Visit local photographer LEE METCALFE LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY exhibition ‘Chasing the Light’ in the Ashton Memorial Art Gallery from 16th November until 28th December.
His photography has been a long passion of his. His knowledge of photography is completely self taught, he hasn’t had any form of formal photographic training.
Lee favors the rich colors of dawn and dusk when the light is at its most special. He uses equipment to enable him to capture magical moments authentically at the picture taking stage and not relying on the computer for enhancements afterwards.
Landscape photography is not really about photographing the land more about photographing how the light falls on it. Lee’s aim is to keep learning and develop is photography skills to improve the quality of his work.
He says that photography is a mix of technical and the creative, you can have all the latest and best equipment but at the end of the day its the person behind the camera that determines the final result. Lee spends time looking for new locations, usually starting with maps and guide books to find new view points and most images are pre visualized before the camera even comes out of the bag. This usually means visiting locations when the light is least favourable prior to the shoot being done, he then waits for the conditions and light he wants for that particular image.
Once on location and the camera is on the tripod set up with filters and cable release, he then waits for the light just to be right. There is no snapping here, its just simply waiting for the light.
He also has many fruitless trips when conditions haven’t gone his way, which is really frustrating he says. He says the Lake District is the worst it really is a exercise in patience.
Please note that the exhibition will be closed on the weekend of 6th – 7th December