done.

  • Bri W
    Posted at 21:21h, 26 April

    I haven't seen such a beautiful portfolio of tree photographs since Dav Thomas' book. Beautiful work, Simon.

  • Leslie Darwin
    Posted at 21:40h, 26 April

    I love your work because it is full of emotion and feeling. I follow some landscape photographers on youtube though many do not capture as inspiring imagery as you. You have a great eye for this and thanks for sharing…

  • Steve O'Nions
    Posted at 21:45h, 26 April

    Another terrific video Simon and full of excellent images too. Thanks for sharing this.

  • Alan Spitzer
    Posted at 21:48h, 26 April

    Simon, your videos are some of the finest photography videos that I have seen on YouTube. Please keep them coming. I especially enjoyed this one in which you reveal your thoughts about approaching an image and how to wait for the right timing for that image to fully express itself. The examples at the end are especially powerful. Many thanks.

  • Rafa Vera
    Posted at 22:58h, 26 April

    I was waiting to see your next video, Simon. Thanks, it's a real pleasure to see your videos. I've seen them all, several times! 🙂

  • James A Photography co uk
    Posted at 23:19h, 26 April

    Great shots, love the one at 14.10.

  • Fresno1199
    Posted at 23:26h, 26 April

    Wow. The best.

  • Chris Winslow
    Posted at 02:40h, 27 April

    Nicely done Simon!!

  • Tony Gouge
    Posted at 02:56h, 27 April

    Man, out of the park again. No need to apologize for a 'personal approach to photography'. It has to be 'personal' to mean something. Love your approach of hitting the same place over, and over and over. The scene is always changing, always evolving. Our job is to find the composition that 'works' and then to keep our eyes open, our shutters ready until the stars align. And your technique of imagining stories in the trees. Masterful, and I'm going to give it a try on a trip to the Smokies this weekend. 😉 . All that… and then Meg steals the show! ha! Another great video! Thanks for sharing with us!

  • UndoneSums
    Posted at 12:19h, 27 April

    Your patience pays off as always. True quality in your work. Well done. Amazing eye.

  • noel patriarca
    Posted at 16:41h, 27 April

    i love the story and every image….
    such an inspiration! i always wanted to shoot an image that tells a story! im from the philippines and watch all of your videos!

  • Russell McCollom
    Posted at 16:41h, 27 April

    Another good video Simon. It gives me ideas of places to go and check out for the right conditions. As Thomas said below, it reminds you to be patient. That is something I have really tried to do over the last year.

  • paul jones
    Posted at 16:46h, 27 April

    Great video again mate just love your passion for your subject . Looking forward to seeing what images you get from there in the next few months good luck, you need to get to north wales at some point, I no of a great locations that the woodland trust have bought I used to do building work on this farm they owned this fantastic. Forest running thru a deep valley with one of the oldest forests running along it

  • Steve D
    Posted at 17:55h, 27 April

    great stuff……….enjoyed very much

  • Paul Collingridge
    Posted at 19:01h, 27 April

    Yes! At last someone expresses the timescale! Thankyou. For those of us that have to treat photo opportunities like diamonds because our lives make it so precious, this is very encouraging. I have many places I dream of visiting and know I may only get there once or twice, I am at the mercy of the weather. But retirement looms!

    Did I recommend the book "The Rainforests of Britain and Ireland" by Clifton Bain? He knows loads of ancient woodland remnants and puts them inside a bit of history & visitor info. His photos are OK but the two of you together…. I'd go for the hardcover version!

    Thanks again.

  • Cab Treadway
    Posted at 19:04h, 27 April

    Wonderful. I've just discovered your channel and sadly now watched all the videos. Now I have to wait for more! 🙂 I love your vision, it very closely aligns to what/how I like to shoot, as well as your general attitude about the craft. I'm curious what kind of paper you print on, the texture (as it comes across on camera) looks really nice. Your videos also make me miss my dog terribly. BTW, you've said you're friends with Thomas… any chance Monty and Meg are related? Please keep it up! Cheers.

  • Jim T
    Posted at 22:51h, 27 April

    Excellent ! I recently heard from another vlogger that some film shooters will go through 3 rolls of film and return with only 1 usable image. It really is all about the journey, glad you shared exactly how I feel and experience when I go out on my nature walks, camera in hand visiting the same " boring " places and eventually coming home with a real keeper. Your videos really do have me looking for stories now when on my trips. Thank You.

  • Simon Daneski
    Posted at 08:22h, 28 April

    Thoroughly enjoyed this, Simon. Just goes to show that if you get to know your local area intimately then you'll get very beautiful and unique shots that nobody else will. Keep up the great work!

  • Mark Muller
    Posted at 08:22h, 28 April

    So much I like here, including seeing how much fun your four-legged friend had on this hike. Appreciate the idea of metaphors and personification to help see a composition, because finding compositions is difficult for me it seems. Also liked your telling the story of initial scouting for a return trip, then showing the scouting image followed by your subsequent "final" image. Especially when shooting locally. Some beauties! "Afraid of Time" is my favorite, but so many great shots. Happy to have found you and become a subscriber. Looking forward to more. Thanks!

  • David Vale
    Posted at 10:21h, 28 April

    Inspiring, great video again. I'm currently shooting a local park (woodland/parkland/farmland) for a show next year and this video has opened my eyes to approaching my compositions in a different way, invaluable, thank you very much indeed. Oh, and by the way nice drone flying.

  • Peter B
    Posted at 10:30h, 28 April

    Simon you are truly an amazing photographer and a magnificent artist, and I used the word artist because that is what you are. Not only do your videos look amazing but its the way you explain things, what inspires you, and what you see in these photos is just brilliant. You have inspired me so much to get off my backside and take more photos.
    Thanks again for such enjoyable videos Simon, they really are magnificent……. Oh yea, your dogs pretty good as well.
    Cheers buddy.

  • Srđan Stevanović
    Posted at 10:49h, 28 April

    Different video then usual.. and I like it a lot, too ☺️
    Nice photography philosophy been told.. ?

  • Steve Ball
    Posted at 16:37h, 28 April

    Simon, stunning images at the end of the video. You should be proud! I need a dose of your patience and perseverance.

  • snarkishly
    Posted at 19:17h, 28 April

    Best video yet, valuable insight backed up with magnificent images.

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