Country visions By Doug Barry-Martin

Country visions

By Doug Barry-Martin

Hi Steve,

Having followed your blog for some time now it is interesting to see its influence on my photography . I now shoot some landscape subjects with a narrow depth of field to focus more on the subject whereas before I probably may not have considered it.

I recently had the opportunity to stay at a farm in a rugged valley near Nelson, New Zealand.  It had been raining for a few days and the morning was cold and dark and a bit misty so I took the opportunity to get out my old faithful combo of 5D Mk1 and 24-105 L lens. It is still my best camera and I enjoy using it despite its primitive menu and hard to read viewfinder info. Yes the 7D is a much better camera to use but I enjoy the slower 5D more (and the image quality eats the 7D). My Fuji X100 is a great companion to the 5D and a useful hiking camera but again the 5D has better IQ. I have recently also bought a Panasonic LF1 and it is a very handy and fun pocket cam but not for serious photography.

The 5D handled the gloom admirably and gave me some nice moody images.

The shot of the shed is two images combined.

You can see more on my Flickr site.

Keep up the good work. It is great to have a photo site like this where we can get inspiration from many different photographers.



Your holiday accommodation awaits…


Beautiful girl…


140 year old walnut trees and happy chooks


Lovely views from the farm


The old shed


I am lichen this fence post. : )


Deep in the woods…


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  1. I must be missing something here, I’m sorry but I just don’t see anything ‘great’ about any of them. Composition? Really? Please enlighten.

    • Somebody help Dean out here!

      I am a graphic artist of many years and now a professional photographer and one of the most common comments I get is that my composition is good. If you know about the rule of thirds most of these photos conform to that (although not always deliberately – and it is not the be all and end all). If they don’t please your eye I am sure there are many other postings that will. I usually like to produce natural looking shots (that often reflect my love of nature) and these are more moody than normal.
      Essentially my photography shows you how I see. That may or may not resonate with you.

      If you have studied art (life drawing/art history/graphic design etc) and practiced it over many years things like composition or seeing the shot come more naturally. Like anything practice makes perfect etc. I recommend studying art history from classical Greece to modern times. There is a lot to learn from these such as the golden mean, to Da Vinci’s displaced horizons, to the discovery of perspective, the deconstructionism of cubism etc etc. A fuller understanding of any subject is only possible by studying it’s past. In the case of photography there are the greats such as Ansell Adams, Cartier Bressont and many more through to modern masters such as, a personal favorite of mine, Frans Lanting of National Geographic. If I ever get near his standard… well that is my aim.

      I quite like Steve Huff’s work too! : )

      Post something of your own Dean so we can see what tickles your fancy.
      That is the fun of this site – all the varied contributions.
      It is often a great resource for inspiration or maybe not in this case!
      : )



  2. Yes Doug, the detail in these images is admirable, amd they’re great. I was attracted by your statement that the 5D “handled the gloom admirably”, which it undoubtedly did, but I didn’t really see the gloom anymore.

    In my experience digital sensors (mine is an 800E) tend to liven up things too much in those circumstances, which calls for reducing exposure and desaturating in slight amounts; what’s your view?

  3. Thanks for posting this!
    I do recommend clicking on the images to see them much larger and in better quality.
    The cow shot especially shows that yes Full Frame and 12.9Mp does give enough detail.

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