Friday, April 10, 2015

Simple Is Super

Flowers make wonderful subjects, and the simpler the composition the better. Why mess with Mother Nature?

This straightforward image of a cultivated orchid is enhanced by the angle and the background. Tipping the camera at the time of exposure created a diagonal composition, adding strength and interest. And a low camera angle, using the blue sky as the entire background, created a clean unobtrusive look.

So often we try too hard in an attempt to create a unique image, or something with visual power. But sometimes a simple, straightforward approach works best.

If you are in the Hickory, NC area on Wednesday, April 15, I will be giving a presentation to the Catawba Valley Camera Club at 7PM. It will be held at the Hickory Museum of Art. Directions here

The following day I will be leading a macro photography workshop near Charlotte, NC. This is a private workshop commissioned by the Catawba Valley Camera Club, and is not open to the public. If you would like to arrange a presentation or a private workshop for YOUR club, contact me. It is a great service to your club members, and a good way to reinvigorate your creativity and your enthusiasm for photography.

Shutter Speed 1/1250 sec.  Aperture f/4.5.  ISO 400.  Lens: Canon 100mm macro f/2.8.  Camera: Canon 5D Mark III.  Handheld.

TODAY'S QUOTE: "Simplify, then add lightness."  -- Colin Chapman

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