Warley Farm & Dean House, Calderdale, UK

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Comments (11)

EVA_L on April 18, 2008

A beautiful picture, dear Yan! A good rest - to leave in such place a few days, walking with camera or sitting with easel and drawing! I like such green and calm landscapes.

Best wishes. Eva

Ian Stehbens on April 19, 2008

I love sharing beautiful things with you, Eva. I have uploaded some more images from this beautiful area.

I see the artistic qualities in this landscape. The advantage of the camera is that one can instantly record the beauty, and if one is inclined, then to paint with easel when one comes home. Only occasionally do I get to draw and sketch when I am on holidays for I am usually too actively exploring.

When our children were small, we spent some of our travel time going at their pace, which meant taking time to sit together to draw or paint or scrapbook, depending on the aptitudes of each child.

Of course we loved it.

Do you paint or draw, Eva?

Kindest thoughts,


Coal Miner's Boy on April 19, 2008

I love the patterns of the drystone walls too. I've never been much with brush or pencil, so my photography is my art, and I can see both order and chaos in the patterns of the walls and the fields.

Greetings from northern California,


Ian Stehbens on April 20, 2008

Hi Paul,

I am glad I can share some of my England photos with you, mate. I love your comments on photography as your artform. While this and the others in the set were taken more with GE in mind, I did enjoy the composition work as always. But I must admit it was the lighting that got me to pull over, for I had often driven these Calderdale roads without camera stops.

Any way, I am glad to be sharing with you Paul. I'll try connecting with you more often, but Panoramio is quite a persistent pleasure, as I am sure you already know. I often read your conversations and see your excellent for our networks do overlap a great deal.

Kind regards from Sydney.


EVA_L on April 21, 2008

I'm not a painter, dear Yan, but I have my camera and a little of phantasy. Best wishes. Eva

Ian Stehbens on April 21, 2008

I am like you, dear Eva, though I like sketching I am not accomplished with watercolours nor oils. But I love the imagination and dreams that enrich life.


Tom Lussier Photogra… on April 22, 2008

This is beautiful country. You have captured it very well in your images and this one is no exception Ian. The stone walls just mesmerize me. As you know we have many stone walls here in Virginia(I have one that is probably 200 years old on my property) and they allways draw my attention like a kid to candy.

I'll jump into the Art discussion now starting with my father, an accomplished painter as well as a Federal Judge, who saw potential in me at an early age and started me painting in oils in the third grade. I loved it from the get go and persued it through all of my schooling. Then I received a camera(Nikkormat) in exchange for a debt a friend owed me when I was 21 and I was hooked. I went back to painting from time to time but it has now been a long time since I picked up a brush. I think I still look at nature and landscapes with an eye that wants to give my own interpretation of reality. But isn't that really the definition of art?

"No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist." Oscar Wilde

Regards, Tom

Cemil özkan on April 23, 2008

extraordinary prospect thank you Ian for your comment greetings

Ian Stehbens on April 23, 2008

Dear Tom,

Now I know why I have been captivated by your folio, Tom. It sure is one of the standout folios in the network and it is precisely because of your artistic experience and engagement with your subjects.

I have been following you for a while, but it looks like now that we have the mutual privilege of conversing about each others ideas and images. I have not ventured, or at this point desired to, into HDR, but your folio includes some, and they are certainly beautiful and stunning enhancements.

For me your defining work or your identity is expressed in the images 7610634 [Winter Waterworks] and 8182673 [Vineyard Afternoon]. I have often wondered what the key elements of landscape images are that make for appreciation and valuing, over and above the landscape itself.

You have raised the fact of the difference in the Oscar Wilde quote.

As I understand the aesthetics of natural landscapes there are 4 essential elements of beauty: majesty, artistic quality, serendipity, mood/atmosphere.

In landscape photogrpahy there are another set of qualities that are the work of the photographer. I'd be interested to hear your thoughts on this.

And by the way, I was overdue to put your folio into My Favourites, but I now look forward to some regular learning from you and your very special work.

Regards, Ian

Tom Lussier Photogra… on April 23, 2008

Hello Ian,

First of all let me say that I am sincerely grateful and humbled as a result of your adulation. You are too kind. Thank you.

It is my contention that there are many key elements of great landscape images but the one at the top of the list, at least in my mind, is vision. I see this as the ability to portray a scene, to arrange its elements, and to present it in a way that evokes an emotional response and allows the viewer to experience not only a beautiful place, but also the grandeur of nature. Having said that I feel that I rarely accomplish this but that is my goal.

"Landscape photography is the supreme test of the photographer - and often the supreme disappointment." -Ansel Adams

The difference between a landscape artist and a landscape photographer can be summed up in one word : exclusion. The painter adds what he wants to the scene and excludes what he doesn't. The photographer must also exclude what he doesn't want but has to work hard to include those elements he wants. This is artistic liscense and must, IMHO, be embraced to create a successful image.

I think we can't rely on the subject or any technique alone but should strive to put our own feelings into our images to achieve images that inspire. Think like an artist not like a photographer.

"Where the spirit does not work with the hand there is no art." — Leonardo Da Vinci

I will get off of my soapbox now. Thanks for this stimulating conversation and I look forward to more.

Best regards, Tom

Ian Stehbens on April 25, 2008

Dear Tom,

I almost do not want to reply, for I would rather leave this response from you as obvious to other viewers as possible. But I must thank you sincerely for your very thoughtful insights based on wide experience.

I am so glad to have discovered another artist cum photographer. Whether we are artists first, or not, where there is no spirit at work with the hand there is no quality photography. I think it was from either Marilyn Whiteley or JJ Romero that I first read the congratulatory message that included the words "the eye that saw it and the hand that took it" which implies the same idea.

Thanks Tom. Let's keep exchanges of ideas going.


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