Meticulous Mick is a fellow blogger whose work I really like. I love seeing his images and what he comes up with. There is something about his images that really appeals to me and I think once you see them, you will understand what I mean. There are the images of abandoned buildings, something that so many of us photographers love to see. I like how he does these images and the way he photographs them.
I asked MM why he takes photos.
To highlight and share the beauty that is all around us. In the modern fast paced world, life can pass us by all too quickly and we don’t stop to look at the ordinary everyday beauty that is around us.
There is something very appealing to me about images like the one above. I love winter images, perhaps because I love winter. I know that sounds strange, but maybe that is because we don’t have really harsh winters here, and I know people from some countries would love at what our winters are like. The image above is so amazing with the ice on the leaf. We do get frosts here, so maybe I can get some images like MM’s.
Inspirations and what photographers he finds inspirational was the next question.
My photography is inspired by the wonderful artist that is nature; be it spring, summer, autumn or winter there is always something of beauty to behold. Even in death.
In terms of photographers, I find it very interesting to see the work of others but do not claim to have a particular influence. I do like the work of the Brazilian photographer Sebastiao Salgado, his images are striking and speak louder than words ever could.
I saw works of Andreas Gursky when in New York and found his images fascinating, even though they would not be the type of subjects that I would automatically look to photograph myself. So much detail in them and thought provoking.
There are some wonderful close up images on MM’s blog as well. I love mushrooms that are photographed like this, they are so small, I have tried doing some like this, but they never seem to work for me.
MM also told me if there was anything special about the way he worked.
At the moment I would say that I am very much learning and developing all the time. Nothing beats the practice, practice, practice motto.
However, I would note that as I progress I take more time, even when something catches my eye I like to walk around to take in the atmosphere and feeling of a place. I also consider a number of different angles even if I think my first view was the best one. Only then will the camera come out.
I love using natural light and probably have a tendency to underexpose shots by a couple of stops to add to a scene’s mood.
I make little use of software, other than the crop and have to put my hand up and say I am very much in the learning phase here as well.
Have you worked out one of the main reasons I like his work? I think it has to do with something he just said and what that does do his images. I love how moody his images are. The underexposed images help give his images a sense of foreboding, and I like that. It is something I am always trying to get into my own work.
Gear is always important to photographers, so I asked MM what his was.
The most important piece of equipment is undoubtedly the eye, if one cannot see a shot in the first place it doesn’t matter what camera you have. Up until last month my camera of choice was the Canon 550d and my favourite lenses were the EFS 10-22mm Canon lens and the Canon Macro 100 mm f2.8 USM “L” lens. Having just acquired the Canon 5D Mk III I am now having immense fun with this and delighted at its low light performance.
Other essentials include a Hama remote trigger, UV filters, polarising filters and a just bought Neutral Density Filter. My tripod is a sturdy Giotto Silk Road.
I use Lightroom 5 for post processing.
I am going to put a selection of Meticulous Mick’s images into a gallery now. I hope you will all go and visit his blog, Meticulous Mick, and say hello. I would also like to thank MM for giving me permission to use images from his blog for my post today. If you know someone that you think could be good for an Introduction, please let me know, though I think it is a bit weird to say yourself. I have had other recommendations, and sometimes their work doesn’t appeal to me, or I have asked the person and not received a reply, or they have said no.