Archive for the ‘composition’ Category

Just Say No

Posted: November 21, 2017 in composition, creativity, Photography


Celebrating my grandson’s one year birthday I made many snaps. I like being on his level and showing the world from his point of view. Why say no? I took about 150 exposures (while stuffing myself with chilli and birthday cake) but I usually respond to requests to “see them all” or “what else did you take?” by sending the media-hungry a lone picture. Why? Not with animus, but simply to stay vigilant to my audience.  There is a excessive amount of visual pollution and I want to make sure I am not adding to the visual cacophony; and I do that by ruthlessly editing/culling my take.
~john

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Three’s a Crowd

Posted: August 20, 2016 in composition, creativity, Travel, wildlife


One of our blog followers submitted this street scene travel snap made with iPhone for a critique. On the plus side we have nice color –  the yellow and blue speak to me.  The rule of three goats (err, rule of thirds) is also a plus. Easy fix would be a tight horizontal crop, but would eliminating the foreground reduce the information content (i.e. crumbling infrastructure), I don’t think so. Additionally, is it more effective to have the goats “randomized” or have them perfectly placed for a eye-grabbing compostiton? Unfortunately, that was not a consideration as the photographer made only one quick snap. Getting the goats (get your goat, get it?) to cooperate — well, only luck and patience can make that happen. Final grade, a B for effort, a C- for the image.
~John