Monday, December 12, 2016
Window On The World
When out photographing, always try to look for the little things, the details, the unexpected. While on a recent personal trip to Europe, I visited a lovely French chateau near the Swiss border. I spent a lot of time photographing the "big" picture, taking many typical tourist images and just enjoying the area. Then, after exploring all the traditional possibilities, I happened to notice this snippet of a scene outside one of the windows. The fall colors were at peak, and the texture of the glass was an added benefit.
There were many different ways to frame this shot, and ultimately I chose this straight-on graphic view. I was looking for balance in the composition, but not symmetry. Balance is achieved by the dark window frame on the right and bottom, matched somewhat by the cropped windows on the left and top. While each of those elements is not the same exact size, they form a frame of sorts around the uncropped window panes, and create the balance I was looking for.
So the first step is to always go for the traditional, the primary images you seek, but then always be open to the unexpected views that present themselves. Being an opportunist when shooting, keeping an open mind to all possibilities will almost always net you some winning images.
1/400 sec at f/5.6, ISO 800. Canon 70-200mm f/4L IS lens set at 98mm on Canon 7D Mark II body. Handheld.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "Opportunity does not waste time with those who are unprepared." Idowu Koyenikan