"Sometimes I do get to places just when God's ready to have somebody click that shutter, " said Ansel Adams.
Luck and the photographer's inner vision are also important. But it is better to know some of the rules before you break them. Sean Kelly discusses some of the concepts that you need to know and understand to take great mountain photographs.
Sean - thank you! I can't say I know enough to agree or disagree but I can say I now have a good starting point to critique the photos I took at the end of August and am, for reasons that until now I couldn't pinpoint, been unhappy with.
In reply to Mick Ryan - UKClimbing.com:
There were a number of issues with writing this article for UKclimbing. Essentially it is written as an aid to anyone wanting advice with where to proceed with their Photography, and possibly strategies to adopt. My main problem was keeping the article brief, as it is so easy to write a whole chapter or indeed book on aspects of Design & Composition, & each individual issue such as cropping could take up similar time & space. Most magazines & books don't specificially deal with mountaineering photography as such, being more general, but there are issues that relate directly with climbing, that needed to be addressed. If I have only glossed over some of these I hope you will understand why.
There will be individuals who contribute to this site that are far more knowledgable than myself in many aspect of Photography, & their work can also be an aid to improving photographic skills.
Others will also work in a different manner/approach to myself, which is fine, as what suits one, dosen't apply to all. Take what you want out of the article or indeed the reference section at the end could be of assistance.
Finally thanks to Mick Ryan for help & advice with editing & production.