Sunday, January 4, 2015

Simple Combinations

This is a very simple image, but it grabs your eye quickly. Why? Several reasons.

The first is color. A mix of cool and warm tones is almost always a grabber. The yellow grasses against the blue water create a nice balance of color. That color combination more than any other seems to get our attention quickly and holds us in the image.

Next is leading lines. In this image the eye is brought in from the lower left with the line of grasses, and is drawn up toward the center and right side to the other clumps of grasses. In our western culture, since we read from left to right, it is easy to enter an image on the left and them move around toward the right.

The final element is texture. The texture of the grasses is quite strong, and it is complemented by the more delicate texture of the ripples on the surface of the water.

So three interrelated elements serve to create a cohesive image. Simple but interesting.

Shutter Speed 1/250 sec.  Aperture f/11.  ISO 400.  Lens: Canon 70-200mm, set at 150mm. Camera: Canon 6D.  Handheld.

TODAY'S QUOTE: "The art of simplicity is a puzzle of complexity."  --Douglas Horton

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