Today here in Melbourne a foggy morning presented an opportunity to take a photograph of a foggy sea view. Now while I call this chasing Sugimoto I am in fact not replicating his work, which was filmed based and generally very long exposures, producing sublimely delicate images. What I am doing is exploring a concept in photography of minimalism, reducing the photograph to two elements with a graduation between the two that makes the boundary indistinguishable.
Previous attempts have often lacked that subtle graduation between the sky and the sea. In this case it is fog and the sea. there is a major problem this image to my mind: I should have taken a tripod so that I could have fitted a neutral density filter enabling a longer exposure so as to reduce the sea to a much softer part of the photograph. By not using a tripod I have reduced the my ability to make the boundary indistinguishable. Therein lies that truth for all photographers, take a tripod with you for landscapes, you may not need to use it but if you do then you can. Having no tripod has limited this photograph.
Having said all that I still like the photograph, however it does show that to produce a really fine work, especially in landscape one must be prepared to go again and again to find that image that really works.