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January 10, 2010



Oh my god; that is an epic, epic shot. I don't even have words to describe the awe.

I will bookmark this shot, and whenever I get into an argument with a film purist who tries to claim "digital has no soul," I will direct them to this shot. Bravo.

Jim Richardson

Rawhead, Thanks so much. I'm glad you like the picture. You are kind.

As for the "digital has no soul", well, I've never understood that. If you want to make digital look like film, you can do that. Or you can just make it communicate and that's what photography is supposed to do. I'm just glad it works.



This is an amazing image! I have been enjoying this series very much. Your photos propel the viewer into the landscape as though we are there, not an easy thing to accomplish.

Brian Johnson

Mr. Richardson, I want to thank you for posting the story behind the photo. I, along with my mother, met you briefly on Christmas Eve at your studio. You were nice enough to show us some of these shots and give us a quick lesson in how to spot digital from film photographs. I want to thank you again. It's not everyday you meet a National Geographic photographer and have them give you a little impromtu teaching season.

- Brian Johnson

Stuart Atkins

I stumbled across your photos completely by accident, through a link on The Online Photographer and felt compelled to comment on yet another masterpiece in this wonderful series. I love your descriptions of how you arrived at the images also; they are a perfect accompaniment to the work. I just wish my landscapes could capture even a fraction of the power of yours.

Don Parsons

Great shot....

Really has a lot of "feel" to it. Man, that's good.

Jim Richardson

Brian, Great to see you in Small World. We had a good time when you and your mother were there. Don't wait until Christmas Eve to come back.


Dave Polaschek

Thanks for sharing the stories behind the photos, Jim. Nice to see photos I noticed in the magazine with much more description than fits within the yellow borders.


Thanks Jim for all that you have shared here.
I look forward to reading your blog each day, it's one of only a few that I check regularly.
I am an avid NG reader, but as I usually get the issues about 6 months late (living and working on a ship makes it hard to receive my subscirption directly) I have loved being able to read your stories about each shot.
Thanks again and i hope you can keep it up.


wilson ixcot

u r one my favourite photographer !!!!


Your website is now a thumbnail on my iPhone homescreen so I can gorge my eyes every day on your beautiful, epic, awe-full shots. Thank you for showing me things I didn't know I had to see x

Catie Murphy

Last week's NGPotD of the ragged shore at Mangersta got set as my computer background image, but it was only yesterday's NGPotD--the sheep--that made me notice there were several in a series there, and made me click through to the NG gallery.

And this is the shot that stupidfied me. Once I'd collected my senses, I was inspired to come find your website. I hoped for a gallery and had no expectation of your blog or the photography tips and stories found herein, but man, I've read back three or five pages and feel like I've snuck into the back of a master class. Thank you so much, for both the photographs and the lessons here!

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