Interview with David Cole
SL: Tell us a wee bit about your background and when you first start taking photography seriously.
I’m a self-employed contractor in the pharmaceutical industry, these days working part-time. I started taking landscape photographs during visits to the Lake District about 5 years ago, and the Lake District is still my most frequent destination for photography – although in the last few years Scotland in winter has become a favourite.
SL: Has your photography been influenced by any particular photographer or artist?
Undoubtedly, Joe Cornish has been a big influence, and I often re-read his books. I think I am subconsciously looking for abstract/different viewpoints as a result of studying his work in magazines. In the last 6 months, Mark Littlejohn has opened my eyes to what can be achieved in landscape photography – Mark deserves a medal for taking landscape photography to a new level.
SL: When you’re out shooting, do you know when you’ve captured a great shot?
Sometimes I look at the back of the camera and think ’That’s good!’, but often those ones don’t appear so good when I get then ono the computer. Strangely, it is often the first shot at a location which turns out to be the best.
SL: Tell us a little about your cameras and lenses. Why did you choose them and do they influence how you work in any way?
I opted for Canon when I decided to take photography seriously, and currently use a 5D Mk III, having upgraded from the Mk II because of better waterproofing of the Mk III. As a back-up compact camera I also carry an Olympus OMD E-M1 which I bought a year or so ago, and use it with the kit lens on auto settings. When I get to a location I usually grab several shots with the Olympus to make sure I have some ‘in the bag’ in case the weather changes, before setting up the Canon on the tripod. To be honest, the Olympus produces excellent results and the stabilisation allows you to get away with a lot. Sometimes I only carry the Olympus and leave the bulky Canon gear at home.
SL: Do you use any post processing in your work and if so can you tell us about your workflow?
I routinely use Photoshop and very often the plug-in Nik filters (Color Efex and Silver Efex). I don’t currently use Lightroom, although have been told several times that I should!
SL: Do you have any personal favourite photographs of your own and can you tell us more about them.
I’ve chosen two from visits to Glencoe and Glen Etive in January and February of this year, and two from the Lakes, coincidentally both near Crummock water. All four were taken with a 300mm telephoto lens on the Canon, handheld. The snow crevasse is on the slope of Beinn a Chrulaiste overlooking the A82. I like the way that the snow is swirling, and the difficulty of judging the scale of the image (something which defeated the judge in my local camera club competition …). The mountainside in Glen Etive I like because of the contrasting texture of the mountain and the trees below, and the stone wall descending to the treeline and joining the two together. From the Lakes, I’ve chosen some autumnal trees on the shore of Crummock water last October, and a recent shot of Rannerdale near the lakeside, where a bare tree was silhouetted against a patch of evening light on the hillside. Lastly, and in contrast I’ve chosen one from a short visit I made to Cuba last year – I call it ‘On the outside looking in’.
SL: Do you have any new projects on the horizon? Have you set yourself any new goals and where do you see your photography going in the next year or two?
I have it in mind to try for LRPS and have started collecting images which I hope to be able use as a panel.
SL: What services do you offer? Workshops, prints etc?
Everyone is welcome to look at my work on Facebook and contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org) if they would like to buy prints. I only upload small file size images on Facebook but I’m happy to make prints (anything up to large canvas size) for anyone who is interested in them.
David Cole Photography