A different view of Dorset
Martin Dolan looks at familiar places in unfamiliar ways
Published in November ’16
Every photographer has a different approach to taking pictures. Some go for peace, some go for the savagery of storms. Some photographers prefer abstracts or dark and moody shots, other prefer the light, high-key images one often gets in winter.
Martin Dolan’s images of Dorset are almost all of famous, or at least well-known places, but they are not by any means run-of-the-mill landscapes.
Through his careful use of the time of day and the mixing of natural and artificial light, he presents an iconic image in a wholly different manner. Some of the otherworldliness present in his images is owing to the time of day and angle, but he also makes use of a digital photographic technique in some shots called High Dynamic Range or HDR.
This is where several different exposures of a scene are combined to deliver an image that is closer to what the human eye would be able to discern; normally photographic images either show too little highlight information or too little detail in the shadows. The downside to this technique is that it can lead to images that also have unnatural colours, although that too can be an artistic tool when used sparingly.