As much as we might hate to admit it, we all have things that really get under our skin when it comes to other people or groups of people. Landscape photographers are not immune to our petty grumbles, but what's the most annoying thing about them?
I've been surfing close to 40 years now and have long surpassed Malcolm Gladwell's supposed 10,000-hour barometer of mastery. I've never surfed professionally or been interested in competitions, so it's a meaningless gauge, but it does mean that I've reached a level of proficiency whereby I enjoy going into the ocean alone, away from the crowds and the notion of safety in numbers. Where I live in the south of Japan, my local beach is well over five kilometers long, so nothing annoys me more than when I paddle out to a spot alone, only for another surfer to join me a matter of minutes later. "You've got a whole beach," I think. Why paddle out here?
And that annoyance brings us to this great video by Henry Turner, in which he discusses the most annoying thing about landscape photographers. As you can imagine, it relates to photographers rocking up to a majestically beautiful spot and sticking their tripods a few feet from the photographer next to them. Turner lives in the north of England, where he has the gorgeous Lakes District and Yorkshire Dales National Park to shoot, among other stunning areas. But it really annoys him when he sees landscape photographers all lining up next to each other or next to him in order to get a certain shot. Originality and the spirit of adventure are lost in such moments, he opines. Give the video a look and let me know your thoughts on the matter.