Sunrise over the lavender fields of the Valensole Plateau, Provence, France.

I was leading a workshop in Provence when I made this image. At this time of year sunrise is a ridiculous time and the first 2 mornings didn’t produce the type of light we were hoping for. On the third morning, all of the group except for one person decided to stay in bed so we went to a location that I knew were the lines of the fields faced northeast in the direction of the sunrise. The conditions improved as dawn approached, then the sky lit up with amazing colour. At breakfast, the rest of the group were amazed with the results. Lesson learned-you can’t get images like this if you stay in bed.

Photographer: Tom Mackie
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Tom Mackie is recognised as one of the world’s finest landscape photographers, his understanding of light, perspective and colour the hallmark that has established his name both internationally and here in the UK where he is based.

A photographer all his working life, Tom began his career with a five-year stint as an industrial and architectural photographer in Los Angeles fresh from gaining his degree in commercial photography. Travelling extensively through the vast, cinemascope terrain of the Western States during this period ignited a life-long passion for landscapes, and he realised the confines of a commercial studio were no longer going to be enough.

In 1985 he moved from his native US to the UK to pursue a full-time career as a landscape photographer, and rapidly made his name with calendars, books and magazine work for a wide range of clients. Architectural and travel commissions added to his repertoire, accolades followed from The British Institute of Professional Photographers, the Ilford Awards and the Business Calendar Awards, and his reputation as one of the world’s leading landscape photographers was sealed by his inclusion in The World’s Top Photographers: Landscape, published by RotoVision.

Tom Mackie has written several books, most notably Photos With Impact and Tom Mackie’s Landscape Photography Secrets, and numerous articles for photography magazines in the UK and abroad. He lectures to other professionals on the art of landscape photography, as well as running a series of acclaimed photography workshops since 2000 in spectacular locations both in the UK and abroad.

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