The Magic Pond

© Lee Cleland

© Lee Cleland

© Lee Cleland

© Lee Cleland

© Lee Cleland

Over the next couple of weeks, I will present the work of participants of last year’s online photo workshop «Finding Your Photographic Voice». First out is Lee Cleland. During the last four weeks of the workshop each participants work on their own personal project, and Lee chose to photograph a small and elusive pond, surrounded by an open cluster of trees. The pond is situated in a large and lush landscape, and provided Lee with amble opportunities to convey its magic trough a gentle and distinct vision.

Lee approached the project from a variety of angles, capturing the open landscape, details in and around the pond, the small animals living of the pond, its plants and the different ambiences that occurred over time. Her photos have a quiet aesthetics, using a subtle and secluded colour palette. They clearly show she has a refined eye which radiates through her sensitive and unique voice.

What I really like about Lee’s work is that she constantly tried out new approaches over the four weeks she was working on her personal project. In the beginning, she came back with some beautiful landscape pictures, one that can be seen in this little selection above, and she also quickly started to shoot the small inhabitants of the pond. Soon she started to experiment with various techniques, such as using flash, using long handheld exposure time, and using different aperture.

The final product is a beautiful series of quiet landscape and nature photos. They convey the magic of the intriguing pond—they are magic in and of themselves. For more of her photography, please look up Lee’s blog Beyond Purgatory ~ A Photographer’s Paradise.

Later in the spring I will start up another round of the online workshop, more specifically May 22nd. If you are interested, you will find more information about «Finding Your Photographic Voice» on the web site of Blue Hour Photo Workshops. Furthermore, if you sign up before the end of April you will get the workshop for a discounted price.


About Otto von Münchow

Photographer based in Norway
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50 Responses to The Magic Pond

  1. I love the variety of methods in these photos, some soft and subtle, some more “crisp”.

  2. YellowCable says:

    Great works by Lee here. Indeed, she has variety to approach subjects thus give distinct flavors each.

  3. corycrew says:

    Just starting photography as the yearbook teacher and looking to learn as much as I can! These are nice!

  4. loisajay says:

    The photos are wonderful. I keep going back to the third photo and thinking what a beautiful silk pattern it would be. Great job, Lee!

  5. bluebrightly says:

    I like that Lee tried a range of techniques, and did such nice work, whether shooting with a more straightforward approach or more experimental. Each is sensitive and subtly poetic.

  6. I like your article, very inspiring and thank you for your post

  7. leecleland says:

    Thank you Otto for showing my photos from your Workshop “Finding Your Photographic Voice” and thank you for the lovely comments about them. I also wish to thank everyone who made a comment here for their kind words and say that I highly recommend your course for refining what it really is that you like to photograph.

  8. paula graham says:

    Well done Otto, this beautiful work above shows that you give folk the encouragement to think outside the box and not be afraid to experiment. A valuable contribution to someone’s development in photography and rare to find on ‘workshops’.

    • I hope I can be of some encouragement, but in the end it’s each and everyone’s drive and willingness to work with his or her vision that matters – like Lee here. Thank you for the nice words, Paula.

  9. Angeline M says:

    Beautiful work with feelings of serenity.

  10. Alli Farkas says:

    Yup, this photo series directly appeals to me! Can’t imagine why…LOL!

  11. Dawn in MI says:

    Hard to choose my favorite of these. I think it’s the third. Though I really like the 4th too, so it’s a difficult decision. All of them are beautiful, but the third one spoke to me. What a lovely place! I’ll go check out her blog. And your future seminar as well.

  12. rangewriter says:

    Indeed, these show great depth and appreciation for the details within a small, quiet setting. Her experiments turned out really well!

  13. Nicely interpreted and executed.

  14. Lovely dreamy photos. Well done Lee. A series to be proud of.

  15. Love the series, the not conventional approach makes it interesting: not the already seen mmanmy thousands times we oft find in the web! For sure the result from a good photographer with a good tutor!

  16. Lisa Gordon says:

    These are wonderful, Otto!
    I especially love the last one here.
    Thank you so much for sharing these here.
    Have a wonderful weekend!

  17. Louis says:

    There is something about these pictures that suggests a quiet, sensitive person behind the camera. They are photos about the pond, not just of the pond. I particularly like the last two.

  18. seabluelee says:

    A lovely selection. The first image draws me in and makes me want to see more, and the ones that follow shows me the details and something of the mood of the place. They are very appealing to me personally.

  19. Debra says:

    I like your description, “quiet landscape,” Otto. I responded to the photos in that way–they are beautiful! They definitely speak to me.

  20. Phil Vaughn says:

    Lovely photos, Lee. You have used some nice techniques and “seen” well. Your photos are very enjoyable.
    Otto, I appreciate your blog and workshops that give us great inspiration and encouragement.

  21. Dina says:

    Well done, Lee! Otto’s presentation of you and your work makes it crystal clear; I want to join such workshop too. 🙂

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