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Light Through The Window

When I critique, judge, or teach others one of the things I am always mentioning is how a viewers eye sees things. One of the big things is that in a non-people picture how they eye usually goes to the brightest part of an image, or hottest color tone, first and then starts moving around an image. I have walked past this work shed numerous times and rarely took notice of it for photographic reasons. Yet on this morning someone left one of the doors open and I happened to walk past just as it was lit up by the morning light. That light, and the bright spot it created in the composition, gives this scene depth and interest. Think about how this same scene would look if that door was closed. Also I chose to photograph this scene in infrared black and white to further accent the visual interest from the light vs dark tones and the line and texture in the scene. Post processing is also important in this regard as I didn’t want the bright foliage to overpower the window and compete visually with it. I also made sure that I had a full tonal range from deep blacks to bright whites as a muddy image usually doesn’t work effectively. So remember that the brightest part of an image can be an asset or a distraction and you should think about it when composing in the field and also later when post processing.

marty golinJune 24, 2013 - 1:06 pm

Always fascinating to me how many scenes as you describe (hiding in plain sight) “present” themselves with a single, sometimes minor, change. I viewed a graphic arrangement literally 3 feet in front of me in my cubicle for months, & one day… poof. The algorithm in our head by which we “see” images is very curious indeed.

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